For other motion pictures of this title, see Little Women (disambiguation)
Little Women is a 1978 American television miniseries directed by David Lowell Rich and based on the classic 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The teleplay was written by Suzanne Clauser and is the fifth film adaptation of the Alcott classic, the previous four having been released theatrically in 1917, 1918, 1933 and 1949. The cast includes Susan Dey, Meredith Baxter Birney, Ann Dusenberry, Eve Plumb, Dorothy McGuire, William Schallert, Greer Garson, Robert Young, Richard Gilliland and William Shatner.
The three-hour miniseries was produced by Universal Television and originally aired in two parts on NBC on October 2–3, 1978.
The miniseries chronicles the lives and loves of the four March sisters – Jo (Susan Dey), Meg (Meredith Baxter Birney), Amy (Ann Dusenberry) and Beth (Eve Plumb) – growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War. While their father leaves for battle, the sisters must rely on each other for strength in the face of tragedies both large and small.Susan Dey as Josephine 'Jo' March
Meredith Baxter Birney as Meg March
Eve Plumb as Elizabeth 'Beth' March
Ann Dusenberry as Amy March
Dorothy McGuire as Marmee March
William Schallert as Jonathan March
Greer Garson as Aunt Kathryn March
Robert Young as Grandpa James Laurence
Richard Gilliland as Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence
William Shatner as Professor Friedrich Bhaer
Cliff Potts as John Brooke
Virginia Gregg as Hannah
Joyce Bulifant as Mrs. Kirke
John de Lancie as Frank Vaughn
Carlene Watkins as Sally Gardiner
Winner:1979 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series
Nominations:1979 – Emmy Award Outstanding Cinematography for a Series
Little Women was released on a 2-disc DVD in region 1 by Koch Vision on October 9, 2007. On August 14, 2012, Entertainment One (eOne) released the miniseries on a single disc DVD.