The Best Episodes Directed by Victor French

The Talking Machine

#1 - The Talking Machine

Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 13

Laura and Nellie are rivals for the affections of a classmate's heart. The two polar opposites are after Jason, the new kid at school who is into inventions. Both of them have crushes on Jason, but Jason - who is into inventions and electricity - only has feelings for Laura...

star 8.15
58 votes
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The Campout

#2 - The Campout

Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 9

The Olesons get themselves invited onto the Ingalls family campout, after Nellie complains that it will give Laura and Mary an advantage for the school holiday project of leaf-collecting. The two man bond while fishing and their wives try to improve their relationship, but the children continue to clash. However, when Nellie falls into a river, her later false account of what happened brings out the same Mrs. Oleson. Back at the school. the result of the leaves project gives some satisfaction to Laura and Mary.

star 7.96
55 votes
The Bully Boys

#3 - The Bully Boys

Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 9

Rev. Alden's pleas to ""turn the other cheek"" is put to the test when a family of ruffians move to Walnut Grove and cause trouble.

star 7.90
47 votes
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Child Of Pain

#4 - Child Of Pain

Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 20

When it is found out that a young boy, Graham, is being beaten by his alcoholic father, John, Caroline takes care of the boy while Charles stays with John to try to get him to stay sober.

star 7.88
58 votes
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Ebenezer Sprague

#5 - Ebenezer Sprague

Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 3

Laura Ingalls is stunned to learn that her amiable fishing friend is none other than Walnut Grove's new banker, miserly Ebenezer Sprague, and heartbroken when he accuses her of becoming his friend to secure a loan for her family.

star 7.72
67 votes
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The Election

#6 - The Election

Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 20

As a prank to make him look foolish, the older boys of Walnut Grove school nominate the object of their practical jokes, gentle Elmer Dobkins, to run for class president against popular Mary Ingalls and wealthy Nellie Oleson. While Mary and Nellie wage their campaigns with promises of popcorn and gum balls, Mr. Dobkins witnesses his son being teased by the older boys and, when he finds out why Elmer was nominated, angrily orders him to pull out of the election. But, when election day comes and the race seems too close to call, a cruel act and children tired of being bullied decide the outcome.

star 7.70
42 votes
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If I Should Wake Before I Die

#7 - If I Should Wake Before I Die

Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 6

After her friend dies, Miss Amy, an old lady, convinces the Ingalls and Doc Baker to help her stage her own death. Amy thought this was the only way to get her family to come and see her.

star 7.70
111 votes
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Troublemaker

#8 - Troublemaker

Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 17

When Miss Beadle can no longer handle the older students' bullying, she is fired. Her mean-spirited succecssor immediately clashes with Laura, and unfairly blames her for several incidents in the classroom.

star 7.63
56 votes
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Quarantine

#9 - Quarantine

Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 13

Mr. Edwards and Doc Baker help a nearby town with an epidemic case of mountain fever. When Mr. Edwards returns, a quarantine is placed on Walnut Grove. Alicia, Mr. Edward's adopted daughter comes down with the disease. Mr. Edwards tries to help his daughter. Laura, not knowing about the disease, goes to visit Alicia and Mr. Edwards. Laura ends up taking care of the both of them while they recover.

star 7.62
46 votes
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The Wild Boy (1)

#10 - The Wild Boy (1)

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 6

A traveling side-show comes to Walnut Grove. The main attraction is a wild boy. The wild boy escapes and becomes friends with the Wilders. The boy turns out to be Matthew Roger and the reason he acts wild is become he is given morphine.

star 7.53
31 votes
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Circus Man

#11 - Circus Man

Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 19

A traveling circusman, O'Hara, comes to Walnut Grove and tries to get everyone to believe he has magic healing powders. However, he is really found out when Mrs. Oleson almost loses her life when she tries his healing powders instead of having an operation.

star 7.50
61 votes
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Denial

#12 - Denial

Dallas Season 5 - Episode 14

Jock's death devastates J.R., Ray and Lucy the most. J.R. seeks consolation with Serena but feels very depressed and neglects Ewing Oil business. Bobby takes over most of the operations. Miss Ellie is pressured by family lawyer Harv Smithfield and by Bobby but refuses to allow Jock's will to be read and to have Jock declared legally dead. Sue Ellen meets a new man named Tom. Ray refuses to go into another deal with Punk Anderson. Donna and Ray drift apart because of Donna's success. J.R. tells Sue Ellen he will never let her take John Ross away from him, despite the recent divorce.

star 7.42
19 votes
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Little Lou

#13 - Little Lou

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 5

A tiny circus performer, Lou, decides to look for work in Walnut Grove after his wife dies while giving birth to his baby girl. A prejudice Mrs. Oleson uses her power to make sure that the dwarf doesn't find work. She even threatens Mr. Anderson that she would close her account at the bank if he hired Lou. To keep the infant alive, the dwarf must steal food. Mrs. Oleson decides to press charges when she finds out who stole the food. When Nancy falls in a well, Lou risks his life to save the girl. That's when Mrs. Oleson decides that being small has its advantages and decides to drop all charges.

star 7.42
23 votes
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A Child With No Name

#14 - A Child With No Name

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 18

Laura gives birth to a baby boy. The baby is fine and healthy for a while. Then for no apparent reason the baby dies. To ease her mind of the death, she blames Doc Baker for what happened to her baby. Doc's reputation declines so much that he must leave town to find work. Just before Doc Baker leaves, Rose comes down with small pox. Doc must stay quarantined with the Wilders for two weeks. Watching the Doc save Rose's life causes Laura to rethink her attitude about Doc Baker. Laura and the rest of the town convince him to stay on.

star 7.38
28 votes
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May I Have This Dance?

#15 - May I Have This Dance?

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 21

No longer a mama's boy, Willie announces his engagement and plans to marry his sweetheart. All this upsets his mother greatly, who makes several attempts to get her way.

star 7.38
23 votes
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Injun Kid

#16 - Injun Kid

Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 15

Joseph Stokes is the son of a Sioux Indian who moves to Walnut Grove with his widowed mother. They stay with his grandpa, Jeremy. Jeremy doesn't like Joseph because he is embarrassed that his daughter married an Indian. At school, Joseph is being bullied. Jeremy finally accepts Joseph when he sees his grandson face the bullies

star 7.36
43 votes
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The Wild Boy (2)

#17 - The Wild Boy (2)

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 7

Mr. Edwards keeps Matthew at his place, but Nancy Oleson tells on him. A judge comes and rules that Matthew be placed in an institution. Then Mr. Edwards makes a statement that everyone is crazy sometime. He convinces the judge to allow the boy to stay with Mr. Edwards.

star 7.32
27 votes
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The Satyr

#18 - The Satyr

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Season 2 - Episode 9

Buck and Twiki come across the survivors of a failed colony, a young widow and her son. The woman tells Buck that the other colonists all fled the planet as the result of a plague. Buck is confused by the woman's refusal to leave the planet despite being repeatedly being menaced by a goat-man named Pangor; but he soon discovers the truth about the plague when he contracts it and begins to turn into a goat-man himself.

star 7.28
36 votes
The Older Brothers

#19 - The Older Brothers

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 14

The Older Brothers is a gang that used to have a notorious reputation. First they hold up Mr. Edwards but end up losing the money. Then they try to get ransom money for Mr. Edwards but that doesn't go very well.

star 7.13
22 votes
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Sins Of The Fathers

#20 - Sins Of The Fathers

Little House on the Prairie Season 9 - Episode 13

When Mrs. Carter's mother dies, Sarah Carter's father comes to town. He tries to get the Carters to come with home back to New York. He wants the Carters to have a better life. The Carters tell him that home sweet home is in Walnut Grove. After a while, Sarah's father begins to understand while the Carters feel this way.

star 6.83
22 votes