The BEST Episodes of Little House on the Prairie

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Network: NBC

Based upon the best selling "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The show follows the lives of a simple farming family, the Ingalls, who settle into a quaint little house near the small town of Walnut Grove during the late 1800s. The majority of the shows were narrated by Laura and the series follows her from when she and her family arrive in Walnut Grove until her adulthood with Almanzo Wilder, with whom she starts a family of her own.

Remember Me (2)

#1 - Remember Me (2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

The Ingalls' neighbor, the widow Julia Sanderson, finds out that she will die soon. She asks Charles to find a good home for her three children. After Julia dies, Charles has a difficult time finding someone that will take all three of the children.

star 8.29
58 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
Blizzard

#2 - Blizzard

Season 3 - Episode 11

The day before Christmas vacation started, Miss Beadle lets the children out early when she notices that a snowstorm is beginning. The children aren't able to make it home before the storm starts. The men of Walnut Grove search for the children while Doc Baker takes care of the frostbitten children that show up at the school.

star 8.21
63 votes
Writers: Paul W. Cooper
Mortal Mission

#3 - Mortal Mission

Season 5 - Episode 23

Charles and Jonathan meet with danger as deadly as the disease they left behind them when they are sent for the medical supplies needed to battle an outbreak of anthrax in Walnut Grove.

star 8.19
36 votes
Writers: John T. Dugan
The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)

#4 - The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2

Nancy turns out to be worse than Nellie ever was. She even locks another girl in the ice house. The students devise a plan to teach Nancy a lesson. They trick her into being the star in a dunking tank. Also during this episode, Adam and Mary move to New York so that they can earn a living and Hester Sue comes to Walnut Grove to work at the restaurant.

star 8.18
39 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
Plague

#5 - Plague

Season 1 - Episode 18

Several people in Walnut Grove get very sick. A quarantine is set up in the church while the source of the illness is being sought.

star 8.17
63 votes
Writers: William Keys, Michael Landon
The Talking Machine

#6 - The Talking Machine

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
60 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Harold Swanton
The Handyman

#7 - The Handyman

Season 4 - Episode 4

Charles must take a delivery to Mankato immediately and is unable to finish the addition to his house. Caroline hires a handsome man, Chris, to finish the house. Mary suspects that her Ma and Chris are falling in love.

star 8.12
49 votes
Writers: Arthur Heinemann
For The Love of Nancy

#8 - For The Love of Nancy

Season 8 - Episode 9

An overweight boy comes to school at Walnut Grove. The schoolkids pick on him because he is so heavy. Nancy persuades the boy to bully the other school children. The jokes of the school children get so bad that the obese boy decides to quit school. The school children then decide that enough is enough. They go over and apologize to him.

star 8.11
28 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Chris Abbott
Christmas At Plum Creek

#9 - Christmas At Plum Creek

Season 1 - Episode 15

The Christmas holiday is approaching and the members of the Ingalls family go about their holiday shopping in secrecy. Laura is able to buy her mom a stove that she wanted after she sells her horse to Mr. Oleson.

star 8.10
100 votes
Writers: Arthur Heinemann
A Christmas They Never Forgot

#10 - A Christmas They Never Forgot

Season 8 - Episode 11

Mary, Adam, Hester Sue, the Wilders, and the Ingalls are all together for Christmas. The snow begins falling and soon they are snowed in by a blizzard. To pass time, several of them tell stories. Laura talks about the Christmas in Kansas when Mr. Edwards came.

star 8.07
45 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
Going Home

#11 - Going Home

Season 2 - Episode 22

After a tornado ruins his crop, Charles decides to sell the land and return to the Big Woods of Wisconsin without consulting his family.

star 8.06
50 votes
The Odyssey

#12 - The Odyssey

Season 5 - Episode 24

Albert and Laura leave home to run away with their friend, Dylan. Dylan, who is dying from leukemia, wants to achieve his life long dream of seeing the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Ingalls catches up with the children, but when he finds out what is going on, he helps them get to the ocean.

star 8.04
24 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
Blind Justice

#13 - Blind Justice

Season 7 - Episode 19

Adam is officially a lawyer, but his client prospects are slim.

star 8.04
27 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
Remember Me (1)

#14 - Remember Me (1)

Season 2 - Episode 7

A widowed mother named Julia Sanderson learns she has a terminal illness, and has no close relatives willing to care for her three children, sons John Jr. and Carl, and daughter Alicia. Charles promises Mrs. Sanderson the children will find a new home. Meanwhile, the relationship between Mr. Edwards and Grace Snyder begins to really blossom.

star 8.03
60 votes
Writers: Gerry Day
Survival

#15 - Survival

Season 1 - Episode 22

The Ingallses have to seek shelter when a blizzard hits. There they meet an Indian who helps them out. A marshall, looking for the Indian, comes by...

star 8.03
63 votes
Writers: John Hawkins, Preston Wood
Divorce, Walnut Grove Style

#16 - Divorce, Walnut Grove Style

Season 7 - Episode 7

Newlyweds Laura and Almanzo have been bickering more than usual lately, and it escalates when Laura suspects Manly of unfaithfulness.

star 8.02
49 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
Four Eyes

#17 - Four Eyes

Season 2 - Episode 2

Mary is beginning to do worse in school because she has a hard time reading the blackboard. When Mary first gets her new glasses, she really likes them. The other school children begin to tease her. She purposely loses her glasses, until she realizes that her teacher, who wears glasses, has a boyfriend.

star 8.01
72 votes
Writers: B.W. Sandefur
A Harvest of Friends

#18 - A Harvest of Friends

Season 1 - Episode 1

The Ingalls settle on the banks of Plum Creek in Walnut Grove. To get the farm set up, Charles must take on several jobs at once. He promises one person that if he didn't get the job done in the specified time, the person could have his oxen.

star 7.99
295 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: John Hawkins
Country Girls

#19 - Country Girls

Season 1 - Episode 2

Laura and Mary start school for the first time. That is where they meet Nellie Oleson. Since Laura hasn't been to school before, she tries especially hard with her schoolwork. The students have to write an essay to present in front of the class. Laura recites what she would have written on the paper if she could have, instead of what was actually written on it.

star 7.99
201 votes
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Long Road Home

#20 - The Long Road Home

Season 2 - Episode 18

Charles, Mr. Edwards, and two other men take a job that involves handling and transporting explosives. They must deal with many things along the road, including prejudice.

star 7.98
52 votes
I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away (1)

#21 - I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21

Mary falls in love with Seth. When Mary's eyesight starts to get worse, Charles takes her to a specialist. He is devastated when the specialist tells him that Mary will lose her sight. Charles is unable to tell Mary for a while that she is going blind. When Mary does go blind, the whole family suffers.

star 7.98
48 votes
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
I Do, Again

#22 - I Do, Again

Season 7 - Episode 20

When Laura announces her pregnancy, Caroline believes that she herself is also expecting—until Doc Baker confirms it is menopause.

star 7.97
35 votes
Writers: Don Balluck
Dark Sage

#23 - Dark Sage

Season 8 - Episode 4

Dr. Baker posts an ad for another doctor, to relieve his workload (and Mrs. Oleson's constant pestering). He hires Dr. Caleb Ledoux, but doesn't count on him being black. The Ingalls are among the very few to accept Dr. Ledoux, as others are outright hateful and racist. Even Dr. Baker struggles with his prejudice and, to show his spite, gives the young doctor minor cases. In the end, Dr. Ledoux is the only doctor available to call on a pregnant woman who is having labor complications. The woman's husband won't allow the doctor in the house (because he's black), and can only get to her when Charles knocks the man aside. Ledoux performs a successful surgery and delivers a son to the couple. A stunned and shaken Dr. Baker witnesses the surgery and concedes that only Caleb's and his superior training could have saved the woman's life. Dr. Ledoux later angrily tells his wife he plans to leave Walnut Grove. But only Dr. Baker's emotional speech at church convinces the good doctor to stay.

star 7.97
30 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Vince R. Gutierrez
The Campout

#24 - The Campout

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
57 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Hindi Brooks
Little Girl Lost

#25 - Little Girl Lost

Season 3 - Episode 4

Carrie, having tagged along on Laura and Mary's classroom assignment, falls down a mine shaft, providing an alcoholic ex-miner a chance at redemption.

star 7.96
56 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Paul W. Cooper