The Worst Episodes of Little House on the Prairie

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2019

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.

The Halloween Dream

#1 - The Halloween Dream

Season 6 - Episode 7

Albert's imagination starts to get the better of him when he dreams that he and Laura are taken by Indians.

star 6.46
39 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
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Love

#2 - Love

Season 9 - Episode 10

Laura's childhood friend, Jane Canfield, comes back to Walnut Grove. Although she is blind, she falls in love with Mr. Edwards, a person who was old enough to be her father. Jane then undergoes an operation which allows her to see again. After a lot of soul searching, Mr. Edwards tells Jane that she should go out and find herself a better life. At the end of the show, we see Mr. Edwards in the distance watching Jane leave on the stagecoach.

star 6.63
27 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: Paul W. Cooper
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The Last Summer

#3 - The Last Summer

Season 9 - Episode 19

Jason Carter starts working for an old lady. Jason becomes great friends of the lady. However, Jason's mom believes the lady is being too nice. Jason is forbidden to work for the old lady until Sarah finds out that the lady will soon die.

star 6.75
20 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Duke Sandefur
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Sins Of The Fathers

#4 - Sins Of The Fathers

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
24 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: E.F. Wallengren
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Fight Team Fight!

#5 - Fight Team Fight!

Season 7 - Episode 4

A former football star settles back into his childhood town of Walnut Grove with his wife and son. His zealous coaching is in conflict with Laura's schooling, and his interest in Albert's talent alienates his own son.

star 6.88
34 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
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Marvin's Garden

#6 - Marvin's Garden

Season 9 - Episode 12

Jenny looses a necklace in a pond and almost drowns trying to get it. After the incident, she has partial brain damage and has to retrain herself to talk and walk. Jenny's friend, a retired doctor, helps Jenny to force herself to get better. Thanks to him, Jenny makes a complete recovery.

star 6.95
22 votes
Directors: Michael Rhodes
Writers: Michael Landon
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For The Love Of Blanche

#7 - For The Love Of Blanche

Season 9 - Episode 20

Mr. Edwards and the residents of Walnut Grove make friends with an orangutan. But the friendship and the fun-loving primate's life may be short-lived when Nancy and Mrs. Olesen cause trouble.

star 7.04
24 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
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Once Upon A Time

#8 - Once Upon A Time

Season 9 - Episode 15

Laura writes a book for a book writing contest. Her book is chosen. She travels to Minneapolis to work out a deal with the publisher. However, when the publisher wants her to change some parts in her book, she withdraws from the contest and goes back home.

star 7.05
22 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Don Balluck
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Whisper Country

#9 - Whisper Country

Season 4 - Episode 15

Mary eagerly accepts a teaching job in a backwoods community, only to face the sternest test of her career and life when she meets the community's leader: an elderly woman who is totally against education but has concealed a shameful secret.

star 7.07
43 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: John Hawkins
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Alden's Dilemma

#10 - Alden's Dilemma

Season 9 - Episode 11

A minister that is passing through Walnut Grove arouses the suspicions of Reverend Alden and Mr. Edwards. Reverend Alden believes that he will lose his congregation to the other reverend. Mr. Edwards notices that this minister spends a lot of time with Mrs. Carter and Laura, which causes him to suspect the worse.

star 7.09
22 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Don Balluck
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Meet Me At The Fair

#11 - Meet Me At The Fair

Season 4 - Episode 11

The Ingallses and Olesons take a trip to the fair. Patrick, a carnival worker and Mary's boyfriend, and his boss, Cass (a balloonist and suave ladies man) vie for Mary's attention; Charles and Nels entering a jackass riding contest; and Carrie has her own adventure.

star 7.10
41 votes
Writers: Arthur Heinemann
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Home Again (1)

#12 - Home Again (1)

Season 9 - Episode 16

When Albert continually breaks the law, Charles takes him out of the big city and back to Walnut Grove. Albert doesn't change in Walnut Grove because he is addicted to morphine. Charles finally forces Albert to stop using morphine. He stays with Albert while he goes through withdrawal. Thanks to Charles, Albert is no longer addicted to morphine. We find out at the end of the show that Albert will become Dr. Albert Ingalls.

star 7.12
33 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
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The Angry Heart

#13 - The Angry Heart

Season 6 - Episode 13

Todd was a boy who got beaten up by his drunk father. Now Todd is 17 and is visiting his grandparents in Walnut Grove. Todd quickly gets into trouble. Charles puts Todd in jail when his watch is stolen. Todd is forced to work on Mr. Ingalls' farm. This causes Todd to learn to become a nicer person.

star 7.12
41 votes
Writers: Del Reisman
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The Older Brothers

#14 - The Older Brothers

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
23 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Michael Landon
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Hello and Goodbye

#15 - Hello and Goodbye

Season 9 - Episode 22

Mr. Montague stays at the Wilder boarding house while he is at Walnut Grove researching for a book that he is writing. Matthew Roger has a hard decision to make when his biological father shows up. Matthew decides to leave Mr. Edwards and go with his father. Mr. Edwards moves into the boarding house so he wouldn't be lonely anymore.

star 7.13
30 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
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Oleson Versus Oleson

#16 - Oleson Versus Oleson

Season 7 - Episode 12

A female activist arrives in Walnut Grove to encourage the men to share equal property rights with their wives. After getting into a huge fight about it with her husband, Harriet Oleson goes to live at the hotel. Caroline decides to follow Harriet's lead.

star 7.14
36 votes
Writers: Chris Abbott
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The Godsister

#17 - The Godsister

Season 5 - Episode 14

In this episode starring twins Lindsey and Sidney Greenbush, Charles takes a job on a telephone crew that is working in southern Minnesota, which requires him to be away from home for several weeks. Carrie, heartsick for her Pa and craving attention, only manages to get into everybody else's way, so the lonesome tyke creates an imaginary friend, Alyssa, to ease the pain.

star 7.16
37 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
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Rage

#18 - Rage

Season 9 - Episode 4

Mr. Stark has gotten himself so far in debt that he has lost his mind. He goes home and shoots his wife and daughter. Then he goes off and ends up at Laura's house. He mistakes Laura and Jenny for his wife and daughter, but when he sees Rose, he thinks that his daughter has had a baby.

star 7.17
29 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: B.W. Sandefur
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The High Cost Of Being Right

#19 - The High Cost Of Being Right

Season 4 - Episode 9

After Mr. Garvey's barn burns to the ground with the crops inside, his wife, Alice, takes a job at the post office. Mr. Garvey opposes this believing that a man should be able to support his family. He is ready to get a divorce until he realizes what his stubborn pride was doing to his family.

star 7.22
41 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
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Sylvia (1)

#20 - Sylvia (1)

Season 7 - Episode 17

Albert's budding romance with a young girl is complicated when it is discovered that she is expecting.

star 7.23
31 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
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He Was Only Twelve (1)

#21 - He Was Only Twelve (1)

Season 8 - Episode 21

While Mr. Edwards, Charles, and James are in Sleepy Eye, James gets shot during a bank robbery. James, who is in a coma, is taken to the hospital. While James is in the hospital, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Ingalls, and Albert look for the bank robbers. They find them and bring them to justice. Charles continues to believe that James will get better.

star 7.24
29 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Paul W. Cooper
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The Music Box

#22 - The Music Box

Season 3 - Episode 19

Laura befriends a new girl, Anna, who stutters and has a hard time making friends. A jealous Nellie starts an elite club and although she invites Laura, she leaves Anna out. While at the Olesons, Laura steals one of Nellie's music boxes.

star 7.24
37 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Robert Janes
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Annabelle

#23 - Annabelle

Season 6 - Episode 5

A circus comes to Walnut Grove. Everybody is helping set up, except Nels Oleson. His long, lost sister is in the circus. Only Mrs. Oleson believes her husband's story about his sister. Nels is nominated to be the announcer at the circus. When he announces his sister, he says, ""My sister, Annabelle."" These words lead to Nels and Annabella becoming very close siblings.

star 7.24
49 votes
Writers: Del Reisman
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Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow (1)

#24 - Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow (1)

Season 8 - Episode 17

The Wilders' budding marriage is put to its first major test when Almonzo, soon after recovering from an illness, is felled by a stroke.

star 7.25
32 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
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The Rivals

#25 - The Rivals

Season 4 - Episode 14

Charles must try to save his business from a competitor. Laura, who is love with Jimmy Hill, must compete with somebody else for him.

star 7.25
40 votes
Writers: John T. Dugan
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