The WORST Episodes of Little House on the Prairie

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2021

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.

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Sins Of The Fathers

#1 - Sins Of The Fathers

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1983

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 5.48
61 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: E.F. Wallengren
Alden's Dilemma

#2 - Alden's Dilemma

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 1982

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 5.53
58 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Don Balluck
The Older Brothers

#3 - The Older Brothers

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 17, 1983

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 5.55
60 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Michael Landon
Marvin's Garden

#4 - Marvin's Garden

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 3, 1983

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 5.57
58 votes
Directors: Michael Rhodes
Writers: Michael Landon
The Halloween Dream

#5 - The Halloween Dream

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 1979

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

star 5.75
79 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon

#6 - Rage

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 1982

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 5.78
65 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: B.W. Sandefur
Doctor's Lady

#7 - Doctor's Lady

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 22, 1975

Dr. Baker and Harriet's niece, Kate, fall in love with each other. Then their age difference becomes an issue.

star 5.80
135 votes
Writers: Ann Beckett, Arthur Heinemann, Lewis Allen
A Child With No Name

#8 - A Child With No Name

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 14, 1983

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 5.88
66 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Don Balluck
The Empire Builders

#9 - The Empire Builders

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 1982

The people of Walnut Grove are at first excited when the railroad wants to build through the town. This excitement doesn't last long. The railroad tells several people that they must leave their houses. The people make a stand at the Carter's place. This delay in building convinces the railroad to find a different route.

star 5.94
65 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Larry Jensen
Hello and Goodbye

#10 - Hello and Goodbye

Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 21, 1983

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 5.96
68 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Don Balluck
May I Have This Dance?

#11 - May I Have This Dance?

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 14, 1983

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 6.03
59 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Chris Abbott
Times Are Changing (2)

#12 - Times Are Changing (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 1982

Royal has a very bad heart and asks Laura and Almanzo to take care of his daughter since he was going to die soon. Jenny is devastated by her father's death. After talking to Reverend Alden about heaven, she tries to commit suicide by drowning so that she could be with her father again. Jeb Carter is able to save Jenny although he can't swim. Laura convinces Jenny that she should do what would make her parents proud.

star 6.06
65 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Michael Landon
Little Lou

#13 - Little Lou

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 1982

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 6.08
64 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Michael Landon
Welcome To Olesonville

#14 - Welcome To Olesonville

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 1982

Harriet finds a bearer bond from Walnut Grove. She uses this to try to get people to follow her suggestions. She tells the town council that if she doesn't get her way, she will cash in the bond which would force the town to pay Mrs. Oleson over $10,000.

star 6.08
106 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Paul W. Cooper
The Last Summer

#15 - The Last Summer

Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 21, 1983

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 6.09
56 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Duke Sandefur

#16 - Love

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 29, 1982

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 6.16
63 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: Paul W. Cooper
Once Upon A Time

#17 - Once Upon A Time

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 1983

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 6.38
58 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Don Balluck
Home Again (1)

#18 - Home Again (1)

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 7, 1983

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 6.45
71 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Michael Landon
The Wild Boy (2)

#19 - The Wild Boy (2)

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 1982

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 6.45
64 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Vincent R. Gutierrez
The Return of Mr. Edwards

#20 - The Return of Mr. Edwards

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 1979

After an accident where a tree falls on him, Mr. Edwards is injured and can't walk properly and feels like he is only half a man. Charles and Laura visit him, where Mr. Edwards seems to come out of his dark mood at seeing Laura. Charles, Mr. Edwards and Laura go on a hunting trip, where Mr. Edwards has deadly intent on his mind. Charles then resorts to a serious tactic to help his friend.

star 6.48
85 votes
Directors: Michael Landon
Writers: Arthur Heinemann
Silent Promises

#21 - Silent Promises

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 28, 1980

A deaf boy learns how to communicate with people when Laura teaches him sign language. The boy falls in love with her.

star 6.50
100 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
The Faith Healer

#22 - The Faith Healer

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 1979

A preacher who works as a faith healer establishes a congregation in Walnut Grove, taking parishioners from Rev. Alden's church. But things grow deadly serious when a teen-age boy dies from a ruptured appendix after being healed from the pain.

star 6.51
131 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Don Balluck
The Return Of Nellie

#23 - The Return Of Nellie

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 1982

Nellie returns to Walnut Grove and discovers that Nancy is a lot worse than she ever was. When Nancy isn't the center of attention, she runs away. Nels and Nellie search until they find her. Just when they think Nancy has learned a valuable lesson, she proves that she really hasn't.

star 6.54
69 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Don Balluck
Author! Author!

#24 - Author! Author!

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 26, 1979

Caroline's mother dies while traveling on a train heading for Walnut Grove. Caroline's father takes to the sod house for a while. Albert is the one that convinces him to go fishing with him. Caroline's father tells great stories of the children growing up in the Big Woods. Mr. Ingalls convinces Caroline's father to write down the stories. The Ingalls work hard to save up enough money to get the book published. Caroline's father leaves knowing that he is a published author.

star 6.54
107 votes
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
Times Are Changing (1)

#25 - Times Are Changing (1)

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 1982

The Ingalls are forced to sell their house to the Carters and leave Walnut Grove to find a more promising life. Mrs. Carter begins printing a newspaper for Walnut Grove. Etta Plum becomes the teacher in Walnut Grove when Laura decides she wants to spend more time with Rose. Almanzo's brother, Royal, comes to Walnut Grove with his daughter, Jenny.

star 6.55
71 votes
Directors: Maury Dexter
Writers: Michael Landon