The BEST episodes of Small Wonder

Every episode of Small Wonder ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Small Wonder!

When genius cybernetics engineer Ted Lawson (Dick Christie) brings home his top secret invention, a Voice Input Child Identicant or V.I.C.I. (Tiffany Brissette), life becomes anything but mechanic for the Lawson family. With Ted’s boss and nosy family next door, his family must pass off Vickie as a real child. It’s easy for his wife Joan (Marla Pennington) who can’t help dotting on her like a real daughter, but harder for his precocious son Jamie (Jerry Supiran) who uses Vickie to do his homework and ward off Harriet (Emily Schulman), the annoying red headed girl who has a crush on him. Also starring Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Hogan Family) as Harriet’s busybody mom.

Last Updated: 6/8/2024Network: SyndicationStatus: Ended
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9.00
2 votes

#1 - Big J, the D.J.

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/9/1988

Jamie, competing with Reggie for school radio D.J., uses Vicki's voice mimicry to fake an interview with football star Lyle Alzado -- who happens to be in town listening in.

Directors: Selig Frank
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9.00
3 votes

#2 - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/28/1988

Due to Vicki's misinterpreting Ted's quip while doing the family's on-line banking, the Lawsons are re-categorized as deadbeats and Ted just plain dead.

Directors: Selig Frank
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8.91
32 votes

#3 - Riches to Rags

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/9/1988

While playing with Jamie's chemistry set, Vicki creates a potent laundry detergent that Ted -- and Brandon -- leap to market themselves.

Directors: Selig Frank
Writer: Paul Chitlik
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8.88
8 votes

#4 - Here Comes the Judge

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/4/1986

Playing a judge in a class simulation of a courtroom, Jamie dispenses uneven justice and gets impeached, while parking-ticket-skipping role model Ted tries to get himself arrested.

Directors: Selig Frank
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8.80
10 votes

#5 - Who's the Boss?

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/1/1986

When he's punished for thoughtlessly dropping the family's reservations to Mexico, Jamie dreams that the others are robots under his control.

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8.75
4 votes

#6 - The Fats of Life

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/21/1987

Vicki literally balloons after Ted unwittingly upgrades her energy-supplementing polynucleotide processor with an appetite, which creates excess digestive gases and causes her a date problem for the school dance.

Directors: Bob Claver
Writer: Stan Cutler
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Brainwashed
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8.72
18 votes

#7 - Brainwashed

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/30/1985

When Vicki begins to mimic Harriet, Ted decides to reprogram her.

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8.71
7 votes

#8 - Neighborhood Watch

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/2/1987

After being burglarized (while Vicki's home and they're at a restaurant), the Lawsons join the neighborhood watch.

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8.67
3 votes

#9 - The Sheik

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/18/1988

To keep his company's presence in an Arab country, Ted lets its visiting young ruler draft Vicki into his harem.

Directors: Bob Claver
Writer: Paul Chitlik
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8.67
3 votes

#10 - Double Dates

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/13/1988

Jamie winds up handling two dates on the same night, blind to the fact that one of them is Harriet in disguise.

Directors: Bob Claver
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8.67
3 votes

#11 - Togetherness

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/13/1988

The Lawsons enter a game show to get back at the Brindles for trying to kick them off the eligibility list.

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8.67
3 votes

#12 - The Gang's All Here

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/26/1987

Jamie stumbles into the membership of a junior high gang whose vandalism tests his sense of belonging with right and wrong -- and inducts Vicki as its moll.

Directors: Selig Frank
Writer: Stan Cutler
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The Real Facts of Life
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8.67
6 votes

#13 - The Real Facts of Life

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/10/1986

Jamie attempts to educate his dad in the ways of love.

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Vaudeville Vicki
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8.67
9 votes

#14 - Vaudeville Vicki

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/3/1986

A vaudeville actor becomes convinced Vicki is his long-lost daughter.

Directors: Selig Frank
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8.67
6 votes

#15 - The Shoplifter

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/18/1987

While in a store with Jamie looking for a present for her mock birthday party to convince Child Services that they treat her well, Vicki picks up an expensive watch and is picked up for shoplifting.

Writer: Bruce Taylor
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8.64
14 votes

#16 - Chewed Out (Smoker's Delight)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/13/1986

Jamie learns a sobering lesson in using smoking and chewing tobacco to elevate his freshman status in junior high.

Writer: Bruce Taylor
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Like Father, Like Son
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8.63
8 votes

#17 - Like Father, Like Son

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/1/1986

Jamie tries out for the Pee Wee football team.

Writer: Ed Jurist
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8.60
5 votes

#18 - Top Secret

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/17/1987

To make his dad's ""button-pusher"" job seem important to his friends, Jamie hints that Ted is head of a top-secret project -- which even Ted's jealous boss, Brandon, believes.

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8.50
4 votes

#19 - Love at First Byte

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/29/1988

Ted brings home a voice activated computer. Vicki finds herself falling for the computer, but trouble begins when the computer becomes obsessed with Vicki.

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Good Ol' Lou
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8.50
10 votes

#20 - Good Ol' Lou

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/22/1986

Ted is motivated to get the family into shape when an obese coworker loses a record amount of weight.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
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The Company Takeover
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8.46
13 votes

#21 - The Company Takeover

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/15/1986

Cutbacks at United Robotronics have the Lawsons scrambling for odd jobs.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writer: John Boni
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8.44
9 votes

#22 - P-P-P Paula

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/8/1986

To help Jamie's shy and withdrawn classmate who stutters, Ted programs Vicki to be her speech therapist.

Directors: Bob Claver
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8.40
5 votes

#23 - The Bank Job

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/28/1987

Vicki, Jamie and Harriet are held hostage in an inept bank robbery.

Directors: Bob Claver
Writer: Paul Hunter
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8.40
5 votes

#24 - Little Miss Shopping Mall

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/7/1987

The Lawsons take up the Brindles' snobby challenge and enter Vicki in a mall pageant against Harriet.

Directors: Bob Claver
Writer: Bruce Kane
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8.36
11 votes

#25 - Money, Money, Money

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/20/1986

Still out to flatter the redoubtable Jessica, Jamie takes her out to an expensive restaurant while tightwad Ted puts Vicki in charge of household expenses.

Directors: Selig Frank
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