Small Wonder

The WORST episodes of Small Wonder

Every episode of Small Wonder ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 7/17/2022Network: Syndication
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Book-It
star
5.67
3 votes

#1 - Book-It

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 7/23/1988

Prompted by Ted and his class to get his school reading assignment going, Jamie videos a book report based on a 1940s P.I. named Rick Savage.

Directors: Selig Frank
The Strike
star
6.20
5 votes

#2 - The Strike

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/6/1989

A United Robotronics strike pits shop steward Ted against management rep Brandon; Joan has her students use the strike as a social studies exercise, which also goes awry.

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The Tattletale
star
6.25
4 votes

#3 - The Tattletale

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 11/20/1988

Benny, an old college chum of Ted and Joan's is up to his same trashy school paper tricks in a big city rag now, fabricating a tabloid feature which by sheer chance ""exposes"" Vicki as a robot just as she's about to join a fashionable clique of girls.

Directors: Selig Frank
Radio Days
star
6.25
4 votes

#4 - Radio Days

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/3/1988

Ted prepares for a robotics interview on a local radio talk show while Jamie looks for an idea for a class play.

Directors: Selig Frank
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Kid-O-Grams
star
6.75
4 votes

#5 - Kid-O-Grams

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/17/1988

Ted's singing telegram birthday greeting makes him pine back to his ""youthful years"" with a surfboard and prompts Jamie to start a singing telegram for schoolmates -- and competing with Reggie.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker
star
7.00
7 votes

#6 - Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 12/6/1986

To pay for a new bike he bought from the neighborhood bully, Jamie uses Vicki to run a school computerized match-making business.

Directors: Bob Claver
I'll Drink To That
star
7.00
4 votes

#7 - I'll Drink To That

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/20/1988

Due to Vicki's mishandling of terms, Child Services Officer Mrs. Fernwald thinks Ted is an alcoholic and threatens to take Vicki away unless he joins AA.

Directors: Bob Claver
The Cat's Meow
star
7.12
8 votes

#8 - The Cat's Meow

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/9/1987

To train Vicki to be more affectionate, Ted buys her a toy cat that only makes her mimic Jamie's past jealousy and run away.

Directors: Bob Claver
Tag, You're It
star
7.33
3 votes

#9 - Tag, You're It

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/30/1988

On their first day in junior high, Vicki becomes a hall monitor and Jamie tries to avoid Harriet for a dance while vying for a class fox. Meanwhile, Ted prepares to host a cybernetics conference.

Directors: Dick Christie
See No Evil
star
7.33
3 votes

#10 - See No Evil

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 11/6/1988

Jamie regrets putting Vicki on guard duty for his pricey new bike when her eyes start to malfunction in a schoolyard of prowling thieves.

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Victor/Vicki-toria
star
7.33
9 votes

#11 - Victor/Vicki-toria

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/14/1987

To help his Little League team's rock-bottom status, Jamie disguises Vicki as a boy to use her robotic abilities to bat for the pennant.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
The Promotion
star
7.33
3 votes

#12 - The Promotion

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/12/1988

To win a promotion over Brandon's boss fawning, Ted decides to reveal Vicki's robot secret to his boss at a company picnic -- unaware that Brandon is out to sabatoge Ted's effort.

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The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming
star
7.50
4 votes

#13 - The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/13/1988

In an international junior high quiz, Vicki's school pits its top pupil -- her -- against an equally quick and infallible Russian whiz kid who has a secret of his own.

Child Genius
star
7.50
16 votes

#14 - Child Genius

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/16/1985

With Child Services watching, the Lawsons must hire a tutor for Vicki, and Joan resolves to complete her teaching degree.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
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The Rock Band
star
7.50
4 votes

#15 - The Rock Band

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 10/3/1987

Jamie, Reggie, Harriet and Vicki try to start a rock group to play to Ida Mae's visiting agent friend.

Directors: Bob Claver
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Safety First
star
7.50
2 votes

#16 - Safety First

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 7/30/1988

Vicky imitates Ted's demostration on saving a choking victim's life on Brendle. Brendle arrives the next day faking a broken neck and threatens to sue the Lawson's.

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The Jailbirds
star
7.50
4 votes

#17 - The Jailbirds

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/20/1988

Jamie and Vicki are arrested for spray-painting a wall -- and its owner's $60 shirt.

Directors: Bob Claver
Movin' Up
star
7.57
7 votes

#18 - Movin' Up

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/10/1987

While Vicki learns to spend a day without duties or instructions, Ted's new prestigious job offer in Massachusetts tests the family's taste to social climb vs. its price of morality.

Directors: Bob Claver
Vicki's Homecoming
star
7.58
74 votes

#19 - Vicki's Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/7/1985

Ted Lawson introduces his family to V.I.C.I. or the Voice Input Child Identicant: a secretly constructed robotic domestic aide in the form of a ten-year-old girl.

Directors: John Bowab
Ronald McDonald House
star
7.60
5 votes

#20 - Ronald McDonald House

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 10/30/1988

To help a withdrawn and bitter classmate cope with leukemia, Jamie and Joan help set up a play on fighting disease.

Directors: Dick Christie
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The Lie
star
7.65
20 votes

#21 - The Lie

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/19/1985

Jamie learns the value of consistent honesty when he can't convince his parents that he's not responsible for breaking a teapot.

Directors: Linda Day
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More About L.E.S.
star
7.67
3 votes

#22 - More About L.E.S.

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 8/6/1988

L.E.S. is back, and despite Ted's assurances that the rogue A.I. program has been rendered harmless, it comes back in a big way by possessing Vicki's body (chassis?) as its own.

Directors: Selig Frank
Mommy Dearest
star
7.67
3 votes

#23 - Mommy Dearest

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/25/1988

Joan's doctor father drops by to visit and Ida Mae smells a plump husband. Meanwhile, Vicki vies for school cheerleader.

Directors: Peter Baldwin
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Vicki Doolittle
star
7.67
3 votes

#24 - Vicki Doolittle

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 11/27/1988

A new language translation device (Random Access Multiple Concurrent Linquistic Analytical Sequencer) installed in Vicki enables her to understand any language...even animals, like the bosses' dog. Mrs. Jennings forces Mr. Jennings to fire Ted when Joan balks at doing uncredited work for an affair.

Sibling Rivalry
star
7.70
27 votes

#25 - Sibling Rivalry

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/5/1985

Jamie decides to run away when he feels that his parents attend to Vicki more than him.

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