The BEST episodes written by Michael Landon

The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)
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8.67
81 votes

#1 - The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)

Little House on the Prairie - 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.

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Keep Smiling
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8.65
11 votes

#2 - Keep Smiling

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 16

Jonathan is given one of the most emotional assignments he's ever had ... to help his own widow regain her love for life.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1)
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8.54
96 votes

#3 - Laura Ingalls Wilder (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 1

Upon being sold a piece of land, Almanzo is eager to begin building a home for him and Laura. He hires his friend Harv Miller to assist him with his crop. Meanwhile, Laura is offered a teaching job at a faraway school.

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Wally
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8.50
12 votes

#4 - Wally

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 15

Jonathan and Mark tag along with an elderly street puppeteer who's also an angel - but doesn't know it.

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The Silent Cry
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8.44
82 votes

#5 - The Silent Cry

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 5

The orphanage in Sleepy Eye faces a difficult situation when two young brothers meet with a potential adoptive family. The younger child refuses to speak and shows symptoms of emotional trauma, so the family is only interested in taking the older child. Rather than be separated, the boys run away to the nearby blind school, where the kindly Houston agrees to help. Although the aging Houston would love to adopt them himself, it creates problems that he cannot handle by himself, so Charles and Jonathan must intervene.

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The Award
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8.31
123 votes

#6 - The Award

Little House on the Prairie - Season 1 - Episode 12

While studying for an optional history exam in the barn, Mary accidentally knocks over a reading lamp and starts a fire. Caroline punishes Mary by telling her she couldn't take the exam. Mary doesn't tell Ms. Beadle this until the day of the exam.

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Back To School (2)
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8.25
157 votes

#7 - Back To School (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 6 - Episode 2

When Laura and Nellie get in a fight about the graduation test, Almanzo separates them and takes Laura home with him. When Charles finds out that Almanzo took Laura home with him, Charles goes to Almanzo's place and punches Almanzo because he fears his daughter was being taken advantage of. Laura yells at the fighting pair and tells them that she is no longer a child.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (2)
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8.21
66 votes

#8 - Laura Ingalls Wilder (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 2

Almanzo's dreams of building a home do not go as planned, forcing him to postpone the wedding. Laura has a way for them to earn some money, but his rejection of her idea starts a feud between them.

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There's No Place Like Home (2)
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8.13
55 votes

#9 - There's No Place Like Home (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 5 - Episode 6

As the Ingalls, Garveys and Olesons return to Walnut Grove they discover a town that is badly in need of repair. With a lot of hard work, from everyone around them, they're able to get the town back to its old self, helping a number of people who feel they are living in a dead town, like Lars Hanson.

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1)
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8.11
125 votes

#10 - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 6 - Episode 23

Almanzo asks for Laura's hand in marriage. Mr. Ingalls tells Almanzo to wait until Laura was eighteen. Not wanting to wait, Almanzo forces Laura to choose him or respect her father. Laura respects her father's wishes. Almanzo leaves town and causes Laura a lot of heartache. Harriet hires Percival Dalton to help her in the restaurant. Nellie and Percival fall in love and eventually Percival asks Nellie to marry him. Adam's father dies, which means that a new blind school wouldn't be built in Walnut Grove.

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Man's Best Friend (2)
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8.07
11 votes

#11 - Man's Best Friend (2)

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 2

Alex finally meets the family of his dreams, those dreams are soon shattered when the turners want to adopt Alex. Alex wants to take Jake with him but the Foster family lives in a place where dogs aren't allowed. In order to make his dream come true Alex runs away with Jake to the family he first fell in love with. Michele and Paul had been hoping to have a baby on their own but soon learn that adoption maybe their best option.

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For the Love of Larry
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8.05
16 votes

#12 - For the Love of Larry

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 3

After his owners are trapped at the bottom of a hill in car accident, a precocious dog tries to lead Jonathon and Mark to them.

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Alone
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8.05
16 votes

#13 - Alone

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 13

A homeless boy wishes that someone would love him and so Jonathan comes to him and offers to make his wish come true. They go to a man whose separated from his wife who refuses to let her see their son. And he also refuses to believe that his son who's confined to a wheelchair is because of something psychological.

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One Winged Angels
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8.04
25 votes

#14 - One Winged Angels

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 15

Jonathan has a tough time on this particular assignment. He is supposed to get Libby and earl to fall love with each other but Jonathan runs into one problem before he can accomplish the assignment he falls in love with Libby. Mark tells Jonathan that God may have wanted Jonathan to fall in love again so he wouldn't lose touch with what it's like to be a human being and feel how painful falling in love can be.

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I Was a Middle Aged Werewolf
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8.00
9 votes

#15 - I Was a Middle Aged Werewolf

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 5

During Halloween night, Jonathan helps a little boy get over his fears.

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Friends
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8.00
9 votes

#16 - Friends

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 24

Jonathan and Mark are substitute teachers in a high school where a lesson on true friendship is underscored by Jonathan's assigning an ostracized overweight girl to tutor a brash baseball star in danger of flunking out of school.

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Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You
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7.93
78 votes

#17 - Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 8

Albert tries to impress a penpal he figures he'll never see.

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To Die in Darkness
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7.92
9 votes

#18 - To Die in Darkness

Bonanza - Season 9 - Episode 28

While the others are away, Ben and Candy are lured by an old friend of Ben's to go somewhere. The "friend" traps them in a deep pit. He comes back to give them food, but how long will he be feeling "generous"?

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Heavy Date
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7.91
11 votes

#19 - Heavy Date

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 23

Jonathan and Mark have an interesting assignment as they try to give Gary and Alice a new direction in their lives. As Gary begins to fall in love with Alice he soon discovers a secret that suddenly makes him a father. Alice makes plans to give up her baby for adoption but as the birth of the baby gets closer she begins to have second thoughts about giving the baby up.

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There's No Place Like Home (1)
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7.90
68 votes

#20 - There's No Place Like Home (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 5 - Episode 5

Toby Noe wins a lottery of $5,000 and becomes a man of means. He buys the children a cartload of fireworks, for an annual celebration. Standish dupes Toby into losing all his money using cards and drink at the saloon. Everything comes to a head as the fireworks go off in the saloon. The Ingalls, Olesons, and Garveys get tired of the bustling city life during all this (Nels getting drunk and wins a whole pile of money), and they decide quickly to return to Walnut Grove. The Ingalls take Albert along with them.

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Plague
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7.88
86 votes

#21 - Plague

Little House on the Prairie - 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.

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To See The Light (1)
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7.88
50 votes

#22 - To See The Light (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 10

An accident restores Adam's eyesight.

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Remember Me (2)
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7.87
102 votes

#23 - Remember Me (2)

Little House on the Prairie - 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.

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Journey in the Spring (2)
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7.85
60 votes

#24 - Journey in the Spring (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 3 - Episode 7

Lansford leaves because he feels really bad. Once Laura realizes that her grandpa wasn't to blame for the accident, she looks for Lansford and convinces him to come back home.

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Plane Death
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7.83
28 votes

#25 - Plane Death

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 14

Mark hopes that he and Jonathan don't have assignment so they can visit Charlie Down who worked on the police force with Mark. What was supposed to be a happy time with a friend turned into finding out why he went missing for five days. Charlie down worked with border enforcement to try and stop drugs. Mark and Jonathan soon discover where Charlie is they find out that Jack Harm shot Charlie because he found cocaine in a model airplane.

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A Match Made in Heaven
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7.82
20 votes

#26 - A Match Made in Heaven

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 19

Jonathan helps Mark's Cousin Diane find romance in an unlikely place. Diane begins to fall in love with a quadriplegic lawyer named Scotty who is surprised at how fast the romance seems to be going. When they go out on a date to eat dinner they hit a snag.

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Highway to Heaven (2)
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7.80
88 votes

#27 - Highway to Heaven (2)

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 2

In this, the pilot movie for the series, we meet Jonathan Smith walking slowly down a lonely road toward an unknown destination. He flags down a passing truck and asks for a ride from the old man driving. The man refuses and drives on, only to have his truck engine blow before he gets more than a few yards down the road. Jonathan obligingly does a little quick mechanic work on the vehicle and tells him to have a nice day. The man hastily changes his mind and offers a ride. With this scene, the theme of the entire series is set into motion. Stangers help strangers, people do good for one another, the forgotten and lonely are given a new purpose in life, and the world becomes just a little bit better place. In this case, Jonathan's destination is a retirement home called Havencrest, where he takes on the recently vacated job of handyman. It seems no one wants the job because the home is on the verge of being sold out from under the residents, leaving most of them nowhere to go. L

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The Man Inside
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7.79
64 votes

#28 - The Man Inside

Little House on the Prairie - Season 5 - Episode 4

Amelia, a new girl that Laura meets in school, is ashamed of her very overweight father. Her father works at the blind school where Mary works. All the blind students like him a lot. They claim that they can see his love. One day, Laura and some other students from school, start making fun of the overweight person, not knowing that they were making fun of Amelia's father. Amelia's father pretends to leave town since his girl is so ashamed of him. He hides out at the blind school. When he is involved in an accident, Amelia reveals to her dad how much she loves him.

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To See The Light (2)
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7.79
44 votes

#29 - To See The Light (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 11

With his vision restored, Adam is eager to fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney. Meanwhile, Mary is divided in her enthusiasm about his prospects.

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Highway to Heaven (1)
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7.78
98 votes

#30 - Highway to Heaven (1)

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 1

In this, the pilot movie for the series, we meet Jonathan Smith walking slowly down a lonely road toward an unknown destination. He flags down a passing truck and asks for a ride from the old man driving. The man refuses and drives on, only to have his truck engine blow before he gets more than a few yards down the road. Jonathan obligingly does a little quick mechanic work on the vehicle and tells him to have a nice day. The man hastily changes his mind and offers a ride. With this scene, the theme of the entire series is set into motion. Stangers help strangers, people do good for one another, the forgotten and lonely are given a new purpose in life, and the world becomes just a little bit better place. In this case, Jonathan's destination is a retirement home called Havencrest, where he takes on the recently vacated job of handyman. It seems no one wants the job because the home is on the verge of being sold out from under the residents, leaving most of them nowhere to go.

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As Long As We're Together (1)
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7.77
78 votes

#31 - As Long As We're Together (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 5 - Episode 1

Poor economic conditions cause the Ingalls to move closer to Mary. Mary is now teaching at the blind school. The Ingalls move to be closer to Mary, where she helps teach the younger blind students. Laura catches an orphan, Albert, stealing from their hotel. Charles becomes friends with Albert and invites him to Mary's birthday party.

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Portrait Of Love
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7.71
45 votes

#32 - Portrait Of Love

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 6

16-year-old Annie Crane is a rising artist in Walnut Grove, where she lives with her adoptive parents. When her talent lands her an exhibition in the city, the advertisement draws the attention of her biological mother.

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2)
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7.70
132 votes

#33 - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 6 - Episode 24

Laura helps Adam and Mary set up a new blind school in Sleepy Eye to try to get her mind off of Almanzo. Almanzo gets very sick.

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Sylvia (2)
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7.68
44 votes

#34 - Sylvia (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 18

Albert's girlfriend's pregnancy brings chaos into both their lives.

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Bunny
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7.66
77 votes

#35 - Bunny

Little House on the Prairie - Season 3 - Episode 2

Nellie falls off of Bunny and pretends to be paralyzed. Mrs. Oleson blames Laura for this and wants to destroy Bunny.

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Sylvia (1)
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7.65
47 votes

#36 - Sylvia (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 17

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

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Journey in the Spring (1)
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7.62
71 votes

#37 - Journey in the Spring (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 3 - Episode 6

Charles' father, Lansford Ingalls, doesn't want to live after his wife dies. Charles brings his father to Walnut Grove to help him out. When Laura's horse gets hurt, she blames her grandpa.

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The Fighter
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7.59
56 votes

#38 - The Fighter

Little House on the Prairie - Season 4 - Episode 10

People in Walnut Grove are betting on a big boxing match in town. Mr. Ingalls does not know that he will be fighting an extremely sick person. That's why Charles is surprised in the ring when he is able to defeat his opponent so quickly. After his opponent collapses, he is brought to Doc Baker. Doc Baker is able to save him but warns him that he needs to stop fighting.

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Back To School (1)
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7.55
129 votes

#39 - Back To School (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 6 - Episode 1

The school's new teacher is Ms. Wilder. Laura falls in love with Ms. Wilder's brother Almanzo. Laura is crushed when Nellie invites Almanzo over for dinner. Laura gets even with Nellie by volunteering to cook dinner for them. Laura adds some hot spices to the chicken and since Nellie had said that she had cooked the meal, Almanzo stays away from Nellie.

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The Reincarnation of Nellie (1)
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7.53
85 votes

#40 - The Reincarnation of Nellie (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 - Episode 1

Percival and Nellie go to New York so that Percival can run the family business now that his father has died. Mrs. Oleson gets very depressed because of Nellie leaving. The Olesons decide to adopt a girl to take the place of Nellie. While they are in Sleepy Eye, they find a girl that looks almost exactly like Nellie when she was young.

The Hero
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7.53
14 votes

#41 - The Hero

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 20

Joe Mason is a Vietnam Vet who is trying to get the VA to help him pay expensive dental work but because his condition is not related to his military service, he is denied.

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He Was Only Twelve (2)
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7.51
39 votes

#42 - He Was Only Twelve (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 - Episode 22

When Charles refuses to admit that James will likely never recover from his gunshot wound, he leaves Walnut Grove with his adopted son. He builds an altar in the woods and hopes that God will bring a miracle.

Man's Best Friend (1)
star
7.50
9 votes

#43 - Man's Best Friend (1)

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 1

Jenny's dog Jake runs away after chasing a cat. Jonathan and Mark find the dog and take him over to the orphanage to help cheer up the kids. They use Jake to play with the kids and try to get Alex to become active again. They soon learn that Alex is afraid that if he touches anything it will be taken away from him.

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We Have Forever (2)
star
7.50
6 votes

#44 - We Have Forever (2)

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 18

As a mortal human being Jonathan is still angry with God for not letting him go heaven to see Jane one last time. Meanwhile Jennifer has fallen in love with Jonathan and now must help him understand that he will always have Jane in his heart regardless of the job he chooses. Jennifer suddenly finds a letter from Jane and as a way of saying goodbye to him he understands that until his job is finished they will always have forever.

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The Gamble
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7.50
15 votes

#45 - The Gamble

Bonanza - Season 3 - Episode 27

In the town of Alkali, the Cartwrights are jailed on false charges of robbery and murder, but Joe escapes and returns with an army of Ponderosa hands.

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Thoroughbreds (1)
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7.47
18 votes

#46 - Thoroughbreds (1)

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 24

Jonathan and Mark reunite Lizzy MacGill Garth Armstrong (they haven't seen each other since they were kids) Garth is set to marry Elaine who he doesn't like very much because his father wants him to marry someone rich. Lizzy and Garth compete together in a horse competition and find out who is the best horse rider but they also find that they love each other. Garth to finds his daughter's wishes by asking Lizzy to marry him. Only to encounter some trouble ahead.

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We Have Forever (1)
star
7.43
5 votes

#47 - We Have Forever (1)

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 17

Jonathon gets a 'feeling' while he and Mark are driving towards their next job. He goes to the hospital to find his wife is near death and was calling for him. After she passes away Jonathon believes that he will no longer be working for the 'boss' and will go to be with his wife. To the answer of lightning and thunder he finds out otherwise and becomes enraged. He is then stripped of his 'stuff' and has to live as a mere mortal.

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Terror at 2:00
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7.43
5 votes

#48 - Terror at 2:00

Bonanza - Season 12 - Episode 23

A racist and his henchmen steal a Gatling gun, with plans to massacre everyone -- including the Cartwrights -- involved in a peace treaty signing between the U.S. Army and the Paitues in Virginia City. The man's hope is that the tragedy will spark another war and eventually lead to the genocide of all Native Americans.

Catch a Falling Star
star
7.41
31 votes

#49 - Catch a Falling Star

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 9

A movie star is stranger to his own kids.

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Someone Please Love Me
star
7.39
50 votes

#50 - Someone Please Love Me

Little House on the Prairie - Season 5 - Episode 22

Charles stays with a family while looking for some horses to buy. The children of the family asks Mr. Ingalls if he could possibly do something to keep their parents from splitting up. Thanks to Charles talking to the husband and the wife, they decide to stay together and work things out.

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