Little House on the Prairie

10 Best Episodes of Little House on the Prairie - Season 1

Little House on the Prairie is an American Western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 26, 2023.

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Little House on the Prairie - S1E23

#15 - To See The World (Season 1 - Episode 23)

Johnny Johnson leaves to "see the world" and Mr. Edwards goes along with him to keep him out of trouble. Johnny meets up with a girl who is able to trick him out of a lot of money. Mr. Edwards talks to this girl to try to have her convince Johnny to go back home.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 53 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E6

#14 - If I Should Wake Before I Die (Season 1 - Episode 6)


After her friend dies, Miss Amy, an old lady, convinces the Ingalls and Doc Baker to help her stage her own death. Amy thought this was the only way to get her family to come and see her.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 115 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E7

#13 - Town Party, Country Party (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Laura becomes good friends with a lonely schoolmate, Olga, who has one leg that is shorter than the other. Charles secretly helps Olga by building her an elevated shoe. When Olga's father finds out he is upset at Charles until he sees Olga running and playing with the other school children.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 116 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E14

#12 - The Lord is My Shepherd (2) (Season 1 - Episode 14)


Believing that her jealousy was responsible for her infant brother's death and that her parents would rather have a son than a spare daughter, Laura climbs the highest hill she can find, hoping to get as close to God as possible to ask Him to take her instead and return the baby boy to the family. While Charles and Mr. Edwards desperately search for her, Laura meets Jonathan, a mystical mountain man who seems to have been sent purposely to guide her through this life-changing experience.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 69 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E3

#11 - 100 Mile Walk (Season 1 - Episode 3)

In the beginning, things look very good for the Ingalls until a bad hailstorm ruins their crops. Charles and some other farmers must leave to look for work. They end up working in a quarry. While Charles is away, Caroline is able to get the women of Walnut Grove to join together to harvest the remaining crops.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 176 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E10

#10 - The Raccoon (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Charles allows Laura to adopt a baby raccoon, Jasper. After being caged, the raccoon bites Laura and Jack and runs away. The family fears that Laura and Jack might have rabies until a healthy Jasper returns.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 93 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E9

#9 - School Mom (Season 1 - Episode 9)

After Ms. Beadle sprains her ankle, Caroline becomes the substitute teacher. Caroline takes a special interest in helping an older student, Abel, learn to read. One day Mrs. Oleson shows up and causes Abel to quit school. Because of this Caroline quits, but returns after she convinces Abel to give school another chance.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 99 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E12

#8 - The Award (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.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 80 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E21

#7 - Money Crop (Season 1 - Episode 21)

A college-educated farmer named Joe moves to Walnut Grove with his pregnant wife. He tells the Walnut Grove-area farmers of a new hybrid of corn that would produce good crops, to which the farmers are very enthused. They decide to buy some of this new seed. While on the way back to Walnut Grove with the seed, Joe gets into an accident, as the farmers wait for his return.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 64 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E20

#6 - Child Of Pain (Season 1 - Episode 20)


When it is found out that a young boy, Graham, is being beaten by his alcoholic father, John, Caroline takes care of the boy while Charles stays with John to try to get him to stay sober.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 60 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E2

#5 - Country Girls (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Laura and Mary start school for the first time. That is where they meet Nellie Oleson. Since Laura hasn't been to school before, she tries especially hard with her schoolwork. The students have to write an essay to present in front of the class. Laura recites what she would have written on the paper if she could have, instead of what was actually written on it.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 203 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E1

#4 - A Harvest of Friends (Season 1 - Episode 1)


The Ingalls settle on the banks of Plum Creek in Walnut Grove. To get the farm set up, Charles must take on several jobs at once. He promises one person that if he didn't get the job done in the specified time, the person could have his oxen.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 292 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E18

#3 - Circus Man (Season 1 - Episode 18)

A traveling circusman, O'Hara, comes to Walnut Grove and tries to get everyone to believe he has magic healing powders. However, he is really found out when Mrs. Oleson almost loses her life when she tries his healing powders instead of having an operation.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 63 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E15

#2 - Christmas At Plum Creek (Season 1 - Episode 15)


The Christmas holiday is approaching and the members of the Ingalls family go about their holiday shopping in secrecy. Laura is able to buy her mom a stove that she wanted after she sells her horse to Mr. Oleson.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 101 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S1E22

#1 - Survival (Season 1 - Episode 22)

The Ingallses have to seek shelter when a blizzard hits. There they meet an Indian who helps them out. A marshall, looking for the Indian, comes by...

The episode was rated 8.16 from 62 votes.

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