Little House on the Prairie

10 Best Episodes of Little House on the Prairie - Season 3

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 - S3E20

#15 - The Election (Season 3 - Episode 20)

As a prank to make him look foolish, the older boys of Walnut Grove school nominate the object of their practical jokes, gentle Elmer Dobkins, to run for class president against popular Mary Ingalls and wealthy Nellie Oleson. While Mary and Nellie wage their campaigns with promises of popcorn and gum balls, Mr. Dobkins witnesses his son being teased by the older boys and, when he finds out why Elmer was nominated, angrily orders him to pull out of the election. But, when election day comes and the race seems too close to call, a cruel act and children tired of being bullied decide the outcome.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 43 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E6

#14 - Journey in the Spring (1) (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.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 54 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E16

#13 - To Live With Fear (1) (Season 3 - Episode 16)

Mary has an accident with a horse in the barn. When Mary starts to get worse, the Ingalls take her to a specialist. There they learn that Mary needs an immediate operation.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 50 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E22

#12 - Gold Country (2) (Season 3 - Episode 22)


A heavy rain has been falling in Walnut Grove for two months, and it shows no signs of stopping. Farmers like Charles fear that their families will go hungry, and after reading an article in the newspaper, they take a 400-mile journey with their wives and children for a temporary new life in Gold Country. Things start out pretty well when Charles and Isaiah dig up some gold, but Laura and Carl get a completely different perspective from a new friend that they meet near their camp site. Meanwhile, Caroline opens and teaches a school in a tent, right in the middle of town, but it proves to be a less-than-ideal learning environment for everyone.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 43 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E13

#11 - Quarantine (Season 3 - Episode 13)

Mr. Edwards and Doc Baker help a nearby town with an epidemic case of mountain fever. When Mr. Edwards returns, a quarantine is placed on Walnut Grove. Alicia, Mr. Edward's adopted daughter comes down with the disease. Mr. Edwards tries to help his daughter. Laura, not knowing about the disease, goes to visit Alicia and Mr. Edwards. Laura ends up taking care of the both of them while they recover.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 50 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E14

#10 - Little Women (Season 3 - Episode 14)


The school children are allowed to put on plays in groups. Laura and Mary work with Ginny Clark, a student who has no father. Ginny wants her mother to date, but her mother, Della, doesn't believe she looks good enough. Ginny sells her long beautiful hair so she can buy her mother a new dress. Della at first accuses Ginny of stealing money until she sees that her daughter has cut her hair.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 50 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E3

#9 - The Race (Season 3 - Episode 3)

Laura and her horse, Bunny, are picked to win at the horse race in town. Since Mrs. Oleson doesn't want Laura to win, she buys a great thoroughbred for Nellie to ride.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 60 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E1

#8 - The Collection (Season 3 - Episode 1)


Reverend Alden gets sick while collecting donations. Caleb Hodgekiss, an ex-convict, helps the Reverend by giving him a place to stay and volunteering to get the donations from Walnut Grove. Caleb poses as a friend of the Reverend so that he might get donations which he initially planned to keep for himself.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 57 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E9

#7 - The Bully Boys (Season 3 - Episode 9)

Rev. Alden's pleas to "turn the other cheek" is put to the test when a family of ruffians move to Walnut Grove and cause trouble.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 51 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E12

#6 - I'll Ride The Wind (Season 3 - Episode 12)


Mary and John have fallen deeply in love and want to get married, but John has a problem. He must decide if he will accept a scholarship and go to college or stay with Mary. At first Mary doesn't want him to go until she and John both realize that he must take the scholarship to try to make his dreams of becoming a writer a reality.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 43 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E4

#5 - Little Girl Lost (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Carrie, having tagged along on Laura and Mary's classroom assignment, falls down a mine shaft, providing an alcoholic ex-miner a chance at redemption.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 61 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E10

#4 - The Hunters (Season 3 - Episode 10)


Pa decides to take Laura hunting with him. When Charles and Laura are getting settled down for the night, Laura trips over her dad's gun and sets it off. Charles is badly wounded. Laura runs to get help, but the only person she can find is a blind person, Sam. Since Sam just recently became blind, he knew his way around somewhat. After getting lost a few times, Sam and Laura finally find Mr. Edwards' home. Mr. Edwards gets a doctor, who saves Mr. Ingalls. Thanks to Laura, Sam learned that just because he was blind didn't mean he had to stay at home and do nothing.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 50 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E18

#3 - The Wisdom of Solomon (Season 3 - Episode 18)

Solomon Henry, an eleven year old black boy, runs away from his family because he's tired of everybody treating him different. He goes to live with the Ingalls. The Ingalls learn many important things and Laura learns an important lesson : Don't take things for granted. The Ingalls convince Solomon to be proud of his heritage. Solomon goes back to his family in the end.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 46 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E11

#2 - Blizzard (Season 3 - Episode 11)


The day before Christmas vacation started, Miss Beadle lets the children out early when she notices that a snowstorm is beginning. The children aren't able to make it home before the storm starts. The men of Walnut Grove search for the children while Doc Baker takes care of the frostbitten children that show up at the school.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 64 votes.

Little House on the Prairie - S3E7

#1 - Journey in the Spring (2) (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.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 44 votes.

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