I thought it would be fun to rank the Little House on the Prairie episodes based on the ratings users gave them at IMDB and TV.com. I used weighted averages in compiling this list since it seemed like the best method to use and didn’t result in any ties.
I found that this method put some of the best episodes in the top ten and some of the worst in the bottom ten, but there are a few rankings you probably won’t agree with. Predictably the Laura and Almanzo episodes did really well, but it also looks like the Mary and John Jr. episodes had a huge numbers of fans that swayed the rankings, including one episode that upset many Little House fans.
Without any further ado, here are the top ten episodes.
10. “Back to School: Part 2” (Season 6, Episode 2)
Original air date: September 24, 1979
Laura wants Almanzo to see her as an adult and decides to take the graduation exam so she can become a teacher. Nellie gets even for the cinnamon chicken incident by telling Laura that the exam doesn’t have any history and things reach a boiling point with Laura and Nellie’s classic mud wrestling fight.
Here are additional Blu-ray scenes that I found for Town Party, Country Party that weren’t on the original DVDs:
7:51 – 9:07
After Carrie is shown eating the corn, the next scene has Laura outside taking a bath. Caroline gets her out of the tub and brings her inside and then Charles finds a fully clothed Carry in the bathtub with Jack. The DVD cuts from Carrie eating the corn to Olga’s dad getting water out of the well. I found this scene on Youtube in English with Dutch subtitles.
I played “If I Should Wake Before I Die” side by side on Blu-ray and the old Imavision DVDs and found the following scenes that were missing from the old DVDs:
10:46 – 12:58
After the funeral, Charles gives Miss Amy a ride home and offers to let her stay with them for a few days, but she declines. She then goes in the house and looks at a picture frame with what I assume are pictures of her three children. The DVD cuts from Miss Amy talking to Laura and Mary at the funeral to Mary saying grace and the Ingalls family eating dinner.
Here are the runtimes of the new season one Blu-ray vs the old Imavison DVDs. The opening on the old Imavision DVDs is a separate 53 second file on each disc, so I had to add 53 seconds to each of the DVD runtimes to make the comparisons more accurate.
I don’t have the pilot on DVD, so I got the runtime off of Amazon. If someone who owns the DVD can double check the runtime for me, I would appreciate it.