Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 14

The Nephews

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 19, 1981 on NBC
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3.4
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98 votes
  • Poorly-developed plot, stretches one gimmick like a cheap cotton t-shirt.

    3.2
    Laura and Almanzo are tricked into caring for their nephews by Almanzo's brother Royal.

    Lots of people can complain about the continuity of this episode with Season 9, and that's all fine. But it's also lazy and not very funny.

    Season 7 leaves me struggling to find any episodes that don't have some flaws and this one is no exception. The theme here is "being permissive with children can have bad results", something done before on the series but here played as a comedy. But it's not well-done, the storyline is nothing but a succession of pranks, one after another, all set to any David Rose music that was ever used to represent whimsy on the series. Very unstructured as to plot and without even the Landon "lesson" either, as the boys learn nothing from the overwrought reactive antics of Laura and Almanzo Wilder.

    Surprisingly, I would even rate this as one of the better episodes of the season because it at least tries a different approach. For a good example of comedy on "Little House on the Prairie", I would look for the episode "Fred" as that takes an initially funny premise and develops it through many characters and situations - in contrast, this installment beats the pranks horse to death.
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