Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 9

The King Is Dead (12 Nov. 1979)

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Aging professional wrestler Milo Stavroupolis comes to nearby Mankato to "fight" the locals. Stavroupolis' promoter, the shrewd Jimmy Hart, convinces Jonathan Garvey to fight the old man ..... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Hersha Parady ...
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Alten ...
Swamper (as Frank X. Alten)
Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
Farmer #1
Lee Generaux ...
N.D. Man
Laura Ingalls (credit only)
Leo Gordon ...
Milo Stavroupolis


Aging professional wrestler Milo Stavroupolis comes to nearby Mankato to "fight" the locals. Stavroupolis' promoter, the shrewd Jimmy Hart, convinces Jonathan Garvey to fight the old man ... unaware that the fight was "fixed." But there's even more heartbreak ahead, as Stavroupolis is suffering emotionally (and physically) after years of fighting; his beloved wife, Anna (herself desperately ill) has begged him to retire. The old man - conviced by Jonathan to substitute for him in the upcoming championship bout - gets one last hurrah when a cocky young fighter presses his luck before suffering a fatal heart attack in the ring. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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12 November 1979 (USA)  »

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24 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is definitely on my bottom ten list. I'm not a wrestling fan, but I still enjoyed the other episode (Joe Kagen's story) much, much more than this one. I am yawningly board watching this. And Harriet Olsen's "comic relief" only serves to isolate me further. She's done a lot of low things in her time, but gambling with the church money was pretty low. I think the episode would have been much better if she had lost it...

If you like wrestling, this one's a good episode for you. But I could do without it. We don't get to see most of the Ingalls' family, nor do we get to see my new favorite character - Almanzo Wilder...

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