The Waltons: Season 1, Episode 0

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (19 Dec. 1971)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Family | Romance
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Story of the events that happened on Christmas Eve, 1933, to one rural American family.

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The Walton family is about to celebrate another Christmas. It's during the '30s and the Depression. John Walton promised to be home soon but seems to be late. John-Boy tells his sibs about Christmas and all that stuff. When John hasn't showed for hours, Ma sends John-Boy out to find him. Will John ever get home to celebrate Christmas with his family? This movie spun off the TV series "The Waltons". Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Rated PG for brief mild language
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Trivia

Earl Hamner's two children Scott and Carrie are in the film as two of the children listening to the missionary lady. Carrie is the short-dark-haired girl in a home-made hat and Scott is the boy with paler hair, also wearing a hat. See more »

Goofs

When the children are unpacking the Christmas ornaments, Jim-Bob jostles Elizabeth's arm and the ornament shatters. Erin can be seen mouthing Elizabeth's line: "You bumped my arm!" See more »

Quotes

Jim-Bob Walton: What's the matter with Mary Ellen?
John-Boy: Well, she's just crazy, everybody goes crazy when you're thirteen.
Mary Ellen: The world is a big round ball! Eight-thousand miles smack through the middle! Waltons Mountain is just a tiny speck on it!
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Followed by A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Performed by Cleavon Little, Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson and Richard Thomas
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Growing up on Waltons Mountian, every Thursday I was one of the kids except I was just in front of the Tv in my living room.
14 May 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

One night in December of 1971,I was just a young child of 7 years , enjoying the hope and antisipation of the upcomming Christmas holiday. I was just looking through the channels of my TV set and ran across this movie that had been on for maybe 40 minites or so. just as I tuned in, John Boy had just recked the family truck looking for his Daddy. I continuded watching this show while more and more becomming curiously intersted in this family from the 30s who seemed to be so poor but in turn so very rich in love and closeness of a strong and courageous group of relitives. After the airing of "The Homecomming" that night, I was filled with a feeling of goodness and respect of family that today is almost non exsistant in television. To tell the truth, I think it may never come to that type of programing ever again. I had no idea of what I just witnessed in the beginning program of what would become the best , most highly respected family show to date. This is a TRUE classic, timeless and ever lasting and if you are like me , I know that values shuch as the ones that The Waltons taught us for 10 years after that Dec. night, should make a comback and make it fast!!What happened? can you tell me? Ill tell you all this ,to this day , I still find myself messing around with my kids at night saying, goodnight John boy, goodnight Mary Ellen (although their names are not John Boy nor Mary Ellen) but still I wait for the reply that I heard so many Thursday nights in the 70s at 900pm which is truly music to my ears.... goodnight Daddy!


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