The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

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In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, during the Great Depression, the Walton family makes its small income from its saw mill on Walton's Mountain. The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The saga follows the family through economic depression, World War II, and through growing up, school, courtship, marriage, employment, birth, aging, illness and death. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Former executive of CBS wanted a major star for the series. He suggested Henry Fonda to play the patriarch. The network screened him the two-hour pilot movie. Fonda, to quote executive producer Lee Rich, said, "What do you want me for? The kid is the star! The whole family is the star! You don't need me." See more »

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The family got a phone during the later episodes but subsequent to that, they still seemed to be getting their phone messages through storekeeper and manager, Ike Godsey. See more »

Quotes

John Walton: I hate this draft job, Liv. I can't stand playing God to my neighbors' sons!
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Referenced in Only Fools and Horses....: The Russians Are Coming (1981) See more »

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Need More TV Shows Like This One
12 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Both my parents are dead and gone, but where raised in the Southwest mountains of Virginia during the depression, as Baptists, they along with myself and other members of our family watched this show every week. Several of us still watch it every morning, it comes on here at 7 am, it's a great start to my day. Every episode may not be exactly as some remember, that lived during that era, but it's a lot more true to life than most of what is on TV today. It would be nice if there were shows that even came close to this one, made now. Children and grown-ups alike could benefit from acting a little more like the Waltons, than a lot of people they try to imitate from TV in this day and time.


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