The Waltons (1971–1981)

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

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 Jason Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Erin Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
Eric Scott ...
 Ben Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Mary Ellen Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
David W. Harper ...
 Jim-Bob Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Elizabeth Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Narrator / ... (211 episodes, 1972-1981)
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 John Walton, Sr. / ... (196 episodes, 1972-1981)
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 Ike Godsey (172 episodes, 1972-1981)
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 Olivia Walton (169 episodes, 1972-1979)
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 The Grandfather / ... (145 episodes, 1972-1979)
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 Esther Walton (144 episodes, 1971-1980)
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 John-Boy Walton (124 episodes, 1971-1978)
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 Corabeth Walton / ... (107 episodes, 1975-1981)
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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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The "Walton House" was actually located in the northern section of the Jungle area of Warner Brothers studios in Burbank. Walton's Mountain, which could be seen from the house's front porch, was actually a slope of the Hollywood Hills directly south of the Warner Bros. Studios. Interiors of the house were filmed on Stage 26. The roadway leading to the Walton house through the remaining portion of the jungle still existed in 2003 and is visible during the studio tour, although Ike Godsey's store has long since disappeared. The house had been dismantled a few years before to make way for a parking lot and was moved to the Warner Bros. Ranch lot at Hollywood Way and Verdugo Avenue, where it still functions as a workable exterior set. If you check the Season 1 DVD's of "Gilmore Girls" you will note that the old "Dragonfly Inn" that Lorelai and Sookie purchase and then renovate is the exterior of the Walton house. This is also stated in the trivia section for "Gilmore Girls" here on IMDb.com. See more »

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The gender of the dog Reckless seemed to change back in forth throughout the first several episodes. See more »

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Grandpa (Zeb) Walton: I could do another sandwich, Esther.
Grandma (Esther) Walton: You're the one at this table who could do a little starving.
Grandpa (Zeb) Walton: Esther, we have got to keep our strength up.
Grandma (Esther) Walton: Strength? I think you just get weak carrying all that around.
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Great show
8 April 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

TV Land is showing the series in sequence (for the most part), and I'm enjoying seeing it again, for only the second time. The acting is excellent, as are the production values. The terrible reunion shows of the 90s did not do justice to the series. They "messed" with the chronology, jumping ahead in time, for the sake of historical landmarks, when they should have respected the reality of the series. Granted, the last two seasons were strained, but I am currently viewing Season Six, the first without John-Boy, and it works quite well. Some complain that the series is a 70s version of the 30s/40s, but in 2004, I would not agree. I grew up in Virginia during the 60s, and I definitely feel that the series creators have adequately presented the dignity and attitude of the Southeast. Again, the reunion shows were idiotic. (Did these people never buy new appliances, or pave their driveway? The last reunion, set in 1969, was ridiculous. The characters were ten years younger than they should have been. The youngest child would have been around 41 years old, not 30.)

12/2006 NOTE: The current Walton's home set is NOT the original - just check with the studio.


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