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


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Complete series cast summary:
 Jason Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
 Erin Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
 Ben Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
 Mary Ellen Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
 Jim-Bob Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
 Elizabeth Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
 The Narrator (211 episodes, 1972-1981)
 John Walton, Sr. (196 episodes, 1972-1981)
 Ike Godsey (172 episodes, 1972-1981)
 Olivia Walton (169 episodes, 1972-1979)
 The Grandfather (145 episodes, 1972-1979)
 Esther Walton (144 episodes, 1971-1980)
 John-Boy Walton (124 episodes, 1971-1978)
 Corabeth Godsey (107 episodes, 1975-1981)


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 <>

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19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Spencer's Mountain  »

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The tv series is loosely based on the movie "Spencers Mountain" , staring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'hara. See more »


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 »


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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A breath of fresh air in 2004
8 June 2004 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

Television has been going to the dogs over the past few years. I recently picked up the DVD set of the first season of The Waltons and have been engrossed with every episode. Each episode is like a miniature movie, with good acting and stories. And what people used to make fun of (the syrupy quality of the show) now is a welcome relief. I'd watch this over 99.9% of the junk on TV these days. One could have a field day writing about this show and comparing/contrasting it to The Sopranos. The Sopranos, a show that I enjoy equally for other reasons (I'm not counting HBO's shows as regular TV shows), is the polar opposite. That family is rich, profane, powerful, violent, confrontational, unhappy--while the Waltons are struggling (not exactly poor, despite the fact that it takes place during the Depression), wholesome, spiritual, loving, and HAPPY. The only thing I can quibble about The Waltons is the outdoor scenery. The tall mountains and pine trees are clearly in California, not Piedmont Virginia. The real Waltons mountain and home is not too far from where I live. There are signs off U.S. Route 29 directing tourists to the home, which I believe is now a museum. It may be worth a visit. All in all an excellent program. Definitely a collector's item.

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