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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19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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The basis for the Walton family was series creator Earl Hamner Jr.'s real life family members. Hamner grew up with 7 other siblings each of whom served as the basis for each young Walton character. He also based the characters of The Waltons' grandparents on composites of both sides of his Grandfathers and Grandmothers, his mother's mother, his mother's father, his father's mother and his father's father. 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 Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Percy Sledge (1987) See more »

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The best TV Show ever made!
2 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is my favorite show! I have my own Top 100 TV Shows and this show is #1. I don't know exactly what it is about this show that attracts me to it so much. I love it though. I have every show's name memorized. Some of my favorite characters are Leslie Winston as Cindy Brunson Walton, Lisa Harrison as Toni Hazelton Walton, Mary Beth McDonough as Erin Walton Northridge, Kami Cotler as Elizabeth Walton, Jon Walmsley as Jason Walton, Will Geer as Zebulon "Grandpa" Walton, Robert Donner as Yancy Tucker, Merie Earle as Maude Gormley, David W. Harper as James Robert "Jim Bob" Walton, Eric Scott as Ben Walton, and Ellen Corby as Esther "Grandma" Walton. I loved all of the characters even the ones I did not mention.


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