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)
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 Ben Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Mary Ellen Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Jim-Bob Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 Elizabeth Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
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 The 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 Godsey (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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19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Spencer's Mountain  »

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Trivia

Ralph Waite was a licensed minister in real life. This was in contrast to his character, which rarely went to church. He actually assisted John Ritter in his role as Reverend Fordwick. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Grandma (Esther) Walton: Rise and shine, you two!
Jason Walton: I'll rise, but I sure won't shine.
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Referenced in Teachers: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

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12 July 2004 | by (Roanoke, VA) – 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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