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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Mary Ellen's husband, Dr. Curtis Williard, was written out of the show by having him killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. However, a couple of seasons later it was discovered that Curtis was among the few that survived the attack and was still alive and living in another city, but was rendered impotent due to the injuries he suffered during the attack. 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 »

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Olivia: Now I've got two sons working nights in a saloon.
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Ironies of Ironies
20 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most popular series on CBS in the mid-1970's and it is one of the most ironic. This show came one year after CBS's infamous purge of all of its rural comedies. In 1971 hugely popular shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, He Haw and The Ed Sullivan show were all canceled because of the perception that they didn't appeal to urban dwellers or young people. Ironically all these shows were still in the top-10 at the time they were canceled. The next year The Waltons debuted and quickly became one of the most popular shows in the network's history, it even was responsible, in part, for the cancellation of the hugely popular Flip Wilson Show on NBC. I wonder how Fred Silverman, the man responsible for the purge, felt after this show became a hit.


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such a big family and only 2 cars... misd-86934
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