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Release Date:
14 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The life and trials of a 1930s mountain family. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 57 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Walton's series is the best show ever on TV See more (34 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 195)

Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)

Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton (213 episodes, 1971-1981)

Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)

Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton (212 episodes, 1971-1981)
Earl Hamner Jr. ... Narrator / ... (211 episodes, 1972-1981)

Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr. / ... (196 episodes, 1972-1981)

Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey (172 episodes, 1972-1981)

Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton (168 episodes, 1972-1979)

Will Geer ... The Grandfather / ... (143 episodes, 1972-1978)

Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton (142 episodes, 1971-1980)

Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton (124 episodes, 1971-1978)
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Corabeth Walton / ... (107 episodes, 1974-1981)
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Series Directed by
Harry Harris (40 episodes, 1972-1981)
Philip Leacock (25 episodes, 1972-1981)
Ralph Waite (16 episodes, 1973-1980)
Lawrence Dobkin (16 episodes, 1976-1981)
Gwen Arner (13 episodes, 1977-1980)
Ralph Senensky (12 episodes, 1973-1978)
Harvey S. Laidman (11 episodes, 1975-1981)
Alf Kjellin (10 episodes, 1972-1975)
Walter Alzmann (9 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jack Shea (8 episodes, 1972-1975)
Lee Philips (7 episodes, 1972-1975)
Ivan Dixon (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Herbert Hirschman (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
Richard Thomas (5 episodes, 1975-1977)
Vincent Sherman (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert Butler (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Anthony Brand (2 episodes, 1977)
Nell Cox (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Stan Lathan (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bernard McEveety (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
James Sheldon (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Earl Hamner Jr. (213 episodes, 1971-1981)
Kathleen Hite (25 episodes, 1974-1981)
Claire Whitaker (22 episodes, 1975-1981)
Rod Peterson (21 episodes, 1975-1980)
John McGreevey (20 episodes, 1972-1978)
Ernie Wallengren (9 episodes, 1979-1981)
Nigel McKeand (8 episodes, 1972-1974)
Andy White (8 episodes, 1975-1977)
Juliet Law Packer (8 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robert Pirosh (8 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul West (7 episodes, 1975-1978)
Joanna Lee (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Hindi Brooks (5 episodes, 1974-1977)
Marion Hargrove (5 episodes, 1975-1981)
Jeb Rosebrook (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Richard Carr (4 episodes, 1973-1975)
Seth Freeman (4 episodes, 1975-1977)
Michael McGreevey (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Savage (3 episodes, 1972-1978)
John Furia (3 episodes, 1972-1976)
Dale Eunson (3 episodes, 1973-1977)
Nancy Greenwald (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Tony Kayden (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Michael Russnow (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
D.C. Fontana (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Richard Fontana (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Scott Hamner (3 episodes, 1981)
Ellen Corby (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Lionel E. Siegel (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard Fielder (2 episodes, 1973)
Joseph Bonaduce (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Carol Evan McKeand (2 episodes, 1974)
Joan Scott (2 episodes, 1975-1977)
Max Hodge (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
William Parker (2 episodes, 1979-1980)

Series Produced by
Lee Rich .... executive producer / co-executive producer (189 episodes, 1971-1980)
Earl Hamner Jr. .... executive producer / co-executive producer (123 episodes, 1975-1981)
Robert L. Jacks .... producer (92 episodes, 1971-1976)
Claylene Jones .... associate producer / producer (90 episodes, 1977-1981)
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer (84 episodes, 1972-1975)
Rod Peterson .... producer / executive producer / ... (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Andy White .... producer (50 episodes, 1975-1978)

Roger La Page .... line producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Alexander Courage (155 episodes, 1972-1981)
Arthur Morton (28 episodes, 1972-1974)
Jerry Goldsmith (8 episodes, 1971-1973)
 
Series Cinematography by
Russell Metty (57 episodes, 1972-1975)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (45 episodes, 1976-1978)
Serge Haignere (32 episodes, 1978-1980)
Emil Oster (29 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert Caramico (19 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gene A. Talvin (16 episodes, 1978-1980)
Al Francis (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Hugh K. Gagnier (3 episodes, 1981)
Fred Jackman Jr. (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. (72 episodes, 1971-1975)
Bill Mosher (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
Marjorie Fowler (40 episodes, 1971-1977)
Michael McCroskey (28 episodes, 1973-1976)
Marsh Hendry (23 episodes, 1978-1981)
Marshall Neilan Jr. (18 episodes, 1979-1981)
Anthony Wollner (16 episodes, 1972-1976)
Richard Lane (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
David Blangsted (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Harrison (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
Samuel E. Beetley (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
Marvin Adelson (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan Jaggs (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
John C. Howard (4 episodes, 1973)
Bernard Balmuth (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Fred W. Berger (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Bill Lewis (3 episodes, 1973)
Ken Zemke (3 episodes, 1978)
Dick Wormell (2 episodes, 1976)
John Farrell (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Casting by
Pam Polifroni (188 episodes, 1972-1980)
Doris Sabbagh (84 episodes, 1975-1981)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ed Graves (172 episodes, 1972-1980)
John P. Bruce (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Carl Braunger (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter R. Romero (11 episodes, 1975-1976)
Howard E. Johnson (4 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Set Decoration by
James Cane (142 episodes, 1972-1978)
Toby Considine (19 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ron Jeschke (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michele Harding Walker (13 episodes, 1979)
Raymond Paul (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Barbara Down (6 episodes, 1979)
Robert C. Furginson (3 episodes, 1980)
Joanne MacDougall (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Makeup Department
William Reynolds .... makeup artist (138 episodes, 1975-1981)
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist (120 episodes, 1974-1979)
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist / hair stylist (72 episodes, 1972-1975)
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist (50 episodes, 1972-1974)
Dorothy Andre .... hair stylist (30 episodes, 1980-1981)
Shirley Crawford .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive production manager / executive in charge of production / ... (143 episodes, 1972-1978)
Edward O. Denault .... executive production supervisor / executive in charge of production (67 episodes, 1978-1981)
Walter Alzmann .... unit production manager (66 episodes, 1975-1980)
Ralph Ferrin .... unit production manager (51 episodes, 1974-1978)
Mitch Ackerman .... production supervisor (46 episodes, 1979-1981)
Harvey S. Laidman .... unit production manager (21 episodes, 1973-1975)
Walt Gilmore .... unit production manager (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Lynn Guthrie .... unit production manager / production manager (11 episodes, 1973-1977)
Gene Fowler Jr. .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 1973)
Joe Florence .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Helmick .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1980)

Roger La Page .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director / first assistant director (68 episodes, 1974-1980)
Walt Gilmore .... first assistant director (27 episodes, 1978-1980)
Paul Sirmons .... second assistant director (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Walter Alzmann .... assistant director (23 episodes, 1975-1977)
James Fitzpatrick .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harvey S. Laidman .... assistant director (21 episodes, 1973-1975)
Lynn Guthrie .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ernie Santell .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Xavier Reyes .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ted Swanson .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Roger La Page .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1980-1981)
Norman Stevens .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1978)
Joe Florence .... first assistant director / assistant director (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Barnwell .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Claude Lawrence Jr. .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Marty Hornstein .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Art Department
Fred Westcott .... property master (121 episodes, 1976-1981)
Al Rohm .... construction coordinator (80 episodes, 1975-1979)
Leon Schotter .... property master (71 episodes, 1972-1975)
Earl W. Huntoon Jr. .... property master (12 episodes, 1975)
Gregg H. Bilson .... property master (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Marco A. Campos .... propmaker (2 episodes, 1979)

Serge Genitempo .... painter (unknown episodes)
Kandy Stern .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor / sound effects supervisor (210 episodes, 1972-1981)
Bill Flannery .... production sound mixer (141 episodes, 1972-1978)
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor (48 episodes, 1973-1975)
Jack Wheeler .... sound effects editor (37 episodes, 1973-1978)
Dick Kupper .... sound effects editor / sound editor / ... (34 episodes, 1976-1979)
Norman Webster .... production sound mixer (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Harlan Riggs .... production sound mixer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Craig Felburg .... production sound mixer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
David R. Elliott .... sound editor (21 episodes, 1980-1981)
David D. Caldwell .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Thomas Burke .... sound effects editor / sound editor (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sam Caylor .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Anthony Ippolito .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 1977)
John Jolliffe .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jack Lowry .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joe Kavigan .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1979)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double (1 episode, 1972)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (1 episode, 1972)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (1 episode, 1975)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (97 episodes, 1971-1976)
Earl C. Williman .... electrical gaffer / gaffer (67 episodes, 1972-1975)
Armando Contreras .... key grip (54 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jim Buchanan .... key grip / grip (38 episodes, 1976-1979)
Duane Smith .... electrical gaffer (35 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alfred Cline .... camera operator (32 episodes, 1972-1973)
Richard Borland .... key grip (29 episodes, 1972-1973)
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (26 episodes, 1971-1979)
Robert A. Petzoldt .... electrical gaffer (23 episodes, 1975-1976)
Merle Miller .... electrical gaffer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Larry J. Aube .... key grip (20 episodes, 1973-1978)
Serge Haignere .... camera operator (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Bill Swearingen .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1975-1976)
Fred Arney .... key grip (11 episodes, 1977-1979)
Richard M. Rawlings Jr. .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1976-1977)
Frank R. Hale .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1975)
Robert Chaldu .... electrical gaffer (8 episodes, 1978)
Ron McManus .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1978)
James R. Field .... electrical gaffer (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Hennessy Sr. .... key grip (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Fred Russell .... key grip (5 episodes, 1972)
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1977)
Christopher Lynch .... electrical gaffer (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Joel King .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1979)

Serge Poupis .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer (105 episodes, 1972-1977)
Shirley Brewton .... costumer (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jeanne Malone .... costume supervisor / costumer (25 episodes, 1976-1978)
Arden Cleeland .... costume supervisor (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
John McDonald .... costumer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerry Herrin .... costumer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Linda Henrikson .... costumer (17 episodes, 1975-1976)
Gene Ostler .... costumer (16 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mary Lou Reinbold .... costumer (14 episodes, 1976-1977)
Hope Slepak .... costumer (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert M. Moore .... costumer (8 episodes, 1973-1975)
James P. Cullen .... costumer (8 episodes, 1980)
Paul St. John .... costumer (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Jim O'Daniel .... costumer (3 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... editorial supervisor (54 episodes, 1975-1977)

Alfred J. Carranza .... apprentice film editor (unknown episodes)
M. Scott Smith .... apprentice editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music (210 episodes, 1972-1981)
Ken Runyon .... music editor (162 episodes, 1974-1981)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (25 episodes, 1971-1973)
Edna Bullock .... music editor (24 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard Luckey .... music editor (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Transportation Department
James R. White .... transportation captain (25 episodes, 1977-1978)
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (24 episodes, 1971-1975)
Frank Khoury .... transportation (4 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Other crew
Sandy Dvore .... main title designer / title designer / ... (188 episodes, 1973-1981)
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor (165 episodes, 1972-1980)
Doris Hamner .... technical consultant (147 episodes, 1974-1981)
Earl Hamner Jr. .... executive story consultant / executive story editor (141 episodes, 1972-1978)
Claire Whitaker .... story editor / executive story editor (69 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul West .... story editor (59 episodes, 1975-1978)
Julie Waxman .... production coordinator (55 episodes, 1973-1976)
Carol Evan McKeand .... story editor (48 episodes, 1973-1975)
Carroll Newman .... production coordinator (39 episodes, 1973-1975)
Claylene Jones .... production coordinator (35 episodes, 1975-1977)
Carol Marie .... production coordinator (29 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ernie Wallengren .... story editor (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Donna Kemp .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1979)
Andy White .... story editor (10 episodes, 1975)
Donna Turner .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Elizabeth Bernard .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Robert Gary .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Mae Hershon .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1980)

Arrahwanna Thomsen .... script supervisor (unknown episodes, 1976)
John Philip Dayton .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Lynn Guthrie .... aircraft pilot (unknown episodes)
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Will Geer .... dedicated to the memory of (1 episode, 1978)
 

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Trivia:
When the show premiered on CBS at the beginning of the 1972-73 season, most media pundits felt it didn't have a chance, airing as it did opposite two longtime ratings powerhouses, "Flip" (1970) on NBC, had been the number one show in America for the previous two seasons, and ABC's "Mod Squad" (1968) was a long-standing favorite, as well. "The Waltons" out-performed both shows in the ratings by a wide margin. "Mod Squad" was canceled by the end of the season, and Flip Wilson, rather than have the same thing happen to his show, announced that the 1973-74 season would be his last. All this happened just a year after CBS felt that rural shows were "out," and set out to prove it, in a highly controversial move, as Fred Silverman canceled several long-running series, such as "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) and "Green Acres" (1965) which were still very popular and doing well on televisions weekly ratings.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Olivia:Now I've got two sons working nights in a saloon.See more »
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FAQ

Where were the outside scenes filmed? It says here that it was studios in Burbank, however, some of the mountain scenes really appear to be the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Walton's series is the best show ever on TV, 15 January 2005
Author: (sara_jang) from United States

The Walton's series and specials really helped so many people to realize that real families do exist and that one can create the love and caring in their own lives that we saw lived on the screen. My family was a good family, but did not have the love and warmth that the Walton's did. But because of the effect the series had on me, I was able to marry and have children, and raise them to have that bond and that love that I did not know was possible until I saw The Walton's. The acting was wonderful and I watch anything that stars Richard Thomas. He can play an evil man just as realistically as the well-loved John Boy,

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