The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The family takes in a deaf girl who was abandoned by her mother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Esther Walton
The Grandfather
Mary Ellen Walton
Jason Walton
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Jim-Bob Walton (as David Harper)
Ruth Collier
Anson Collier
Sheriff Ep Bridges
Ike Godsey


The family takes in a deaf girl who was abandoned by her mother.

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Drama | Family | Romance




Release Date:

14 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Will Geer as Grandpa is seen slapping the radio, saying he's trying to get "Charlie and Eddie," a reference to the ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy radio program. Edgar Bergen played the role of Grandpa in THE HOMECOMING, the 1971 TV Movie that introduced the Walton family and that spawned The Waltons series. Will Geer then took over Edgar Bergen's role as Grandpa for the series, after this special introduction, as the show debuted. See more »


As Holly's mother watches the children playing outside whilst hidden in the trees, when shown from behind she is wearing a beige cardigan. When the shot changes to a front view, the cardigan has gone. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] When I was growing up during the Depression, I lived with my red-headed brothers and sisters, my parents and grandparents, at the foot of a mountain which had been in our family for generations. My father used to say that in our house there was always room for one more and I remember a morning when his hospitality was put to a challenging test.
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Edited into The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons (1980) See more »

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The Start to The Walton Era
29 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was in 9th grade when the showed aired on September 14 1972. I loved this show because back in those days they seem to be more then just TV shows. I loved the Waltons because it showed so much family loved that I wish I could of experience. It's early in the morning when you see a woman running near the Walton house like down something in a blanket near the back porch. Reckless that old hound barked but the family was so use to Reckless barking that they paid no attention to it. Olivia gets up and comes down to start breakfast for the children so they can go to school. She tells John Boy that the cow needs milked and John Boy comes down, grabs the bucket and heads for the back porch. When he gets outside, he sees the little girl lying on the fruit cellar door rapped in the blanket. He hollers for his folks and they come to check on her. John Boy goes to pick her up and she bites him on the hand. Olivia takes her inside and gives her a bath. After she's clean up Olivia brings her downstairs and feeds her. Olivia finds a note in the Childs pocket telling her that the girls name is Holly. John and Olivia takes Holly into town to the Sheriff where there told the only place they can put her is in the County home. Before going home the Waltons take Holly over to the doctors to have her check out. The Doctor tells the Waltons that Holly is ****. Now John has to decide whether to keep Holly at the house or send her to the County Home. I always loved this show because of theme and this was the being of along and running TV show.

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