The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.


Earl Hamner Jr.
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Won 13 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Jon Walmsley ...  Jason Walton 212 episodes, 1972-1981
Mary Beth McDonough ...  Erin Walton 212 episodes, 1972-1981
Eric Scott ...  Ben Walton 212 episodes, 1972-1981
Kami Cotler ...  Elizabeth Walton 212 episodes, 1972-1981
Judy Norton ...  Mary Ellen Walton 211 episodes, 1972-1981
David W. Harper ...  Jim-Bob Walton 211 episodes, 1972-1981
Earl Hamner Jr. ...  The Narrator / ... 210 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
Ellen Corby ...  Esther Walton 148 episodes, 1972-1980
Will Geer ...  The Grandfather 143 episodes, 1972-1979
Richard Thomas ...  John-Boy Walton / ... 124 episodes, 1972-1978
Ronnie Claire Edwards ...  Corabeth Godsey 107 episodes, 1975-1981


In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, during the Great Depression, the Walton family makes its small income from its sawmill on Walton's Mountain. The story is told through the eyes of eldest son John-Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The saga follows the family through economic depression and World War II; and through growing up, school, courtship, marriage, employment, birth, aging, illness, and death. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Drama | Family | Romance


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There is confusion throughout the series when some of the children were born. Initially, it is indicated that John-Boy was born in 1916, but later on in the series it is stated that John had gone to fight in World War 1 in the spring of 1917 and Olivia says that John-Boy was born while John was away in the war. Then again, in the episode "The Hero," John-Boy recalls seeing his father for the first time when he returned from the war in 1918 and adds, "I was four years old," meaning he was born in 1914. Erin is 12 years old in 1934 but graduates from high school in 1937, when she would have been 15. Jim-Bob was born in 1923, but does not graduate from high school until 1944 when he would have been 21, but during his last year in school he wants to join the Army but cannot because he is underage. Elizabeth was born in 1927 but does not graduate until 1947 when she would have been 20. See more »


There is a prominent gas water heater seen in the Waltons kitchen, and yet they cook with a wood stove. If the house was hooked up for natural gas it's likely they would use that to cook as well. See more »


[after a very loud and stern speech]
Rev. Matthew Fordwick: What do you think of my sermon?
Jim Bob Walton: Scary.
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Alternate Versions

In the French version the show is called "La Famille des Collines," which loosely translates to "The Family of the Hills." See more »


Referenced in Sesame Songs: Sing-Along Earth Songs (1993) See more »

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I truely believe that this program is my all-time favorite
13 September 2003 | by nelson_lSee all my reviews

I truely believe that this program is my all-time favorite. I had been married two months when, on September 14, 1972, Earl Hamner Jr. came on the TV screen just prior to the first episode of "The Waltons" to explain the nature of the series. I remember well his dialogue of introduction and the episode that followed. "The Waltons" was well acted, well scripted and very down to earth and touching. I wasn't living during the Depression, but, my parents and my in-laws were and their stories and descriptions of the life back then during those trying times was exactly reinacted in the series "The Waltons". The writing and the cast are truely amazing as they literally make the characters portrayed come alive. I will always love the series, "The Waltons". I only wish they produced programs of this calibre today.

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14 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spencer's Mountain See more »

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Lorimar Productions See more »
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