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The Waltons 

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

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Earl Hamner Jr.
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Complete series cast summary:
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. ...  The 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 169 episodes, 1972-1979
Will Geer ...  The Grandfather 145 episodes, 1972-1979
Ellen Corby ...  Esther Walton 145 episodes, 1971-1980
Richard Thomas ...  John-Boy Walton / ... 125 episodes, 1971-1978
Ronnie Claire Edwards ...  Corabeth Godsey 107 episodes, 1975-1981
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spencer's Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Hueneme, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(221 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The "goodnight" routine at the end of each show was an actual activity in creator Earl Hamner, Jr.s home when he was a child. He said the activity would go on until his father finally told them to be quiet. One instance of this not happening was the two-part episode "The Outrage"; at the end of part 2, President Roosevelt dies and the family goes to Charlottesville early in the morning to pay their last respects as the train carrying his body passes by. See more »

Goofs

Olivia and John have light-blue eyes, as do Olivia's aunt and uncle and both of John's parents; but three of their children have dark-brown eyes. This is genetically possible, and excusable for artistic license, but it's almost unheard-of in the human population. See more »

Quotes

Olivia: Now I've got two sons working nights in a saloon.
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Alternate Versions

In the German dubbed version, "Zebulon 'Zeb/Grandpa' Walton's first name is "Sam". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael Palin/Eugene Record (1978) 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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