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

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Jason Walton 213 episodes, 1971-1981
...  Erin Walton 213 episodes, 1971-1981
...  Ben Walton 213 episodes, 1971-1981
...  Mary Ellen Walton 212 episodes, 1971-1981
...  Jim-Bob Walton 212 episodes, 1971-1981
...  Elizabeth Walton 212 episodes, 1971-1981
...  The Narrator 211 episodes, 1972-1981
...  John Walton, Sr. 196 episodes, 1972-1981
...  Ike Godsey 172 episodes, 1972-1981
...  Olivia Walton 169 episodes, 1972-1979
...  The Grandfather 145 episodes, 1972-1979
...  Esther Walton 145 episodes, 1971-1980
...  John-Boy Walton / ... 125 episodes, 1971-1978
...  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 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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19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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In the closing scene of the series' final episode The Waltons: The Revel (1981), the remaining Walton family members and the Godseys gathered at the Baldwin sisters' mansion for a party. As the sisters thanked their guests for coming, the viewer can see that several unnamed guests have joined the crowd. These are none other than series creator Earl Hamner Jr. and other long-running cast and crew members, giving the scene a wrap-party look. See more »

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The gender of the dog Reckless seemed to change back and forth throughout the first several episodes. See more »

Quotes

Grandma (Esther) Walton: Rise and shine, you two!
Jason Walton: I'll rise, but I sure won't shine.
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Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #2.1 (1989) See more »

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Ironies of Ironies
20 February 2003 | by 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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