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

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Cast

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 »

Company Credits

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

John Ritter left the show after the 1975-76 season because he was offered the lead role in "Three's Company". He said his only regret in taking the "Three's Company" role was leaving his role as Reverend Fordwick. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) See more »

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A breath of fresh air in 2004
8 June 2004 | by Katz5See all my reviews

Television has been going to the dogs over the past few years. I recently picked up the DVD set of the first season of The Waltons and have been engrossed with every episode. Each episode is like a miniature movie, with good acting and stories. And what people used to make fun of (the syrupy quality of the show) now is a welcome relief. I'd watch this over 99.9% of the junk on TV these days. One could have a field day writing about this show and comparing/contrasting it to The Sopranos. The Sopranos, a show that I enjoy equally for other reasons (I'm not counting HBO's shows as regular TV shows), is the polar opposite. That family is rich, profane, powerful, violent, confrontational, unhappy--while the Waltons are struggling (not exactly poor, despite the fact that it takes place during the Depression), wholesome, spiritual, loving, and HAPPY. The only thing I can quibble about The Waltons is the outdoor scenery. The tall mountains and pine trees are clearly in California, not Piedmont Virginia. The real Waltons mountain and home is not too far from where I live. There are signs off U.S. Route 29 directing tourists to the home, which I believe is now a museum. It may be worth a visit. All in all an excellent program. Definitely a collector's item.


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