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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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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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 / ... 171 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

Jon Walmsley'never knew his grandparents, while Ellen Corby never had grandchildren. The two "adopted" each other, attending events and visiting places together. 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

Grandpa (Zeb) Walton: Jim Bob, just where do you think you're going?
Jim Bob Walton: I'm leaving, Grandpa.
Grandpa (Zeb) Walton: May your favorite Grandpa ask why?
Jim Bob: Elizabeth's never going to walk again... it's my fault.
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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 Diff'rent Strokes: Hall Monitor (1983) See more »

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Ironies of Ironies
20 February 2003 | by SargebriSee 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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