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The Waltons 

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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 & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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
Ellen Corby ...  Esther Walton 148 episodes, 1972-1980
Will Geer ...  The Grandfather 145 episodes, 1972-1979
Richard Thomas ...  John-Boy Walton / ... 124 episodes, 1972-1978
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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Trivia

Richard Thomas came back to the show for a few guest appearances after his character role of John-Boy Walton was taken by Robert Wightman. His contract was for the first five seasons, not full time. 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 »

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Grover: Six years in grade school, five years in high school... everything I ever ran for, I was always running against the same Johnny Walton... The greatest day of my life was when I beat John Walton out for senior-class president. I don't think he ever lost any sleep over it. Now I'm an ambitious man - some would say successful; probably it's all John's fault. I was always running; he was always going past me at a walk. And here it is, 25 years later: here I am, and there's John. Then look at me... ...
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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 »

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Referenced in Silver Spoons: The House Guest (1987) 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1972 (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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