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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 / ... 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 »

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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

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

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

Quotes

John Walton, Sr.: Good night, John Boy.
John 'John Boy' Walton Jr.: Good night, everyone.
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Alternate Versions

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

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A all time favorite TV program for families
14 September 1999 | by sueleighSee all my reviews

I started in the 70's as a young girl watching The Waltons, and now I have a family that values this all time TV program. My family is not fully The Walton's lifestyle (times have changed), but I (a mom) value the family circle The Waltons TV program provides my family. The togetherness of happy and tough times for The Waltons, gives me hope still to this day, that you can work through anything and still go on. The joy of family support is there in this TV show, and much love, which you don't see on TV today. The Waltons have grandma, grandpa to run to for love and all there sisters and brothers jump in to help one other. What more can you ask for in a TV program for families? I and my family watch The Waltons as much as I can, more so I do, because I like to see others happy and getting along. All the actors and actress do a outstanding job in this TV program and have a wonderful TV setting to do it on. The mountains and a large family, there is so much to be involved in, such as picnic dinners, fishing, walking to the small store, community activities. Keep running those Waltons TV shows, because I will be tuned in.


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