The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Shivaree 

A cousin who is named after Olivia visits. She is preparing for her wedding. Wedding plans go wrong when the friends plan a shivaree. The husband-to-be does not like it. He is an uptight guy.


Lee Philips


Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Max Hodge


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton
Will Geer ... The Grandfather
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E.J. André ... Hyder Snow
Wilford Brimley ... Horace Brimley


A relative wants to get married with the family there and at the mountain. Her fiancee, Bob, who's from the city comes but when he is told of a custom known as The Shivaree which is like a hazing on the groom, he asks that it not be done. John Boy tries to tell the ones who are going to do it not to but they don't get the message so they do it. When Bob comes back he wants to leave which doesn't make his wife happy. Written by

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Drama | Family | Romance







Release Date:

30 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Lorimar Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] People coming to Waltons Mountain for the first time may have been surprised to find that we had such a good life. More often than not, outsiders' impressions of hill people are formed by comic strip characters or jokes about hillbillies. We were neither, yet, we did have our rituals and our customs which must have seemed odd to outlanders. I remember a time when one of our Blue Ridge customs caused a great deal of discomfort to...
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Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Music by Leo Friedman
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I've always enjoyed this one
28 May 2019 | by hmoikaSee all my reviews

Last night, it was time for me to watch the next Waltons episode on my DVD collection. I couldn't remember everything from this episode, but remembered that I'd always enjoyed "The Shivaree."

Happy to say that I enjoyed it just as much after so many years.

Granted, the episode does have its weak moments, but that's just quibbling. I love the plot, wherein a groom-to-be arrives from the big city of Richmond, VA to be wed in the back country known as Walton's Mountain....and the problems that develop as a result of The Shivaree, and from his rather rigid ways of living life.

The ending is especially warm and wonderful.

This episode is another of those that make me love this show so very much.

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