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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Series creator Earl Hamner Jr. grew up with 7 siblings, each of whom served as the basis for a young Walton character. He based the Waltons' grandparents on composites of all four of his grandparents. 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

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

Connections

Referenced in Friends: The One with the Boobies (1995) See more »

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The Walton's series is the best show ever on TV
15 January 2005 | by sara_jangSee all my reviews

The Walton's series and specials really helped so many people to realize that real families do exist and that one can create the love and caring in their own lives that we saw lived on the screen. My family was a good family, but did not have the love and warmth that the Walton's did. But because of the effect the series had on me, I was able to marry and have children, and raise them to have that bond and that love that I did not know was possible until I saw The Walton's. The acting was wonderful and I watch anything that stars Richard Thomas. He can play an evil man just as realistically as the well-loved John Boy,


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