The Waltons

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The Waltons
The Waltons-Logo.jpg
Premiere pilot movie
December 19, 1971
series
September 14, 1972
Finale June 4, 1981
Airs Monday-Friday at 11AM on MeTV
Creator Earl Hamner, Jr.
Network CBS
Style 60-minute drama
Company Lorimar Television
Seasons 9
Episodes 221 + pilot movie + 6 telefilms
Origin USA

The Waltons is a drama that aired on CBS.

The story is about the family of John Walton Jr. (known as John-Boy), his parents, John and Olivia Walton, their seven children, and John's parents Zebulon "Zeb" and Esther Walton. John-Boy is the oldest of the children, who becomes a journalist and novelist. Each episode is narrated at the opening and closing by a middle-aged John Jr. (voiced by author Earl Hamner on whom John-Boy is based). John Sr. manages to eke out a living for his family by operating a lumber mill with his sons' help as they grow older. The family income is augmented by some small-scale farming, and John occasionally hunts to put meat on the table.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Richard Thomas John "John Boy" Walton, Jr. * * * * * o
Robert Wightman o o
Ralph Waite John Walton, Sr. * * * * * * * * *
Michael Learned Olivia Walton * * * * * * * *
Ellen Corby "Grandma" Esther Walton * * * * * o * *
Will Geer "Grandpa" Zebulon Walton * * * * * *
Judy Norton Mary Ellen Walton Willard * * * * * * * * *
Jon Walmsley Jason Walton * * * * * * * * *
Mary Beth McDonough Erin Walton * * * * * * * * *
Eric Scott Ben Walton * * * * * * * * *
David W. Harper Jim-Bob Walton * * * * * * * * *
Kami Cotler Elizabeth Walton * * * * * * * * *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Joe Conley Ike Godsey * * * * * * * * *
John Crawford Ep Bridges * * * * * * * * *
Lynn Hamilton Verdie Grant Foster * * * * * * * * *
Earl Hamner, Jr. The Narrator * * * * * * * * *
Mary Jackson Emily Baldwin * * * * * * * * *
Helen Kleeb Mamie Baldwin * * * * * * * * *
Robert Donner Yancy Tucker * * * * * * *
Nora Marlowe Flossie Brimmer * * * * * *
Mariclare Costello Rosemary Hunter Fordwick * * * * *
John Ritter Matthew Fordwick * * * * *
Merie Earle Maude Gormley * * * * * *
Ronnie Claire Edwards Corabeth Walton Godsey * * * * * * *
Rachel Longaker Aimee Godsey * * * *
Tom Bower Curtis Willard * * *
Marshall Reed John Curtis Willard * * * *
Michael Reed * * * *
Leslie Winston Cindy Brunson Walton * * *
Peggy Rea Rose Burton * *
Keith Coogan Jeffrey Burton *
Martha Nix Serena Burton *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 14, 1972 April 19, 1973 25
Season Two September 13, 1973 March 14, 1974 25
Season Three September 12, 1974 March 6, 1975 25
Season Four September 11, 1975 March 4, 1976 25
Season Five September 23, 1976 March 17, 1977 25
Season Six September 15, 1977 March 30, 1978 26
Season Seven September 21, 1978 March 22, 1979 24
Season Eight September 20, 1979 March 13, 1980 24
Season Nine November 27, 1980 June 4, 1981 22

Telefilms

Title Network Airdate
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story CBS December 19, 1971
A Wedding on Walton's Mountain NBC February 22, 1982
Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain NBC May 9, 1982
A Day of Thanks on Walton's Mountain NBC November 22, 1982
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion CBS November 21, 1993
A Walton Wedding CBS February 12, 1995
A Walton Easter CBS March 30, 1997

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season May 11, 2004 purchase 5
The Complete Second Season April 26, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Third Season April 25, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season January 23, 2007 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth Season May 8, 2007 purchase 5
The Complete Sixth Season January 8, 2008 purchase 5
The Complete Seventh Season April 29, 2008 purchase 3
The Complete Eighth Season January 6, 2009 purchase 3
The Complete Ninth Season April 28, 2009 purchase 3
Made-for-TV Movies  (Region 1)
Movie Collection January 26, 2010 purchase 3
Individual Episodes  (Region 1)
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story June 8, 2004 purchase 1

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