The Waltons
Overview
The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name
Spencer's Mountain
Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 family film written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves from a novel by Earl Hamner, Jr. The novel and film became the basis for the popular television series The Waltons, which followed in 1972...

. The show centered on a family growing up in a rural Virginia
Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

 community during the Great Depression
Great Depression
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in about 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s or early 1940s...

 and World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The series pilot was a television movie entitled The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, broadcast in 1971. The show originally aired on CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 from 1972 to 1981. After the series left the air, three television movie sequels were broadcast in 1982, with three more following in the 1990s.The Waltons was produced by Lorimar Productions
Lorimar Productions
Lorimar, later known as Lorimar Television and Lorimar Distribution, was an American television production company that was later a subsidiary of Warner Bros., active from 1969 until 1993...

 and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Television is the television production arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment, itself part of Time Warner. Alongside CBS Television Studios, it serves as a television production arm of The CW Television Network , though it also produces shows for other networks, such as Shameless on...

 in syndication.
The show takes place in Walton's Mountain, a fictional town at the foot of a mountain in fictitious Jefferson County, Virginia
Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

.
Encyclopedia
The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name
Spencer's Mountain
Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 family film written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves from a novel by Earl Hamner, Jr. The novel and film became the basis for the popular television series The Waltons, which followed in 1972...

. The show centered on a family growing up in a rural Virginia
Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

 community during the Great Depression
Great Depression
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in about 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s or early 1940s...

 and World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The series pilot was a television movie entitled The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, broadcast in 1971. The show originally aired on CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 from 1972 to 1981. After the series left the air, three television movie sequels were broadcast in 1982, with three more following in the 1990s.The Waltons was produced by Lorimar Productions
Lorimar Productions
Lorimar, later known as Lorimar Television and Lorimar Distribution, was an American television production company that was later a subsidiary of Warner Bros., active from 1969 until 1993...

 and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Television is the television production arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment, itself part of Time Warner. Alongside CBS Television Studios, it serves as a television production arm of The CW Television Network , though it also produces shows for other networks, such as Shameless on...

 in syndication.

Setting

The show takes place in Walton's Mountain, a fictional town at the foot of a mountain in fictitious Jefferson County, Virginia
Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

. The time is during the Great Depression and World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, during the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. John Walton Jr. -- known to nearly everyone as John-Boy -- is seventeen years old, and his parents have been married for eighteen years.

The series' timeframe takes the viewer from 1933 to 1946. The year 1933 is suggested by a brief shot of an automobile
Automobile
An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor...

 registration, and it is divulged in episode 18 that the date is in the spring of 1933. The series finale, "The Revel", evolves around a party and the invitation date is given as June 4, 1946. A span of 13 years is therefore covered in nine seasons. There are some chronological errors, which ostensibly do not hinder the storyline.

The last episode of season one, An Easter Story, is set in February through April, 1934. The year 1934 takes two seasons to cover, while some successive years are covered in months.

After the series run, six feature-length sequels were made, set from 1947 through 1969, airing between 1982 and 1997.

"A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion" takes place in 1963, 30 years after "The Homecoming", even though the actors are only 22 years older. The Walton family characters would have been in their 30s-40s by then, as well as John and Olivia being in their 60s. John Walton makes a reference to Grandpa having been dead "15 years," although by the original series timeline it would have been closer to 25 years. Esther Walton and the Baldwin sisters would have been in their late 90s-100 by the last three reunion movies.

The last sequel, 1997's A Walton Easter was set in 1969, and contains a serious anachronism that contradicts the setting of the series. John and Olivia celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, which would have advanced their marriage to 1929, and John-Boy's birth to 1930. Yet in the series, younger Erin graduated high school in 1937 and was born in 1919 ("The Career Girl", 1977). This would make Erin eleven years older than John Boy. Earl Hamner Sr., the basis for the John Walton character, died in 1969, the year "A Walton's Easter" takes place.

Story

John and Olivia Walton, along with John's parents Zebulon "Zeb" and Esther Walton, raise their seven children during the Great Depression
Great Depression in the United States
The Great Depression began with the Wall Street Crash of October, 1929 and rapidly spread worldwide. The market crash marked the beginning of a decade of high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation, plunging farm incomes, and lost opportunities for economic growth and personal advancement...

 and World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The family's story is narrated at the opening and closing of each episode by the middle-aged John-Boy (Earl Hamner Jr.), the oldest son who becomes a journalist and novelist. John manages to eke out a living by operating a lumber mill with the help of his father, and his sons as they grow older. The family income is augmented by some small-scale farming, and John occasionally hunts to put meat on the table. Relatives and strangers occasionally pass by, to whom the family shares its hospitality as they are able. The small community named after their property is also home to folk of various income levels, ranging from the well-to-do Baldwin sisters, two elderly spinster
Spinster
A spinster, or old maid, is an older, childless woman who has never been married.For a woman to be identified as a spinster, age is critical...

s who distill moonshine
Moonshine
Moonshine is an illegally produced distilled beverage...

 that they call "Papa's recipe"; Ike Godsey, postmaster and owner of the general store with his wife Corabeth (a Walton cousin); a black couple, Verdie and Harley Foster; Maude, a sassy octogenarian artist who paints on wood; and Yancy Tucker, a good-hearted handyman with big plans but little motivation. Jefferson County sheriff Ep Bridges keeps law and order in Walton's Mountain. The entire family (except for John) attend a Baptist church, of which Olivia and Grandma Esther are the most regular attenders.

In the signature scene that closes almost every episode, the family house is enveloped in darkness, save for one, two or three lights in the upstairs bedroom windows. Through voice-over
Voice-over
Voice-over is a production technique where a voice which is not part of the narrative is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations...

s, two or more characters make some brief comments related to that episode's events, and then bid each other goodnight.

After completing high school, John-Boy attends fictional Boatwright University in the fictional nearby town of Westham. He later goes to New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

 to work as a journalist. Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas (actor)
Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor, best known for his role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons.- Early life :Thomas was born Richard Earl Thomas in New York,...

, the original actor to play John-Boy, left the series in 1976 to seek other roles; his farewell episode aired March 17, 1977. He would make some guest appearances before the role was recast with actor Robert Wightman
Robert Wightman
Robert Wightman is an American actor, who took over the role of "John-Boy Walton," in the 8th season of The Waltons. He played this role from 1979-1982...

.

During the latter half of the 1976-77 season, Grandma Esther Walton suffers a stroke (reflecting actress Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby was an American actress. She is most widely remembered for the role of "Grandma Esther Walton" on the CBS television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards...

's own stroke and absence from the program), returning home shortly before the death of her husband, Grandpa Zeb Walton (reflecting actor Will Geer
Will Geer
Will Geer was an American actor and social activist. His original name was William Aughe Ghere. He is remembered for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series, The Waltons....

's death during the 1978 summer hiatus), and underscores her diminished capacity to move and speak.

During the last five years of the series, Mary Ellen and Ben marry and begin having families of their own. Erin, Jason and John Boy are married in later television movie sequels.

World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 deeply affects the family. All four of the Walton boys enlist in the military. Mary Ellen's physician husband, Curtis "Curt" Willard, is sent to Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor, known to Hawaiians as Puuloa, is a lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu. Much of the harbor and surrounding lands is a United States Navy deep-water naval base. It is also the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet...

 and is reported to have perished in the Japanese attack
Attack on Pearl Harbor
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941...

 on December 7, 1941. Years later, Mary Ellen hears of sightings of her "late" husband, investigates and finds him alive (played by another actor), but brooding over his war wounds and living under an assumed name. She later remarries.

John-Boy's (Robert Wightman
Robert Wightman
Robert Wightman is an American actor, who took over the role of "John-Boy Walton," in the 8th season of The Waltons. He played this role from 1979-1982...

) military plane is shot down, while Olivia becomes a volunteer at the VA hospital and is seen less and less (reflecting actress Michael Learned
Michael Learned
Michael Learned is an American actress known for her role as Olivia Walton on The Waltons.-Personal life:Learned was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Elizabeth Duane "Betti" and Bruce Learned, a diplomat. Her maternal grandfather was an attaché for the United States Embassy in Rome...

's reduced involvement), eventually developing tuberculosis
Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis, MTB, or TB is a common, and in many cases lethal, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body...

 and entering an Arizona sanitarium. Olivia's cousin, Rose Burton (Peggy Rea
Peggy Rea
Peggy Jane Rea was an American character actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters...

), moves into the Walton house to watch over the brood. Two years later, John, Sr., moves to Arizona to be near Olivia, marking the departure of Ralph Waite
Ralph Waite
Ralph Waite is an American actor, whose most notable role was playing John Walton Sr. on the 1970s CBS TV series The Waltons, which he also occasionally directed...

 from the cast. Grandma appeared in only a handful of episodes during the final season (she was usually said to be visiting relatives in nearby Buckingham County), as an increasingly frail Ellen Corby was forced to drop to recurring
Recurring
Recurring means occurring over and over and can refer to several different things:*Recurring expense, an ongoing expenditure*Curiously recurring template pattern , a software design pattern...

 status. In 1981, the writers anticipated season 10 without the paternal John Sr. and created a de facto dad by wedding Cousin Rose to her salesman beau Stanley Perkins (played by William Schallert
William Schallert
William Joseph Schallert is an American actor who has appeared in many films and in such television series as The Smurfs, The Rat Patrol, Gunsmoke, The Patty Duke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Waltons, Bonanza, Leave It to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Love, American Style, Get...

). Nonetheless, with five of the original actors gone, the series was not renewed for another season.

Characters

The following is a brief summary of the central recurring characters. See the main article for a more complete list.
  • John "John-Boy" Walton, Jr. (Richard Thomas
    Richard Thomas (actor)
    Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor, best known for his role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons.- Early life :Thomas was born Richard Earl Thomas in New York,...

    , pilot, series seasons 1–5, guest season 6, three movie sequels; Robert Wightman
    Robert Wightman
    Robert Wightman is an American actor, who took over the role of "John-Boy Walton," in the 8th season of The Waltons. He played this role from 1979-1982...

    , seasons 8-9 and one movie sequel), the oldest of seven children, aged 17 in season one.
  • John Walton, Sr. (pilot, Andrew Duggan
    Andrew Duggan
    -Career:During World War II, Duggan was in the 40th Special Services Company, led by actor Melvyn Douglas in the China Burma India Theater of World War II. His contact with Douglas later led to his performing with Lucille Ball in the play Dreamgirl. He developed a friendship with Broadway...

    ; Ralph Waite
    Ralph Waite
    Ralph Waite is an American actor, whose most notable role was playing John Walton Sr. on the 1970s CBS TV series The Waltons, which he also occasionally directed...

     series and movie sequels), the family patriarch
  • Olivia Walton (pilot, Patricia Neal
    Patricia Neal
    Patricia Neal was an American actress of stage and screen. She was best known for her film roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still , wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany's , middle-aged housekeeper Alma Brown in Hud , for which she won...

    ; Michael Learned
    Michael Learned
    Michael Learned is an American actress known for her role as Olivia Walton on The Waltons.-Personal life:Learned was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Elizabeth Duane "Betti" and Bruce Learned, a diplomat. Her maternal grandfather was an attaché for the United States Embassy in Rome...

     series seasons 1-7, guest season 8, and movie sequels), John's wife.
  • Zebulon Tyler "Zeb/Grandpa" Walton, (pilot, Edgar Bergen
    Edgar Bergen
    Edgar John Bergen was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.-Early life:...

    ; seasons 1-6,Will Geer
    Will Geer
    Will Geer was an American actor and social activist. His original name was William Aughe Ghere. He is remembered for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series, The Waltons....

    ; not replaced after Geer's death), John's father
  • Esther "Grandma" Walton (Ellen Corby
    Ellen Corby
    Ellen Corby was an American actress. She is most widely remembered for the role of "Grandma Esther Walton" on the CBS television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards...

    , appears regularly season 1 until Corby's stroke midway through season 5; returns last episode of season 6 and remains through the end of season 7; then appears only occasionally in seasons 8 and 9 (and subsequently five of the six sequels), John's mother
  • Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley
    Jon Walmsley
    Jon Walmsley in Blackburn, Lancashire, England) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, actor and producer.Walmsley is a veteran of the stage and studio, having worked with many notable artists including Richard Marx, Brian Setzer, David Pack, David Koz, The Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald,...

    ), John-Boy's younger brother, aged 15 in season 1; musically talented
  • Mary Ellen Walton (Judy Norton Taylor
    Judy Norton Taylor
    Judy Norton Taylor is an American actress and theater director. She is best known for her role on The Waltons television series and subsequent Waltons TV movies.-Personal life:...

    ), the oldest Walton daughter, about two years younger than Jason. She becomes a nurse, and is the first Walton child to marry and have children.
  • Erin Esther Walton (Mary Elizabeth McDonough
    Mary Elizabeth McDonough
    Mary Elizabeth McDonough is an American actress , best known for her role as "Erin Walton" in the series The Waltons. In 1988 she married Rob Wickstrom, with whom she had a daughter Sydnee. The couple divorced in 1996. She has Lupus erythematosus, which she blames on leaking silicone breast implants...

    ), second Walton daughter. In the first few seasons it is unclear whether she or Ben is older, but she is established as the fourth to graduate from high school in season 5. Works as a telephone operator, and attends business (secretarial) school.
  • Benjamin "Ben" Walton (Eric Scott
    Eric Scott (actor)
    Eric Scott is an American actor whose most noted role is as Ben Walton, which he first played in the movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story in 1971, and subsequently in the series The Waltons....

    ), third Walton son; has an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • James Robert "Jim-Bob" Walton (David W. Harper
    David W. Harper
    David William Harper is an American actor.Harper is most noted for the role of Jim Bob Walton, which he first portrayed in the 1971 movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, and subsequently in the series The Waltons...

    ), youngest Walton son; mechanically inclined, his ambition is to become a pilot.
  • Elizabeth Walton (Kami Cotler
    Kami Cotler
    Kami Cotler is an American actress.She is best known for her role as young Elizabeth Walton, which she played in both the 1971 movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, and the series The Waltons...

    ), youngest of the seven children
  • Rose Burton (Peggy Rea
    Peggy Rea
    Peggy Jane Rea was an American character actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters...

    ), seasons 8-9; Olivia's matronly cousin who fills in as matriarch during Olivia's absence.

Inspiration

Earl Hamner's rural childhood growing up in the unincorporated community of Schuyler, Virginia
Schuyler, Virginia
Schuyler is a census-designated place in Nelson County, , Virginia, United States, close to Scottsville...

, provided the basis for the setting and many of the storylines of The Waltons. His family and the community provided many life experiences which aided in the characters, values, area, and human-interest stories of his books, movies, and television series. Hamner provided the voice-over of the older John-Boy, usually heard at the end of each episode.

John-Boy Walton's fictional alma mater
Alma mater
Alma mater , pronounced ), was used in ancient Rome as a title for various mother goddesses, especially Ceres or Cybele, and in Christianity for the Virgin Mary.-General term:...

, Boatwright University, is patterned after Richmond College, which became part of the University of Richmond
University of Richmond
The University of Richmond is a selective, private, nonsectarian, liberal arts university located on the border of the city of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia. The University of Richmond is a primarily undergraduate, residential university with approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate...

 on Boatwright Drive, near Westham Station
Westham Station
Westham Station in Henrico County, Virginia, was originally located at Westham, Virginia on the Richmond and Allegheny Railroad , which was laid along the towpath of the James River and Kanawha Canal in the 1880s. The R&A railroad was acquired by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in the 1890s...

 in The West End of Richmond, Virginia
The West End (Richmond, Virginia)
The West End is a part of Richmond, Virginia. The true West End covers only the western part of the city of Richmond though some consider western Henrico County part of the West End as well. As there is no one municipal organization that represents this specific region, the boundaries are loosely...

, about 70 miles east of Schuyler.

Filming

The town of Walton's Mountain was built in the rear area of the Warner Brothers Studios, but the mountain itself was part of the range opposite Warner studios in Burbank, California. The Walton's house facade was built on the Here Come the Brides
Here Come the Brides
Here Come the Brides is an American comedy Western series from Screen Gems that aired on the ABC television network from September 25, 1968 to April 3, 1970...

set on the Columbia Ranch studio, now one of the Warner Brothers studios. The Waltons' house is still used as scenery at Warner Brothers. For example, it served as the Dragonfly Inn on Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls is an American family comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on The WB and was cancelled in its seventh season, ending on May 15, 2007 on The CW...

.

Ratings

  • 1972–1973: #20
  • 1973–1974: #2
  • 1974–1975: #8
  • 1975–1976: #14
  • 1976–1977: #15
  • 1977–1978: #21

DVD releases

Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video is the home video unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., itself part of Time Warner. It was founded in 1978 as WCI Home Video . The company launched in the United States with twenty films on VHS and Betamax videocassettes in late 1979...

 has released all nine seasons and six TV movies of The Waltons on DVD in Region 1. Seasons 1-4 have been released in Region 2. The pilot movie, The Homecoming - A Christmas Story, was released by Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment is the division of Paramount Pictures dealing with home video founded in late 1975.-History:...

. Lorimar produced the series, CBS produced the pilot film, which is why Paramount, under CBS Home Entertainment, handles home video rights for The Homecoming.
DVD Name Ep #
Region 1 Region 2 (UK)
The Homecoming - A Christmas Story 1 September 23, 2003 N/A
The Complete 1st Season 25 May 11, 2004 November 1, 2004
The Complete 2nd Season 25 April 26, 2005 July 3, 2006
The Complete 3rd Season 25 April 25, 2006 September 11, 2006
The Complete 4th Season 25 January 23, 2007 March 5, 2007
The Complete 5th Season 25 May 8, 2007 N/A
The Complete 6th Season 25 January 8, 2008 N/A
The Complete 7th Season 23 April 29, 2008 N/A
The Complete 8th Season 23 January 6, 2009 N/A
The Complete 9th Season 22 April 28, 2009 N/A
TV Movie Collection (not including the original movie) 6 January 26, 2010 N/A

Current status

The Waltons airs in the U.S. on INSP - Inspiration each weekday at 1pm, 8pm, and 9pm Eastern time. The show can also be seen on the Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel
The Hallmark Channel is a cable television network that broadcasts across the United States. Their programming includes a mix of television movies/miniseries, syndicated series, and lifestyle shows that are appropriate for the whole family...

 weekdays at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm Eastern time. Gospel Music Channel
Gospel Music Channel
gmc is an American satellite and cable television channel, known from its 2004 launch until February 1, 2010 as Gospel Music Channel. It is also available in high-definition as a separate channel called gmcHD ....

 (gmc) runs two episodes of The Waltons weekdays at 12 noon and 1pm Eastern and three episodes weeknights at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Eastern. INSP also frequently on holiday weekends will air Waltons marathons or specials including cast reunions. In Canada, The Waltons airs on VisionTV weekdays at 5:00 pm ET,6:00 pm AT. The show is on the True Entertainment Channel in the UK, Sky Digital channel 188 and Freesat channel 142, Monday to Friday at 12:00 pm and 5.00pm.

Emmy Awards

The Waltons won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
This page lists the winners and nominees for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, since its institution in 1951. The award is often cited as one of the "main awards" at the Emmys ceremonies, and has changed names many times in its history. It was first called Best Dramatic Show...

 in 1973. Also in 1973 Richard Thomas won the Emmy
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series
This is a list of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winners.-1950s:*1956: Robert Young as Jim Anderson - Father Knows Best*1957: Robert Young as Jim Anderson - Father Knows Best...

 for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Michael Learned won the Emmy
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series
This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – a Drama Series.-Superlatives:-1950s:*1952: Helen Hayes*1953: no award*1954: Loretta Young – The Loretta Young Show*1955: no award...

 for Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times (1973, 1974, and 1976). Ellen Corby was also a three-time winner in the Supporting Actress
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series
This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series-Superlatives:-1960s:*1960: no award*1961: no award*1962: Pamela Brown – Victoria Regina*1963: Glenda Farrell – Ben Casey...

 category, winning in 1973, 1975, and 1976. Will Geer was awarded the Supporting Actor Emmy
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series
This is a list of the winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.-1960s:*1960: no award*1961: Roddy McDowall – Not Without Honor*1962: no award*1963: no award...

 in 1975. Veteran actress Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi was an American actress.Bondi began her acting career as a young child in theater, and after establishing herself as a stage actress, she reprised her role in Street Scene for the 1931 film version...

 won an Emmy in 1977 for Lead Actress in a Single Performance for her guest appearance as Martha Corrine Walton in the episode The Pony Cart (Episode #111). She first appeared in The Waltons episode The Conflict (Episode #51) as the widow of Zeb Walton's brother.

The series also earned a Peabody Award
Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. In 1939, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to recognize outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting...

 for its first season.

Cultural references

  • During a speech in January 1992, then-president George H. W. Bush mentioned that he wanted to "make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like The Simpsons
    The Simpsons
    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its family of the same name, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie...

    ". Later, in the cold opening to an episode, Bart Simpson
    Bart Simpson
    Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is a fictional main character in the animated television series The Simpsons and part of the Simpson family. He is voiced by actress Nancy Cartwright and first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987...

     responded to the comment, quipping, "We're just like The Waltons. We're praying for an end to the Depression, too".
  • A country store in Nelson County, VA is called the Walton's Mountain Country Store.
  • In Gilmore Girls
    Gilmore Girls
    Gilmore Girls is an American family comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on The WB and was cancelled in its seventh season, ending on May 15, 2007 on The CW...

    , season 1 episode 6, Lorelai tells Rory about her birth in detail and Rory says 'I wonder if the Waltons ever did this'.

Further reading

  • Ike Godsey of Walton's Mountain, by Joe Conley. Albany, BearManor Media 2010. ISBN 978-1-59393-508-5.

External links

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