This is the true story of the Waltons. The show takes place during the Depression and then during World War II. John & Olivia had eight kids, three girls and five boys. One of the boys died at birth; he was a twin to Jim-Bob. John and Olivia's children names are John-Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, twins Jim-Bob & Joseph, and Elizabeth; Joseph Walton died at birth. John's parents also lived with them - Esther and Zeb.
The Waltons was based on the life of the Hamner family. Earl Hamner Jr. was the show's creator and narrator. This show was based on his life growing up.
The Waltons won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 1973. Also in 1973 Richard Thomas won the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Michael Learned won the Emmy 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 category, winning in 1973, 1975, and 1976. Will Geer was awarded the Supporting Actor Emmy in 1975. Beulah Bondi also won an Emmy in 1977 for Lead Actress in a Single Performance for a guest appearance on the series.
- Richard Thomas¹ as John 'John-Boy' Walton, Jr. #1 (1972-1977).
- Robert Wightman as John 'John-Boy' Walton, Jr. #2 (1979–1981; 1982 movie)
- Ralph Waite as John Walton, Sr.
- Michael Learned as Olivia Walton (1972-1979)
- Ellen Corby¹ as Esther Walton (1972-1977; 1978-79)
- Will Geer as Zebulon Walton (died 1978)
- Judy Norton Taylor¹ as Mary Ellen Walton Willard
- Jon Walmsley¹ as Jason Walton
- Mary Elizabeth McDonough¹ as Erin Walton
- Eric Scott¹ as Ben Walton
- David W. Harper¹ as James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton
- Kami Cotler¹ as Elizabeth Walton
- Joe Conley as Ike Godsey
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