It was a staple at my house on Thursday nights growing up.
You couldn’t even call my mom when “The Waltons” was on. “The Waltons” cast reunited for an ABC interview. Click on the picture at left to see the video clip from GMA. It also appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
Richard Thomas, 62, (John Boy) still has the boyish look that brought him together with his TV family on Walton’s Mountain in Virginia. TV mom Michael Learned, 74, (Olivia) wept openly as she greeted her Walton family. She said the group had a wonderful chemistry as a family. Ralph Waite, 85, played John Walton — he now plays dad to Mark Harmon (NCIS leader Leroy Jethro Gibbs).
Earl Hamner, Jr., 90, created the Walton series from his book “Spencer’s Mountain,” according to Wikipedia. The story originally aired as a 1971 TV movie — but with mostly different actors except Thomas. John Boy’s character is based on Hamner’s life. Hamner provided the voiceover for each episode, and he and his wife of nearly 60 years, Jane, still live in Virginia. He has a blog — read it here. It is terrific.
The TV show’s simpler times took place from 1933 to 1946 with three movie specials that followed it up taking the family into 1969. The last reunion show took place in 1997.