right|thumb|220px|Cover art for the DVD release of ''The Waltons'' first season. Bottom "row" from left to right; Ben, Mary Ellen, Jim Bob, John Boy, Olivia, John Sr. Top row from left to right; Grandma (Esther) Walton, Jason, Erin, Elizabeth, Grandpa (Zeb)
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"''The Waltons"'' was an American television series about a family living at Walton's Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. The show ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981, with a TV movie pilot "''The Homecoming: A Christmas Story"'' in 1971, three TV movie sequels in 1982, and three more during the 1990s (1993, 1995, 1997).
The family, consisting of Olivia John Walton and their seven children, as well as John's aging parents, Esther and Zeb, struggles to live a decent life during the Great Depression and the Second World War (roughly from the early 1930s to the mid-1940s in the continuity of the series). The audience follows this family's existence through the eyes of John-Boy, the eldest son and an aspiring novelist. The signature scene that closed each episode conveyed the ...