|The Waltons - The Complete First Season
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Chronicles the life of a family living on a Southern mountain during the Depression.
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Media Type: DVD
Title: SEASON 1
Street Release Date: 09/12/2006
The Waltons' nearly 10-year run on network television grew out of the popular, 1971 made-for-TV movie The Homecoming, which was derived from a Depression-era, rustic setting ("Walton's Mountain"), and characters based on Earl Hamner Jr.'s autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain--itself the source for a very nice 1963 feature film starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara. That's a lot of entertainment sprouting from Hamner's prose. But something about his seminal story of family values, rugged independence, and big dreams amidst a hardscrabble existence captured the hearts of American audiences, many of whom personally recalled severe economic adversity in the 1930s.
The Waltons: The Complete First Season collects those initial episodes from the series building on the strengths of the Homecoming pilot, which introduced the extended Walton clan led by a strong-willed mill owner, John (Andrew Duggan), and his equally resolute wife, Olivia (Patricia Neal). The Waltons recast those key roles (as well as a few others) with Ralph Waite and Michael Learned (yup, a female), but Richard Thomas carried over as oldest child John-Boy Walton, an aspiring writer whose cusp-of-manhood view informs the series. Will Geer (Seconds) replaced Edgar Bergen as Grandpa Walton, Ellen Corby remained as Grandma, and John and Olivia's large brood (seven kids in all) were filled out by largely unknown, young actors. The episodes, still delightful and touching, strong on production values and unusually tight and polished for primetime drama, tended to focus on creator Hamner's pet themes of self-sacrifice and heroic effort when the going got tough.
Year 1 highlights include "The Carnival," in which the impoverished Waltons, who can't pay for tickets to see a circus performance, end up sheltering stranded carney folk. "The Typewriter" is a classic about John-Boy "borrowing" a museum's antique typewriter, only to have his sister Mary Ellen (Judy Norton) sell it as junk. "The Sinner" concerns the arrival of a fundamentalist minister on Walton's Mountain, finding comfort in the words of religious iconoclast John Walton after the clergyman makes a fool of himself with moonshine. That's Hamner himself providing touches of narration. During the long run of the multiple-award-winning The Waltons, there were many changes in casting and storylines. But this boxed set reveals a fine series in its pristine state. --Tom Keogh
- yet another glaring oversite, no english subtitles
In what must have been a production error, ( seems to be common on way to many dvd's )
the subtitles are in French only. There are no English subtitles.
Obviously someone at Warners Home Video has made a bad mistake in production. This makes it difficult for any elderly viewers or hard of hearing that might want to watch this show. ( um hey, guess what, they have money to spend, too! ) Are you HEARING that?
Subtitles are supposed to be standard on all DVD box sets and I note that overseas versions of The Waltons have corrected this mistake(just not the American version).
This is getting to be old hat by now. I have some dvd's that are 10 years old that are CC. just flat lazy and ignorant decisions.
The Deaf and hard of hearing are the last "group" in the USA to still be looking for they're rights. Everyone else has recieved them in the last 50 years. How long is this going to go on??
No Good Night John Boy in this house.
- how families should be
The Walton's is good old fashion intertainment, of a family struggling through the depression and everyday family struggles. Although the acting of some of the weekly featured actors (not the regular cast)are poor, the episodes are redeemed by the sencerity of the regular cast of actors and actresses. The overall vision of the episodes is a family that helps others, cares about others,serves and supports each other through difficult times as well as everyday matters. "The Walton's" is a role model of how we should be towards family members and members of the community as well as strangers. In our ever changing society where good, wholesome, moral uprightness is made fun of, this TV series can remind us that decent individual conduct can bring back unity, safer communities, and concern for our families and neighbors. ...more info
- Quality that transcends demographics!
It was 1972, a time of great cultural upheaval. I was a classic campus radical, had hair down to my shoulders, and fully indulged in Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. Yet, from the first episode, I loved The Waltons. Whether it was the consistently high quality of the writing, the excellent acting, or the show's ability to be emotionally moving without ever being maudlin, The Waltons was a show I seldom missed.
Recently, I bought the first season DVDs for my elderly Mother. After she watched them, I borrowed the set, and was surprised by how well the series holds up to second viewing 35 years later. I generally find "family programming" insipid, yet, somehow, The Waltons transcended it's genre, and remains an eminently watchable drama. This old grey-haired progressive still loves it. I just ordered the 2nd season, ostensibly for Mom, but I'm looking forward to another visit to Walton's Mountain myself. ...more info
- Good Wholesome Entertainment
The Waltons is the type of show you can let your children watch and not worry about them hearing any racy or sexually suggestive
language. My wife, three under-10 year old children and myself watched all 24 episodes of season one in five weeks time, and we did it in an unusual way: we reserved every Sunday as a "Waltons Day" and watched five shows throughout the day. I hadn't seen the shows since I was a kid and they brought back a lot of memories. ...more info
- The Waltons first seasom
The Programs are good except the the first two DVDS in this series are not copied real good in that the sound track is off on the first part of these DVDs. The rest of the programs in this series are good....more info
While I'm so glad I bought this great series. I'd like to know who's not so bright idea was it to have the set as double-sided discs??? Did they realise that the discs are prone to scratching??? As I have found out with another Dvd. I only hope that the remaining series are not in the same format, otherwise I won't be buying them.
I may have rated it 5 stars but I give it a minus 1 for the format alone.
- Waltons, Season 1
This is a great family program---provides insight into life at the time of the Great Depression, multi-generational households, and family values and struggles. If you are looking for wholesome entertainment, the saga of the The Waltons should not be missed!...more info
- They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore
The WALTONS was a beloved family institution on television throughout the 70s. It was wholesome and entertaining television. It still is.
The first season is available on DVD and is a good value although without frills. There is nothing to speak of in the way of commentaries or interviews and the purchaser must put up with the hassle of two sided disks but they are worth the effort.
This set of the first season contains the following episodes:
The Foundling - The Walton family wakes up to find an unexpected gift lying on the doorstep. It is an abandoned little girl. She seems half starved and does not respond to much of anything except with fear. She is deaf. Though times are hard and the first inclination is to let her go to an orphanage, the family decides to take her in for a while. The mother of the child is hiding out, keeping an eye on things. The father has given an ultimatum to put the child in a home but the mother doesn't want to do it. He thinks she is mentally dumb. She doesn't believe it and wants to find a nice family for her to live with. Her time with the Waltons is well spent. John-boy manages to start teaching her some sign language and the child becomes very popular with all of the family except for Elizabeth who is jealous. All is made well when Elizabeth gets lost and the little foundling girl manages to save the day by telling them where she is.
The Carnival - The kids are excited about a carnival on Walton's Mountain but don't get to go because they can't afford it. The carnival breaks up when the manager runs off with the money and some of the carnies are stranded in the area. The Walton family offers some hospitality even though many are suspicious of them. The hospitality is repaid with kindness though the experience evokes a desire to travel in John-Boy.
The Calf - A calf is born to the Walton family but it is a bull calf instead of a heifer. That means it will produce no income for the family. The axel on the family truck has broken and they need the money from selling the calf to pay for the axel. Unfortunately, the kids have adopted the animal and it is like losing a family member.
The Hunt - John Boy is about to go on his first hunt with his father. He is nervous. He wants to do the "manly" thing and help provide for the table but the idea of killing bothers him. When the moment of truth comes, he finds he cannot pull the trigger and is ashamed of himself but redeems himself when he is called upon to use the gun to save a life.
The Typewriter - John-boy finally finishes writing a story and sends it off to Collier's Magazine to try and get it published. His hopes are raised to a fever pitch only to be dashed when his manuscript is rejected because it is not typewritten. He goes through with lots of scheming with other family members in order to get access to a borrowed typewriter. Trouble comes when Mary Ellen unknowingly sells his borrowed typewriter as junk.
The Star - While sitting on the back porch one evening, the Walton family sees a shooting star. Everyone is excited by it and the wishes are flowing. The only one not excited is Grandpa. He sees the star as an omen of his own death and won't be persuaded otherwise.
The Sinner - Olivia Walton agrees to put up a recent graduate from divinity school for a few days. He is planning to be a missionary to Asia. The young preacher is full of passion and is of the hellfire and brimstone sort. He preaches to the kids and scares them with threats of eternal damnation. The Father, John, is angered by this treatment but Olivia, the mother, is worried about keeping up appearances. The preacher manages to disrupt just about everyone's lives but learns something about life when he visits he cousins, the Baldwin sisters. They are bootleggers and he gets drunk because he thinks their concoction is an herbal remedy. Through his fall, he learns about true repentance.
The Boy from the C.C.C. - While out in the woods, John-boy, Mary Ellen and Elizabeth find a boy trying to kill a coon for food. They take him in but he doesn't quite fit in. He is suspicious of everyone and makes other people feel suspicious towards him. He turns out to be a refugee from a Civilian Conservation Corps work camp. He has no experience of family and thievery means nothing to him. The Waltons exert a profound change on him.
The Ceremony - A new family moves to Walton's Mountain. They are from Germany. The wife and son seem friendly enough but the father wants them all to remain polite but aloof. They are Jews fleeing the persecutions in Germany. When one of the Walton boys accidentally breaks the new arrivals' window with a slingshot, it is interpreted as an anti-Semitic act. An accident involving John-boy and the son just further the impression. It is all a mistake. The Waltons don't know they are Jewish and they wouldn't care if they did know. They Jewish family decides to not only hide their Jewish origins but reject them as too dangerous.
The Legend - John Walton gets a telegram from an old buddy from the First World War He is coming to visit and everyone is excited because everyone has heard stories about this guy forever. At first, everyone seems happy and the friend is a barrel of fun but there's something morose about him trouble seems to happen and be blamed on someone else. He was a good soldier and a good friend but he's never been able to find a purpose in life since the war. Spending a little time with the Waltons helps him to grow up a little bit.
The Literary Man - John-boy's car breaks down and a hitchhiker helps him get it fixed and even helps him unload his lumber load. The man is a writer and John-boy is smitten by his tales. The man seems to have a working knowledge of so many things. He is willing to work and help out around the mill but he kindles a desire to leave home and experience life. This leads the John-boy to start neglecting the family's work. This leads to some resentment and then John-boy decides he should give up writing. The old writer talks to him and they work out what their futures will be.
The Dust Bowl Cousins - Some of Olivia's cousins stop by for a while on their way to Newport News. They had been farming in Kansas but lost their farm in the dustbowl. They are ne'er-do-wells, drifting from one place to another. They bring chaos with them, shoplifting, lying and the son has his eye set on Mary Ellen. The problem is that they are takers and don't do anything worthwhile. Finally, after some conflicts, Cousin Cora begins to realize that they need to change their ways.
The Reunion - John-boy wants to get a washing machine for his mother but doesn't have the money. He takes a job working for the Baldwin sisters in order to raise the funds. They have a cousin visiting and he is up to some skullduggery. He is stealing their bootleg whiskey and selling it illegally. Now, John-boy and Grandpa are working with the police to catch them in the act. All of this takes place around a big family reunion the old sisters have planned. When things fall apart, the Waltons come through.
The Minstrel - A man wanders through Walton territory looking for old songs to record (by pen and paper). He is a traveling minstrel who sings for his supper. He's a nice guy but he doesn't do "responsibility". He does wake a sense of wanderlust in Mary Ellen. This causes her to want to run away when the family is depending on each member to work an orchard or pay a penalty.
The Actress - A famous New York actress has her car break down on Walton's Mountain and John-boy brings her home for supper while her car is being worked on. John-boy is star struck. As time goes on, they find out that she is a has-been is in financial straights. Her luck changes when she finds John-boy's notebooks. She uses a public performance of his writing to try and catapult herself back to stardom.
The Fire - The school is teaching about evolution and the father of one of the students gets upset that the teacher is teaching atheism. He threatens the teacher and then goes on a drunken spree and sets the school on fire. That leaves the girl with nothing. She has been horribly treated but the Waltons and her teacher pull her out of her shell.
The Love Story - John-boy notices a strange light in a house known to be vacant. He and his father go to check it out and find a teenage girl there. She is the daughter of the owner of the house. The family had moved away after the mother died years ago. Now, the father has remarried and the girl has run off. She stays with the Waltons and falls in love with the family life. She also falls in love with John-boy. John-boy falls pretty hard himself. They make plans for a life together and then tragedy strikes. The plans have to go on hold.
The Courtship - An older cousin of Olivia shows up. He was a banker but has lost his job in the great depression. The result is that he has a bad case of depression. They decide to cheer him up by acting as matchmakers. The men and women have very different ideas of what would constitute a good match. The women keep picking out old sourpusses and the men settle on a woman who has been married 4 times. He has a ball until he learns about all the previous husbands.
The Gypsies - A band of gypsies has their wagon break down during a storm as they are passing through Walton's Mountain. For shelter, they break into the Baldwin mansion which is unoccupied while the ladies are out of town. John-boy and Jason are supposed to be taking care of the place and they call the sheriff. It turns out that they have a sick baby. Instead of putting them in jail, John-boy invites them to camp out at the Walton place. The gypsies don't trust anyone and nobody trusts them. The old gypsy gramdma, in particular, doesn't get along with Grandma Walton. They come together when Grandma Walton manages to help the sick child.
The Deed - While walking around Walton's Mountain, John-boy and Grandpa run into a surveying crew setting up a logging road. The logging company plans to cut timber on Walton land. The problem is that Great-Great- Grandpa Walton never got around to filing a deed on the land. Now the family ahs to go to court to get their claim recognized and they can't afford the court costs. John-boy runs off to the city to get a job to help out. He's not used to the city though. Things like armed robbery and such are new to him. So are the faster women of the city. The whole family gets to work to secure the deed.
The Scholar - Erin has to have her tonsils out. While she is recuperating, the family hires a black woman as a housekeeper to help around the house and keep an eye on her. John-boy figures out that she doesn't know how to read and that she really wants to learn. He manages to teach her and do so with dignity while he enlists her "help" to try and tutor Elizabeth. Her dignity is very important to her and John-boy promises to respect that. Elizabeth lets the secret slip, though and Verdie, the student, feels betrayed.
The Bicycle - Olivia Walton is feeling put upon with all the work she does when she comes across a second hand bicycle at Ike Godsey's store. It kindles in her a desire to do something frivolous for herself. This leads her to neglect things around the house. At the same time, a friend of the Waltons is planning on marrying a woman with whom he has exchanged letters. The problem is that John-boy is the one who has written the letters for him and the woman feels deceived. She is also not used to the country way of life. The bicycle turns out to be the solution to both problems.
The Townie - John-boy takes a girl to a movie in town. She falls for him but it's really just an effort to get away from her over-protective mother. This scares John-boy off so she pursues another guy but she still has her bonnet set for John-boy. He is not really looking to hook up with her but he is protective towards her and feels bad about the poor choices she is making.
An Easter Story - The Walton family is thrown into crisis when the mother, Olivia, comes down with polio. The family comes together to try and keep up her spirits and she has trouble coping with not being able to help her family. The local doctor doesn't think she will ever walk again but Olivia refuses to accept that. She sets as her goal the ability to walk by Easter. John-boy talks with a doctor at the university who has some information about an experimental treatment from Australia. The local doctor is against it. They decide to try it anyway.
- Disappointed with quality
I, too, am a long-time fan of The Waltons, and being such, I naturally wanted my own collection of the timeless stories. I read all of the comments on Amazon.com and [...] about the problems with the discs and I hoped that I would be a lucky one and not have any problems. I enjoyed Season One, disc 1-A without a hitch. On side 1-B, the first story, The Hunt, is damaged. It is almost as if someone was playing the role of censor. If you will remember, this is the episode where John-Boy goes on his first hunt and encounters a bear that has attacked Restless and is about to attack John. At the moment the bear appears on the screen, digital blocks break up the picture and the next scene shows the Waltons around the table praising John-Boy for killing the bear.
- Wonderful Show
I can say only good things about this wonderful TV show. From the very beginning to the very end, I was a regular watcher of this show, and I sure wish they would do a BIG reunion....more info
- The Waltons review from a 12 year old!
I went to my cousins and they had this box set so I watched the first episode to see what it was like. I thought it was great so I then asked my Mum and Dad to buy it for me. They said maybe for christmas. So I then forgot all about it and it was a lovely surprise when I opened it on christmas day - I was delighted! I started to get to know the characters more and more. After a few episodes I wanted it to get a bit more violent and exciting. It did! Especially on the dust bowl cousins where John-Boy fights a boy named Joe. I think I have watched each one about 3 times now.
The only thing I was dissapointed about was that I could see the pointy thing (I don't know what it's called but it is used for filming!) sticking at the top which sometimes made me frown because the filming should have been better but it didn't spoil the love of the season. I started to get to know the characters a bit more with watching every episode! These are what some of them are about....
1. The Foundling (The Waltons find a girl on their doorstep and soon learn she is deaf)
2. The Carnival (Carnival folk arrive in town and the children practise their juggling etc... Olivia is not too pleased!)
3. The Calf (After they sell the their calf for a small price the children are really upset. So they try to get him back but Elizabeth and Jim-bob find out his about to be killed. So they run away with the calf)
4. The Hunt (John-boy is reluctant to kill even a chicken to feed his family on a hunting trip but when John is attacked by a bear, will he kill him to save his life?)
5. The Typewriter (John-boy borrowed a typewriter from the Baldwins but is angry when is goes missing...)
6. The Star (Grandpa goes to bed when he is convinced a falling star means he is going to die)
Not telling you anymore! Go out and buy it, the whole family will love it! If you like this then you will love 'Little House on the Prairie' which I have started watching. The whole family will love The Waltons. I am looking to buy the next series of the Waltons... (Might get it for NEXT christmas!)...more info
- glad I purchased it
as with the rest of the series, a great show to watch, makes you appreciate what we have today...more info
- Great show but faulty DVD discs
The Waltons is one of those series which is really timeless and universal (though set in a specific time and place). In our present age of pandering to the lowest common denominator with explicit sex and violence, it is so refreshing and uplifting to watch a family coping with the hardships of life in a positive and insightful manner.
That said, I really must complain about the technical quality of these 2-sided DVDs. I have had to return two seasons (this Season One included) because of faulty reading, tracking, whatever, causing the picture to break up and stop playing. PLEASE look into the technical quality of this fine TV series and correct the faults!...more info
- Walton's Season 2
The Season 1 and Season 2 DVD set is just what my in-laws wanted. They are finicky TV watchers and many of todays shows are not of interest to them. They absolutely love the DVD's and thank me for them everytime I see them. ...more info
- Season One
You can see even from this earliest of season why this show lasted for 9 seasons....more info
- Family Entertainment
Ordered "The Waltons" for my wife as a gift. She watched for the show every morning... so I thought she would enjoy the DVD package. Good... clean... entertainment and she loved the gift.
Thanks as always to Amazon for helping me to find great products... and with a great service....more info
- The Best Family Show to Hit The Air waves In Its Time
The year was 1972 when this show hit the airwave on CBS September 14 as a weekly series. The Waltons was based on a large close-knit family living in rural Virginia during the Depression. The Creator Earl Hamner Jr. based the series on his own childhood, which he previously fictionalized in his novel, "Spencer's Mountain". The Waltons debuted on with Richard Thomas playing the role of John Boy Walton. In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, during the Great Depression, the Walton family makes its small income from its saw mill on Walton's Mountain. The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The saga follows the family through depression and war, and through growing up, school, courtship, marriage, employment, birth, aging, illness and death. This is the true story of the Waltons. The show takes place during the Depression and then during World War II. The other case members were as followed Ralph Waite played the role of John Walton Sr. Michael Learned played the role Oliva Walton, Judy Norton Taylor played the role of Marry Ellen, Jon Walmsley played the role of Jason Walton, Mary Beth McDonough played the role of Erin Walton, Eric Scott played the role of Ben Walton, David Harper played the role of Jim Bob Walton, Kami Cotler played the role of Elizabeth Walton, Will Greer played the role Grandpa and Ellen Corby played the role of Grandma. Other original characters included Joe Conley as general store owner, Ike Godsey, John Crawford as Sheriff Ep Bridges, Mariclare Costello as schoolteacher Miss Rosemary Hunter and Helen Kleeb and Mary Jackson as eccentric sisters-- Mamie and Emily Baldwin, respectively. The Waltons' first season brought critical acclaim and several awards. Both Richard Thomas and Michael Learned took home Best Actor Emmys, Ellen Corby was awarded the Best Supporting Actress honor and the series was given the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. The show also earned Emmys for writing and editing in addition to receiving the prestigious Peabody award. The series entered the top-ten in its second season and finished second that year to All in the Family. The show remained in the top twenty for the next few seasons and received several more Emmys, including two more for both Michael Learned and Ellen Corby and a Best Supporting Actor award for Will Geer. In all, The Waltons received 37 Emmy nominations and took home 13 of the golden statuettes. Three reunion movies have been produced in the 1990s for CBS. "A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion" (1993), "A Walton Wedding" (1995) and "A Walton Easter" (1997) all feature the original cast with the exception of the late Will Geer. The series opened in the fall of September 1972 with the first episode titled The Foundling. A six-year old deaf and dumb girl is abandoned on the Walton's doorstep. With loving care they teach her to "talk" with sign language. But their kindness to the foundling causes a family crisis. Elizabeth, playing hide-and-seek with the deaf and dumb girl Holly, runs into an old abandoned shack and hides inside an empty trunk, but the lid falls shut and locks itself. Holly sees what has happened and runs to get help but is picked up by her father who doesn't understand sign language and takes her away. John and the family pursue and Holly then tells them by sign language what has occurred, and Elizabeth is rescued in time. Holly's parents now realize that their little girl is not retarded and are now able to communicate with her.
- I'm puzzled.
I just watched two episodes from Season 1. Great show, but I was surprised to see that this poor mountain family in the middle of the Depression had electricity and running water. Is this likely?...more info
- Hours of enjoyment!
I love it!!! This provides hours of escape from a hectic life and takes you back to a simpler time....more info
- THE WALTONS-THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
VERY HAPPY WITH THE WALTONS FIRST SEASON. PERFECT CONDITION, ARRIVED WHEN I EXPECTED. I WOULD ORDER FROM THIS SITE AGAIN....more info
- your mistake
I received my order for The Waltons Season 1 on time. Great service there,however, I must inform you that the first disc was labeled disc 1 and supposed to contain Episode1: The Foundling, Episode 2 The Carnival ,etc. Instead it contained Episode 13 The Reunion, Episode 14, The Minstrel, etc. Disc 3 and all the others were as they should be. Will you send me the proper disc 1 for this series please?
Linda Lytle...more info
- The Waltons Season 1
They just don't make tv shows like this anymore. I love the old family shows where you can watch with your whole family....more info