My 30 favorite episodes of The Waltons

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1. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: An Easter Story (1973)

TV-G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Romance

When Olivia is stricken with polio, John-Boy refuses to accept the doctor's prognosis that she may never walk again.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 103

2. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Boy from the CCC (1972)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A cynical New York teenager ends up staying on Walton's Mountain.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 100

3. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Deed (1973)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The validity of the Waltons' claim to their land is questioned when they cannot produce a legal deed to the property. To sort out their legal troubles they must raise $200 and John-boy assists by taking a job in the city of Wheeling.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 75

4. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Hunt (1972)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John-Boy goes on his first turkey hunt with his father and two of his friends.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 94

5. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Star (1972)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

When a meteorite falls through the Baldwin sisters' roof, it has strange effects on the people of Walton's Mountain; the sisters are convinced by their cousin Polonius that the star is a ... See full summary »

Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 91

6. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Thanksgiving Story (1973)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Thanksgiving time on Walton's Mountain means a turkey shoot, a school play about early settlers, and the big meal. One year it also included a rekindled love affair and a life-threatening accident.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 78

7. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Heritage (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An offer to buy their land makes the Waltons think about what it would be like to have more money than they need.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 59

8. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Gift (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Jason and John Boy's friend Seth is diagnosed with leukemia. Seth wants to teach Jason how to play a recorder he made for him before he dies.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 70

9. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Honeymoon (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Olvia and John finally get a chance to take their postponed honeymoon to Virginia Beach.

Director: Jack Shea | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 62

10. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Cradle (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Olivia is happy to learn that she is pregnant again, but John worries that having another baby will be hard for her.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 60

11. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Birthday (1974)

TV-G | 49 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Grandpa has heart problems. Thinks he is going to die.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 53

12. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Caretakers (1975)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Grandpa and Grandma feel left out and move to house-sit for for a neighbor. John has to hire someone to help at mill who turns out to be no good. Things get better and work out for all.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 50

13. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Departure (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John Walton gets job in city because he wants an adventure. He gets a small adventure working at a shipyard, but is happy to return home.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 52

14. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Runaway (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Everyone in the Walton house is too busy to pay attention Jim Bob so he takes matters into his own hands.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 57

15. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Venture (1975)

TV-G | 49 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John takes on a loan to improve the business and he gets a big order. Grandpa gets sick and cannot help at the mill. John gets sick and cannot do it. The neighbors pull together to help build the new improved mill.

Director: Ralph Waite | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 46

16. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Burnout (1976)

TV-G | 100 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John-Boy smokes a pipe and Grandpa leaves a heater plugged in and turned on. A fire breaks out, burns most of the house. John-Boy loses his completed novel to save Erin. John-Boy, Grandpa, and Erin all feel miserable.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 74

17. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Intruders (1975)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Ben is upset at how he is treated at the mill. He gets a job at another lumber company, not realizing they are competing for the same jobs. Grandpa uses his smarts to get one over the competing lumber company. Ben returns to the mill.

Director: Richard C. Bennett | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 62

18. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Search (1976)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Olivia and Elizabeth take a car trip; Jim-Bob is forced to also go. They have car trouble. Elizabeth wanders off. Olivia and Jim-Bob find her but by now, all are lost. Jim-Bob uses his skills to keep everyone safe till they are found.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 64

19. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Secret (1976)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Jim-Bob wonders if he is adopted because he does not look like other family members. No one wants to talk about his birth. Eventually the truth comes out as to what happened when he was born.

Director: Harvey S. Laidman | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 60

20. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Sermon (1975)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The reverend and teacher get married. Olivia is asked to be the substitute teacher and John Boy is asked to preach the sermon.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 55

21. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Calf (1972)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The children are upset when their father sells a newborn calf to another farmer who intends to slaughter it for beef.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 106

22. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Reunion (1972)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The Baldwin sisters' cousin Homer Lee Baldwin visits them, and inspires the sisters to organize a family reunion.

Director: Jack Shea | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 83

23. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Love Story (1973)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John-Boy falls in love with Jenny Pendleton, a young girl staying with the family while her father and stepmother are in Richmond.

Director: Lee Philips | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 94

24. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Journey (1973)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An elderly neighbor reinforces John-Boy's feelings that despite hard times he is lucky to be surrounded by a loving family.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 88

25. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Air Mail Man (1973)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Engine trouble on the air mail transport plane means the Waltons have a guest for a few days.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 72

26. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Substitute (1973)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

When Miss Hunter is called away unexpectedly, a substitute teacher with ways of her own takes over.

Director: Lee Philips | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 75

27. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Thoroughbred (1974)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John Boy and his mule aim to get the Walton family name on a local race's trophy for the first time since Grandpa won the race years ago. It seems to be a sure victory until a well-to-do college mate and his thoroughbred racehorse enter.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 62

28. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Fox (1976)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Ben starts to hunt animals for their skins to sell for profit. Meanwhile, the Rough Riders are holding a reunion. Grandpa, for all his talk about charging up the hill with Teddy Roosevelt, does not want to attend.

Director: Richard Thomas | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 44

29. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Test (1976)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Olivia gets a job in the city as a dressmaker. She enjoys it but soon realizes she misses the family too much. Maude Gormley isn't adjusting well to life in a retirement home and returns to the mountain.

Director: Harvey S. Laidman | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 45

30. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Fledgling (1976)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

John-Boy wants to buy a printing press to start his own newspaper. Works hard to earn money for the down payment.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

Votes: 57



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