As ‘The Waltons’ Turns 50, Here Are 10 Must-See Episodes To Watch With Your Family

As ‘The Waltons’ Turns 50, Here Are 10 Must-See Episodes To Watch With Your Family


Today, ensemble family dramas are often the biggest TV events that still find a wide audience. But before “This Is Us” or “Downton Abbey” — years prior even to “Dallas” or “Little House on the Prairie” — trailblazing drama “The Waltons” presented one multi-generational Appalachian family’s trials and triumphs. All nine seasons are currently streaming online. 

Recently marking 50 years since its September 1972 premiere, “The Waltons” lovingly depicted the Depression-era backwoods of Virginia through the eyes of sawmill owner John Walton Sr. (Ralph Waite), his wife Olivia (Michael Learned), and their seven children. Their eldest son, called John-Boy (Richard Thomas) — an avatar of series creator Earl Hamner Jr., who died in 2016 — dreamed of life beyond Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains even as

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