Family bonds were stronger than hardships for ‘The Waltons’

MeTV revisits the highs and lows of the "The Waltons"

“The Waltons”

Before the world was turned upside-down due to a pandemic, there were many other serious times of struggle in our history but if one family could have survived it all, it would have been the one that hailed from Walton’s Mountain.

“The Waltons,” airing weekdays on MeTV, revisits the highs and lows of the the titled family — grandparents, parents and seven children — all living together in rural Virginia in the time period of 1933-1946. It was then the family faced the many serious challenges of living during the Great Depression and World War II. 

John Walton (Ralph Waite) was an extremely hard worker, trying to provide for his family in any honest way possible while Olivia (Michael Learned) kept the household running as best she could with the resources available. The show was based the real-life seven siblings of Earl Hamner, who also served as series creator and narrator for the series.

The show ran for nine seasons from 1972-1981, picking up many awards along the way, and numerous reunion movies followed. The show continues to entertain new generations of audiences to this day and reminds all of us that hard work, family and lots of love can weather anything life throws our way.

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“Little House on the Prairie” (UPtv, daily):

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“Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: Season 1” (Amazon): 

This 1993-1998 family Western show centered on the adventures of Michaela Quinn (Jane Seymour), a doctor who lived in the post-Civil War frontier town of Colorado Springs. Moving there after her father, a Boston physician, dies, Dr. Mike, as she was called, needed to win over the trust of her new community, who were not exactly thrilled about having a woman doctor. 

“Family Affair” (Amazon):

New York engineer Bill Davis (Brian Keith) found his life as a swinging bachelor turned upside-down by the arrival of his newly orphaned nieces and nephew — young twins Buffy (Anissa Jones) and Jody (Johnny Whitaker) and their teenage big sister, Cissy (Kathy Garver). In time, however, Bill adjusted his lifestyle to accommodate his young charges, with a little help from his fastidious British butler, Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot).

“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” (Amazon):

The 1952-1966 long-running sitcom was based on a radio show of the same name. The series featured real-life married couple Ozzie and Harriet Nelson as well as their sons, David and Ricky. The focus of the series was the Nelsons’ home life as they dealt with run-of-the-mill problems that families of the day faced. By the time the show went off the air, it had produced 435 episodes over 14 seasons.

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