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  • Actors: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Ellen Corby
  • Producers: Earl Hamner, Lee Rich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 1213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQ58WM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,097 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Waltons: Season 5" on IMDb

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  • 24 episodes on five double-sided discs

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Waltons, The: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)


The Waltons: The Complete Fifth Season finds the Depression-era, Blue Ridge Mountains family a little more in touch with the outside world, largely because of the aspirations of the growing Walton children. The most dramatic example, over numerous epsiodes, results from the assertiveness of professional journalist John-Boy (Richard Thomas) as he insists on publishing national and international news in the small-circulation Blue Ridge Chronicle he writes, edits, and publishes. A lot of people in the county are mystified as to why John-Boy would want to bring Walton's Mountain closer to epochal events in Germany, or why he would choose to provide coverage of the Hindenburg zeppelin's aerial triumphs despite its link to the Nazis. Yet John-Boy is just as interested in his backyard as the world stage: In season opener "The First Edition," he stands up to strong pressure to kill a story about a judge whose drunk-driving offense causes costly property damage. In "The Fire Storm," locals are appalled when he prints excerpts from Hitler’s Mein Kampf in order to make readers aware of what kind of madman the German chancellor is.

While John-Boy stands up to popular opinion, brother Jason (Jon Walmsley), a talented musician, has to take a job playing piano at a roadhouse to make up for the loss of his college scholarship. The decision doesn't go down too well with the Walton women, but Jason's presence at the Dew Drop Inn allows for some interesting scenes over the course of the season, none more so than the unexpected visit of a fire-and-brimstone evangelist in "The Baptism." In that same show, father John Walton, played by Ralph Waite, notorious in his Christian community for eschewing church services, faces renewed pressure from wife Olivia (Michael Learned) to accept her faith, making for one of the most interesting episodes of the season. Meanwhile, John-Boy’s sister, Mary Ellen (Judy Norton), is wooed by a couple of different men and hears wedding bells with one of them. She also pursues her nursing degree and misdiagnoses an ailment of Grandma Esther (Ellen Corby), resulting in long-term hospitalization and no end of grief for Grandpa Zeb (Will Geer). The other, increasingly restless Walton boys and girls grab their share of the spotlight, too, but The Complete Fifth Season is, once again, John-Boy's year, capped by dramatic developments in his career and vision of himself. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

Season 5 is as good as the previous 4.
Ellena Elizabeth
Fortunately these region 1 discs play fine in a multi-region DVD player.
S. Branley
Our family loves the Walton series of DVDs.
Robert Taylor, Jr.

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By caj on February 9, 2007
Format: DVD
With the exception of a few guest spots, this was Richard Thomas' final season as John-Boy. Stand out episodes include:

The Vigil - Mary Ellen makes a wrong diagnosis that puts Grandma near death.

The Baptism - Olivia struggles to get John and her kids baptized during a revival.

The Firestorm - John-Boy causes panic when he publishes parts of Hitler's Mein Kampf in his newspaper.

The Wedding - Mary Ellen goes through personal changes leading up to her wedding.

The Cloudburst - John-Boy crosses a line with Grandpa when he sells his meadow to a developer.

The Pony Cart - the best episode of the season IMO. Aunt Martha Corrine comes to visit the family and upsets everyone. But she's hiding a secret.

The Best Christmas - Olivia desperately wants the family to be together because she feels that this will be the last Christmas that the whole family will be together.

The Inferno - John-Boy travels to NJ and witnesses the Hindenburg disaster.

The Long Night - While visiting Esther in the hospital, Grandpa causes a disturbance and is banned from the hospital. Heartbreaking episode.

The Achievement - Grab your hankies. John-Boy travels to New York to check on the status of his novel and discovers it's time to leave home.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on April 30, 2007
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I believe you would be hard pressed to find a more genuinely loved television family than "The Waltons". The classic series which ran an amazing nine seasons and returned in a number of later television movies seems as fresh today as when it premiered in 1972. With simple stories based around love of family and respect for others, the value of giving without expecting something in return, and with a not always "happily ever after",conclusion to each episode this series has endeared itself to viewers all over the world ever since. Being in Australia to me "The Waltons", represents much that is fine about good old fashioned values no matter what the country you live in and there was rarely an episode that in some way did not move me to reflect on my own life and set of values. Season Five of "The Waltons" saw the series really at the top of its form, still fresh and beautifully written, popular in the ratings on many continents, and still winning Emmy Awards. Despite this continued success however season five also unfortunately saw the first of the cast changes that ultimately led to the series' decline. Just half way through the season Ellen Corby who brilliantly played sharp tongued, salt of the earth Grandma, suffered a stroke in real life which forced the producers to write her character out of the story for a season and a half. To add to the producers worries the final episode of the season also saw pivotal character John -Boy played superbly by a much underrated Richard Thomas leaving Waltons Mountain to pursue his dream of writing in New York. Loosing two major cast members in the one season was certainly a blow but these departures where handled in an expert way to keep the storyline moving along.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John S. Rogers on July 14, 2007
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I've bought all 5 seasons, and am anticipating owning Season 6. Watching Season 5 brought back memories for me. I can actually remember watching the episodes when they came on t.v. on Thursday nights. My mom knew the biggest way to punish me was to threaten to not let me watch The Walton's.

Now, I'm a parent. And, like John & Olivia Walton, my wife and I have 7 children. (5 sons, 2 daughters) Now, a second generation are being entertained by watching The Walton's. I can draw many parallels between their family and ours, but I've never said anything about it to my own children. It didn't take long before the older ones were saying "You know, Dad, we're not much different from The Walton's." If only.....

Theirs is a story of a family struggling to make it through the Great Depression. It's filled with Hollywood-authored stories of trials, tribulation, triumph, and togetherness. At first, I'd think "horse puckey" when thinking that such a large family could get along so well. But I live with a large family, and know that the togetherness depicted on screen IS possible. It is my hope that my children will, one day, share the love of The Walton's with my grandchildren, and enable a third generation to experience true quality viewing entertainment. I don't think one could ever watch "too much" Walton's.

I just wished that Grandma had been able to be in the last few episodes. She made a brief appearance in the very last episode - and even at that, it was archive footage of John-Boy reminiscing back to when she was sharing stories with him. Her absence was palpable. What I would give to have heard her famous lines "Good Lord!" or "You old fool."

As with real life, the Walton family experiences a host of changes in their own lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Louise Walker on April 28, 2007
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There's nothing like watching the series that I grew up with and feeling like I'm taking a trip back in time. It is my all time favorite series and I watch them over and over again. Each episode is an hour spent reflecting on days gone by, good and bad, but an hour of joy!
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