The Waltons 9 Seasons 1974

Season 2
(218) IMDb 7.5/10

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A desperate and despondent book salesman takes Olivia Walton's money under false pretenses in order to bring a little joy to his own daughter.

Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite
50 minutes
Original air date:
March 7, 1974

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Season 2

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Kids & Family
Director Ralph Waite
Starring Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite
Supporting actors Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, David W. Harper, Kami Cotler, Joe Conley, Earl Hamner Jr., Anne Beesley, Wilford Brimley, Ancel Cook, Ben Piazza
Season year 1974
Network Warner Bros.
Producers Robert L. Jacks, Neil T. Maffeo, Lee Rich
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Other reviewers have thoroughly reviewed the details of the Waltons first year on TV with titles and plot descriptions, so I won't elaborate further. Instead, I will tell you why I feel this DVD set is perhaps is the best series that ever aired on TV, and is true family entertainment.

The Waltons first aired in 1972 on CBS. It was considered "hokey" by some of the critics of the day, yet it captured the hearts of the viewers and went on to be one of the finest long-running series on TV. It captured peoples hearts because it told stories of real people, real people in a family that loved and cared for each other. Although many of the stories are of course fictional, the writer, Earl Hamner (who is actually John-boy), weaves fiction with real-life drama and shows how his loving family dealt with the hard times they grew up in, and how they related to each other with love. In essence, the Waltons shows the viewer what all of us would like our families to be like. One cannot help caring about the characters because Hamner does such a great job of developing their unique personalities for us. The actors and actresses that play his family are perfect for the parts, and even though many of them are just children, their realistic acting makes one believe they are actually a real family. The series is carried on the shoulders of three central characters, John-Boy (Richard Thomas), his mother Olivia Walton (Michael Learned), and Father John Walton (played by Ralph Waite). All three are absolutely superb in their respective roles, and earned honors and accolades for their depiction of Hamner's family. When these three characters eventually left ths show in later years, the show itself folded.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Moore on April 27, 2005
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Great collection of one of my all time favorite shows!

Season two episodes include:

The Journey- Johnboy takes drives an elderly neighbor to see the ocean before she dies.

The Odyssey-Johnboy delivers a baby. (guest star: Sissy Spacek)

The Separation- Grandma & Grandpa have a fight & Grandpa moves out.

The Theft- John is accused of stealing & won't deny that he didn't do it.

The Roots- Verdie Grant meets Harley Foster & asks Johnboy to help keep him on the Mountain.

The Chicken Thief- Johnboy see Yancy Tucker stealing chickens & must decide if he should turn him in to the sheriff.

The Prize- Olivia's old boyfriend, who is running for office, pays a call to the family.

The Braggart- Hobart Shank, an old orphan friend of the family, arrives to stay with the Waltons until a baseball scout shows up.

The Fawn- Johnboy becomes a rent collector, a hated landlord. Erin nurses an orphaned fawn.

The Thanksgiving Story- Johnboy gets a visit from his girlfriend, Jenny & prepares for scholarship exam.

The Substitute- Miss Pollard, a strict teacher from New York, is hired to teach the children.

Th Bequest- Grandma receives a letter stating a $250 inheritance.

The Air-Mail Man- A plane makes an emergency landing in the Walton's meadow.

The Triangle- Johnboy gets jealous when Miss Hunter & Reverend Fordwick become a romantic couple.

The Awakening- Mary Ellen get kissed by a college boy who doesn't know how young she is.

The Honeymoon- While John takes Olivia on a second honeymoon, several mishaps occur at home.

The Heritage- John considers selling to mountain. Zeb & Ester celebrate their 50th anniversary.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By a viewer on May 10, 2005
Format: DVD
We've had to wait an entire year for the release of season two. I hope this is not the case for future releases. I'm especially looking forward to season 4 which has my all time favorite "Walton" episode in it...."The Burnout"...the episode when the house is gutted by fire in the middle of the night. But, back to season two. I agree with the reviewer below with the tight packaging and the 2 sided disks are a pain with them overlapping and all. But besides that, the quality of the DVDs are wonderful, the show is timeless and the episodes are first rate! My particular favorite is "The Gift" with a young Ron Howard guest starring as Jason's best friend who has leukemia. This episode is a real tearjerker and I cry buckets every time I see it. Its not full of sap sentimentality but honest truth about loss and grief. There are two memorable scenes in this episode. The first is Ron Howard (Seth) running out into the woods after he finds out that he has only a short time to live. He runs out and screams and cries his heart out because of the unfairness of it all. The other scene is the poignant and touching guidance and wisdom to Jason from Grandpa (Will Geer)helping him cope with the grief that is hurting him so much. Jon Walmsley as Jason is outstanding in this episode and the haunting strains of "beautiful dreamer" as he plays it on the flute at the end....well...just have the kleenex handy!! How can you honestly compare the wasteland that television has become today with a program like the Waltons? Its wonderful to see a quality program like this restored with quality! I'll take a program like "The Waltons" and pit it against all the reality crap on TV these days. Do your youngsters and family a favor and "watch" "The Waltons" together as a family! If they don't want to, "make them". My parents did that with me and I turned out o.k. We need to restructure the familial moral fiber in AMERICA today and programs like "The Waltons" are a good place to start!
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