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The Waltons: Season 2

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Waltons, The: The Complete Second Season (DVD)

Enduring another hard year of the Depression, the Walton family remembers that the true richness of life comes from the joy, love and compassion they bring one another. John-Boy's (Richard Thomas) parents, John (Ralph Waite) and Olivia (Michael Learned), and grandparents (Will Geer, Ellen Corby) set sterling examples of strength and determination for the generations to follow. In the second season, Thanksgiving joy turns to worry when John-Boy suffers a head injury, and Grandma Walton inherits some money - and a host of problems. Plus, John-Boy makes the family proud as he graduates from high school, and a corporation offers John a modest fortune to sell Walton's Mountain. Will he do it? Sissy Spacek, John Ritter and Ron Howard guest star in this heartwarming, classic series.


Year two of Earl Hamner's The Waltons still finds the original cast complete and the show humming along nicely on nostalgia for an earlier America, specifically the Depression-era 1930s, a time of sacrifice and family unity as The Waltons portrays it. The characters we came to know so well in season one (see The Waltons: The Complete First Season) continue to live in a spirit of cooperation and generosity, and with hope that a younger generation of Waltons will prosper and dream new dreams for everyone.

The 24 episodes included in this box set feature a number of very strong stories, including a handful of classics, all immersed in the series' typically old-Hollywood production values. (Several season two shows were directed by Waltons' star Ralph Waite.) Among the best is the premiere, "The Journey," in which the ever-noble, college-bound John-Boy (Richard Thomas) passes on a school dance and an important date to take an aging neighbor, Maggie Mackenzie (Linda Watkins), on a special, final journey. "The Separation" finds Grandpa (Will Geer) and Grandma (Ellen Corby) Walton feuding—even living apart--after the former crafts a secret plan to raise money to pay the family's electricity bill. (Their reconciliation is one of the series' most enjoyable and tender moments.) The memorable "The Thanksgiving Story" is a nail-biter in which John-Boy, facing a hopeful future as he awaits college and a visit from his girlfriend, endures a head injury in the family mill and must undergo surgery. Finally, "The Honeymoon" sees John (Waite) and Olivia (Michael Learned) finally taking their honeymoon after 19 years of marriage and seven kids. Throughout all the major storylines is a constant buzz of subplots concerning John-Boy's younger siblings—their joys and disappointments, first loves, accomplishments and relationships with one another. The Waltons never slows down, but it is capable of revealing the most delicate of feelings within shared or private moments. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • 24 episodes on five discs, including the movie-length "The Thanksgiving Story"

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Ellen Corby
  • Producers: Lee Rich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 1248 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LBM22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Waltons: Season 2" on IMDb

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By kone TOP 1000 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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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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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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