America’s favorite TV family The Waltons returns to television for an exclusive reunion special, “A Walton’s Family Reunion,” on INSP. The surviving cast members of the American television classic journey back to “Walton’s Mountain” almost 30 years after the series ended its iconic run.
Hosted by Mary McDonough (Erin Walton), the reunion special features Richard Thomas (John Boy), Ralph Waite (John Walton), Michael Learned (Olivia Walton), Judy Norton (Mary Ellen Walton), Eric Scott (Ben Walton), Jon Walmsley (Jason Walton), David Harper (Jim-Bob Walton), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth Walton), and series creator Earl Hamner. The veteran cast reminisce about the series, its impact on American culture and family life, and what they’ve been up to since the series ended its original run in 1981.
“The Waltons” follows one family’s life as they run a lumber mill during the Great Depression in rural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Created and narrated by Hamner, the program is a reflection of Hamner’s own upbringing during the same era, with his experiences re-told to the viewer through the eyes of aspiring writer John-Boy Walton. The close-knit family includes father John Walton and his wife Olivia, and their children: John-Boy, Mary Ellen, Jim-Bob, Elizabeth, Jason, Erin, and Ben. Grandparents Zeb (Will Geer) and Esther (Ellen Corby) serve as the elders of this large and loving family, who together face the challenges of 1930s United States while living on “Walton’s Mountain.”
The series ran from September 1972-August 1981 and earned a total of 13 Emmy® Awards during its original run.