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DVD TV Show Reviews
The Waltons - The Complete 8th Season
The Waltons was always a great show. It was based on the true
family history of Earl Hamner, who wrote the show and narrated it. He was
basically "John Boy" in his family. I'm sure they did take some liberties with
reality, but you would not really know it from watching the show. It was very
well written and had good actors of all ages (most of them). Watching the
Waltons in the 70's and learning about country living in the Depression, and
those years a long time ago, was very interesting.
This eighth season was a difficult one for fans because many of the series
regular actors had left or left during the show, including will Geer (who died),
Richard Thomas, Michael Learned, and Ellen Corby. The show focused on World War
II and how it affected their family and friends.
If you don't like sentiment, you will probably not like the Waltons because it
can sometimes be that way. The show has a lot of heart. However, it is not
usually corny, and the stories are very gripping. I always enjoyed it. It was
much better than similar shows such as "Little House on the Prairie". Some
people may have wanted to live in The Brady Bunch world, but to me that was too
unrealistic. I wanted to live in the Waltons. Even though they had terrible
things happen to them sometimes, they had a big family, and they all loved each
other no matter what, through good times and bad. Well, maybe I wanted to marry
into The Waltons, since I loved John Boy! Anyway, "Sanford & Son" would have
been an improvement over my home life!
The only extra on the DVD set is a special that aired back then called "A Decade
of the Waltons". It is basically a clip show, something that most TV shows seem
to have at one time or another. They had an interesting episode within the clip
show, about Grandma's birthday. Then, at the end, they chatted with the actors,
and with the actual family members that some of the Waltons were modeled after.
It is pretty clear, though, that it was kind of scripted (and badly-acted). The
ending is sweet, but a little overly-sentimental. Richard Thomas (John-Boy) is
noticeably absent, which is a shame.
If you enjoy The waltons, you should start with the first season and go forward.
You will be glad you did. It is a terrific series. Since it was set in another
time, it does not feel dated. It does move a little slower than today's dramas,
but it is still very good and the stories hold up. I still want to live in the
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