The Production

- Influences on Culture


It wouldn't be THE WALTONS if people didn't poke a bit of fun at it.
So how did the show make it's impact on popular culture?


The Waltons get the nod from a variety of shows including;
Good Times, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Dawson's Creek, Jonathan Creek, The People's Choice Awards, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Ordinary People, Home Improvements.


The Waltons are spoofed on The Carol Burnett Show.

Edith Bunker from All in The Family watches The Waltons

 

Geico Insurance feels that everyone can relate to The Waltons

 




The Walton's children are matched against The Dukes of Hazzard on The Family Feud.

 

The big three lampoon magazines all had their fun with the show.

John Boy Lampoon
Mad Magazine's fake obituary for John-Boy.

Mad magazine
Mad Magazine - Read the spoof here.

Cracked magazine
Cracked Magazine - Read the spoof here.

Crazy Magazine
Crazy Magazine - Read the spoof here.



In 1998 the The Nelson County Drama Foundation mounted an episode of the show, "The Conflict", as a theatre production in Virginia near the home of show creator Earl Hamner Jr.

The play was adapted for the stage by Jeb Rosebrook, based on his 1974 teleplay and special episode of The Waltons. The second season was performed outdoors on the grounds of the Mountain Cove Vineyards.


The Conflict Flyer
image: Bill Atkins
The Conflict - Stage
image: Bill Atkins
The Conflict - Cast
image: Mountain Cove Vineyards
The Conflict - Stage1
image: Bill Atkins

 



John-Boy and The Waltons are a 50's & 60's Rock & Roll act from Nijmegen in the Netherlands which have been performing since 1989.

John-Boy and the Waltons



Bluegrass group Covered Grass sings their song "Goodnight, John-Boy" which was quite successful in Germany.


Editorial Cartoons

Editorial Comic Feb. 2014

This was the editorial comic by Jeff Darcy when 3 Hollywood legends passed away all within the same week in February 2014.

The Waltons Updated

Goodnight on the Deathstar

Waltons Cartoon



The Walton's TV Trope Page

A list of expressions and terms to describe common themes or devices used in the writing of the show.



Critical Commentary
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The Land of Lost Content:
Living in the Past with The Waltons


Stephen Brie, Liverpool Hope University
Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present), Fall 2008, Volume 7, Issue 2



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