Will Geer compared The Waltons to corn on the cob — in the best way

Not too sweet – just “fresh and tasty.”

The classic family drama The Waltons is often now considered of as feel-good, sugary sweet family entertainment. Though it deals with a large family struggling to make ends meet during the Great Depression, everything always seems to work out. But this sentimental reputation doesn't really fit, especially to fans who know the show well.

Certain episodes dealt with real loss and hardship, and the onslaught of World War II provided many dramatic moments. The show even got spooky at times.

When The Waltons premiered in September 1972, the network didn’t think much of its chances. It was up against two extremely popular Thursday night shows, The Mod Squad and The Flip Wilson Show. Early seventies America did not seem keen on anything so sincere and wholesome as stories from rural 1930s Virginia.

Of course, as often happens, the American public proved the TV executives wrong. Earl Hamner Jr.'s heartfelt creation based on his own childhood became immensely popular.

In a behind-the-scenes article written for the November 1973 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, Will Geer explained what he thought of Hamner and the specific tone of the show.

"I’ve always loved Earl Hamner’s books. This show of his has a sweetness about it. Not saccharine sentimentality, but the kind of sweetness which to my mind is associated with good sweet corn, fresh and tasty," Geer said.

What a perfect way to describe The Waltons, straight from Grandpa Zeb himself!

It's a show that's not sugary, tooth-achingly sweet but healthy, refreshing and delicious. So good, you have to go back for seconds.

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Lillyrose 4 days ago
My favorite Waltons episode is "The Ring." It's so funny!
DiamondGold 5 days ago
i thought metv did a spring schedule then a summer schedule
Agnes 8 days ago
I agree with Will Geer.
It was never a "Hollywood Ending Sweet" show. It felt with some hard issues during hard times. The "sweetness" was in the loving family that helped each other through good & bad times. It was the only show I never missed -8pm EST Thursdays.
Coraline 8 days ago
I loved The Walton's (still do). I always wanted a family like theirs but without Johnboy, Grandma & Erin.
SeenEnough Coraline 6 days ago
Why don't u change your little picture cause Trump is still our President and u losers can't get over it. Your coup didn't work with all your fake news and trying to bring down a great man. Now we will have another 4 years of the greatest President in our history. MAGA!
DebbieDow SeenEnough 6 days ago
What the hell does Trump have to do with The Walton's? Leave politics out of it.
F5Twitster SeenEnough 6 days ago
Trump and many of his henchmen and women are going to prison. And if you don't like it, you can join them there. I'm sure some criminal activity on your part can also be found.

PS: Apostrophes are NOT used to make words and names plural in English. It's WALTONS, not Walton's, which is the POSSESSIVE form of the name (there ought to be criminal prosecutions for making that mistake, too).
Lillyrose F5Twitster 4 days ago
Of course President Trump isn't going to prison, and President Trump doesn't have henchmen. He has done nothing wrong. He is handling the Coronavirus pandemic crisis very well. He is the best, most pro-life President ever!
Pacificsun 8 days ago
During the the '70's viewers usually had only 3 networks from which to choose. So I think the network knew what they were doing by making the show an alternative to, two very different shows (variety & cop drama). There will always be a viewing segment interested in nostalgia. Obviously MeTV has capitalized on that preference today. But The Waltons was a sophisticated presentation of complicated issues during an era of required and voluntary sacrafices. Perhaps the the show has more to say to us, during these particularly challenging times. How much we need to rely on one another.
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