'The Waltons' was one of the
greatest television shows of all time. And it stills stands the test of time
with superb writing, top-notch acting, and good old traditional family values
and human decency.
Enjoy the MBC Archive's 'The Waltons
Great Moments' and see why this salt of the earth show and programming of its
kind will never be seen on television again.
In this clip, John Boy drops the news that he will be leaving for New York City. This was the season finale and Richard Thomas's final episode as a show regular. This is a powerful scene and the discreet way it was handled demonstrates the sensitivity and powerful emotions portrayed in this show. Every character on that front porch is falling apart, but stoically keeps their emotions in check. This scene is indicative of the show's creator Earl Hamner's master hand. When John Boy hugs his father, it brings tears to my eyes.