Eldest son, John-Boy Walton, makes the family proud as he starts his first year in college, pursuing his dream of becoming a writer - a course that is both challenging and rewarding for John-Boy and the entire Walton family.
Younger siblings Jason and Mary Ellen Walton discover the professions to which they will devote their lives in this heartwarming drama about growing up in the loving embrace of a large Appalachia family.
01 - The Song
Young Ben Walton falls in love with pretty Sally Ann Harper, but his secret campaign to win her affections fails when he inadvertently sends her into the arms of his brother Jason.
02 - The Thoroughbred
John-Boy and the family mule compete against a rich, young man and his thoroughbred in a traditional cross-country race that was won many years earlier by Grandpa Walton.
03 - The Runaway
When the rest of the Walton family fails to pay attention to a personal tragedy in his life, Jim-Bob runs away from home.
04 - The System
John-Boy tempers honor with mercy when he defends a freshman football player whom he has accused of cheating. Ben discovers the dangers of smoking.
05 - The Woman
John and Olivia Walton renew their wedding vows as the highlight of their 20th-anniversary celebration, and John-Boy falls in love with an older woman.
06 - The Marathon
John-Boy defies his mother to enter a week-long dance marathon with a pretty, young stranger.
07 - The Visitor
An old family friend comes home to Walton's Mountain, drawn there by the haunting memory of his dear wife.
08 - The Shivaree
Olivia Walton arranges a warm, family wedding for the daughter of an old friend and her city-bred fiancé, but a fun-loving mountain custom threatens to destroy the marriage.
09 - The Departure
Convinced that "life has passed him by," John Walton leaves home for an adventure.
10 - The First Day
The first day at Boatwright College is full of complications for John-Boy Walton.
11 - The Matchmakers
Ike Godsey is smitten when cousin Corabeth visits, and with John and Olivia's help love grows between the two. Erin enters the Jefferson County Sweetheart Contest.
12 - The Statue
John-Boy is faced with the agonizing possibility of destroying spinster Emily Baldwin's lifelong romantic dream in order to make his first literary sale.
13 - The Ring
On her first date with a college man, Mary Ellen must choose between making a good impression and telling the truth.
14 - The Job
A part-time job catapults John-Boy into the middle of a desperate emotional battle raging in the heart of a hopelessly blind young woman.
15 - The Caretakers
Grandpa becomes upset with John, and his stubborn pride leads him to pack, take Grandma by the hand and leave home.
16 - The Venture
Prosperity seems to be imminent for the Walton family when disaster strikes as John Walton is felled by pneumonia, and the family may lose all for which they have worked so hard.
17 - The Book
John-Boy's feelings of inadequacy are washed away in a flood of pure vanity when circumstances lead to the publishing of a book of his short stories.
Jason gets a paying job playing music in a band, but no one in the family seems to notice.
18 - The Lie
John-Boy turns detective to piece together the truth behind a hit-and-run charge brought against his younger brother Ben.
19 - The Beguiled
A beautiful but unprincipled girl causes problems for John-Boy.
20 - The Spoilers
A sophisticated but emotionally confused New York family arrives on Walton's Mountain with devastating results for the Walton family.
21 - The Conflict - Part I
Family loyalty is stretched to the breaking point when Walton family kin call for help to fight against the United States Government's notice of eviction.
22 - The Conflict - Part II
Family loyalty is stretched to the breaking point when Walton family kin call for help to fight against the United States Government's notice of eviction, but the sight of blood has a sobering effect on all the Waltons.
23 - The Birthday
Grandpa is stricken by a heart attack and desperately despondent about his condition, causing the entire Walton family to make every effort to restore his will to live.
24 - The Romance
Olivia is challenged by John-Boy to take a night school course in art, but she gets more than she expected when the instructor kisses her.
25 - The Choice
John Walton's dream of a Walton & Sons lumber business is shattered when Jason, like his elder brother John-Boy, decides to pursue his own career.