December 02, 2011 4:03pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'The Waltons' Cast Reunites on 'Today' (Video)
It’s been 30 years since The Waltons TV series ended, taking the wholesome mountain family off the air.
On Friday, eight of the original members of the show reunited on Today to talk about their experiences filming the CBS show.
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David Harper, Eric Scott, Michael Learned, Kami Cotler, Jon Walmsley, Richard Thomas, Judy Norton and Mary Elizabeth McDonough sat down on Friday to talk about being on one of the most well-known shows on television, which aired from 1971-1981. It’s been years since the show aired, but the cast made it very clear that they still felt like a family.
"We get giddy. We love each other," said Learned. "We adore each other.”
Cotler, who played Elizabeth, also added that “it was a very different time to be famous.”
“On the whole, when Waltons fans meet you they feel like your family. So there isn't that kind of 'get you' or 'gotcha' intrusve thing. People just want to give you a hug,” she said.
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The TV series, which was based on a 1963 movie of the same name, also led to several TV movies. However, while the show was known for its family-focused storylines, which often if not always proved that family can overcome anything, the stars were quick to point out that the show also covered real issues of The Depression. Learned emphasized that it annoyed her when the show was called too wholesome or “sugary.”
“In the beginning it was not [too sugary]. Toward the end it got a little… fell in love with itself,” said Learned. “But toward the beginning we were dealing with book burning in Germany, we were dealing with the Dust Bowl cousins…segregation…some real issues, as well as the warmth of the family.”
Watch a clip below: