‘The Waltons’ Era Will Always Trump the Duggars Era

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Do you know the real reason you love to watch the Duggars and Kate Plus Eight? It's because you miss The Waltons! That's right, your reality TV obsession is actually a desperate attempt to cling to a staple of your youth -- the big family TV show with all the drama, love, and chaos we all wished we had at home (not to mention the cute brothers) without all that weird reality TV scariness. This morning, the seven Walton kids and Ma Walton reunited on the Today show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the TV show (skip right over how old that makes you feel), and it was a touching look back at the lovable family. The Waltons always managed to make the best out of the worst. Sigh. If only my house were more like that.

Of course, they weren't the only ones! In that era of television, there were also the Bradfords, the Bradys, and the Partridges. But which big TV family show did it best?

That depends on the topic.

Best Together Time: No one did mealtime better than the Waltons. And hello, bedtime? Tell me when you are fighting to put your kids to sleep, you don’t sometimes wish it was as easy as hearing a chorus of "Good Night"s as they shut out their own lights and go to sleep without any fuss. Goodnight John-Boy indeed!

Best Older Brother: There was no greater brother than Keith Partridge. He was always nice to his younger siblings and he had cute friends for Laurie to date. Sure, he got a little testy if you got in the way of one of his dates, but in the end, he was always a loving, velveteen shoulder to cry on. My older brother was just not this understanding. He still isn't.

Most Realistic: Bad things happened to the Bradford kid on Eight Is Enough. Their mom died, they had trouble in school, they fought. Eight kids at different ages have different problems all at once and the chaos of that was pretty real. Plus, let’s face it, in life, as on Eight Is Enough, there is a pretty sister and a smart sister and a whiny sister and a flighty sister.

Most Understanding Parents: Mike and Carol Brady were just so comforting in their approach. When they were grounding you, they sat down to do it. For people with six kids, they always made time to explain and hear your side of the story. And they had groovy hair. When my dad got a perm, it scarred me for life. Not so for the Brady kids.

The big TV families of yesteryear were so much more fun to watch all around. Unlike today's scary, big, and usually odd TV families (there's something to say for fiction), they will always be the kind of families you wish would adopt you. What's one more kid (adult) in the family, right?

Which big family was your favorite and why?


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dixie... dixiechick2

Eight Is Enough and The Brady Bunch. And we can't forget Little House On The Prarie!

keriley1 keriley1

dixiechick2-Little House rocked!!! lol. I find myself still watching reruns sometimes. The Waltons was awesome too!!! As a small child I would watch it with my all the time!!!

squee... squeekers

I'm going out on a limb and say I like the over-large family in the original Your, Mine and Ours movie with Lucille Ball.

Vinta... VintageWife

I don't get how the Walton's and Duggar's are pitted against eachother. The Walton's was a great show, but so are the Duggar's and they are real people. And thanks, now I have the Walton's theme stuck in my head! LOL :)

ivego... ivegotrhythm

Coming from the woman who married the bad boy and actually turned him into a decent man, I am totally in love with Jason Walton.  You know, the one who was so good he barely ever got a storyline? Honestly, if I had my life to do over again I'd look for a man exactly like Jason, instead of wasting so much time and effort of the showy, spectacular boys.


Sigh.  At least it gives me something to dream about.  Isn't that totally wrong?  Shouldn't I be married to the good guy and dreaming about the bad boy?  Yeah, I totally went wrong somewhere.

Geria09 Geria09

Ladies I do agree.  I grew up on all those shows and I LOVED them!  I think the Duggars vs. the Waltons is a fair comparison/contrast.  The waltons were portrayed as a natural extended family living in a rural environment (like homesteaders) with no deceptively hidden religio-political agenda like the Duggars.  The Duggars and the polygamous families you see on TLC are an example of a movement of white Christians who see themselves as seperate from the rest of society.  Not only do they seperate themselves, they see other groups within our society as a threat...in other words, they are the very extreme of the Right Wing Movement.

Sidthe Sidthe

One problem with your theory not everyone who watches duggars, kate +8, watched any of those shows...I watched Brady Bunch on reruns when I was growing up but other than that I didn't watch any of the shows you listed...mostly because they were before my time and the only reason I even watched the Brady Bunch was because it was on a marathon...

kisse... kisses5050

Love the Waltons.... then and now,,,, love them...always wanted them to do spin offs annd more specials

ldbc ldbc

Eight is Enough. Remember that one?

Vinta... VintageWife

Geria09, that is the most absurd thing I've read on here in awhile. You poor thing! Apparently the white Christian people are out to get you?!? The Duggars have no hidden agenda. They agreed to do the show ONLY if it was about their religion. Nothing hidden there, honey!


The funny thing to me is that you are saying Christians separate themselves. You have it backwards, they are being separated by people like you. The ones that seem to accept everyone, straight/gay, black/hispanic/etc, muslim/atheist, married/single etc, EXCEPT for Christians. It's like be ANYTHING at all you want to be as long as it's NOT Christian.


Oh well, I'll go on watching the Duggars, the Waltons, the Sister Wives and I'll do it without separating myself from anything. I don't think I'm any better than anyone else out there. I do sometimes make better choices IMO , but I also can admit to making a lot of bad choices. It's not about being Christian or not, it's about being humans. You go on being you and I'll go on being me and I'm sure life will continue on.

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