As a child, one of the highlights of my week was to watch the Waltons. My mother is German, and as a result, we spent many years (off and on) overseas, and I missed most years of the show. In later years the show was shown in Germany, and became one of my grandmother's favorite shows (who happens to be a very proper Prussian Lady).
It has been my great pleasure to be able to watch the show in its entirety now. The first four seasons I watched almost back-to-back, and it took me only a few weeks. This fifth season is also very enjoyable, but I find some of the innocence and uniqueness of the program changing. For one thing, now we have a teaser before the show starts, which I am sure is a result of the changing times on television itself. Somehow it detracts from the show, because you have already glimpsed some key scenes. The loss of innocence is probably in large part due to the children growing up. Somehow the pace of the show is faster, and more facets to the plot are tried to be squeezed in.
All that being said, this show is worth every penny, and for me is still a solid four stars. I look forward to watching the remaining episodes.