The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.
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 Jarrod Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
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 Nick Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
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 Heath Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
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 Audra Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
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 Victoria Barkley / ... (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
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Victoria Barkley heads her adult brood on the Barkley Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley, near Stockton, in the 1870s. Heath is the illegitimate son of Victoria's husband, Tom (who is dead at the time of the series). Bank robbers, horse thieves, revolutionaries, and land grabbers keep the Barkleys hopping. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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15 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Big Valley  »

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(112 episodes)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This was the only western to be built around a strong, female lead character. See more »

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Heath: Well its no pride I got in him for a daddy, but its a proud name, and I'm gonna wear it. And Boy Howdy! People are gonna look up to me!
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'What A Show''
16 May 2005 | by (Rohnert Park, CA) – See all my reviews

''The Big Valley''has been my favorite TV show for over thirty years. Although I had seen it from time to time when it was running in prime time, it was'nt until 1973, when it was shown locally, that I really got into it. Barbara Stanwyck was one of those rare golden age actresses who grew more beautiful with the passage of time. As Victoria Barkley, she was playing a woman close to her heart, and mine. Linda Evans, Richard Long, Peter Breck and Lee Majors were perfect support. And those guest stars! to name a few, Anne Baxter,Julie Adams, Coleen Dewhurst, Bradford Dillman,Susan Strasberg,James Whitmore, Julie Harris, Andrew Duggan, John Anderson, Jeanne Cooper, Diane Baker, James Gregory..... I want so much to have the complete series on DVD. I haven't even seen the episodes in their complete and original form, thanks to the butchering they endured for more commercials. In any form, however, this show is the BEST!


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