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The Big Valley (1965–1969)

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The Wild West adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Jarrod Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
 Nick Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
 Heath Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
 Audra Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
 Victoria Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)


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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Release Date:

15 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Valley  »

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Technical Specs


(112 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series was canceled despite its popularity, because the networks were phasing out westerns in favor of more modern TV shows. See more »


Victoria Barkley: When Nick is pushed, he pushes back with everything he has.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989) See more »

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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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