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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?


Richard Long who starred as Jarrod was the only one to ever get married, and it only lasted a few days after only meeting a week before. She died accidentally taking a bullet for Jarrod when leaning over to pick a flower while picnicking beside a stream where their future home was going to be built. See more »


Nick Barkley: It might do you good to eat a little dust once in awhile.
Jarrod Barkley: I'm a lawyer, remember? I only eat crow.
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Fascinating series!
21 November 2003 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

I was not a big fan of Westerns, but this one really stands out. I liked it back in the 1970s, and then again lately with its run on the Hallmark Channel.

If this show was not an authentic Western, who cares? The show had enough chutzpah and special qualities to make it so likeable. One episode, "Miranda," which aired 15 January 1968, had one scene that made me take notice. The title character, a Mexican revolutionary played by Barbara Luna, asked Napoleon Whiting, who played the African-American servant Silas, if slavery had been outlawed. The exchange between those two characters was a sort of icebreak, because of the stereotypical roles African-Americans had played in the movies and television for so long. At last, this concept is being questioned! This is the same year that "Julia" (1968) debuted.

The cast is fun. I liked Barbara Stanwyck, and I remember seeing Richard Long in 1970's "Nanny and the Professor." He is definitely missed. Peter Breck is also great, and I also like seeing Lee Majors in this role instead of "The Six Million Dollar Man." It is too bad that the series lasted only four years. It was such a fascinating series!

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