The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.
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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 <>

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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?


Linda Evans went over every Saturday to Barbara Stanwyck's house to work on the scenes together to the point where Linda began to think of Barbara as her mother. See more »


The fashions worn in the series reflected the 1960s filming era rather than its 1880s setting. For example, a proper woman such as Victoria Barkley would have never worn pants and nearly all of the men's clothing is period inappropriate. See more »


Heath: Boy Howdy! I've got blisters in places I didn't even know I had places.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) See more »

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Amazingly similar feelings
14 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

After reading the comments of others who love The Big Valley, I feel less unusual for enjoying the old show so much. It totally captured my interest when I was a teenager, and I miss watching it, since I cannot locate it. It should have run longer, but I can understand the actors were afraid of typecasting, or had other plans. I love everything about the show, from the opening music, to the stars, to the clothes, and I really loved that house, especially the staircase. I dream of a house like that one. I was pleased to have Linda Evans go on to Dynasty, and to see Lee Majors as The Bionic Man. I hoped to see more of Peter Breck and the others.

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