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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

With the February 6, 2012, death of Peter Breck (Nick) and the June 12, 2016 death of Charles Briles (Eugene; only eight appearances during the first season), there are only two regular or recurring cast members with more than 20 appearances on the show, Lee Majors (Heath) and Linda Evans (Audra Barkley). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Heath: Boy Howdy! I've got blisters in places I didn't even know I had places.
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Charles Briles - Eugene Barkley
28 August 2002 | by (So. California) – See all my reviews

Having worked at ABC and "Saga of the Big Valley" was one of 'our shows' we coordinated between production companies, advertising agencies & network .. as I recall, Eugene's character was not brought back because the story lines worked well with the characters who were always in it .. Peter, Breck, Linda Evans, Richard Long, Barbara Stanwyck, etc. .. there was so much to do with their characters that 'Eugene' was not needed and perhaps there was a contract problem as well . I do not really remember .. it was so long ago . most enjoyable show .. Usually, when you have many 'stars' in a series .. each is set to do X# out of total shows for the year .. back then we were doing a lot more than 22 shows a year as they do now and took less time to make them as well.. sometimes it comes down to money too .. but it also cost a lot less to film shows back then and 'stars' did not get anywhere near the money they make today ... thus less episodes and more commercials today!


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