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Release Date:
15 September 1965 (USA) See more »
The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley. Full summary »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Best Western See more (36 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 222)

Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley / ... (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (48 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bernard McEveety (11 episodes, 1965-1968)
Paul Henreid (9 episodes, 1965-1968)
Arnold Laven (6 episodes, 1965-1968)
Joe Mazzuca (5 episodes, 1967-1969)
Arthur H. Nadel (4 episodes, 1966)
Joseph H. Lewis (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Michael Ritchie (3 episodes, 1966)
Norman S. Powell (3 episodes, 1967-1969)
Charles S. Dubin (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul Wendkos (2 episodes, 1965)
Richard Long (2 episodes, 1967-1969)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Louis F. Edelman (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Ken Pettus (14 episodes, 1966-1969)
Mel Goldberg (13 episodes, 1965-1969)
Margaret Armen (10 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jay Simms (6 episodes, 1965-1969)
Harry Kronman (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Arthur Browne Jr. (5 episodes, 1966-1969)
Don Ingalls (5 episodes, 1966-1969)
William W. Norton (4 episodes, 1965-1969)
Peter Packer (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lou Morheim (4 episodes, 1966-1968)
Ken Trevey (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
John O'Dea (4 episodes, 1967-1969)
Sasha Gilien (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Curtis (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Paul Savage (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Steven W. Carabatsos (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Gilbert Ralston (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Edward J. Lakso (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Judith Barrows (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Carey Wilber (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christopher Knopf (2 episodes, 1965)
Michael Gleason (2 episodes, 1967)
Arthur Rowe (2 episodes, 1967)
D.C. Fontana (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Lee Erwin (2 episodes, 1968)

Series Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Arnold Laven .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jules V. Levy .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Lou Morheim .... associate producer / producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Original Music by
George Duning (58 episodes, 1965-1967)
Lalo Schifrin (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Elmer Bernstein (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
Joseph Mullendore (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (75 episodes, 1965-1969)
Charles Burke (36 episodes, 1966-1969)
Series Film Editing by
Sherman Todd (34 episodes, 1965-1969)
Arthur Hilton (27 episodes, 1966-1969)
Desmond Marquette (25 episodes, 1966-1969)
Tom Rolf (10 episodes, 1965-1967)
Sherman A. Rose (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Wollner (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Casting by
Robert Walker (60 episodes, 1965-1967)
Harvey Clermont (49 episodes, 1967-1969)
Betty Martin (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Art Direction by
Jack De Shields (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bill Ross (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Set Decoration by
Pierre Ludlum (111 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Makeup Department
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist (108 episodes, 1965-1969)
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist (60 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist (51 episodes, 1967-1969)
Bertha French .... hair stylist (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Hickman .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Production Management
Norman S. Powell .... production supervisor (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Don Torpin .... production manager (98 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bob White .... production manager (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob White .... assistant director (38 episodes, 1966-1969)
Edward Teets .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1966-1969)
Marty Moss .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mike Moder .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Don Torpin .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1966)
Jack Roe .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1966)
Martin Cohan .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound (108 episodes, 1965-1969)
Kay Rose .... sound effects (88 episodes, 1965-1969)
Mandine Rogne .... sound effects (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Dignan .... sound (3 episodes, 1966)
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... key grip (45 episodes, 1965-1966)
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lloyd Ahern II .... assistant camera (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jack Muhs .... costumes: Barbara Stanwyck (79 episodes, 1965-1968)
Series Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (77 episodes, 1965-1968)
Richard E. Reilly .... editorial administrator (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Music Department
Alfred Perry .... music supervisor (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Harry King .... music editor (110 episodes, 1965-1969)
George Duning .... composer: theme music (34 episodes, 1965-1968)
Al Friede .... music editor (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (1 episode, 1966)
Series Other crew
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Marian Carpenter .... assistant to producer (91 episodes, 1965-1969)
Tom Rolf .... production coordinator (82 episodes, 1966-1969)
Joe Mazzuca .... script supervisor (49 episodes, 1965-1967)
Penny Danz .... assistant to producer (16 episodes, 1968-1969)
James Heinz .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1967)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. [us] / animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. [US] (3 episodes, 1965-1968)

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Additional Details

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60 min (112 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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 »
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bug (2006)See more »


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35 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Best Western, 11 July 2002
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

It's hard to believe that a mid-1960's western could be the favorite TV show of a preteen boy in the 1970's but it's true. This was in reruns at 4:00pm daily and I could not WAIT to get home and see it. My sister felt the same way. I know, based on www pages out there, that I am not alone in my love for "The Big Valley", but I have to admit that it's a strange thing to be addicted to. There's something about the camera-ready cast, the quality of the stories and guest stars, the majestic opening theme and background music in the episodes and the overall aura of "The Barkleys" that is just irresistible to me. The series was just one of many, many TV westerns, but what sets this apart is the female slant and the striking use of color. Was there ever a bluer shirt than Victoria Barkley's? Hair more golden than Audra's? Leather more black than Nick's? Watching reruns of "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza", they really look like dusty, brown, more authentic (especially with "Gunsmoke") presentations. "BV" started out that way, but soon progressed into an almost surreal blend of authentic locales mixed with '60's styles and colors. How else to describe Lee Majors' sideburns, the clean lines of the womens' riding gear or the ladies' false eyelashes? But I wouldn't change any of it for the world. The Barkleys' world is a world I'd want to live in. Everything is beautiful and they stand for truth, justice and the American way! They are defenders of right and will suffer to preserve integrity. (Kinda like The Super Friends, but with less wacky costumes...) The blend of types in the show is expert. You have scholarly, level-headed Jarrod, tough, explosive Nick, sensitive, handsome Heath, thoughtful, gloriously beautiful Audra and stern, fair, in charge Victoria (...oh, and then some poor kid who was let go right off the bat and never heard from again. That's the breaks, Eugene!) Together, in any combination, or separate, they are a captivating lot. Certain images burn the memory......Victoria cocking her rifle and ordering outlaws away, her croaking Audra's name when the girl has stumbled into trouble, Heath anytime he removed his shirt, Nick raging through the front door, Audra's black riding hat with chin string sitting atop her mane of the most beautiful hair in Hollywood...... Some of the stories were rehashes of other previous works (including Stanwyck's own movies! See "Jeopardy" some time!), but most of the time they were compelling and always they were filmed with skill and class. This is one of the best TV shows ever made.

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