The High Chaparral (1967–1971)

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The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »


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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Big John Cannon (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
 Buck Cannon (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
 Manolito Montoya (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
 Victoria Cannon (96 episodes, 1967-1971)
 Billy Blue Cannon (80 episodes, 1967-1970)
Don Collier ...
 Sam Butler (63 episodes, 1967-1971)
Robert F. Hoy ...
 Joe Butler (63 episodes, 1967-1971)
Roberto Contreras ...
 Pedro (61 episodes, 1967-1971)


The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son Billy Blue. When Blue's mother was killed (in the first episode) John united his family with the powerful Montoyas by marrying their daughter Victoria (whose brother Manolito now lives with them as well). Written by Ed Stephan <>

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10 September 1967 (USA)  »

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(98 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though the series ended in 1971, you can see the Cannon ranch in a 1973 episode of Gunsmoke. The title is Matt's Love Story and there are a lot of great shots of the Cannon house and ranch. See more »


Billy Blue Cannon: I need all the rest I can get, Uncle Buck
Buck Cannon: When I was your age, Blue, the word 'rest' hadn't been invented.
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Referenced in Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) See more »

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best western series ever
17 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

The High Chaparral was the best western series ever. It 'touched' many interesting subjects. One of them is the relationship between it's family members. The difficult relationship between Blue and his father John, was portrayed in a very convincing way by the extremely talented actor Mark Slade and Leif Erickson. It reminded many teenagers of their own problems with their parents, and was no doubt one of the reasons of the popularity of the series. Blue's relationship with his Uncle Buck (Cameron Mitchell) was one of warmth and understanding, allowing the actors to show a different side of 'their' character, often leading to humorous scenes, but also deeply emotion scenes. The inter cultural relationship between John and his wife Victoria was something very few other TV series dared to touch in the 60's. In many ways 'The High Chaparral' was ahead of it's time, and according to it's numerous fans 'timeless'. It's a pity there were only 3 seasons with the original cast. I would have loved to see more of it.

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