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The Big Valley 

The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.
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1969   1968   1967   1966   1965  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Richard Long ...  Jarrod Barkley 112 episodes, 1965-1969
Peter Breck ...  Nick Barkley 112 episodes, 1965-1969
Lee Majors ...  Heath / ... 112 episodes, 1965-1969
Linda Evans ...  Audra Barkley 112 episodes, 1965-1969
Barbara Stanwyck ...  Victoria Barkley / ... 112 episodes, 1965-1969
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Valley See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(112 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jarrod (Richard Long) was the only one to ever get married. 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 house was going to be built. See more »

Goofs

The series is apparently set during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant. However many of the years and dates mentioned during the series conflict with this setting. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

Throughout the series, Lee Majors was always introduced as Heath in the credits, no last name. This was because, even though he was accepted as a member of the family, there was always the question of whether he was a true Barkley or not. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some second season syndication prints now have the first season's main title sequence. While similar in style, they use different shots. Such prints were aired in 2006-2008 on the Encore Westerns Channel and 2007-2009 on the American Life TV Network. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989) See more »

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What did Eugene do?
9 January 2005 | by vkmcgee2See all my reviews

I read all the comments and no one answered the question. I don't remember him doing anything. He just went off to college and never came back. Didn't the actor get drafted? I think someone mentioned that. The Big Valley was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid. For me it was Barbara Stanwick, the strong woman and Lee Majors, the odd one out that brought me back. Heath and I had a lot in common and I wanted to grow up to be all that Barbara's character represented, strong, confident, admired and rich didn't hurt. I think I grew up with the characters on TV for my role models sense I found the adults in my world so sadly lacking. If she were alive today I would like to thank her for the strong woman she portrayed. In that time of of upheaval, when a woman's role was changing she showed me a woman could be strong and smart and still have a family to love and nurture. Thank you for Victoria, Jared, Nick and Heath. Thank you for the beautiful innocent Audra, and thank you for the forgotten Eugene. Thank you for Big Valley


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