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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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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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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to "Wildest Westerns Magazine", Peter Breck was able to draw his gun in 16/100 of a second, making the character of Nick Barkley the fastest draw in television history. 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: 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!
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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 Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Charles Briles - Eugene Barkley
28 August 2002 | by nellenSee 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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