The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Jarrod Barkley 112 episodes, 1965-1969
...  Nick Barkley 112 episodes, 1965-1969
...  Heath Barkley / ... 112 episodes, 1965-1969
...  Audra Barkley 112 episodes, 1965-1969
...  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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Big Valley  »

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(112 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There was originally a fourth Barkley son, Eugene (Charles Briles), who appeared in eight episodes of the first season. Briles was forced to leave the show midway through the first season because he was drafted by the U.S. Army. After leaving the regular cast, Eugene never returned in later seasons, even when Briles mustered out of the Army, and basically, Eugene was never really referred to again. See more »

Goofs

The majority of the women on the series had their set using hairspray as well using techniques that were not available in 1870s America. In fact hairspray was not invented until WWII and only came into regular use in the post-war years. See more »

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Heath: Now I have had me a day...!
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One of my all-time favorites!
15 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've been watching Bonanza recently and don't like it as much as The Big Valley. It seems like Bonanza is shot in a small building. The background always seems to be painted on the walls and sound seems to echo. I'm unable to see BV anymore (can't get Hallmark) but I remember most outdoor scenes looking like they were indeed outdoors (probably because they were). I also loved their house and have often wondered where it's located, what it was originally used for and if it's still standing today.

I liked the cast and the fact that most of them were in most episodes, although Audra seems to be missing from many episodes near the second half of the last season. I don't think Eugene was ever supposed to be part of the regular cast since he never appeared in the opening theme. Not sure why they had him in there to begin with.

I'd love to find this on VHS or DVD but have never seen it out there anyplace.


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