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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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Runtime:

(112 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The jailhouse set was the same one used in Gunsmoke (1955). See more »

Goofs

The majority of the weapons used in the series were manufactured far later than its mid-1870s setting. In fact, many are from the 1890s and after the turn of the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Barkley: When Nick is pushed, he pushes back with everything he has.
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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 »

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One of my all-time favorites!
15 May 2004 | by res3158See 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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