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The Big Valley

The Big Valley

ABC 1965

Setting is the 1870s in California's gorgeous San Joaquin Valley, The Big Valley is the story of Stockton's richest and most powerful family, The Barkley's. Lead by the family matriarch and widow Victoria Barkley, they live on the Barkley Ranch managing their cattle herd, mines, citrus groves and logging camps.Victoria's four adult brood consists of her two sons Jarrod and Nick, daughter Audra and step-son Heath. Jarrod, a prominent lawyer, handles all of the families legal issues and manages his two law offices in Stockton and San Francisco. Nick, a strong built rancher, physically manages the family's holdings. Nick is aggressive, out-spoken and at times hot-headed. Victoria's youngest child is her beautiful daughter Audra. Audra is protected by all of the family members. Audra is very sensitive, caring, loves horses, and is a very talented rider. Heath, Victoria's step-son, helps Nick manage the family's processions.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Big Valley

The Big Valley - S2E11

#1 - The Iron Box (Season 2 - Episode 11)

While in a strange town, Heath and Nick buy a bull from a man who turns around and has them arrested for stealing it. The sherrif catches up to them while they sit around their campfire, and a fight ensues in which Heath badly burns his leg in the fire. The crooked sheriff takes them to a road gang prison to await trail. . .in a few months!! The cruel warden refuses to allow Heath a doctor and makes him work alongside the others. They soon find out the real reason that innocent drifters are arrested and imprisoned, free work labour for the man whom the Barkley brothers had bought the bull from. Meanwhile, at home Jarrod has found out what has happened to his brothers and heads out after them. Arriving at the prison he demands to see them and when the warden refuses he threatens him with legal action if he is not allowed to see his clients. After he speaks with them he rides off to find the circuit judge. Getting scared that the truth will come out now that he realizes who he's dealing

The episode was rated 8.80 from 10 votes.

The Big Valley - S2E4

#2 - Caesar's Wife (Season 2 - Episode 4)

An old friend of Audra's has a new , very young, stepmother who likes him as more than a son, and is jealous of Audra.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 10 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E6

#3 - Heritage (Season 1 - Episode 6)

While Heath investigates violence at one of the Barkley mines, he discovers that the miners hate the Barkley's for unkept promises. This discovered they work to set things right before anything else happens.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 12 votes.

The Big Valley - S2E1

#4 - The Lost Treasure (Season 2 - Episode 1)

A con man comes claiming to be Heath's real father, not Tom Barkley.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 17 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E28

#5 - The Midas Man (Season 1 - Episode 28)

Audra falls for a man out to make money off the other ranchers in the valley, by taking their land.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 10 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E8

#6 - My Son, My Son (Season 1 - Episode 8)

An old childhood friend of Audra's returns whom she'd like to be involved with. She doesn't know however that he is emotionally disturbed, dangerously so.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 17 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E5

#7 - The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Victoria sells land to an old friend, while the Barkley boys are part of a plan to flood it!!!

The episode was rated 7.85 from 13 votes.

The Big Valley - S2E7

#8 - Target (Season 2 - Episode 7)

A candidate for governor, Joshua Hawks, who had been traveling up and down California spreading lies and causing trouble, comes to Stockton.His target this time, The Barkleys, his story, that Tom Barkley stole every inch of land that they own. He chose the wrong family to mess with this time though, because the Barkleys don't lie down for anyone they come out fighting. Against the wishes of his campain manager, the man who fabricated the story, he decides to, foolishly, stay and fight. Jarrod decides not to bring about a libel charge against Hawks, knowing that it would only result in a long drawn out court battle. Instead he asks the senator to form a committee of four men to decide on the case. Hawks cooks up a scheme to murder the committee and blame it on the Barkleys, he even kills his campaign manager when he decides to leave him, after he has found out Hawks' plan. The plan backfires however and Hawks' ends up getting himself killed instead. In the end The Barkleys get the good

The episode was rated 7.73 from 11 votes.

The Big Valley - S3E6

#9 - Ladykiller (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Nick stops at an inn where they kill people for their money.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 12 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E3

#10 - Boots with My Father's Name (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Victoria begins to wonder if Tom ever truly loved her, if he could go off and have an affair which produces a child. So she's off to Heath's hometown Strawberry to find out more about Tom and Leah's (Heath's mother) relationship.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 25 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E7

#11 - Winner Lose All (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Heath falls for a beautiful spanish girl, whose father happens to be involved in a land dispute with the Barkleys! Her father disapproves of Heath because of his illegitamate birth, picturing a much finer bred man for his only daughter. He sets about using the land problems to break them apart.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 16 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E2

#12 - Forty Rifles (Season 1 - Episode 2)

While preparing for a major cattle drive bunching the Barkley's herd with those of other ranchers, Heath has major difficulties being accepted as a Barkley, especially by the ranch hands. Then when Nick's former commander in the war comes to visit, Heath is suspicious of him, and with good reason. He is there to cause trouble and steal the herd!! Nick ends up getting shot while on the drive and has to be taken to town, leaving Heath in charge of the drive. Heath ends up saving the day, and finally the hands begin to accept him as a true Barkley.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 23 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E9

#13 - Earthquake! (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Victoria is in a mission church with a pregnant indian woman, when an earthquake collapses it into a forgotten mine underneath. As if the situation isn't isn't bad enough. . they are also trapped with a man whom Nick had fired and who now has a serious grudge against the Barkleys.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 11 votes.

The Big Valley - S1E1

#14 - Palms of Glory (Season 1 - Episode 1)

In this series premiere, the railroad has hired men to force the farmers and ranchers of Stockton off their land. The Barkleys join with the rest of the valley to help fight them off. While at home an angry young man, Heath, shows up claimimg to be the deceased Tom Barkleys' illegitimate son.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 44 votes.

The Big Valley - S4E1

#15 - In Silent Battle (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Victoria's first clue of Major Jonathan Eliot's mental imbalance is when he proposes to Laura.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 10 votes.


Last updated: jun 28, 2021


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