The Big Valley

ABC (ended 1969)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 26

    Point and Counterpoint

    Aired 5/19/69

  • S 4 : Ep 25

    Flight from San Miguel

    Aired 4/28/69

  • S 4 : Ep 24

    Danger Road

    Aired 4/21/69

  • S 4 : Ep 23

    Town of No Exit

    Aired 4/7/69

  • S 4 : Ep 22

    The Other Face of Justice

    Aired 3/31/69

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lee Majors

    Heath Barkley

  • Barbara Stanwyck

    Victoria Barkley

  • Richard Long

    Jarrod Barkley

  • Peter Breck

    Nick Barkley

  • Linda Evans

    Audra Barkley

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  • show Description
  • The Big Valley is set in the 1870's in California's gorgeous San Joaquin Valley. The series tells the story of Stockton's richest and most powerful family, The Barkleys. Lead by the family matriarch and widow Victoria Barkley, they live on the Barkley Ranch managing their cattle, 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 possessions. Heath tends to be quiet, reserve and sincere but stands up for what he believes in and wears the Barkley name proudly. There was a fourth young son, Eugene, in the first season but he is gone without explanation after that. The Barkley family members bond together like glue when troubles arise such as land disputes, squatters, bank robbers, horse thieves, kidnapping, injuries and illness. They share strong family values, joy, laughter, heartache and pain as they deal with life's problems.moreless

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  • Quotes (46)

    • Harry: When you hear that pack of hounds coming, your blood turns to water…and you pray for God's wrath to strike 'em dead! Nick: I'd say you better start shooting first. Pray later.

    • Turk: Well, maybe we can do it ourselves, if it's that Barkley girl that's bothering you. Lloyd: She's got nothing to do with it! The only thing that girl means to me is information! The more she talks about her place, her brothers, the easier it is for me to know how to handle them!

    • Turk: Funny thing about you, Lloyd. You been so sure you could get the Barkleys... looks like the only thing you can be sure of now is that you can't. Me and the boys happen to think different.
      Lloyd: Since when did you or anyone else start to do the thinking for this outfit?

    • Audra: Is she really that pretty? Is she, Nick?
      Nick: Well... (shrugs and nods) That is, if you cotton to someone who's all skin and bones.

    • Audra: Well, Mother, aren't you curious? Victoria: Well, of course. But it's like a petticoat…a lady never lets it show.

    • Nick: My father had very deep feelings about that land. Alfredo: Your father had deep feelings about everything...even when he was wrong.

    • Alfredo: (after he shoots a bull dead) I understand how you feel. (glares at Heath) Keeping a line pure is a sacred trust.

    • Hadley: (about Heath) A mongrel pup sired when your father was drunk!

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    Notes (59)

    • Audra and Heath nearly share a kiss in the hotel room before Heath tells her that he is her half-brother.

    • Much controversy over Linda Evans' blouse. I recall something about the buttons, which would not have been in use in that era. The trades remarked how this showed where the male viewers were looking.

    • Martha and Matt Simmons are Heath's aunt and uncle who raised Heath after his mother died. Martha is also Leah's(Heath's mother) sister.

    • First of two episodes guest starring Jeanne Cooper (both in the first season), who went on to much success in daytime's "The Young and the Restless".

    • There is no title at the beginning of this episode. It begins with the names of the producers. Possibly the title was changed after the initial broadcast on ABC.

    • This episode is set in 1876 because it makes mention that Tom Barkley died 6 years earlier in 1870 which we see the exact year of his death on his tombstone in the first episode.

    • This episode's title shares a name, to be exact, of an episode of Gunsmoke which originally aired on May 18, 1963. "The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner". Also the title's character of Gunsmoke's Jubal Tanner was portrayed by Peter Breck (Nick Barkley).

    • Robert Walker Jr. is the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones. He appeared in a few big-screen westerns, notably in 'The War Wagon' with John Wayne.

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    Trivia (45)

    • Unecessary apostrophes on welcome Barkleys sign hanging across town street in beginning and end of episode.

    • Goof: When Heath shoots the gunman by the bridge he is not wearing Tom's boots(and his horse is not on the buggy), but when they get back to Stockton he is now wearing the boots. He must have put them on while driving the buggy!

    • Goof: After Heath rescues Victoria from the town of Strawberry, they are in the carriage headed home with NO horse tied to the carriage (I guess Heath must have walked to Strawberry). But then, when they get back to Stockton, there is his horse, tied to the carriage. A slight oversight...

    • Wesley Lau's character, Roy Snyder, is credited as Ralph Snyder in the end credits.

    • Nick says that he grew up with Mariano, and that they played together as boys. Apparently, Mariano's mother scrubbed floors and worked in the Barkley home.

    • When Mariano asks his men, and later Nick, to look at the herd and see whether they look sick, the exact same shot is used three times of a few cows with two mounted hands riding in the background. Previously in the episode, Nick states that all the herd is comprised of calves; however, in this shot, they are full-grown cows.

    • When the anthrax vaccine is administered to the bull, it's given after he's shown signs of infection. However, when Pasteur's vaccine first came out in the 1800's, it was given as a preventive measure by injecting a small dosage of microbes into the livestock before they were exposed to the infection, and thereby giving their systems time to build resistance. In reality, the way it's administered here would have zero effectiveness and the bull would have died.

    • This episode acts as though immunizations are brand new, untried things. The smallpox immunization was developed in 1790, almost 100 years prior to this episode! British physician Edward Jenner tested the possibility of using the cowpox vaccine as an immunization for smallpox in humans for the first time. By the 1830's, a generation had been inoculated, and there was a marked decline in smallpox cases within the United States. Most soldiers were given inoculations or vaccinations, and with all the boys having been in the army, they couldn't have not known.

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    Allusions (2)

    • The fight between Nick and Callahan is an allusion to the fight between an American and an Irishman, played by actors John Wayne and Victor McLaglen, in the classic movie The Quiet Man. When each man fell down in the fight, a bucket of water was thrown on the fallen man, including him saying, "Thanks!" just like in this episode's fight.

    • The episode resembles a woman-in-distress picture that Barbara Stanwyck made in 1953 called 'Jeopardy.' In that instance, a woman desperately seeks help to prevent her trapped husband from drowning.

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Audra Barkley

    By JustMe529, May 24, 2013

  • Progressive for its time, but could have been even more so

    By ljsopjes, Nov 04, 2012

  • Big Valley: A Progressive Western for It's Time

    By janitapoeshow, May 27, 2012

  • A very good show. This show wasn't afraid, like some, to tackle the true problems of family life.

    By daisyduke71, Jan 27, 2007

  • Big Valley is a great show to watch and I enjoy it.

    By stargirl17, Jul 08, 2006

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