The Big Valley

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The Big Valley
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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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  • Audra Barkley

    1.0
    Why was she cast as a whore. Every man that came to that ranch she had to have him. She was the worse one out of the Barkley family. Why would she play those roles.
  • Progressive for its time, but could have been even more so

    9.5
    I read somewhere that Barbara Stanwyck was quoted as stating (I'm paraphrasing) that the show would have been even more interesting if it had been Victoria--not Tom Barkley--who had had the extramarital affair that produced a baby(!)
  • Big Valley: A Progressive Western for It's Time

    8.5
    I really liked The Big Valley as a child and, again, on DVD as an adult. The show--with strong Mother Barkley and "illegitimate" son Heath--was very progressive for the times.
  • A very good show. This show wasn't afraid, like some, to tackle the true problems of family life.

    9.1
    This show was about a family who lived in San Joaquin Valley, in California. It starred Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck, who starred in many westerns movies), who was clan matriarch. It also starred her son's Jarrod (Richard Long), a lawyer from San Francisco, Nick Barkley (Peter Breck), the hot-headed, and very kind and caring at times, ranch foreman, Heath Barkley (Lee Majors who starred in the Six Million Dollar man and later the Fall Guy), who was the illegitimate son of Victoria's late husband Tom and was also at first not accepted (especially by Nick) but later become a major part of the family,Audra (Linda Evans of Dynasty fame), their head strong sister and and another son Eugene who left after the first season never to return or be spoke of again. They fought everything from being shangiaied to rustlers, sand storms to rabies (Nick got it in one episode by getting bit by a wolf). Even though they would fight each other, like in the first episode when Heath shows up claming to be a Barkley and Nick almost kills him, but in the end they all loved each other and if one was in trouble they stood by him or her. This was a very good western series.moreless
  • Big Valley is a great show to watch and I enjoy it.

    9.0
    The Big Valley was about Victoria, Audra, Nick, Jarrod, and Heath Barkley. They lived on their own ranch in westren days. They dealed with thieves, love, and loss. I started watching the show with my mom when she wouldn\'t let me turn to something I liked. I actually have come to like it more than Bonanza. I liked how it had that they were a family and that they always stuck together. Now I even watch it reguraly. Its a good a show that everybody can watch and more people should watch it. Big Valley is a great show and I\'m glad they made it.moreless
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    • Eugene
      He was more or less The Big Valley's answer to Chuck Cunningham, preceding the latter by ten years, though Eugene's absence is mor...
      09/18/12
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    • Episode question: Town Without Exit
      I have a question re: this episode (*WARNING: SPOILER*) - I missed what happened in the next to last fight scene when Heath took o...
      08/29/12
      1
    • The Big Valley on Film 24 in the UK
      The Big Valley is currently screening on Film 24 in the UK. Filom 24 is on the Astra/Sky satellite channel 157. They have begun wi...
      01/07/12
      5
    • audra
      spring has sprung !
      03/20/09
      1
    • The Barkley Dynasty
      Good evening, I am new to this board. I am also a Big Valley fan. I watch reruns on Encore Cable - Western channel 423 - here in I...
      02/27/09
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    the search for home, the high class, making ends meet, high stake situations, gunfights