The Big Valley

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Palms of Glory
      Episode 1
      9/15/65
      8.7
      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 claiming to be the deceased Tom Barkley's illegitimate son.moreless
    • Forty Rifles
      Episode 2
      9/22/65
      8.6
      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.moreless
    • 9/29/65
      8.2
      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 of Strawberry to find out more about Tom and Leah's (Heath's mother) relationship.
    • Young Marauders
      Episode 4
      10/6/65
      7.7
      Audra is save by a man who claims to be a mustang hunter, but who's band of mustangers are also extorting protection money from the farmers and ranchers of Stockon. While Audra is smitten with him her brothers are suspicious, and soon find out the truth. Which Audra does as well. . .after she is kidnapped by them.moreless
    • 10/13/65
      7.1
      Victoria sells land to an old friend, while the Barkley boys are part of a plan to flood it!!!
    • Heritage
      Episode 6
      10/20/65
      8.3

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

    • Winner Lose All
      Episode 7
      10/27/65
      8.1

      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 illegitimate birth, picturing a much finer bred man for his only daughter. He sets about using the land problems to break them apart.

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    • My Son, My Son
      Episode 8
      11/3/65
      8.8

      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.

    • Earthquake!
      Episode 9
      11/10/65
      8.2

      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.

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    • The Murdered Party
      Episode 10
      11/17/65
      9.2

      Jarrod defends a man accused of murder, even though the only witness is his own brother, Heath.

    • 11/24/65
      7.3
      When one of Nick's old friends, Mariano Montoya, comes through town on his way to sell his cattle, trouble hits in the form of deadly anthrax. The man's cattle begins to die off and it seems as though they will have to shoot them all, killing as well, Mariano's dreams for the money. Until Eugene tells them of something called immunization, which he believes will work. Mariano isn't so sure however and tells them that to prove it works, the Barkleys must first try it on their own prize bull! The bull collapses and it looks as though it has been killed but then it moves and gets up, it works! Mariano's herd is saved!moreless
    • Night of the Wolf
      Episode 12
      12/1/65
      9.1
      When Nick is bitten by a rabid wolf, he makes Heath swear not to say a word, and leaves town so his family will not have to witness what will happen to him.
    • 12/8/65
      7.9

      When the Barkleys invite the foreman of their logging operations to dinner, Heath is ready to kill the man on sight. The man was commander of a prison camp where Heath suffered and watched his comrades die.

    • The Brawlers
      Episode 14
      12/15/65
      8.7

      A group of Irish immigrants settle down on Barkley land, believing that they bought the land legally. Nick, along with the others at first, believes they are merely squatters. They, however, refuse to believe that the land does not belong to them.

    • 12/22/65
      7.9

      Jarrod decides to bring home one of his clients, a young woman named Maybelle, for Christmas. Her accused crime, aiding and abetting her outlaw boyfriend, a boyfriend who recently escaped from jail and is now looking for Maybelle.

    • The Invaders
      Episode 16
      12/29/65
      8.8

      While out counting cattle Heath comes across a dead animal. When he gets down off of his horse to investigate, he is shot by the same raw-hiders who killed the cow. When they realize that he is still alive, they decide to take him back to the ranch for a finder's "reward". Once there they find that all of the other men are gone for at least a week, leaving the house and all within ripe for the picking.

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    • By Fires Unseen
      Episode 17
      1/5/66
      8.1

      Nick returns from a trip from San Francisco with a big surprise. . . a fiancee!! While he is completely smitten with her, the rest of the family isn't so quickly won over. They see the truth, that she's just not ready to leave behind the life of parties and numerous suitors, to which she has become accustomed.

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    • A Time to Kill
      Episode 18
      1/19/66
      7.3

      Jarrod is happy to see an old law school friend...until he learns there is a secret service agent on his tail. It seems everywhere Skyler goes counterfeit money follows, and Jarrod is determined to find out what's going on with his old friend.

    • Teacher of Outlaws
      Episode 19
      2/2/66
      7.7
      Mistaken for the schoolteacher, Victoria is kidnapped by an outlaw who wishes to learn to read.
    • Under a Dark Star
      Episode 20
      2/9/66
      7.1

      A guilt-ridden Jarrod offers to help a man that he helped to convict of a crime that Jarrod now knows that he did not commit. Even though the man threatened to kill Jarrod at the trial.

    • Barbary Red
      Episode 21
      2/16/66
      8.3
      While having a birthday drink at The Barbary Red saloon with two of his ranch hands, Nick is shanghaied.
    • The Death Merchant
      Episode 22
      2/23/66
      8.6

      Handy Random, the man who killed the man that killed Tom Barkley, comes to Stockton. It's a happy reunion for all but Heath who hates the man, and for good reason. Everywhere he goes he starts range wars to profit from them.

    • The Fallen Hawk
      Episode 23
      3/2/66
      7.4

      Heath feels that his friend's injury and paralysis is his fault, and ends up being used by the man.

    • Hazard
      Episode 24
      3/9/66
      7.6
      A man comes to the ranch looking for Heath and gets shot by bounty hunters. It turns out he's not a friend of Heath's like he stated, in fact Heath has sworn to kill him himself.
    • 3/23/66
      8.2
      Heath's childhood sweetheart Libby suddenly reappears in his life, bringing nothing but trouble.He ends up thrown in jail, accused of the murder of Liberty's drunken husband, by the new D.A. who's out to prove that the Barkleys power and money can't buy everything. It's a race to prove Heath's innocence and save him from a fate at the end of a rope!!moreless
    • 3/30/66
      8.5
      When Victoria and Heath head up to the lodge to prepare things for the whole family, their pleasant ride turns into a nightmare. After becoming stuck in a muddy section of road, Heath gets out to help push, only to have the axle break and the heavily loaded wagon fall on him. Unable to free him herself, Victoria sets out to find help. She soon finds that the only person able to help is an escaped convict with bounty hunters on his tail, and no intentions of stopping to help anyone.moreless
    • The River Monarch
      Episode 27
      4/6/66
      7.9
      When a riverboat belonging to the Barkleys, which sank years before taking with it a fortune in government gold, is recovered, the gold is nowhere to be found. Rumors and accusations soon fly, that it was Tom Barkley who stole the gold and sank the boat to cover it up. An investigation follows which seems to prove that Tom was guilty, a fact that could cost the Barkleys their fortune!!!moreless
    • The Midas Man
      Episode 28
      4/13/66
      8.3
      Audra falls for a man out to make money off the other ranchers in the valley, by taking their land.
    • Tunnel of Gold
      Episode 29
      4/20/66
      7.7
      Some men try to dig a tunnel from a general store to the train depot next door, to steal the Barkley's gold shipment.
    • 4/27/66
      9.1
      While on their way to the fair in Sacramento, Audra is stricken with a severe case of appendicitis. Fortunately there is a doctor on board, unfortunately he is being chased down by men who wish to see him hang.
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