The Big Valley

The Big Valley

  • TV-PG
  • 1965
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.6  (2,535)

The Big Valley is a show depicting a wealthy American ranch family. It is based quite loosely on the Hill Ranch in California's Calaveras County at the very end of the nineteenth century. Barbara Stanwyck, cinema star of the 1930's and 40's, is the matriarch of the family and head of the ranch after her husband is murdered. She brings a realism and passion to the role as she effortlessly moves from regal matriarch to rough and able cow'woman' who could and would match efforts with any man on the ranch. Stanwyck plays Victoria Barkley who loves her four children passionately, including the illegitimate son of her late husband. Lee Majors plays Heath Barkley, who learns of his true father's identity at his mother's deathbed, and fights his way into the lives and eventually the hearts of the rest of the Barkley family. The Big Valley captures much of the harsh realities of the times. Despite their wealth, there are many physical challenges that one simply has to manage. Buried in earthquakes, fighting off fires, and just dealing with ranching and cattle are all played out in a gripping and genuine manner. The Big Valley is not without its drama. The younger brothers Nick and Heath are typical western frontier men, able and fit. They both deal with issues first with their fists even if it means untangling details later. The oldest son, Jarrod, is an attorney and prefers to handle his disputes through the law. But being a Barkley, when the situation becomes most dire he is known to resort to frontier justice. They have one sister, Audra, who, like her mother, is not to be regarded as demure and rides her horse astride alongside her brothers. She is leery of Heath's claims initially and even tries to seduce him in order to flush out the truth. But as the events of the series progress, Audra, along with the rest of the family, grows to believe and trust Heath implicitly. These two youngest siblings bond as tightly as if they had grown together from birth. The show is as exciting as endearing, with Stanwyck's legendary performances leading the cast. The Big Valley is a compelling and entertaining look at old western ranch life.

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Seasons
Point and Counterpoint
26. Point and Counterpoint
May 19, 1969
The final episode of The Big Valley
Flight from San Miguel
25. Flight from San Miguel
April 28, 1969
A woman asks Heath to convince her rebel Mexican husband to leave Mexico
Danger Road
24. Danger Road
April 21, 1969
Victoria has Edward deliver her medical supplies to the indians
Town of No Exit
23. Town of No Exit
April 7, 1969
A ghost town is inhabited by lunatics who capture Heath.
The Other Face of Justice
22. The Other Face of Justice
March 31, 1969
The formar Sheriff of Stockton is the leader of a gang gone on a killing spree.
The Battle of Mineral Springs
21. The Battle of Mineral Springs
March 24, 1969
Victoria and Jarod spend the night in a town which has seen better days
A Passage of Saints
20. A Passage of Saints
March 10, 1969
Bigots harass a Mormon family who have rented a house from Jarrod.
The Royal Road
19. The Royal Road
March 3, 1969
When a prince from India comes to Stockton, Laura falls in love with him. However, the prince is an imposter.
Alias Nellie Handley
18. Alias Nellie Handley
February 24, 1969
The prison conditions worry Victoria
Lightfoot
17. Lightfoot
February 17, 1969
An indian friend returns to Stockton
The 25 Graves of Midas
16. The 25 Graves of Midas
February 3, 1969
Someone has robbed the Dutton Mining Company, and Heath is taking the blame.
The Secret
15. The Secret
January 27, 1969
A wealthy and powerful rancher moves into Stockton to ruin the Barkley enterprises. His motive: intense hatred of Jarrod, who he thinks is having an affair with his young wife.
Joshua Watson
14. Joshua Watson
January 20, 1969
There's some feuding between the Barkleys and the Morton family over who will take the honor at the local rodeo.
Top of the Stairs
13. Top of the Stairs
January 6, 1969
Victoria learns that her brother-in-law has been declared insane.
Hunter's Moon
12. Hunter's Moon
December 30, 1968
Nick is believed to be having an affair with a man's wife, and the man plans to hang Nick in the morning
The Prize
11. The Prize
December 16, 1968
Felon Ben Rawlins heads for the Barkley home---and into a bounty hunter's trap---to take custody of his son.
A Stranger Everywhere
10. A Stranger Everywhere
December 9, 1968
A bashful dressmaker becomes the target of lawmen and outlaws alike when a succession of journalists point to her as an infamous bandit.
The Profit and the Lost
9. The Profit and the Lost
December 2, 1968
When Heath kills someone in self-defense, he becomes a wanted man
The Long Ride
8. The Long Ride
November 25, 1968
A young girl witnesses a massacre, and is now being stalked. Victoria must stop this before it is too late.
Hell Hath No Fury
7. Hell Hath No Fury
November 18, 1968
When Heath falls in love with a woman, he doesn't realize how dangerous she is, and what could happen to him.
The Jonah
6. The Jonah
November 11, 1968
The Barkleys hire a man famous for his bad luck to help harvest their crops.
Deathtown
5. Deathtown
October 28, 1968
When Jarrod visits Baker City, he gets involved in a Mexican Marital mix-up.
Run of the Cat
4. Run of the Cat
October 21, 1968
After a panther nearly kills Nick, he wants revenge.
Presumed Dead
3. Presumed Dead
October 7, 1968
When a Cattle Rancher suffers amnesia, he believes that Victoria is his Wife.
They Called Her Delilah
2. They Called Her Delilah
September 30, 1968
One of the former confederate spies arrives in Stockton.
In Silent Battle
1. In Silent Battle
September 23, 1968
Victoria's first clue of Major Jonathan Eliot's mental imbalance is when he proposes to Laura.
Ep 403 - Presumed Dead
403. Ep 403 - Presumed Dead
January 1, 1968
When a Cattle Rancher suffers amnesia, he believes that Victoria is his Wife.
Ep 404 - Run of the Cat
404. Ep 404 - Run of the Cat
January 1, 1968
After a panther nearly kills Nick, he wants revenge.
Ep 405 - Deathtown
405. Ep 405 - Deathtown
January 1, 1968
When Jarrod visits Baker City, he gets involved in a Mexican Marital mix-up.
Ep 406 - The Jonah
406. Ep 406 - The Jonah
January 1, 1968
The Barkleys hire a man famous for his bad luck to help harvest their crops.
Ep 408 - The Long Ride
408. Ep 408 - The Long Ride
January 1, 1968
A young girl witnesses a massacre, and is now being stalked. Victoria must stop this before it is too late.
Ep 410 - A Stranger Everywhere
410. Ep 410 - A Stranger Everywhere
January 1, 1968
When Jennie's house is ransacked by three gunmen, Nick realises his practical joke wasn't so great after all!
Ep 411 - The Prize
411. Ep 411 - The Prize
January 1, 1968
When Heath is asked to look after a wanted man's baby, he gets himself into trouble.
Ep 412 - Hunter's Moon
412. Ep 412 - Hunter's Moon
January 1, 1968
Nick is believed to be having an affair with a man's wife, and the man plans to hang Nick in the morning.
Ep 413 - Top of the Stairs
413. Ep 413 - Top of the Stairs
January 1, 1968
Victoria learns that her brother-in-law has been declared insane.
Ep 414 - Joshua Watson
414. Ep 414 - Joshua Watson
January 1, 1968
Everyone has lost their patience even before the annual rodeo has begun.
Ep 415 - The Secret
415. Ep 415 - The Secret
January 1, 1968
A wealthy and powerful rancher moves into Stockton to ruin the Barkley enterprises. His motive: intense hatred of Jarrod, who he thinks is having an affair with his young wife.
Ep 416 - The Twenty-Five Graves of Midas
416. Ep 416 - The Twenty-Five Graves of Midas
January 1, 1968
Someone has robbed the Dutton Mining Company, and Heath is taking the blame.
Ep 417 - Lightfoot
417. Ep 417 - Lightfoot
January 1, 1968
An indian friend returns to Stockton.
Ep 419 - The Royal Road
419. Ep 419 - The Royal Road
January 1, 1968
When a prince from India comes to Stockton, Laura falls in love with him. However, the prince is an imposter.
Ep 424 - Danger Road
424. Ep 424 - Danger Road
January 1, 1968
Victoria has Edward deliver her medical supplies to the indians.
Ep 425 - Flight From San Miguel
425. Ep 425 - Flight From San Miguel
January 1, 1968
A former girlfriend of Heath's asks him to smuggle her rebel Mexican husband out of Mexico before the Federales find and kill him.
Ep 426 - Point and Counterpoint
426. Ep 426 - Point and Counterpoint
January 1, 1968
The grand finale of "The Big Valley."
Description

The Big Valley is a show depicting a wealthy American ranch family. It is based quite loosely on the Hill Ranch in California's Calaveras County at the very end of the nineteenth century. Barbara Stanwyck, cinema star of the 1930's and 40's, is the matriarch of the family and head of the ranch after her husband is murdered. She brings a realism and passion to the role as she effortlessly moves from regal matriarch to rough and able cow'woman' who could and would match efforts with any man on the ranch.

Stanwyck plays Victoria Barkley who loves her four children passionately, including the illegitimate son of her late husband. Lee Majors plays Heath Barkley, who learns of his true father's identity at his mother's deathbed, and fights his way into the lives and eventually the hearts of the rest of the Barkley family.

The Big Valley captures much of the harsh realities of the times. Despite their wealth, there are many physical challenges that one simply has to manage. Buried in earthquakes, fighting off fires, and just dealing with ranching and cattle are all played out in a gripping and genuine manner.

The Big Valley is not without its drama. The younger brothers Nick and Heath are typical western frontier men, able and fit. They both deal with issues first with their fists even if it means untangling details later. The oldest son, Jarrod, is an attorney and prefers to handle his disputes through the law. But being a Barkley, when the situation becomes most dire he is known to resort to frontier justice.

They have one sister, Audra, who, like her mother, is not to be regarded as demure and rides her horse astride alongside her brothers. She is leery of Heath's claims initially and even tries to seduce him in order to flush out the truth. But as the events of the series progress, Audra, along with the rest of the family, grows to believe and trust Heath implicitly. These two youngest siblings bond as tightly as if they had grown together from birth.

The show is as exciting as endearing, with Stanwyck's legendary performances leading the cast. The Big Valley is a compelling and entertaining look at old western ranch life.The Big Valley is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (201 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 1965.

Where to Watch The Big Valley

The Big Valley is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Big Valley on demand at Amazon Prime, Starz and The Roku Channel.

  • Premiere Date
    September 15, 1965
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (2,535)