In 1870s San Joaquin Valley the show follows the rich Barkley family in Stockton. Victoria Barkley recently widowed leads the family as they run their ranch, groves, and logging businesses. Heath manages family possessions; Audra is a talented horseback rider; Nick runs the family's holdings and minds the ranch; Jarrod is a lawyer who often helps the family sort out their legal troubles.
Last Episode04x26 Point and Counterpoint Aired: May. 19, 1969
The final episode of The Big Valley
The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode #1 - Palms Of Glory
The valley residents turn to the Barkleys when the railroad threatens their farms and ranches.
The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode #11 - The Way To A Killer
Nick's childhood friend discovers anthrax in his herd while it is pastured on Barkley land.
Series Fun Facts
- Victoria is the only Barkley who was never shot throughout the run of the series. Heath was shot the most, and Nick has the distinction of being the only Barkley who is shot twice in the same episode.
- This was the only western to be built around a strong, female lead character.
- The series was canceled despite its popularity, because the networks were phasing out westerns in favor of more modern TV shows.