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
- According to "Wildest Westerns Magazine", Peter Breck was able to draw his gun in 16/100 of a second, making the character of Nick Barkley the fastest draw in television history.
- Dell Comics published a six-issue comic book series based on the series from 1966-69.
- Richard Long, who starred as Jarrod, was the only one to ever get married, and it only lasted a few days after only meeting a week before. She died accidentally taking a bullet for Jarrod…
[show]Richard Long, who starred as Jarrod, was the only one to ever get married, and it only lasted a few days after only meeting a week before. She died accidentally taking a bullet for Jarrod when leaning over to pick a flower while picnicking beside a stream where their future home was going to be built.