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 #6 - Heritage
Heath faces off with the young head of a fanatic society secretly planning to blow up a Barkley mine.
The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode #5 - The Odyssey Of Jubbal Tanner
The government wants an old man's land as the site for a beneficial dam; guest Arthur O'Connell.
Series Fun Facts
- The series was canceled despite its popularity, because the networks were phasing out westerns in favor of more modern TV shows.
- 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.
- In every episode where Nick is a spectator in a court-case, he interrupts the court to speak his peace, which always gets him into trouble with the judge who is presiding. In later episodes…
[show]In every episode where Nick is a spectator in a court-case, he interrupts the court to speak his peace, which always gets him into trouble with the judge who is presiding. In later episodes throughout the series, this took on a comedic tone, as the viewer knew that it was only a matter of time before Nick would voice his displeasure.