Western Television

The Big ValleySeason One

The Big Valley ran for four seasons, from 1965 to 1969. There are 112 total episodes.  The show stars Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy 19th century California rancher and Richard LongLee MajorsPeter Breck and Linda Evans as her family. The information on this page was gathered from IMDB.

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"Palms of Glory"

September 15, 1965

Every property owner in the Valley is in danger of losing their land due to the legal trickery of a ruthless railroad baron who backs up his action with an army of 200 men.   A young man tells the Barkleys he is the "bastard son" of the dead family patriarch, Tom Barkley - and demands an equal share of the estate.

"Forty Rifles"

September 22, 1965

With a massive cattle drive about to begin - 3,000 steers, 550 miles in 24 days - Heath has problems gaining the respect of the 40 hands needed to carry it off. His problems escalate when a decorated ex-general of the Civil War agrees to join the drive, because the former general has designs of recruiting the hands and starting his own army.

"Boots with My Father's Name"

September 29, 1965

A Stockton memorial to Tom Barkley and his last pair of dress boots stir memories of him for Victoria and Heath. Victoria travels to Strawberry, Heath's birthplace, to find out just what Tom Barkley felt for Heath's mother Leah.

"Young Marauders"

October 6, 1965

Audra is attracted to a handsome stranger who saves her life during a horse stampede. His appearance in the Valley coincides with the emergence of a pillaging "protection" ring that has begun to terrorize the area.

"The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner"

October 13, 1965

After 30 years a man comes back to the Valley to claim land promised to him by the late Tom Barkley. The land is now the site of a proposed dam that will benefit the community. The Barkleys argue among themselves and with the local landowners about whether the man is entitled to stay.


October 20, 1965

In the town of Lonesome Camp, the Barkleys' investment in a mine is threatened when labor unrest leads to a violent strike. Heath looks into the situation and, due to promises made by the late Tom Barkley years before, the Barkleys decide to fight for control of the mine in order to settle the dispute.

"Winner Lose All"

October 27, 1965

Heath falls in love with Maria, who is returning home from school in the East. She is the daughter of Don Alfredo, a Spanish land owner and nobleman who is in a dispute with a neighbor over land which he claims is his. Don Alfredo also believes that Heath's lineage is impure, and the dispute soon endangers the romance.

"My Son, My Son"

November 3, 1965

A neighboring rancher's teenage son returns to Stockton after being away many years and is immediately obsessed with Audra. He tangles with Audra's defender, Heath, which leads to a feud between the families. The dispute further escalates with a shooting, and then the boy's background is divulged.


November 10, 1965

Victoria, a surly ex-Barkley ranch hand, and a pregnant Native American girl fight to survive when an earthquake traps them in a church cellar. When it is discovered that the cellar may connect to tunnels from a closed-up Barkley gold mine, not all the searchers really want the rescue to succeed.

"Murdered Party"

November 17, 1965

Jarrod agrees to defend a murder suspect, despite the fact that Heath witnessed the killing. The case involves the defense of a man from a reviled family and the death of a respected benefactor.

"Way To Kill A Killer"

November 24, 1965

An old Barkley friend, a hard-working Mexican national, comes to Stockton to sell his herd of cattle. When it is found out the cattle are infected with a deadly, infectious disease, he refuses to destroy the animals or isolate his cattle from healthy Barkley stock.

"Night of the Wolf"

December 1, 1965

Nick is bitten by a rabid wolf, an attack only Heath witnesses. Thinking he is going to die, Nick leaves the ranch and Stockton without any explanation to his family. His journey leads him to re-examine his life and attitudes - and the kindness of a woman and her son give him hope for the future.

"The Guilt of Matt Bentell"

December 8, 1965

Heath lashes out at the Barkleys' new timber camp foreman, who was the sadistic commandant of the Confederate prison camp where Heath was held. The timber crew also resent the foreman - especially two brothers sworn to kill him.


December 15, 1965

group of six families have come from Ireland to make a new life for themselves. They arrived by way of San Francisco where they paid their money and got all the paper work for their new homestead. Unfortunately they were swindled and have "bought" what is actually Barkley Land.

"Judgment in Heaven"

December 22, 1965

Jarrod arranges for the girlfriend of a murderous outlaw to be released from jail so she can spend Christmas with the Barkley family. The family has mixed feelings about sharing the holidays with her. She's a wildcat and, with her boyfriend still on the loose, she defiantly vows to re-join him at the first opportunity, causing chaos in the Barkley household.


December 29, 1965

A family of rawhiders, plundering the countryside, bushwhack Heath and then decide to pretend to be the people who saved him. Their plan to rob the Barkleys is helped along because almost everyone is away from the ranch on a cattle drive. Only a weakened Heath, Victoria, Audra, and one of the bushwhackers' own women stand in their way.

"By Fires Unseen"

January 5, 1966

After a whirlwind courtship, Nick proposes to a beautiful "partygirl" Eastern socialite. Her interest in him soon disappears when she experiences the slow paced life on the ranch-and becomes obsessed with Heath.

"A Time To Kill"

January 19, 1966

Jarrod has an old friend from law school pass through Stockton who has ample funds,no job and time on his hands. A Secret Service agent soon follows and tells Jarrod his friend's "income" is suspected to come from bank robbery and counterfeiting-Jarrod tries to unearth the truth.

"Teacher of Outlaws"

February 2, 1966

An outlaw gang leader orders his men to kidnap a teacher so he can learn to read and write for a special purpose. His men nab Victoria by mistake-she pretends to be the school marm to buy time for the Barkley boys to find her.

"Under A Dark Star"

February 9, 1966

Pardoned after a long imprisonment for a crime he didn't commit,a man has Jarrod's help in adjusting to being free again. The man is hired to work at the ranch and after having doubt planted by one of the hands,his fear of returning to prison may lead to the death of the man who was the Prosecuting Attorney in the his case-Jarrod.

"Barbary Red"

February 16, 1966

Nick celebrates his birthday at a waterfront saloon where he is drugged and shanghaied for sea duty.Jarrod suspects an old client of his,beautiful Barbary Red,is behind Nick's disappearance-Eugene and Heath help him investigate his hunch.

"Death Merchant"

February 23, 1966

Everyone except Heath extends a warm welcome to an aging cowboy who killed Tom Barkley's murderer-a result of the Barkley-Railroad War.The man it turns out is friend to no one,he enjoys range wars and will sell his services as a killer to either side-and he's looking for work!

"Fallen Hawk"

March 2, 1966

Heath,feeling responsible for an old friend's crippling injury,is determined to do all he can to help the man and his wife.While Heath stirs up gossip of his having grown too close to the wife,the old friend schemes of using the injury to get money out of him to finance his latest "get-rich-quick" idea.


March 9, 1966

A man arrives at the ranch looking for Heath and is shot by two trailing bounty hunters who claim he is wanted for murder. While the man is recuperating at the ranch, Jarrod travels to Coreyville to look into the murder charge and Heath comes to terms with an old grudge.

"Into the Widow's Web"

March 23, 1966

Heath is drawn to an alluring old girlfriend who is now married and part of a trick shooting act. When her husband is mysteriously killed in a gun "accident," Heath is accused of murder. Jarrod must use a new science to try to clear him but ends up sparring about it with the D.A.,an old law school colleague who is jealous of the Barkleys.

"By Force and Violence"

March 30, 1966

While travelling cross country, Victoria and Heath have an accident resulting in Heath becoming pinned under their heavily loaded wagon. Victoria seeks help and turns to a mysterious man who is being pursued by aggressive bounty hunters.

"River Monarch"

April 6, 1966

A Barkley riverboat,sunk years before with a fortune in Civil War era government gold aboard is located-but there's no trace of the gold.A group of Confederate symphatizers or Tom Barkley himself may have caused the explosion which sank the ship-the lure of gold may even extend to Nick's old commanding officer who is assigned to investigate.

"Midas Man"

April 13, 1966

Audra falls for a shrewd financier who has come to the Valley to capitalize on a drought that has left most of the ranchers in need of loans.When he is about to foreclose and seize the land used as collateral,the ranchers blame the Barkley's-Audra offers herself as a "sacrifice" to hold off the financier.

"Tunnel of Gold"

April 20, 1966

Audra falls for a shrewd financier who has come to the Valley to capitalize on a drought that has left most of the ranchers in need of loans.When he is about to foreclose and seize the land used as collateral,the ranchers blame the Barkley's-Audra offers herself as a "sacrifice" to hold off the financier.

"Last Train To the Fair"

April 27, 1966

With the Barkley family on the way to the State Fair,Audra is stricken with appendicitis and the only doctor aboard has his own problems-men are out to kill him for revenge.The doctor has a rather infamous past having been responsible for burning,plundering and murder in the town of Colbyville years before.

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