The Big Valley

The BEST episodes of The Big Valley

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Setting is the 1870s in California's gorgeous San Joaquin Valley, The Big Valley is the story of Stockton's richest and most powerful family, The Barkley's. Lead by the family matriarch and widow Victoria Barkley, they live on the Barkley Ranch managing their cattle herd, mines, citrus groves and logging camps. Victoria's four adult brood consists of her two sons Jarrod and Nick, daughter Audra and step-son Heath. Jarrod, a prominent lawyer, handles all of the families legal issues and manages his two law offices in Stockton and San Francisco. Nick, a strong built rancher, physically manages the family's holdings. Nick is aggressive, out-spoken and at times hot-headed. Victoria's youngest child is her beautiful daughter Audra. Audra is protected by all of the family members. Audra is very sensitive, caring, loves horses, and is a very talented rider. Heath, Victoria's step-son, helps Nick manage the family's processions.

Last Updated: 5/16/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Pursuit
star
9.25
4 votes

#1 - Pursuit

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/10/1966

Victoria heads alone into the desert to find a sick indian before he reaches, and infects, his people.

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Wagonload of Dreams
star
9.00
3 votes

#2 - Wagonload of Dreams

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/2/1967

A man tries to get his peaches to market.

Fall of a Hero
star
9.00
2 votes

#3 - Fall of a Hero

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/5/1968

Jarod defends Heath in court when he is accused of murder.

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The Iron Box
star
8.80
10 votes

#4 - The Iron Box

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/28/1966

While in a strange town, Heath and Nick buy a bull from a man who turns around and has them arrested for stealing it. The sherrif catches up to them while they sit around their campfire, and a fight ensues in which Heath badly burns his leg in the fire. The crooked sheriff takes them to a road gang prison to await trail. . .in a few months!! The cruel warden refuses to allow Heath a doctor and makes him work alongside the others. They soon find out the real reason that innocent drifters are arrested and imprisoned, free work labour for the man whom the Barkley brothers had bought the bull from. Meanwhile, at home Jarrod has found out what has happened to his brothers and heads out after them. Arriving at the prison he demands to see them and when the warden refuses he threatens him with legal action if he is not allowed to see his clients. After he speaks with them he rides off to find the circuit judge. Getting scared that the truth will come out now that he realizes who he's dealing

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Four Days to Furnace Hill
star
8.80
5 votes

#5 - Four Days to Furnace Hill

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/4/1967

Victoria is grabbed by men on their way to a prison, who need to replace the female prisoner they killed.

The Jonah
star
8.67
3 votes

#6 - The Jonah

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/11/1968

The Barkleys hire a man famous for his bad luck to help harvest their crops.

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The Murdered Party
star
8.62
13 votes

#7 - The Murdered Party

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/17/1965

Jarrod defends a man accused of murder, even though the only witness is his own brother, Heath!!

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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Price of Victory
star
8.50
6 votes

#8 - Price of Victory

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/13/1967

Nick manages an injured boxer, in his last fight.

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Plunder!
star
8.50
2 votes

#9 - Plunder!

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/13/1967

Heath is sent to protect an evacuated town.

Directors: Richard Long
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A Noose is Waiting
star
8.50
6 votes

#10 - A Noose is Waiting

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/13/1967

A deranged doctor moves to town and makes Victoria, then Audra, his next victim.

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Explosion! (2)
star
8.50
4 votes

#11 - Explosion! (2)

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/27/1967

Part2, The Barkley boys volunteer to take the nitro to the fire!!

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The Buffalo Man
star
8.50
4 votes

#12 - The Buffalo Man

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/25/1967

The Barkleys hire a bunch of convicts to help with a harvest, and find out that they are tormented by an evil overseer.

Directors: Joseph Mazzuca
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Hide The Children
star
8.43
7 votes

#13 - Hide The Children

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/19/1966

Nick accompanies a gypsy to her wedding.

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The Disappearance
star
8.43
7 votes

#14 - The Disappearance

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/6/1967

While on a layover in a strange town, Audra disappears without a trace, leaving her desperate mother to find her.

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Rimfire
star
8.33
3 votes

#15 - Rimfire

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/19/1968

When Jarod goes to Rimfire to conclude a merge of two mines, trouble starts.

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The Long Ride
star
8.33
3 votes

#16 - The Long Ride

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/25/1968

A young girl witnesses a massacre, and is now being stalked. Victoria must stop this before it is too late.

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Explosion! (1)
star
8.25
4 votes

#17 - Explosion! (1)

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/20/1967

Part 1, A forest fire rages drawing closer to Stockton. The only solution, a firebreak made with nitroglyceryn!!

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They Called Her Delilah
star
8.20
5 votes

#18 - They Called Her Delilah

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/30/1968

One of the former confederate spies arrives in Stockton.

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A Day of Terror
star
8.17
6 votes

#19 - A Day of Terror

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/12/1966

Victoria and Audra are held captive in the church by an outlaw and her sons.

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Into the Widow's Web
star
8.14
7 votes

#20 - Into the Widow's Web

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/23/1966

Heath's childhood sweetheart Libby suddenly reappears in his life, bringing nothing but trouble.He ends up thrown in jail, accused of the murder of Liberty's drunken husband, by the new D.A. who's out to prove that the Barkleys power and money can't buy everything. It's a race to prove Heath's innocence and save him from a fate at the end of a rope!!

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The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner
star
8.11
19 votes

#21 - The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/13/1965

Victoria sells land to an old friend, while the Barkley boys are part of a plan to flood it!!!

Directors: Arnold Laven
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Night of the Wolf
star
8.00
12 votes

#22 - Night of the Wolf

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/1/1965

When Nick is bitten by a rabid wolf, he makes Heath swear not to say a word, and leaves town so his family will not have to witness what will happen to him.

Directors: Joseph H. Lewis
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Teacher of Outlaws
star
8.00
6 votes

#23 - Teacher of Outlaws

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/2/1966

Mistaken for the schoolteacher, Victoria is kidnapped by an outlaw who wishes to learn to read.

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Barbary Red
star
8.00
8 votes

#24 - Barbary Red

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/16/1966

While having a birthday drink at The Barbary Red saloon with two of his ranch hands, Nick is shanghaied.

Directors: Michael Ritchie
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The Lost Treasure
star
8.00
17 votes

#25 - The Lost Treasure

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/12/1966

A con man comes claiming to be Heath's real father, not Tom Barkley.

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