The High Chaparral

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The High Chaparral
Alt=Series titles over a painting of a cowboy on a rearing horse
Genre Western
Created by David Dortort
Starring Leif Erickson
Cameron Mitchell
Mark Slade
Henry Darrow
Linda Cristal
Don Collier
Theme music composer David Rose
Composer(s) Harry Sukman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 98 (List of episodes)
Running time 48-50 minutes
Original channel NBC
Original run September 10, 1967 (1967-09-10) – March 12, 1971 (1971-03-12)

The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The series, made by Xanadu Productions in association with NBC Productions, was created by David Dortort, who had previously created the hit Bonanza for the network. The theme song was also written and conducted by Bonanza scorer David Rose, who also scored the two-hour pilot.

Cast and characters[edit]

The show revolved around "Big" John Cannon (Leif Erickson), a rancher who lived in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s. He ran the ranch with his brother Buck (Cameron Mitchell) and son Billy Blue (Blue Boy) (Mark Slade). Blue Boy's mother Annalee (Joan Caulfield) was killed in the first episode by an Indian arrow, and John Cannon then married Victoria (Linda Cristal), the daughter of the powerful neighbouring rancher Don Sebastián Montoya (Frank Silvera), in what is initially a marriage of convenience. His marriage to Victoria Montoya brought her brother Manolito (Henry Darrow) into the picture, and he also came to live with the family.

Among the guest stars were Rico Alaniz, Scott Brady, Anthony Caruso, Chief Dan George, Roberto Contreras, Dennis Cross, John Dehner, Paul Fix, Ron Foster, Frank Gorshin, Ron Hagerthy, Ron Hayes, Myron Healey, Don Keefer, Dan Kemp, Robert Loggia, Tyler McVey, Ricardo Montalban, Joanna Moore, Ned Romero, Stuart Randall, Frank Silvera, Barry Sullivan, William Tannen, Dub Taylor, and Morgan Woodward.

Name of the ranch[edit]

Annalee Cannon: Isn’t it beautiful, John? It should have a name.
Big John Cannon: You name it.
Annalee Cannon: What is that bush called — that green one?
Big John Cannon: Chaparral.
Annalee Cannon: That’s it — Chaparral. I christen thee “The High Chaparral” — the greatest cattle ranch in the whole territory . . . the whole world!


The High Chaparral was Dortort's brainchild, and he left the day-to-day running of Bonanza in the spring of 1967 so he could focus all of his energies on The High Chaparral. After the show's cancellation in 1971, Dortort did not return to Bonanza, but retired instead. All exterior and most interior filming was done at Old Tucson Studios.

Cameron Mitchell was offered the part of Buck following an airline flight to Tucson where he had sat next to the series originator and his wife.


The series has appeared on CBN, The Family Channel, Hallmark Channel, and, as of September, 2012, exclusively on The Inspiration Network as part of their Saturday western lineup that includes The Virginian, The Big Valley, and Bonanza.


No information exists yet about when it will be released on DVD in the US or all over Europe. But on May 20, 2010 the first worldwide release of season 1 were in Germany (Kinowelt, now Studiocanal). Subtitles English and dubbed to German. Season 2 was released on December 9, 2010. Season 3 was released June 9, 2011. The final season 4 was released in February 16, 2012. On disc 1 episode 1 starts with some scenes shown on German TV that were not in the original and thus dubbed German instead of English for a few minutes. Quality is superb.

Art-S Home Entertainment ( in the Netherlands released the first box with season 1 (28 episodes) on May 2, 2012. Season 2 released on January 28, 2013. Season 3 released on September 3, 2013 and the final season 4 released January 26, 2014. The High Chaparral is also released in Sweden with each season in 2 boxes. In Australia they have also released The High Chaparral in 4 boxes.

Season Episodes Region 1 Region 2


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Season 1 28 May 20, 2010 May 2, 2012 October 30, 2012 November, 2012 March 13, 2013
Season 2 26 December 9, 2010 January 28, 2013 March 19, 2013 December, 2012 May 8, 2013
Season 3 26 June 9, 2011 September 3, 2013 July 31, 2013 January, 2013 August 7, 2013
Season 4 18 February 16, 2012 January 26, 2014 October 8, 2013 February, 2013 January 15, 2014


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