The High Chaparral
Production Order

The High Chaparral was created by David Dortort.  It premiered on television on September 10, 1967, and for the duration of Season One, it ran in the coveted NBC Sunday evening time slot of 10-11 PM, right on the heels of Bonanza.  For Season Two through Season Four, its time slot was changed to Friday night from 7:30 - 8:30 on NBC.  Its last telecast was March 12, 1971.  

In the charts below, the episode titles on the left are the ones which aired on the dates represented in the middle column. The episode titles on the right are the order in which they were filmed.  You can see that they aired out of the order in which they were filmed, which does make watching them somewhat confusing, as it causes some continuity glitches which fuel the on-going debate about the proper or intended order of the episodes.  The order is critical to the story in the first half of the first season because the Montoyas and the Cannons begin the series unfamiliar with each other.  By the middle of the first season relationships are fairly established and the viewed order is not as important. 

The other place where order makes a difference is in the third season when the plot element of Buck and Mano's ranch, the C-Bar-M is introduced.  This element carries through at least six episodes, "The Brothers Cannon" (where we first meet Lou Frizzell's character, Jeff Patterson, and learn that he is trying to sell his ranch), "A Piece of Land" (where it is acquired), "Friends and Partners" (where they fix it up), "Lady Fair" (where Buck proposes to Charley), "Little Thieves", and "Trail to Nevermore" (where it is referred to in passing). The first two definitely need to occur in order and ahead of all the others for any of it to make sense.  Still, The High Chaparral is one of the finest television Westerns ever made - no matter what order you watch the episodes in! 

Visit the Episode Guide pages to see the official Story Lines, written by the NBC-TV Publicity Department as well as fan-produced Character Highlights and a Complete Episode Synopsis for each one.  The Character Guide pages show which characters played prominent roles in each episode.

Season One

Original Order Aired Original  Air Date Production Order
The High Chaparral 10 September 1967 The High Chaparral
The Arrangement 10 September 1967 The Arrangement
The Ghost of Chaparral 17 September 1967 Best Man for the Job
Best Man for the Job 24 September 1967 Shadows on the Land
A Quiet Day in Tucson 1 October 1967 Gold Is Where You Leave It
Young Blood 8 October 1967 A Quiet Day in Tucson
Shadows on the Land 15 October 1967 The Price of Revenge
The Filibusteros 22 October 1967 Young Blood
The Doctor from Dodge 29 October 1967 Sudden Country
Sudden Country 5 November 1967 Mark of the Turtle
A Hanging Offense 12 November 1967 Ghost of Chaparral
The Price of Revenge 19 November 1967 The Assassins
Widow from Red Rock 26 November 1967 A Hanging Offense
Mark of the Turtle 10 December 1967 The Terrorist
The Terrorist 17 December 1967 Widow from Red Rock
The Firing Wall 31 December 1967 The Doctor from Dodge
The Assassins 7 January 1968 The Filibusteros
Survival 14 January 1968 The Firing Wall
Gold Is Where You Leave It 21 January 1968 The Kinsman
The Kinsman 28 January 1968 Survival
Champion of the Western World 4 February 1968 The Hair Hunters
Ride the Savage Land 11 February 1968 Peacemaker
Bad Day for a Thirst 18 February 1968 Champion of the Western World 
Tiger by the Tail 25 February 1968 Ride the Savage Land
The Peacemaker 3 March 1968 Tiger by the Tail
The Hair Hunters 10 March 1968 Bad Day for a Thirst
A Joyful Noise 24 March 1968 A Joyful Noise
Threshold of Courage 31 March 1968 Threshold of Courage

Season Two

Original Order Aired Original  Air Date Production Order
The Stallion 20 September 1968 The Promised Land
Ten Little Indians 27 September 1968 For What We Are About to Receive
Follow Your Heart 4 October 1968 The Deceivers
Tornado Frances 11 October 1968 Sea of Enemies
The Covey 18 October 1968 The Stallion
The Promised Land 25 October 1968 The Covey
Ebenezer 1 November 1968 Ten Little Indians
North to Tucson 8 November 1968 The Buffalo Soldiers
The Deceivers 15 November 1968 Ebenezer
The Buffalo Soldiers 22 November 1968 Tornado Frances
For What We Are About to Receive 29 November 1968 Follow Your Heart
A Way of Justice 13 December 1968 Shadow of the Wind
Our Lady of Guadalupe 20 December 1968 North to Tucson
Sea of Enemies 3 January 1969 A Way of Justice
Shadow of the Wind 10 January 1969 No Irish Need Apply
No Irish Need Apply 17 January 1969 The Last Hundred Miles
The Last Hundred Miles 24 January 1969 Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Glory Soldiers 31 January 1969 Surtee
Feather of an Eagle 7 February 1969 The Glory Soldiers
Once on a Day in Spring 14 February 1969 Stinky Flanagan
Stinky Flanagan 21 February 1969 Feather of an Eagle
Surtee 28 February 1969 Once on a Day in Spring
A Fella Named Kilroy 7 March 1969 The Lion Sleeps
No Bugles, No Drums 14 March 1969 A Fella Named Kilroy
The Lion Sleeps 28 March 1969 No Bugles, No Drums
For the Love of Carlos 4 April 1969 For the Love of Carlos

Season Three

Original Order Aired Original  Air Date Production Order
Time of Your Life 19 September 1969 Time of Your Life
A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry 26 September 1969 Apache Trust
The Brothers Cannon 3 October 1969 A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry
A Piece of Land 10 October 1959 Bad Day for a Bad Man
Bad Day for a Bad Man 17 October 1969 A Piece of Land
To Stand for Something More 24 October 1969 Auld Lang Syne
Trail to Nevermore 31 October 1969 The Lost Ones
Apache Trust 7 November 1969 To Stand for Something More
Lady Fair 14 November 1969 Trail to Nevermore
The Lost Ones 21 November 1969 The Brothers Cannon
The Legacy 28 November 1969 Lady Fair
Alliance 12 December 1969 The Little Thieves
The Little Thieves 26 December 1969 The Legacy
The Long Shadow 2 January 1970 Friends and Partners
The Journal of Death 9 January 1970 Alliance
Friends and Partners 16 January 1970 Mi Casa, Su Casa
Jelks 23 January 1970 The Long Shadow
Guns of Johnny Rondo 6 February 1970 The Lieutenant
Mi Casa, Su Casa 20 February 1970 Jelks
The Lieutenant 27 February 1970 Journal of Death
The Reluctant Deputy 6 March 1970 No Trouble at All
New Hostess in Town 20 March 1970 Generation
Too Many Chiefs 27 March 1970 New Hostess in Town
Auld Lang Syne 20 April 1970 Guns of Johnny Rondo
Generation 17 April 1970 The Reluctant Deputy
No Trouble at All 5 May 1970 Too Many Chiefs

Season Four

Original Order Aired Original  Air Date Production Order
An Anger Greater than Mine 18 September 1970 Spokes
Spokes 25 September 1970 It Takes a Smart Man
Only the Bad Come to Sonora 2 October 1970 Only the Bad Come to Sonora
Wind 9 October 1970 Wind
A Matter of Survival 16 October 1970 An Anger Greater than Mine
It Takes a Smart Man 23 October 1970 A Man to Match the Land
A Good, Sound Profit 30 October 1970 A Matter of Survival
Too Late the Epitaph 6 November 1970 Sangre
The Forge of Hate 13 November 1970 A Good, Sound Profit
Fiesta 20 November 1970 Too Late the Epitaph
A Matter of Vengeance 27 November 1970 Pale Warrior
Pale Warrior 11 December 1970 The Forge of Hate
The Badge 18 December 1970 The Hostage
The New Lion of Sonora 19 February 1971 Fiesta
Sangre 26 February 1971 The Badge
The Hostage 5 March 1971 A Matter of Vengeance
A Man to Match the Land 12 March 1971 New Lion of Sonora

From the book Television Westerns Episode Guide by Harris M. Lentz III, McFarland and Company, 1997.
Compilation comparison done by Carol Anne Gordon.

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