After being struck down by a trolley (golly) in 1925, Ethel MacDoogan, a flapper, waits in heaven for a chance to help a family and earn her wings. That chance arrives in the form of the Preston family.




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Series cast summary:
 Ethel MacDoogan (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Duane Preston (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Lissy Preston (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
Randy Josselyn ...
 Jay Jay Preston (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Richard Preston (93 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Candy Carlysle (44 episodes, 1984-1987)


After being struck down by a trolley (golly) in 1925, Ethel MacDoogan, a flapper, waits in heaven for a chance to help a family and earn her wings. That chance arrives in the form of the Preston family.

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When Stephen Johnson portrayed Richard Preston, the character owned a real estate office; when Dick Sargent took over the role, the character's occupation was changed to a licensing agent for inventors. See more »


Candy Carlysle: You know, I haven't been this excited since they invented the chicken nugget!
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I can't believe I am the only one who watched this show!
8 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have fond memories of "Down to Earth" possibly because I have never met a single living soul who remembers this show. I can still recite most of the theme song! It is amazing what you absorb at age seven. Anyway, Ethel was a flapper who was killed by a trolley (this was hilariously illustrated in the opening credits with old-style photographs) and had to wait 60 years to be set up with a family so that she could earn her wings and become an angel. Of course, she was a wild woman so the dad (2nd Darrin from Bewitched) was frazzled and the 3 kids loved her (can you say surrogate Mom?) There wasn't much to the show as far as I can remember, but i do recall Rip Taylor as her mentor angel throwing a lot of confetti about. Weird premise, cute show; it pretty much hinged on Ethel becoming acquainted with modern technology and mores. As promised, here are (most of) the words to the theme song:

Back in the days of Valentino, we know A maid named Ethel was so bright and alive (wacky doo,wacky doo) But she was struck down by a trolley, golly Said good-bye in nineteen twenty and five (toodleloo,toodleloo)

Ethel in heaven waited patiently To earn her wings and be An angel fancy-free Sixty years later the opportunity To help a family came through (Boo boo be doo, twenty-three skiddoo)

[something about "Richard, Lizzie, Duane, and JJ, too] Now she must be a nineteen eighties, lady h, blah, blah] She's Down to Earth, Down to Earth

I know, I have no life.

Love, Traci B.

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