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Writers:
Sam Harris (created by)
Bruce H. Newberg (created by)
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Seasons:
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Plot:
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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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fond memories – & where to find the theme song download See more (27 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 11)

Carol Mansell ... Ethel MacDoogan (106 episodes, 1984-1987)

David Kaufman ... Duane Preston (106 episodes, 1984-1987)

Kyle Richards ... Lissy Preston (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
Randy Josselyn ... Jay Jay Preston (106 episodes, 1984-1987)

Dick Sargent ... Richard Preston (93 episodes, 1984-1987)

Marla Rubinoff ... Candy Carlysle (44 episodes, 1984-1987)
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Series Directed by
John Tracy (13 episodes, 1984)
Doug Rogers (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mel Ferber (5 episodes, 1985)
Alan Bergmann (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Don Barnhart (3 episodes, 1985)
Russ Petranto (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Howard Storm (1 episode, 1985)

Mark Corff (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Sam Harris (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
Bruce H. Newberg (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
George Hampton (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mike Moore (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Robert Bruce (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Martin Weiss (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Stephanie Anderson (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jon S. Denny (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Roger Garrett (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Charlotte M. Dobbs (2 episodes, 1985)
Shelly Goldstein (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Series Produced by
Arthur L. Annecharico .... executive producer (68 episodes, 1984-1987)
Rick Miner .... producer / co-producer (67 episodes, 1984-1986)
Michael Fierman .... coordinating producer / associate producer (53 episodes, 1984-1985)
Rita G. Katsotis .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1985)
Walter J. Theriot Jr. .... coordinating producer / associate producer (29 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jerry Brown .... producer (13 episodes, 1984)
Roger Garrett .... co-producer (7 episodes, 1984)

Mark Farrell .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Mark Farrell .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Linda Feitelson .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Barbara Hanley (53 episodes, 1984-1985)
Cathy Henderson (53 episodes, 1984-1985)
Cindy Pierson (13 episodes, 1984)

Christina George (unknown episodes)
Georgyne LaLone (unknown episodes)
Bari Robinson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Roger C. Ambrose (68 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kevin Reardon (22 episodes, 1985)
Jane Reardon (13 episodes, 1984)
Peggy Hutchison Mains (6 episodes, 1984)
Lesley Levin (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jody Lawrence .... key hair stylist (34 episodes, 1984-1987)
Charisse Nicole .... make-up (28 episodes, 1984-1985)
Wendi Lynne Tolkin .... hair stylist (28 episodes, 1984-1985)
Denise Dillaway .... make-up (13 episodes, 1984)
Dale Miller .... key hair stylist (13 episodes, 1984)
Didier Offredo .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1984)
Kathy Rogers .... make-up artist (4 episodes, 1985)
Gloria Ponce .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1985)
Bonnie Walker .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Production Management
Kenton Rand .... scenic unit manager (13 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aviva Jacobs .... associate director (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mark Corff .... associate director (18 episodes, 1985)
Bryan Spicer .... assistant to director (13 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Art Department
Deborah Harman .... property master / assistant art director (31 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kenton Rand .... set coordinator (29 episodes, 1984-1985)
Carl Denooyer .... props master (13 episodes, 1984)
Chris Hill .... props master (13 episodes, 1984)
Michael DiMeo .... property master / props (7 episodes, 1985-1987)
Robert Erdiakoff .... set dresser (3 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Sound Department
Larry Forkner .... post-production audio / re-recording engineer (45 episodes, 1984-1985)
Peter Filsinger .... audio engineer (33 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bruce Arledge Jr. .... utility / boom (16 episodes, 1985)
Steve Schuneman .... utility (15 episodes, 1985)
Tom Adams .... utility (13 episodes, 1984)
Paul Apel .... boom operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Joe Beltran .... utility (13 episodes, 1984)
Michael T. Gannon .... audio engineer (13 episodes, 1984)
Robin Green .... utility (13 episodes, 1984)
Bob La Masney .... audio engineer (13 episodes, 1984)
James W. Lucas .... boom operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Patrick Mansell .... utility (13 episodes, 1984)
David Ronan .... utility (13 episodes, 1984)
Shelly White .... sound effects supervisor (13 episodes, 1984)
Robert Tully .... boom (13 episodes, 1985)
Boyd Wheeler .... boom (13 episodes, 1985)
Craig Porter .... post-production audio (3 episodes, 1985)
Jerry Sarcone .... boom (3 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian T. Leach .... lighting director (45 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kenny S. Christiansen .... head electrician / best boy (42 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dan Kuleto .... lighting board operator / head electrician (33 episodes, 1984-1985)
Malan McCubbin .... senior video (28 episodes, 1984-1985)
Don Pearsall .... camera (16 episodes, 1985)
Bob Campi .... vtr operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Jack G. Davis .... electrician (13 episodes, 1984)
Ron Greaves .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Jay Griffiths Jr. .... video engineer (13 episodes, 1984)
Kieran Hughes .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Marc Hunter .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Gerald La Barbera .... chief engineer (13 episodes, 1984)
John Lee .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Tony Lewis .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Richard Strock .... vtr operator (13 episodes, 1984)
Carleton Worfolk .... video engineer (13 episodes, 1984)
Reed Samul .... camera (12 episodes, 1985)
Leigh Nicholson .... camera (10 episodes, 1985)
Bruce Arledge Sr. .... videotape operator (7 episodes, 1985)
Ray Fusco .... senior video (4 episodes, 1985)
Reed Smith .... camera (4 episodes, 1985)
Vito J. Giambalvo .... camera (3 episodes, 1985)
Ray Sanow .... videotape operator (3 episodes, 1985)
Michael Dean .... camera (2 episodes, 1985)
Terry Gilbert .... lighting board operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael Ireland .... videotape operator (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Casting Department
Georgyne LaLone .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dottye Evans .... costume assistant (17 episodes, 1985)
Kevin Reardon .... costume assistant (3 episodes, 1984)
Terri Rodgers .... costume assistant (3 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dana Jack .... videotape editor (28 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kenyon B. Zahner .... post-production supervisor (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Shelly White .... post-production coordinator (20 episodes, 1984-1985)
Cindi Annecharico .... post-production assistant (13 episodes, 1984)
Tom Sing .... videotape editor (13 episodes, 1984)
John Bravakis .... post-production supervisor / post-production coordinator (5 episodes, 1985)
Georgio Malfitano .... videotape editor (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Andrew Stein .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1984)
Shelly Aberson-Narotzky .... post-production coordinator (3 episodes, 1985)
Mark Farrell .... post-production coordinator (3 episodes, 1985)

Georgyne LaLone .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Sam Harris .... composer: theme song (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
Bruce H. Newberg .... composer: theme song (106 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tom Wells .... composer: theme music / music by (67 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dan Milner .... music by (38 episodes, 1985)
Rick Patterson .... music by (38 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Other crew
A. Chisholm Halle .... stage manager (47 episodes, 1984-1987)
Sam W. Orender .... technical director (40 episodes, 1984-1985)
Carol Anne Miller .... production associate / script coordinator (29 episodes, 1984-1985)
Larry Chernoff .... main title sequence by / main title design (27 episodes, 1984-1985)
Julianne Berdrow .... series auditor (23 episodes, 1985)
Shirley Lipner .... script coordinator (21 episodes, 1985)
Bart Lipton .... production assistant / stage manager / ... (20 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michelina Gauthier .... production assistant (20 episodes, 1985)
Max Kirkland .... technical manager (16 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kathy Schroeder .... assistant to the executive producer / script coordinator (16 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bernie Celek .... maintenance (16 episodes, 1985)
Robert Bruce .... story editor (15 episodes, 1984-1985)
Martin Weiss .... story editor (15 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dale Ashcraft .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1984)
Diane Baxter .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1984)
Dee Brantlinger .... consultant (13 episodes, 1984)
Frank Celecia .... technical advisor (13 episodes, 1984)
Duke Hogstrom .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1984)
Bob La Masney .... technical director (13 episodes, 1984)
Susan G. Schaefer .... legal advisor (13 episodes, 1984)
Kimberly Taweel .... script coordinator (13 episodes, 1984)
Andy Young .... technical director (13 episodes, 1984)
Robert Keats .... executive story editor (13 episodes, 1985)
Bari Robinson .... production assistant / production coordinator (12 episodes, 1985)
David Buelow .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dottye Evans .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1984)
Dustin Nelson .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1984)
Roger Garrett .... program consultant / story editor / ... (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Doug Freeman .... technical director (3 episodes, 1984)
Elaine Best .... assistant to the executive producer (3 episodes, 1985)
Harry Cauley .... executive story editor (3 episodes, 1985)
Ray Combs .... audience warmup (3 episodes, 1985)
Glenn Erickson .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1985)
Marc Granirer .... controller (3 episodes, 1985)
Georgyne LaLone .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1985)
Kriss Turner .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1985)
Jeane deCoster McGovern .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1984)
Bruce Kane .... story editor (2 episodes, 1985)
Rosemary Reid-Smith .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael Stoneall .... script coordinator (2 episodes, 1985)

Terry Edinger .... accountant (unknown episodes)
 

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30 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the second series in which Dick Sargent took over an established role; the first was "Bewitched" (1964). Both shows centered on characters with magical powers.See more »
Quotes:
Candy Carlysle:You know, I haven't been this excited since they invented the chicken nugget!See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fond memories – & where to find the theme song download, 23 May 2002
Author: TelevisionJunkie from Texas

Rather than rehash the lyrics again, words that stuck with me into adulthood, I figure it's worth mentioning that the audio is available to download at www.sitcomsonline.com under the "D" section (I uploaded several different versions of the opening credits in mpg that may be on that site by the time you read this). A few episodes actually exist amongst TV tape-traders, so if you're inclined to track them down, try the message boards on sitcomsonline.

As the theme song states, Ethel McDoogan was "struck down by a trolley (golly)" and died in 1925. After spending more than 50 years waiting to earn her angelic wings, she's sent "down to earth" to help out the Preston family deal with problems of life in the '80s. Youngest son Jay Jay knew she was dead (she was "the answer to his prayers") and she would often use her magical powers to help the family whenever a situation arose. Rip Taylor popped in during the later years as Ethel's boss angel. Like many sitcoms of the '80s, the show was cute, squeaky-clean, and family oriented – perhaps that's the reason it hasn't been shown much in the past 15 years -- though it DID air briefly on the Goodlife-TV Network, but it was abruptly yanked when it was pointed out that the actors weren't getting their residual payments (according to David Kaufman on his message board)....

It's so nice to know that there are other sickos like me that remember this show – and apparently everyone that saw it when they were young carry fond memories of this cute-com. Honestly, what other show ever boasted obnoxious queen Rip Taylor as an angel! Also, this was the second time that Dick Sargent only played a character for half of the series' run (he replaced Stephen Johnson). Lovely Kyle Richards (Halloween, Watcher in the Woods, The Car) seemed to have a promising career until this show went off and she abruptly disappeared from film – it's only been recently that she showed up again in a recurring role on ER. And then there's poor David Kaufman , a hard-working guy who's appeared in TONS of commercials and TV/film roles since the show went off. Every time I see him (which has been often over the years), it always brings back memories of this show. The show was cute, campy, and sorely missed...

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