Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)

TV Series  -   -  Drama | Family | Fantasy
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 1,904 users  
Reviews: 32 user | 9 critic

A probationary angel sent back to earth teams with an ex-cop to help people.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 22 May 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 11 Jun 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)

Highway to Heaven (1984–1989) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Highway to Heaven.

User Polls

Season:

5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Year:

1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986 | 1985 | 1984
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Monica, Tess, and Andrew are a trio of angels sent to Earth to tell depressed and troubled people that God loves them and hasn't forgotten them.

Stars: Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye
Early Edition (1996–2000)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis-Williams, Fisher Stevens
Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham
7th Heaven (1996–2007)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

This weekly television series follows the Camden family as the minister father and stay-at-home mother deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own. The friends, neighbors, and love interests of the various members of the family weigh heavily on the plot of the series, which seeks to address a real-life issue with each episode.

Stars: Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel
Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : ... See full summary »

Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen
True Blood (TV Series 2008)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
Degrassi High (1987–1991)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The lives and trials of students of a city high school.

Stars: Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" ... See full summary »

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott
Family (1976–1980)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.

Stars: Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Gary Frank
Our House (1986–1988)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following the death of his son, Gus Witherspoon takes in his daughter-in-law and his three grandchildren to live with him. Adjustment to the new arrangement is not easy on any of them.

Stars: Wilford Brimley, Deidre Hall, Shannen Doherty
Promised Land (1996–1999)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When Russell Greene loses his job, he decides to go on the road with his family. So he gathers his wife, Claire, his son, Josh, his daughter, Dinah, his mother, Hattie, and his nephew, ... See full summary »

Stars: Gerald McRaney, Wendy Phillips, Austin O'Brien
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Jonathan Smith (111 episodes, 1984-1989)
...
 Mark Gordon (111 episodes, 1984-1989)
Edit

Storyline

Jonathan Smith is a probationary angel sent back to Earth to help people. During the series' first episode, he meets embittered ex-policeman Mark Gordon (as Jonathan is walking along a little-used road, on which Mark happens to be driving). Jonathan helps reform Mark, with the grateful Mark agreeing to become Jonathan's right-hand associate in carrying out the heavenly mission. The two begin traveling the country as itinerant workers, receiving assignments from "the Boss" (an unseen associate only Jonathan could communicate with), with their mission being to deliver love, understanding and humility to the people they encountered. Typical episodes stressed moral, Christian themes; though many episodes dealt with common human failings, such as egotism, bitterness and greed, some shows addressed such topics as racism and cancer. A few shows, however, were played mainly for laughs (such as Landon recreating his first famous starring role in a takeoff of his 1957 film I Was a Teenage ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some powers are higher than others.

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Highway to Heaven  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(111 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Among Hollywood insiders, the show was known as "Jesus of Malibu". See more »

Quotes

Mark Gordon: Cute, Jonathan. Real cute.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Amazing Stories: Remote Control Man (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Greatest TV series ever made
16 March 2006 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Highway To Heaven was a great series if you look at every episode as an attempt to touch the hearts and souls of people. Overall, it was a great series because it not only entertained people but also taught very beautiful and valuable lessons. I watch it with my children every chance that I get.

Michael Landon was a smart film-maker who was a part of three great television shows. What makes him a genius in my opinion was that he turned his success into projects that appealed to his heart and his soul. He could have done many other projects, but he wanted to leave a legacy of love for people, and love of God.

If you watch the show, Landon's character (Jonathan) never forces people to do anything. When I watched this show as a kid, I found it a bit frustrating that Landon didn't just fire a bolt of lightning at the bad guys. Now as an adult, I see so much more wisdom in how he wrote Jonathan. After all, we cannot change other people. We can only point them in the right direction (when we can); and hope that we (and others) are wise enough to follow and learn the right lessons when we are given the opportunity.

Highway to Heaven is a great show that has aged very well. The problems that people had in the 1980s are still around today, and probably will be for a long time. So if you ever want to see a TV series where good people try to help others in a positive and non-judgmental way (and sometimes they fail); check out Highway to Heaven. Thanks Michael Landon for your positive role in my life.


38 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The WEIRDEST episode DonnaLevin
A show from the 80s sure looks like the 70s DonnaLevin
Saddest Episode mistermycroft
DVDs mistermycroft
Is season 4 and 5 ever going to be released? elenalyonsfan-1
Favorite Episodes!! TZGirl
Discuss Highway to Heaven (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page