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Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)

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

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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Jonathan Smith (111 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Mark Gordon (111 episodes, 1984-1989)


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" (God), 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 Werewolf). Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino al cielo  »

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In a scene in the first season episode, Hotel Of Dreams, Jonathan (Landon) criticises Mark (Victor French) for smoking, warning him that he smoked all his life and died of lung cancer. Michael Landon was himself a heavy, up to 80- a- day, chain smoker ( mostly unfiltered menthol cigarettes) and would die from advanced pancreatic cancer just seven years later at the age of just 54, within a few months of diagnosis. Victor French was also a life long heavy smoker and would die from lung cancer ( also just a couple of months after diagnosis) and also at the age of 54 in 1989. See more »


Mark Gordon: Cute, Jonathan. Real cute.
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Michael Landon and Morality
7 August 2004 | by (Nine Mile Falls, WA (Suncrest)) – See all my reviews

This show may have been to mushy for some. I was already a fan of Landon's back to the Bonanza days. "Highway To Heaven" really allowed Landon a broad base a touch on every subject. The stories dealt with mentally and physical disabilities to obesity, lying, cheating, greed, gambling, poverty, literacy to just about every subject within the human spectrum and beyond. This show gave Michael Landon a real pair of wings to express his undying love to the human race. I managed to record 75 episodes from TV. These are truly heartwarming stories so if you think they're to mushy you may just need to watch the show more then the rest of us. This show was TRULY INSPIRATIONAL and ALL HEART.

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