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One might expect that any show about an angel of god who walks the
Earth trying to help people would be heavy-handed and depressing.
Highway to Heaven is neither. It's an uplifting show that showcases all
the best aspects of religion and niceness. Unlike "Touched by an Angel"
and the televangelist shows, HtH deals with whether a person is good,
not whether they subscribe to the right religion. There is room in the
definition of "good" to include businessmen, politicians, and former
criminals. I'm a hardcore atheist and I still love this show.
In addition, the element of God's power is never used as a club. Jonathan has "the stuff," but never uses it until words and persuasion have failed. It almost makes one feel that with a little effort, they might do some good themselves in the world. Throw in the grainy mid-80s picture and you've got a wonderful bit of escapism to a world where just a little good will can move mountains.
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.
Late actors Michael Landon and Victor French did a lovely job as Jonathan
Smith and Mark Gordon on this show.
Jonathan was an angel and each week he joined up with ex-policeman Mark Gordon. There were a multitude of stories; Jonathan and Mark would always help some poor soul out without resorting to the usual TV method of violence. Throughout the show, they helped many different types of people from alcoholics to those expressing self-doubt. It was very sentimental at times but watching it gave one a sense of inner peace. I am actually an agnostic as far as religion goes but even if one doesn't believe in God, a lot can be learned from a show like this on how to treat people and how to do things the right way.
All in all, a very sentimental show. My girlfriend did cry at some episodes so perhaps a few tissues would be advised if watching this show.
Highway to Heaven is probably the greatest television show I have ever watched. Michael Landon showed us the viewers the way older people, people with disabilities, and others can be treated so badly in society. As Jonathan Smith Michael tried to instil better values in people, as well as showing us how to treat people with love and respect. Plus there was always plenty of action when Jonathan would be forced to defend people from thugs. One of my favourite episodes has to be the one where a man has his food taken from him by thugs, Jonathan says to the thugs c'mon give the kid back his food you've had your fun, when they refused Jonathan threw the thugs all over the place. The show also showed Jonathan and Mark on wonderful journey's from town to town each week, which was great. Michael Landon tried to show people how to love and laugh, just watching an episode makes you want to get out there and help someone out. I thank Michael Landon for inspiring me to be a better person. I will never forget what Michael Landon has contributed to my life, and I thank him so much. Highway to Heaven should be on television again, rather than the non-family oriented Reality Television Shows of today. Michael's television shows took me back to my childhood memories of my loving grandmother Mavis Brewis. I am certain that Michael Landon and my grandmother are now real angels of god.
This show offered an inspirational message, and an example of morality to children, and grown-ups alike, who maybe didn't have any other good influence in their life. I believe that this show was truly inspired by God, and that in it's five years on the air, that it helped alot of people to examine themselves, and try to live better lives. Wow! What an amazing and powerful show!
"Highway To Heaven" was a very well done show. I really like most of the episodes. They were really well written & directed. Michael Landon & Victor French worked so well together as Mark Gordon & Johnathan Smith. Landon wrote some really hard hitting stories about, Love, Hate, Forgiveness & Racial Issues. I don't agree with all of the points that Michael was trying to raise like, referring to the Lord as "The Boss" or "The Man Upstairs". Overall the show was a touching one. And now as I still watch the reruns of it, I get a weird feeling in knowing that Michael Landon & Victor French are now no longer here anymore. It's a big loss. They were both really great actors. I miss them both...
I watched every single episode of Highway to Heaven that was aired from
to 1989, and enjoyed every single episode. I particularly liked the 2-part
episode "Thoroughbreds", which combined romance with the tragedy of
Many of the other episodes which dealt with cancer were also
Unfortunately, "Highway" has been off the air since 1989 and is not available on video. My memories of the episodes are quite rusty, and I haven't managed to find anyone who taped the series. Until somebody obtains the rights to distribute or air the series, I'll have to settle for my vague nostalgic memories.
Anyway, it's nice to see there are still some fans around.
I grew up watching this TV show and it was usually very touching and
sometimes very sad. There is one episode in season 2 that was very good
called "Friends". It's about an overweight girl, Jenny, who is
desperate to make friends at school. When she begins to tutor the
school jock, Jack, another girl in school gets jealous and acts like
she is her friend. Then she humiliates Jenny in front of Jack. Jonathan
helps her build her self-esteem and brings Jack's down a bit.
I also enjoyed these two guys on Little House on the Prairie which was an excellent family show (I own all seasons on DVD!) It's sad that some people think these two were gay. I guess some narrow-minded people can't understand that two guys can be very good friends. Especially with all of the trash on TV now, if a show is very wholesome some people don't like it and have to try to tear it down.
Anyone with children who wants to let them watch a show without profanity and filth should let them watch this great show. We all love and miss you Michael and Victor!
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This series was great. It's a little unrealistic today as the stories in the shows were about friendship, love, trust, care and sympathy, all of which seem to have disappeared among most people today. In a world today where everyone is rude, greedy, unhelpful, unfriendly, impatient and aggressive, it's nice to watch this show and see how things really should be. Michael Landon did a great job in playing an Angel who has been sent down from God to help people. These are usually people who are ill or dying. Michael Landon always manages to help them make the most of what they have and always teaches us very good morals, something which kids aren't taught today. Michael Landon was an Angel in real life until he sadly passed away. It's a shame there aren't any around today.
Well thats my opinion anyway, Michael Landon graced millions of TV screens once a week portraying Johnathan Smith, and angel sent from God to help people find their ways in life. He is assisted by Mark Gordon an Ex-Cop who's life he helped turn around, brilliantly played by Victor French. This show which is great for the entire family shows good morales and a lesson is learned every episode. Michael Landon's final public work before passing away (Us, never aired)touched millions of people including myself. I know of a LOT of people looking for this show and by the grace of god it is finally arriving on DVD. I urge you to spend the money on this product and share it with your families! A beautiful show waiting to be discovered by an entirely new generation is finally here! Let's go Johnathan and Mark, God has one more assignment for you...in DVD land!
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