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Highway to Heaven 

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

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Michael Landon
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1989   1988   1987   1986   1985   1984  
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Michael Landon ...  Jonathan Smith 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Victor French ...  Mark Gordon 111 episodes, 1984-1989
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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" (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 and his role in in little house on the prairie). Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Some powers are higher than others.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Highway to Heaven See more »

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Runtime:

(111 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Victor French did not live to see the broadcast of the final seven episodes since the broadcast of the final season was delayed by NBC. Like his character, he was a heavy smoker, which eventually led to his early death at age 54. In the series finale, he is shown living into his 80's when Jonathan takes him 30 years into the future to the year 2018. Jonathan told him he would live that long because he quit smoking. See more »

Quotes

Mark Gordon: I got the stuff! I got the stuff!
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Referenced in Perfect Strangers: A Christmas Story (1986) See more »

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If any classic drama is worth watching again and again, this is that show
4 April 2011 | by raisleygordonSee all my reviews

I was only a child when "Highway" aired in first-run, so I barely remember watching it then, and it deserves to be on DVD, even if the entire run doesn't get released. Fortunately, the episodes never released on DVD are available on YouTube (as well as the rest of the series) Thank goodness for YouTube. Even the theme song is worth listening to over and over again. It's a shame this show only lasted 5 seasons (actually, 4 and a half, to be precise). Even if Landon and French never became ill, the ratings would have killed the show anyway, so I guess it wouldn't mattered one way or another. Notable famous guest stars: Robert Culp, Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, Moses Gunn, Helen Hunt, Leslie Nielsen, Barry Williams, Paul Walker, Richard Farnsworth, Darren McGavin, Bill Erwin, Ned Beatty, Dick Van Dyke, Chad Allen.


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