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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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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Viewers often assumed that Michael Landon was very religious, due to the Christian themes in his many series, in particular this one. However, according to Merlin Olsen, Landon never practiced any religion as an adult. Indeed, in Michael Landon, the Father I Knew (1999), he was portrayed by John Schneider as the serial adulterer he was in real life, a man who was nothing like the pious characters he often played. The film was directed and written by none other than his own son, Michael Landon Jr., who actually knew the real "Michael Landon" behind the virtuous Hollywood facade. See more »

Quotes

Mark Gordon: I got the stuff! I got the stuff!
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Connections

Featured in Almost an Angel (1990) See more »

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Never Sanctimonious
17 January 2005 | by paulamorSee all my reviews

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.


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