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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.

Creator:

Michael Landon
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5   4   3   2   1  
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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Although it was initially a big success and very important to a then struggling NBC, by 1988, falling ratings led to the decision to cancel the series after the upcoming fifth season. Suspecting that if he shot a full twenty-four episode season, many would end up on the shelf, without having been broadcast. Michael Landon, therefore, made a truncated fifth season of just thirteen episodes. Landon's suspicions were proven correct when NBC refused to give the series its regular time slot and instead announced it would be used only as a last-minute replacement show to fill unexpected gaps in the schedule. As a result, the series was broadcast sporadically over twelve months, with the final chapter (clearly originally intended for Christmas 1988) not shown until August 1989. Landon's anger at NBC's treatment of the show led directly to the ending of his thirty-year relationship with the broadcast company and taking his next project "Us" to CBS. See more »

Quotes

Mark Gordon: Cute, Jonathan. Real cute.
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Alternate Versions

Most of the original episodes, which aired on prime time television, normally contained between five to seven minutes of additional scenes and dialogue which has since been lost. This material was not included in any of the syndicated copies of the show, which today are the only versions available. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Keith Richards (1988) See more »

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Lovely Show
22 September 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

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.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(111 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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