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Highway to Heaven 

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

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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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...  Jonathan Smith 111 episodes, 1984-1989
...  Mark Gordon 111 episodes, 1984-1989
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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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19 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Camino al cielo  »

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(111 episodes)

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Although it was initially a big success, and very important to a 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 unbroadcast, Michael Landon made a truncated fifth season of just thirteen episodes. Landon's suspicions were proven correct when NBC refused to give the series a regular timeslot, and instead announced it would be used only as a last-minute replacement show to fill gaps in the schedule. As a result, the series was broadcast sporadically over twelve months, with the final episode (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 broadcaster. See more »

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Mark Gordon: Cute, Jonathan. Real cute.
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Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

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I absolutely loved this show!
18 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

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!


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