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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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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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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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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

Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

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Michael Landon and Morality
7 August 2004 | by fixerupSee all my reviews

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.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(111 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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