Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
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Merry Christmas from Grandpa 

A wealthy tycoon / grandfather loves His young grandson dearly. His company is doing underhanded things that damage the environment. Jonathan takes Grandfather into the future to show Him ... See full summary »

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Michael Landon

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Michael Landon
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Jonathan Smith
Victor French ... Mark Gordon
Josh Clark ... Tom Kifer
John Finnegan ... Ronald Hays
Mark Roberts ... The President
Barbara Brownell ... Barbara Hays (age 35)
John Howard Swain John Howard Swain ... Gordon Hays
Pamela Kosh ... Agatha
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Ruth Ann Kifer
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Bob Traynor
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... The President's Wife
Will Estes ... Samuel Hays (age 7) (as Will Nipper)
Judy Jean Berns Judy Jean Berns ... Bonnie (age 37)
E.R. Davies E.R. Davies ... Limo Driver
James Cavan James Cavan ... Blind Man
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A wealthy tycoon / grandfather loves His young grandson dearly. His company is doing underhanded things that damage the environment. Jonathan takes Grandfather into the future to show Him the environmental devastation His company has caused, directly affecting His beloved grandson, and future generations. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Fantasy

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The entire season five for this series was filmed in the Fall of 1988. The episodes though were placed in the dreaded Friday night time slot since NBC was considering canceling the show. Many of the episodes where shown during the summer of 1989. See more »

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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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End of the Highway
5 October 2015 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

This was the last episode of Michael Landon's popular family show 'Highway to Heaven.' During the course of five seasons, 111 episodes were produced. Landon wrote 21 episodes and directed 94 of them. On 19 of these, he was both writer and director. The other two scripts he authored were directed by costar Victor French.

Another creative force that drove the show was Dan Gordon, who served as the main story editor. Gordon authored more scripts than any other writer on this show, including Michael Landon: a total of 34 episodes. He also directed three.

NBC gave this program a 13-episode order going into season 5. The first episode of the fifth season, 'Whose Trash Is It Anyway?' aired in October 1988, then NBC pre-empted the series till early December when the two-part 'Hello and Farewell' was broadcast. 'Merry Christmas from Grandpa,' a holiday themed episode, should've aired next, but NBC was not happy with the ratings and put the show on an extended hiatus until March. The remaining ten episodes of the series aired in the spring and summer months. That is why this Christmas episode did not air in December as Landon likely intended, but in August. It turned out to be the series' final episode.

Michael Landon's five-year old daughter Jennifer appears in this episode. She has an uncredited part as a little girl at the White House. A few years later, she had a bit part in Landon's last project, 'Us.' As a young adult, Jennifer Landon would receive several Emmy awards for her work in daytime television.


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