Highway to Heaven

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Highway to Heaven
Highway to Heaven-Logo.JPG
Premiere September 19, 1984
Finale August 4, 1989
Network NBC
Style 60-minute fantasy drama
Company Michael Landon Productions
Seasons 5
Episodes 111
Origin USA

Highway to Heaven is a fantasy drama that aired on NBC.

Jonathan Smith is an angel sent down to earth "on probation". He meets, and pairs up with, his human partner and friend, Mark Gordon. Jonathan and Mark are given assignments by "The Boss" (God), where they are required to use their humanity (and sometimes a bit of "The Stuff" when needed) to help various troubled souls overcome their problems. These problems include families dealing with sick loved ones; "all-around losers" who are encouraged to find their self-worth; people coping with loss of family such as war widows; parsons who are struggling to lead their flocks; greedy businessmen being encouraged to use their wealth for good; charlatans who used civil rights for personal gain; and discouraging prejudice in regard to people of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and disabilities.

Each episode typically begins with Jonathan and Mark arriving in a new city and assuming the identities of business employees or civil service workers. Due to Jonathan's angelic nature, the two are able to adopt positions such as police officers, medical personnel, teachers, social workers, or other skilled employees without any check of their background or verification of their employment history. This allows for a variety of identities and scenarios into which the two find themselves inserted.

While dealing sensitively with these situations, the show also uses humor, particularly between Jonathan and Mark. Their personalities often clash (Jonathan being more sensible and compassionate but naïve, and Mark being more pragmatic and cynical), but they always support each other. Jonathan's mission on Earth is to do enough good in order to regain his wings and, presumably, ascend to heaven. As Jonathan and Mark develop a close relationship, Mark does not want to lose his friend, so he sometimes tries to impede Jonathan's progress.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5
Michael Landon Jonathan Smith * * * * *
Victor French Mark Gordon * * * * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 19, 1984 May 8, 1985 25
Season Two September 18, 1985 May 7, 1986 24
Season Three September 24, 1986 May 6, 1987 25
Season Four September 16, 1987 April 27, 1988 24
Season Five October 12, 1988 August 4, 1989 13


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One May 14, 2013 purchase 4
Season Two October 1, 2013 purchase 4
Season Three January 21, 2014 4
Season Four June 3, 2014 4
Season Five September 16, 2014 4

External Sites