Highway To Heaven
Drama, Family, Fantasy
Michael Landon, Victor French
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" (an unseen associate only Jonathan could communicate with), 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).
- Season 1: 1. Highway To Heaven: Part 1 (1984). Jonathan Smith, an angel, arrives at a retirement home to help not only the occupants but also the administrator Leslie Gordon. However, Leslie's brother Mark, a jaded and bitter former police officer, is suspicious of Jonathan.
- Season 1: 2. Highway To Heaven: Part 2 (1984). When Mark Gordon's investigation starts getting too close, Jonathan must reveal his true identity and purpose to Mark in order to successfully complete his assignment.
- Season 1: 3. To Touch The Moon (1984). A terminally ill boy takes in another boy who's continually in trouble with the law in an effort to help both his mother and the troubled boy.
- Season 1: 4. Return Of The Masked Rider, The (1984). The Satan's Helpers street gang terrorizes its neighborhood, bullying a young boxer to throw the big fight. Jonathan and Mark attempt to motivate aging Western movie stars the gang has mugged to muster the courage to be the heroes they once were and stand up to the thugs.
- Season 1: 5. Song Of The Wild West (1984). Jonathan and Mark come to a country-western bar where they provide an angelic assist to a young country singer emulating her lost mother, a former country star hoping to find her lost glory, and a widow mourning her lost husband.
- Season 1: 6. One Fresh Batch Of Lemonade: Part 1 (1984). A high school baseball star is being scouted by the pros, much to his delight and that of his father who's been coaching him, but a tragic motorcycle accident permanently shatters both their dreams and Jonathan must find a way to help the boy make lemonade from this crop of lemons.
- Season 1: 7. One Fresh Batch Of Lemonade: Part 2 (1984). To help Deke find a reason for living after his accident and shattered dreams, Jonathan enlists the aid of a gymnast who has reasons of his own to help rehabilitate Deke. In the meantime, Jonathan and Mark must find a way to reunite Deke's parents, who have also been affected by Deke's accident but in a different way.
- Season 1: 8. Divine Madness, A (1984). A construction magnate now convinced he is King Arthur is in danger of being declared incompetent by his estranged son. Can Jonathan work a reconciliation between his royal highness and reality and especially with his son and heir to his empire?
- Season 1: 9. Catch A Falling Star (1984). A movie star always has the money to spend on his kids but never the time to spend with or be a real father to them, and Jonathan and Mark (who have been hired to look after the children) must show him the error of his ways before it's too late.
- Season 1: 10. Help Wanted: Angel (1984). An advertisement brings Jonathan and Mark to a neighborhood where an elderly scriptwriter needs an "angel" to bankroll his movie about the lonely people in his neighborhood, but making the film may mean tragedy for Mark when Jonathan receives news from higher up about a woman in the neighborhood and movie whom Mark has fallen in love with.
- Season 1: 11. Dust Child (1984). A former Vietnam vet learns that he has a half-American/half-Vietnamese daughter and brings her to the States to live with his family, but Jonathan and Mark must intervene when the racial prejudice she encounters from all sides, including her new family, is almost too much to bear.
- Season 1: 12. Hotel Of Dreams (1984). Barry Rudd, an aimless young man dubbed Rudd the Dud, is given a hotel to manage by his wealthy father. Jonathan and Mark are on hand as bellhops and when not assisting Barry contend with a tyrannical boss, a bratty kid and a snooty guest.
- Season 1: 13. Another Song For Christmas (1984). Jonathan and Mark become involved in their own version of Dickens' classic "Christmas Carol" ... only their "Scrooge" is a heartless used car salesman.
- Season 1: 14. Plane Death (1985). Between assignments, Jonathan and Mark drive to a small town to visit an old buddy of Mark's. They find the friend has disappeared and their search for clues encountering a conspiracy of silence.
- Season 1: 15. One Winged Angels (1985). Jonathan jeopardizes his assignment by falling in love with the very woman whose engagement to another man he's supposed to be overseeing.
- Season 1: 16. Going Home, Going Home (1985). God sends Mark and Jonathan back to the 1940s in order to give Mark a second chance to tell his grandfather how much he loved him.
- Season 1: 17. As Difficult As ABC (1985). A promising basketball player whose coach has been making sure his grades are OK so he can play, learns he has a condition that means he can't play basket ball anymore. His coach then casts him aside. He loses his scholarship and doesn't know what he's going to do because he's illiterate. Jonathan then gets him to join a special class so that he could learn to read. He gets him a job coaching kids. He's also worried about a drug dealer that's plaguing the neighborhood and has his sights set on some the kids he is coaching and wants to stop him. Jonathan tries to help ...
- Season 1: 18. Child Of God, A (1985). A woman returns to her home to reconnect with her parents but it seems her father doesn't want to see her. Because she has a child out of wedlock. She then asks them to take her child because she's not well.
- Season 1: 19. Match Made In Heaven, A (1985). Jonathan's friend Scotty, a quadriplegic, wonders if his relationship with a woman can succeed, and while Jonathan is delighted to help Mark isn't so keen about it ... since the woman in question is his cousin Diane.
- Season 1: 20. Banker And The Bum, The (1985). A big-hearted bum and a cold-hearted tycoon switch bodies and walk a mile in the other man's shoes.
- Season 1: 21. Brightest Star, The (1985). Jonathan and Mark chasten a child actress whose fame is making her into a monster, fracturing her family and robbing her of her childhood.
- Season 1: 22. An Investment In Caring (1985). A heartless corporation plans to buy up and tear down an old neighborhood. Jonathan and Mark rally its aging residents to fight the buyout and at the same time they bring together in a common cause a lonely widow and widower.
- Season 1: 23. Right Thing, The (1985). Jonathan and Mark help a family struggling to do the right thing with an aging parent in their home. The daughter in-law demands he be put him in a retirement home or she'll leave. Their caring teenage son is caught in the middle of the muddle.
- Season 1: 24. Thoroughbreds: Part 1 (1985).
- Season 1: 25. Thoroughbreds: Part 2 (1985).
- Season 2: 1. Song For Jason: Part 1, A (1985). Jonathan and Mark become counselors at Camp Good Times, a summer camp for children with cancer, to help two cancer patients: a frightened little boy with an overprotective mother and an angry teenage athlete who may lose his leg to bone cancer.
- Season 2: 2. Song For Jason: Part 2, A (1985). Camp Good Times is helping both Gary and Curtis in different ways, but Jason may have lost his will to keep going when his best friend is rushed to the hospital and his father still refuses to deal with Jason's illness.
- Season 2: 3. Bless The Boys In Blue (1985). When Mark wishes that Jonathan be a mortal cop "for just a little while", "The Boss" takes him up on his wish with the result that Jonathan must relinquish his angelic powers...which, considering the dangers of being a police officer, may not be a good idea.
- Season 2: 4. Cindy (1985). A modern-day Hollywood retelling of the Cinderella story, only this aspiring actress Cindy wants to be accepted for who she really is and not the Eliza Doolittle her well-meaning dad wants to transform her into.
- Season 2: 5. Devil And Jonathan Smith, The (1985). Jonathan recruits a con artist's help after Jabez Stone tricks Mark into selling his soul in order to save a little girl's life, but The Devil has another agenda ... acquiring the soul of an angel.
- Season 2: 6. Birds Of A Feather (1985). Out of fear of losing their jobs, workers at a factory ignore ground-water contamination (even though the contamination is making their children sick), and Jonathan must resort to drastic measures to force them to face the facts - but the consequences may be just as fatal to him.
- Season 2: 7. Popcorn, Peanuts And CrackerJacks (1985).
- Season 2: 8. Smile In The Third Row, The (1985). Jonathan is as skeptical as everybody else when the lead actor in a failing Broadway play claims that God is attending the show's performances, sitting in a third-row orchestra seat.
- Season 2: 9. Secret, The (1985). Mark is the only one who can help when his friend's fifteen-year-old adopted daughter tries to find her biological mother and the unexpected uncovered truth threatens to tear the family apart completely.
- Season 2: 10. Monster: Part 1, The (1985). The two-part episode "The Monster" concerns the intertwining plot lines of Julian Bradley, a young artist with a facial deformity treated as a local "boogeyman" by the townsfolk, and Jonathan and Mark's quadriplegic friend Scotty, now an attorney whose practice is failing (since nobody wants to hire a quadriplegic attorney) and whose marriage is also in danger of failing. When Julian meets Rachel, a blind girl, they fall in love, but an operation that may restore Rachel's sight may also destroy Julian's hopes.
- Season 2: 11. Monster: Part 2, The (1985). Scotty must defend Julian after he is accused of assaulting Rachel....and it appears the odds are not in either man's favor.
- Season 2: 12. Good Doctor, The (1985). Jonathan and Mark go to work at a football team. And one of the players whose worried about getting cut asks for drugs from the team doctor Dan Hickey, gives it to him. And also Hickey is very hard on his son who's a medical student and helps his father, his son takes drugs to cope. And Hickey is also taking drugs.
- Season 2: 13. Alone (1986). A homeless boy wishes that someone would love him and so Jonathan comes to him and offers to make his wish come true. They go to a man whose separated from his wife who refuses to let her see their son. And he also refuses to believe that his son who's confined to a wheelchair is because of something psychological.
- Season 2: 14. Close Encounters Of The Heavenly Kind (1986). Jonathan and Mark emerge from a meteor crater to offer extraterrestrial encouragement to Adam, a young, bullied orphan whose eccentric grandfather is in danger of losing him to a heartless social worker.
- Season 2: 15. Change Of Life (1986). While working for Linda Blackwell, a beautiful movie star with a very low opinion of men, Mark and Linda both wish "to God" that each could have the other's life ... with the result that "The Boss" takes them at their word and switches Mark and Linda into each other's bodies.
- Season 2: 16. Keep Smiling (1986). Jonathan is given one of the most emotional assignments he's ever had ... to help his own widow regain her love for life.
- Season 2: 17. Last Assignment, The (1986). Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment involves Harold, an errant angel who's been on probation for two centuries because in spreading happiness he's forever breaking the rules.
- Season 2: 18. To Bind The Wounds (1986). Jonathan and Mark help a whole town to remember how a young soldier who was killed in Vietnam touched their lives when the attempts of his father to have a memorial made to commemorate his son are ignored.
- Season 2: 19. Heaven On Earth (1986). Mark becomes deeply stricken with grief after believing he caused two tragedies involving young girls - one of them a victim of a car accident, the other trapped in a house fire - in a matter of hours. That, along with a litany of other complaints, prompts Mark to make a demand: That Jonathan erase everything that's happened and allow him to create his own vision of "Heaven on Earth."
- Season 2: 20. Summit (1986).
- Season 2: 21. Torch, The (1986). The son of a Nazi death camp survivor clashes with a Neo Nazi who disputes the Holocaust with tragic results.
- Season 2: 22. Sail Away (1986).
- Season 2: 23. Children's Children (1986). A home for unwed mothers is endangered when a sensationalist reporter uncovers a secret about the past of the woman who runs the home, and a teenage boy must come to terms with the fact that he's a father.
- Season 2: 24. Friends (1986). Jonathan and Mark are substitute teachers in a high school where a lesson on true friendship is underscored by Jonathan's assigning an ostracized overweight girl to tutor a brash baseball star in danger of flunking out of school.
- Season 3: 1. Special Love: Part 1, A (1986). Jonathan and Mark persuade a youngster with Down's Syndrome to join the Special Olympics. Coached by his older brother and, because of their parents' keeping the mentally handicapped child a secret, doesn't even know of the boy's existence. At the same time they try to help their friends Scotty and Diane, who can't have children.
- Season 3: 2. Special Love: Part 2, A (1986). Scotty and Diane want to and are determined to adopt Todd, but Todd's parents won't agree and both sides are prepared to fight it out in court with both Todd and his older brother caught in the middle.
- Season 3: 3. For The Love Of Larry (1986). A dog leads Johnathan and Mark to his owners, who are trapped in a car.
- Season 3: 4. Another Kind Of War, Another Kind Of Peace (1986). Jonathan informs a man that his son who died in Vietnam fathered a boy with a Vietnamese woman. He takes them in reluctantly and refuses to bond with them.
- Season 3: 5. That's Our Dad (1986).
- Season 3: 6. Love At Second Sight (1986).
- Season 3: 7. Love And Marriage: Part 1 (1986). Mark's invited to attend the wedding of a friend. Mark is keen on his friend because he and his wife have a rock solid marriage. As does his parents. But upon arriving parents have a little spat that ends with them parting ways. And Mark's friend and his wife decide they need a break. And their daughter decides she doesn't want to get married because of what happened. So Jonathan and Mark try to help them.
- Season 3: 8. Love And Marriage: Part 2 (1986).
- Season 3: 9. Code Name: FREAK (1986). Jonathan is working as a teacher at a college. And the focus of his assignment is a a young boy genius who's accepted to college. He feels like an outcast. His roommate, a guy who's on an athletic scholarship. When his roommate has trouble in a class, he's asked to help get him a copy of a test. But when it's discovered what happened, things get out of hand.
- Season 3: 10. Man To Man (1986).
- Season 3: 11. Jonathan Smith Goes To Washington (1986). Jonathan persuades an influential United States senator to restore severe Congressional budget cuts dealing with health-care, but when the senator suffers a fatal heart attack on the Senate floor, the assignment seems doomed to failure.
- Season 3: 12. Oh Lucky Man (1986).
- Season 3: 13. Basinger's New York (1986). It's Christmas and Jonathan and Mark's assignment is try to show a columnist named Basinger, who's become cynical, that there's still some good out there. They learn of a young couple named Joseph and Mary who are expecting their first child but can't find a place to stay. They take them to the hospital and along the way they pick up another couple who are also about to have their baby. And when they get there, the hospital refuses to admit Joseph and Mary but the wife demands that they let them in or else Basinger will write about it.
- Season 3: 14. All That Glitters (1987). When a major fire threatens a neighborhood, Jonathan and Mark (in the guise of priests) re-open an abandoned church as a shelter, and one of the people who take shelter there is a hustler also disguised as a priest who has found a briefcase containing $1 million and needs a place to hide from the hoods who lost it.
- Season 3: 15. Wally (1987). Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is Wally, a lovable elderly hobo and street puppeteer whose caring and goodness have made him, without his knowing it, an angel. But he may be powerless to help a critically injured little boy ... unless he appeals to a higher authority.
- Season 3: 16. Song Of Songs, A (1987).
- Season 3: 17. Night To Remember, A (1987).
- Season 3: 18. Mother And A Daughter, A (1987). A much-beloved movie star is being honored, but her estranged daughter is writing a vengeful expose about her mother, and Jonathan must help the daughter remember the truth about the past ... an assignment Mark hopes Jonathan will fail at, since success means that Jonathan will return to Heaven forever.
- Season 3: 19. Normal People (1987). Jonathan and Mark next assignment takes them to a halfway house for people who were confined to mental facilities and were released because they're deemed no longer a danger to society but not really fully treated. The other members of the neighborhood were they are doesn't want them there. So they make their feelings very clear. But when each of them meets them, they begin to realize they're people also.
- Season 3: 20. Hero, The (1987). A veteran feels like society let him down because he needs some dental work done which he can't afford. He was hoping his Veterans' benefits would pay for it but because his dental problems are not related to his military service he is denied.
- Season 3: 21. Parents' Day (1987). Jonathan and Mark, as police detectives investigating drug selling in schools, become involved when the son of a famous news anchorman and leading anti-drug proponent learns that his father is a secret cocaine user and informs the police, leading to a cover-up and betrayal of trust by the father.
- Season 3: 22. Father's Faith, A (1987). When Jonathan and Mark decide to take some time off, they visit Mark's friends to go fishing. When they arrive, they discover, the son of Mark's friends was in an accident a few years ago and after being taken off life support is still alive and is a convalescent home. And Mark's friend spends all his time with him practically ignoring his wife. And the tension between causes problems for their daughter who was with her brother when had his accident.
- Season 3: 23. Heavy Date (1987).
- Season 3: 24. Ghost Rider (1987).
- Season 3: 25. Gift Of Life, The (1987). Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is to try and get cold hearted businessman R.R. Benson to change his ways. When subtlety fails, Jonathan decides to try the direct approach and tell Benson who he is and why he is here. When Benson refuses to change, Jonathan tells him to read the Bible. And it's during the night that a burglar breaks in and shoots Benson. Later Jonathan and Mark find Benson but he's now a spirit. That's when Jonathan takes him on a tour of his life and what he has done. Upon seeing that Jonathan tells him he's being given the opportunity to ...
- Season 4: 1. Man's Best Friend: Part 1 (1987). A runaway dog helps bring together a boy in an orphanage whom nobody wants and the dog's human family, the parents of which are trying to have another child through a surrogate mother.
- Season 4: 2. Man's Best Friend: Part 2 (1987).
- Season 4: 3. Fight For Your Life (1987).
- Season 4: 4. People Next Door, The (1987). When a black family tries to move next door to a successful doctor in an exclusive community, Jonathan and Mark must help the doctor confront a secret he's kept from everyone, including his own family.
- Season 4: 5. I Was A Middle Aged Werewolf (1987). During Halloween night, Jonathan helps a little boy get over his fears (and in the process get even with his older sister).
- Season 4: 6. Playing For Keeps (1987).
- Season 4: 7. Amazing Man (1987).
- Season 4: 8. All The Colors Of The Heart (1987).
- Season 4: 9. Why Punish The Children? (1987). Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment has them going to a women's prison. It seems that the inmates are not allowed any physical contact with their children. Jonathan thinks that policy should be changed but Mark doesn't at first. Jonathan tries to get the warden to change things but he's not moved until he gets a dream of not being able to be with his children. Jonathan tries to get one of the children of an inmate, who resents her mother for her actions, to see her.
- Season 4: 10. Dream Of Wild Horses, A (1987).
- Season 4: 11. In With The 'In' Crowd (1987). Jonathan and Mark go to a school as policemen trying to help find who is selling drugs that killed a student. Another policewoman goes undercover and she thinks she knows who the dealer is. She uses a student to get to him. When she drops him, he confronts her. When he gets rough she uses her cop skills to fend him off. Later he learns from the dealer what she is and he claims she used illegal methods to get him to help her. She was hoping that the wire she wore recorded the whole thing. Bur Mark erroneously stopped recording so she can't prove her version of what ...
- Season 4: 12. With Love, The Claus (1987). It's Christmas and Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is to try and get a divorced couple who are still bickering with each other and use their son as a pawn to stop. They go to work for the father who is a lawyer. They take their son to the department store to see Santa. The Santa there really believes himself to be Santa and doesn't approve of the stores marketing policies - he goes into a rage. He gets arrested and Jonathan defends him. The department store owner tells their lawyer, the boy's mother to get him (Santa) to shut up. So parents go at it in court.
- Season 4: 13. Mother's Love, A (1988). When four boys whose mother just died are told that they're going to become wards of the state and will be placed in different homes, they run away. Jonathan and Mark help get them together with a teacher who's about to retire and with no family.
- Season 4: 14. Country Doctor (1988). A small town Doctor is in bad health but he can't afford to retire and there is no one else to take his place.
- Season 4: 15. Time In A Bottle (1988). When a homeless man is arrested for robbery, Jonathan tries to get the man's friend, another homeless man who was a lawyer to defend him. It appears that the D.A. prosecuting the case is taking a hard line because a powerful man wants to get rid of the homeless people.
- Season 4: 16. Back To Oakland (1988). As part of the latest assignment, Mark returns to Oakland to become a police officer again and is reunited with his old partner, but things are not the way he left it when he finds his old beat has become a storm of racial hatred.
- Season 4: 17. We Have Forever: Part 1 (1988). When his former wife passes away, Jonathan hopes that he'll be released from his duties to be reunited with her in Heaven, but "The Boss" wants him to stay on Earth. When Jonathan becomes so enraged at "The Boss" that he refuses to obey, he is stripped of his angelic powers and turned into a mortal.
- Season 4: 18. We Have Forever: Part 2 (1988). When an embittered Jonathan, now a mortal, turns his back on everything and everyone, including Mark, a young woman offers him shelter and with the power of love helps him to recover his lost faith and hope.
- Season 4: 19. Correspondent, The (1988). A war correspondent who can't resist going on just one more story finds himself imprisoned and facing execution, and Jonathan and Mark must show him what's he's missed and lost during his life by putting work ahead of family.
- Season 4: 20. Aloha (1988).
- Season 4: 21. Dolphin Song For Lee: Part 1, A (1988).
- Season 4: 22. Dolphin Song For Lee: Part 2, A (1988).
- Season 4: 23. Heaven Nose, Mister Smith (1988). Bob Hope guest stars as an angel dispatcher who assigns Jonathan to stop an angel who's back on Earth and intent on breaking up his son's marriage. To stop him, Jonathan must enlist aid of a special kind.
- Season 4: 24. Whole Nine Yards, The (1988).
- Season 5: 1. Whose Trash Is It Anyway? (1988). Jonathan and Mark visit a friend of Mark's who's running for public office who's an extremely honest man. And when his opponent who's the opposite tries to smear him by going after his son. Things get out of hand.
- Season 5: 2. Hello And Farewell: Part 1 (1988).
- Season 5: 3. Hello And Farewell: Part 2 (1988).
- Season 5: 4. Silent Bell, The (1989). When the church decrees that religion be taught in his preschool, a minister faces a crisis of conscience and an exodus of ethnically mixed teachers and students.
- Season 5: 5. Reunion, The (1989).
- Season 5: 6. Source, The (1989). Jonathan latest assignment has him working as the faculty adviser at a school paper. 2 student journalists are told by a female student that the bus driver was inappropriate with her. They go ahead with the story without checking it further. And the driver's life, who claims to be innocent, is ruined. Jonathan tries to kill the story but the Principal who's the father of one of the boys over rules him.
- Season 5: 7. Squeaky Wheel, The (1989).
- Season 5: 8. Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka (1989).
- Season 5: 9. Choices (1989). Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment has them as private investigators. And their clients are a Vietnamese couple who have come to the U.S. to look for their sons whom they had to give up during the war. Jonathan and Mark locate them and the couple wants to bring them back with them to Singapore. But the boys have a life in the U.S. and have bonded with the people who took them in.
- Season 5: 10. Summer Camp (1989). After suffering major burns in a freak accident, a top fashion model and actress becomes a counselor at a summer camp for blind children run by Jonathah and Mark's blind friend Frank.
- Season 5: 11. Inner Limits, The (1989). A young man is considering institutionalizing his brother, who has been completely paralyzed and speechless for many years, against the wishes of their mother who insists that the brother is not vegetative but can truly understand. When Jonathan and Mark prove that far from being mindless the brother does indeed have a brilliant mind locked in his disadvantaged body, the man must confront his guilt and shame as well as the brother he gave up on.
- Season 5: 12. It's A Dog's Life (1989). Mark seems to be on his own on this assignment when "The Boss" has apparently turned Jonathan into a pooch, given Mark "the stuff" and handed them a runaway kid with a ditzy mother and a father who's heaven knows where...but are things really what they seem?
- Season 5: 13. Merry Christmas From Grandpa (1989).