History Series / HighwayToHeaven

3rd Dec '17 1:00:38 PM MasterFuzzy
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''Highway to Heaven'', [[IncrediblyLamePun spiritual predecessor]] to ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ran from 1984 to 1989 on NBC, and told the story of a probationary angel named Jonathan (played by Creator/MichaelLandon, who also created the series, was executive producer, and directed most of the episodes in addition to writing several of 'em) and his human companion, a bitter, retired ex-cop named Mark (played by Victor French). Unlike Landon's previous shows, Highway to Heaven takes place in a contemporary setting, as Jonathan and Mark travel the country as itinerant workers, receiving assignments from an entity known as "The Boss", whom only the angel Jonathan can hear, with their mission being to deliver love, understanding, and humility to those they encounter. 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.



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''Highway to Heaven'', [[IncrediblyLamePun spiritual predecessor]] to ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ran from 1984 to 1989 on NBC, and told the story of a probationary angel named Jonathan (played by Creator/MichaelLandon, who also created the series, was executive producer, and directed most of the episodes in addition to writing several of 'em) and his human companion, a bitter, retired ex-cop named Mark (played by Victor French). Unlike Landon's previous shows, Highway to Heaven takes place in a contemporary setting, as Jonathan and Mark travel the country as itinerant workers, receiving assignments from an entity known as "The Boss", whom only the angel Jonathan can hear, with their mission being to deliver love, understanding, and humility to those they encounter. Typical episodes stressed moral, Christian themes; though many episodes dealt with common human failings, such as egotism, bitterness and greed; some shows episodes addressed such topics as racism and cancer.




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** In general, one of the show's themes is that this is true of most people, whether they're homeless or a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
3rd Dec '17 12:02:09 PM bubzilla
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''Highway to Heaven'', [[IncrediblyLamePun spiritual predecessor]] to ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ran from 1984 to 1989 on NBC, and told the story of a probationary angel named Jonathan (played by Creator/MichaelLandon, who also created the series, was executive producer, and directed most of the episodes in addition to writing several of 'em) and his human companion, a bitter, retired ex-cop named Mark (played by Victor French). They travel the country as itinerant workers, receiving assignments from an entity known as "The Boss", whom only the angel Jonathan can hear, with their mission being to deliver love, understanding, and humility to those they encounter. 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.



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''Highway to Heaven'', [[IncrediblyLamePun spiritual predecessor]] to ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ran from 1984 to 1989 on NBC, and told the story of a probationary angel named Jonathan (played by Creator/MichaelLandon, who also created the series, was executive producer, and directed most of the episodes in addition to writing several of 'em) and his human companion, a bitter, retired ex-cop named Mark (played by Victor French). They Unlike Landon's previous shows, Highway to Heaven takes place in a contemporary setting, as Jonathan and Mark travel the country as itinerant workers, receiving assignments from an entity known as "The Boss", whom only the angel Jonathan can hear, with their mission being to deliver love, understanding, and humility to those they encounter. 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.


16th Oct '17 1:26:56 PM MasterFuzzy
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* BadassPacifist: Jonathan, who never goes farther than pushing someone-and that was an arrogant teenager who [[TheDogShotFirst swung first.]]


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* ValuesResonance: Most if not all of the themes it tackles, such as drug abuse, parental neglect, and school bullying, are still incredibly relevant today.
8th Oct '17 9:38:29 AM nombretomado
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* CelebrityParadox: In "The Squeaky Wheel", Mark points out Michael Landon's star on the Walk of Fame to Jonathan. Puzzled at Jonathan's not knowing the actor's name he says, "You know...Little Joe...''{{Bonanza}}'', ''LittleHouseOnThePrairie''..... Or, that's right, I forgot, you've been dead for 40 years."

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* CelebrityParadox: In "The Squeaky Wheel", Mark points out Michael Landon's star on the Walk of Fame to Jonathan. Puzzled at Jonathan's not knowing the actor's name he says, "You know...Little Joe...''{{Bonanza}}'', ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', ''LittleHouseOnThePrairie''..... Or, that's right, I forgot, you've been dead for 40 years."
8th Oct '17 9:38:03 AM nombretomado
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* YouLookFamiliar: in one episode, [[{{Bonanza}} Pa Cartwright]] is an old actor who swears he saw God in the audience of his play.

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* YouLookFamiliar: in one episode, [[{{Bonanza}} [[Series/{{Bonanza}} Pa Cartwright]] is an old actor who swears he saw God in the audience of his play.
31st Jul '17 11:13:40 AM MasterFuzzy
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* ParentsAsPeople: This appears in several episodes, to different extents. A common motif in this show is the parent (usually the father) who works hard to make money for his family...but spends so much time working that he doesn't have time for his kids.
* ThePowerOfLove: Love really does conquer all, especially if there's a helpful angel in the wings.
* RunningGag: Every once in a while, someone will make an AccidentalPun about Jonathan's heavenly nature, such as "he's a Godsend" or "thank Heaven you're here," or something like that. Mark will occasionally get in on this, and even Jonathan at one point joins in.
-->'''Mark''': I hate working with paint; it always makes me sneeze.
-->'''Jonathan''': Yeah, but look who's here to say "God bless you."


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* SpoiledBrat: The duo encounter several of these, sometimes with a FreudianExcuse.
17th Jul '17 10:45:23 AM MasterFuzzy
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* FriendToAllChildren: Jonathan is always this, and Mark to a lesser extent.


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* LimitedWardrobe: Both Jonathan and Mark maintain pretty much the same clothes throughout the show, unless they're on a job that requires specific clothing, such as bellhops.
* TheMentor: Jonathan yet again, to pretty much everyone.


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* NoSell: A couple of times, someone tries to shoot Jonathan. It doesn't work.


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* SmugSuper: Jonathan occasionally likes to show off to Mark.


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* VitriolicBestBuds: Mark and Jonathan, sometimes.
17th Jul '17 10:34:08 AM MasterFuzzy
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* BatmanGambit: Jonathan sometimes pulls these on people-however, he's always benevolent.



* HiddenDepths: Mark Gordon. He's an ex-cop, smarter than he sometimes seems, has (as of series 4 episode 3) delivered a baby three times, and travels around the country helping people.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angels look just like humans, and sometimes are dead humans as well. They do have supernatural knowledge and are implied to be able to [[PsychicPowers teleport, use telekinesis]], and grant wishes.
* SwappedRoles: In at least two episodes, Mark has --or think he has -- the 'stuff'.

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angels look just like humans, and sometimes are dead humans as well. They do have supernatural knowledge and are implied to be able to [[PsychicPowers teleport, use telekinesis]], and grant wishes.
wishes, and basically have a broad range of powers.
* OutGambitted: How Jonathan deals with the demon in the above HalloweenEpisode.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Mark and Jonathan, respectively.
* SwappedRoles: In at least two episodes, Mark has --or think thinks he has -- the 'stuff'.
14th Jul '17 2:44:41 PM Skybunny
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* KnightErrant: Jonathan Smith.
15th Dec '16 8:38:26 PM Movienut376
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*TwistEnding: One episode featured a dog, named Boomer, that was desperate to get help for his family after they are trapped in their car after crashing in the woods. After the standard amount of drama, Boomer is finally able to lead Jonathan and Mark to the site of the crash. [[spoiler:When Jonathan mentions how Boomer helped lead the way, the father mentions that there's no way that could have happened; the dog was DeadAllAlong. Adding to the Wham factor is that Jonathan is as utterly shocked as Mark is; cut to the heavens where we see an angelic Boomer looking down on his owners.]]
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