''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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!!This series contains examples of:

* BadassPacifist: Jonathan, who never goes farther than pushing someone-and that was an arrogant teenager who [[TheDogShotFirst swung first.]]
* BatmanGambit: Jonathan sometimes pulls these on people-however, he's always benevolent.
* BenevolentBoss: "The Boss" is portrayed as one.
* 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...''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', ''LittleHouseOnThePrairie''..... Or, that's right, I forgot, you've been dead for 40 years."
* DrugsAreBad:
** The opening of "For the Love of Larry," which also features a thoroughly [[{{Narm}} hilarious]] sting operation.
** In "As Difficult As ABC," where Jonathan and Mark pretend (briefly) to be drug dealers.
* FriendToAllChildren: Jonathan is always this, and Mark to a lesser extent.
* HalloweenEpisode: One Halloween Mark makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with one of the Devil's minions]] to give up his soul in exchange for a sick child getting better, confident that his friend the angel can get him out of it before it is time to collect. Too bad angels and demons cancel each other out....
* 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.
* KnightErrant: Jonathan Smith.
* 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.
* MundaneUtility: Sometimes Jonathan used his powers for simple things. Mark would sometimes lampshade this and call out Jonathan for showing off.
* NeverLearnedToRead: In "As Difficult As ABC," a basketball player has to drop out of college because he can't read.
* NoSell: A couple of times, someone tries to shoot Jonathan. It doesn't work.
* 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]], grant wishes, and basically have a broad range of powers.
* OutGambitted: How Jonathan deals with the demon in the above HalloweenEpisode.
* 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."
* SmugSuper: Jonathan occasionally likes to show off to Mark.
* SpoiledBrat: The duo encounter several of these, sometimes with a FreudianExcuse.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Mark and Jonathan, respectively.
* SwappedRoles: In at least two episodes, Mark has --or thinks he has -- the 'stuff'.
* 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.]]
* ValuesResonance: Most if not all of the themes it tackles, such as drug abuse, parental neglect, and school bullying, are still incredibly relevant today.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mark and Jonathan, sometimes.
* WalkingTheEarth
* WoobieOfTheWeek: Show premise.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Jonathan and Mark reform a crooked used-car dealer in an episode called "Another Song for Christmas."
* YouLookFamiliar: in one episode, [[Series/{{Bonanza}} Pa Cartwright]] is an old actor who swears he saw God in the audience of his play.
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