Highway to Heaven

Season 1 Episode 1

Highway to Heaven (1)

Aired Unknown Sep 19, 1984 on NBC
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Highway to Heaven (1)
In the series opener, we meet Jonathan Smith, an angel that has been sent to help people on Earth. For his first assignment, he befriends residents at a retirement home. The administrator at Havencrest has a brother named Mark who is suspicious of Jonathan.

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  • Michael Landon and Victor French, make a great team in this pilot to the series, great story and great acting and this is one of those stories that will touch your heart and soul and the spirit.moreless

    The Pilot takes off when jonathan find work in the rest home for the elderly folk, and the main storyline is that he helps the elderly folk, who are in trouble, as the rest home is up for sale and going to be bulldozed.

    So jonathan takes the elderly folk and they go to the races and gamble, one of the elderly folk places the bet, and just before he prays.

    The race starts and the horse they bet didn't win, even after a inquiry to do with the race, but no 7 wins and so it seems that they have lost it all, but the elderly guy looks at the ticket and for some reason there was a mistake with the choice, it was no 7, so the boss had something to do with this, and they all rejoice and celebrate, knowing that they are homefree and no lost.

    Also among all this and between this, jonathan meets mark, who he meets through his sister, who works at the rest home and mark has problems and jonathan helps him with some angel help and he helps jonathan with this assignment, and it ends with mark teaming up with jonathan, and thats how the series starts.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The show's casting director, Susan McCray, worked for many years with Michael Landon. She cast all the roles on Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy and Highway to Heaven. She married Kent McCray. He executive produced this series as well as Landon's other ones. He and Landon began their association back on Bonanza.

    • Eddie Quillan was a leading man in Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s. When lead parts dried up, he became a character actor and found later success on television. He was a close personal friend of Michael Landon, and Landon wrote him into episodes of almost every season of 'Little House on the Prairie.' It is not surprising that Landon put him in this first episode of 'Highway to Heaven.'

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  • NOTES (5)

    • This is the only TV series that starred Michael Landon and Victor French that doesn't involve a Western that dated the 19th Century.  The other two series that they starred in involved a Western that dated the 19th Century. 

    • NBC was origionally going to cast a handsome actor to play Mark Gordon, but it was Michael Landon's idea to cast Victor French for the role of Mark Gordon.

    • According to information on the wiki page for this series, exteriors were often done in Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne County, California. The pilot episode was partially filmed in Tucson, Arizona; namely, the beginning sequence where Mark picks Jonathan up along the road.

    • Stars Michael Landon and Victor French worked together on several television series. Their professional association began in 1962 when French guest-starred on Bonanza where Landon played one of the lead roles (French would turn up in five episodes of the durable western between 1962 and 1971). After the series ended, Landon selected him to play Mr. Edwards in Little House on the Prairie, a role that lasted, on and off, from 1974 to 1984 (French also directed several episodes). In the early 1980s, Landon even hired French to direct an episode of Father Murphy. But their greatest collaboration occurred with Highway to Heaven where French played an all-too-human sidekick to Landon's angelic lead character for five years (again, French would take on extra duties as an occasional director, helming a handful of episodes).

    • This series came about because of a car accident that Michael Landon's daughter Cheryl Landon Wilson had. He promised that if she lived he would make a show that helped people.


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