Remaining in its familiar Wednesday-night slot on NBC, Highway to Heaven entered its fourth season with probationary angel Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon) still hoping to earn his wings by performing good and noble deeds on earth -- with his mortal sidekick Mark Gordon (Victor French) still sharing every one of Jonathan's adventures. This season begins with the two-part story "Man's Best Friend," in which Jonathan and Mark reunite an orphan boy with his beloved dog -- twice. Subsequent episodes of note include "Amazing Man," wherein Jonathan assumes the identity of a comic book hero to console a lonely youngster who is grieving over the death of his father; "In With the 'In' Crowd," in which the well-meaning Mark nearly causes disaster to befall an undercover narcotics cop, and another "Mark story" titled "Back to Oakland," which finds the former cop simultaneously returning to duty and trying to purge his ex-partner of racial prejudice; the two-part "A Dolphin Song for Lee," the saga of a teenage cancer victim who has vowed to devote what little time she has left to the rescue of dolphins; and the season finale "The Whole Nine Yards," in which Jonathan and Mark combine their talents to help a female junior high school student find a place on an all-male football team. The hands-down best episode of season three is the Halloween yarn "I Was a Middle Aged Werewolf," a genial lampoon of series star Michael Landon's most notorious film appearance in 1957's I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Ratings-wise Highway to Heaven was unable to crack the Top 30 Shows during the 1987-1988 season, though the series' fans remained loyal and loving.
Cast & Crew
- Michael Landon - Jonathan Smith
- Victor French - Mark Gordon