The WORST episodes of Highway to Heaven

Every episode of Highway to Heaven ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Highway to Heaven!

The series stars Michael Landon as Jonathan Smith, an angel sent down to earth "on probation", and his human companion Mark Gordon, played by Victor French. Jonathan and Mark are given "assignments" by "The Boss" (God) where they are required to use their humanity in order to help various troubled souls to overcome their problems. Examples of these problems include families dealing with sick loved ones; wealthy and greedy businessmen being encouraged to use their wealth for good; and discouraging prejudice in regards to people of different ethnicities, appearances, or socioeconomic backgrounds or who have disabilities. Jonathan's mission on Earth is to do enough good so that he could earn his wings and, presumably, ascend to heaven. Due to the close relationship that builds between Jonathan and Mark, this becomes a contentious issue as Mark does not want to lose his friend, and sometimes tries to prevent it from happening.

Last Updated: 7/2/2024Network: NBCStatus: Ended
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Merry Christmas from Grandpa
star
5.83
12 votes

#1 - Merry Christmas from Grandpa

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/4/1989

On Christmas Eve, Jonathan allows three powerful people to foresee the consequences of their actions: an energy magnate, a farmer and the President.

Directors: Michael Landon
Choices
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6.14
7 votes

#2 - Choices

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/30/1989

A Vietnamese couple has come back to the states from Singapore to try and take their sons back. Mr. and Mrs.Trong find it somewhat difficult to be able to just take their sons back after 12 years of living in America. The Hawkins were led to believe that Mr. and Mrs.Trong died in an internment camp 12 years ago but soon learn that the Vietnamese couple did survive and have come back to have a promise fulfilled nearly 12 years ago. Jonathan Mark must see if they can let the boys stay in the United States with the Hawkins and released from a promise made 12 years ago.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Parke Perine
Back to Oakland
star
6.22
9 votes

#3 - Back to Oakland

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/3/1988

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.

Directors: Michael Landon
The Torch
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6.27
11 votes

#4 - The Torch

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/12/1986

The son of a Nazi death camp survivor clashes with a Neo Nazi who disputes the Holocaust with tragic results.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Lan O'Kun
Summit
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6.44
9 votes

#5 - Summit

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/5/1986

Mark and Jonathan try to reunite a mother with her son who is now the premier of the U.S.S.R. When he is told that his mom would like to see him he believes Jonathan is with the CIA and not an angel.

Directors: Dan Gordon
Writer: Dan Gordon
The Silent Bell
star
6.50
6 votes

#6 - The Silent Bell

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/21/1989

A pastor must follow a church council's decision to fire most of the staff at the school because they're not Christian.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Parke Perine
Why Punish the Children?
star
6.56
9 votes

#7 - Why Punish the Children?

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/25/1987

Jonathan and Mark see if they can change reforms that only allow mothers in prison to see their kids behind a glass wall. Market and Jonathan have trouble convincing the warden that the present policy needs to change to allow mothers in prison to see their kids without a glass wall. During the night one of the warden's children is scared and begins screaming for her father only to find out that the father can't touch his own child to comfort her.

Directors: Michael Landon
Code Name: FREAK
star
6.67
12 votes

#8 - Code Name: FREAK

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/19/1986

Jonathan is working as a teacher at a college. And the focus of his assignment is a young boy genius who's accepted to college. The boy feels like an outcast. His roommate is 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 found out what happened, things get out of hand.

Directors: Michael Landon
The Whole Nine Yards
star
6.71
7 votes

#9 - The Whole Nine Yards

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/27/1988

A chauvinistic coach doesn't want a female wide receiver on his junior-high football team.

Directors: Michael Landon
Cindy
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6.74
43 votes

#10 - Cindy

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/23/1985

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.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Dan Gordon
Ghost Rider
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6.82
11 votes

#11 - Ghost Rider

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/1/1987

Birdy Belker a mystery writer gets to meet the man of her dreams. She meets Roger bolt who was slain in 1968. Jonathan grants birdy's wish to actually meet the man she writes about. She learns that meeting the man she writes about isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Dan Gordon
The Squeaky Wheel
star
6.83
6 votes

#12 - The Squeaky Wheel

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/16/1989

A former war vet lost His legs in the war. He later on realizes that even though He's handicapped, He still has a lot to offer.

Directors: Michael Landon
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The Last Assignment
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6.83
12 votes

#13 - The Last Assignment

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/12/1986

Jonathan assists a misguided angel who has been trying to get his wings for 200 years.

Directors: Michael Landon
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All the Colors of the Heart
star
6.86
7 votes

#14 - All the Colors of the Heart

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/18/1987

Frank Reilly wants to get his sight back but soon realizes that the procedure the doctor wants to perform will do him no good. Meanwhile Scotty is just about to lose his sight and isn't sure what his future will be like without sight. Before he loses his sight he must learn to do things as a blind person would do. Frank and Scott must help each other realize that even though both of their dreams are ending they still have their own futures to find.

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A Night to Remember
star
6.86
14 votes

#15 - A Night to Remember

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/28/1987

Mark and Jonathan help Danny and Kate overcome their height issues as they get ready for prom.

Directors: Michael Landon
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The Reunion
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6.86
7 votes

#16 - The Reunion

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/2/1989

It's Mark's high school reunion. His aging comrades from high school must come to terms with the fact that they're not the young popular people that they used to be.

Directors: Michael Landon
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Country Doctor
star
6.86
7 votes

#17 - Country Doctor

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/13/1988

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.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Dan Gordon
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In with the 'In' Crowd
star
7.00
7 votes

#18 - In with the 'In' Crowd

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/9/1987

Jonathan and Mark go to school undercover to try and find out who is responsible for selling illegal drugs that killed a student.

Directors: Michael Landon
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Fight for Your Life
star
7.00
9 votes

#19 - Fight for Your Life

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/30/1987

Jonathan and Mark train Morty to be a price-fighting boxer. His brother Jerry is hiding a dangerous secret from him. Jerry is servicing his brother as a trainer/manager in the hope of paying off some debts.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Lan O'Kun
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It's a Dog's Life
star
7.00
6 votes

#20 - It's a Dog's Life

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/28/1989

Thinking Jonathan has turned into a dog, Mark embarks alone to unite a young runaway with his family.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Parke Perine
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Love and Marriage (1)
star
7.06
16 votes

#21 - Love and Marriage (1)

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/12/1986

Jonathan and Mark taken a couple back in time to help them understand what life would of been like had they not met each other 49 years earlier. Clarence and rose are about to divorce each other because they have fallen out of love.

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Dan Gordon
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Thoroughbreds (2)
star
7.07
15 votes

#22 - Thoroughbreds (2)

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/8/1985

In the conclusion of a two-part story, wealthy horse breeder Mr. Armstrong (Stephen Elliott) is still dead set against the romance between his playboy son Garth (John Hammond) and the daughter of Armstrong's head trainer MacGill (Noble Willingham). It is up to angel-in-training Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon) to smooth out the course (or in this case, the bridal path) of true love. Complications ensue when the young couple elopes -- with Garth unaware that his sweetheart is suffering from cancer

Directors: Michael Landon
Writer: Dan Gordon
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The Correspondent
star
7.12
8 votes

#23 - The Correspondent

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/24/1988

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.

Directors: Michgael Landon
Writer: Lan O'Kun
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That's Our Dad
star
7.13
15 votes

#24 - That's Our Dad

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/29/1986

Bill Cassidy is a model TV dad of the hit series, ""That's Our Dad, a show known for its closing (where he ""adopts"" two orphaned children at the end of each show). At least on-screen Cassidy is the model TV dad. Off the set is a little different story. Bill is an egotistical jerk who verbally abuses his co-stars and crew members ... and even the children he was said to have adopted. His off-screen attitude is put to the test when two orphans, who happen to be fans of ""That's Our Dad,"" and especially Bill Cassidy. The two track down Bill and ask if he'd consider adopting them ... especially because they have taken the closing segments to heart. When Bill refuses to speak to them, and later tells them to get lost, the children enlist Jonathan and Mark's help in talking with Bill and setting his attitude straight.

Directors: Victor French
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Summer Camp
star
7.17
6 votes

#25 - Summer Camp

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/14/1989

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.

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