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Highway to Heaven

1984 TV-PG 1 season

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Highway to Heaven

1984 TV-PG 1 season
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Under the direction of the Man Upstairs, compassionate angel Jonathan (Michael Landon) and cynical ex-cop Mark (Victor French) seek out deeply troubled souls, helping them to overcome adversity and to embrace positive values such as honesty, kindness and forgiveness. Though they don't always see eye-to-eye, the unlikely partners work extremely well together and gradually develop a beautiful friendship.
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 3 (1986) - 7 discs

Earthbound angel Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon) and ex-cop Mark Gordon (Victor French) are on a mission: to help others reach heaven. Backed by the Man Upstairs and blessed with divine powers, the two travel across America, helping troubled people connect with goodness, love and forgiveness. Among the stars making cameo appearances in the third season of the wholesome, family-oriented series are Josh Brolin, James Earl Jones and Rosalind Cash.
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Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the main characters in this drama are an angel (who looks human) and his human companion, who travel the country on orders from God to change people's lives for the better. The show's ever-changing content is often emotionally charged, with plots centering on issues like coping with a loved one's death, facing the uncertainty of aging, and dealing with broken relationships. When the subject matter calls for it, language and violence can be very strong (in one episode, racial slurs include the n-word and multiple substitutes, and a teen is shot by a police officer), but the iffy stuff is integral to the show's positive moral messages. This is an excellent choice for parents to share with older tweens and teens, as it brings up lots of great discussion topics.

Sexual Content

When an episode's plot includes romantic interest between adults, there are a few kissing scenes -- but no nudity.


Fist fights are common, and some characters carry and use weapons. One scene shows a police officer shoot and kill an unarmed teen. The violence is very realistic, and the physical effects are obvious.


Mild curse words include "hell." Racial slurs are used when they relate to the plot. One episode about the dangers of racism had characters using terms like "jungle bunnies," "Sambo," "black piece of trash," and the n-word.

Social Behavior

The show tackles heavy emotional issues like unplanned pregnancy, death, and personal regret and always includes a strong moral message. The main characters (one's human, the other's an angel) travel the country to help people in distress.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional social drinking and smoking isn't always limited to the 18- and 21-and-over crowd, but when it's central to the plot, there's often an obvious negative outcome.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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