Highway to Heaven to me is comfort TV. I remember being in grade school when these episodes originally aired, looking forward to every Wednesday night. This series is perfect family programming and it aired at a time when NBC was certainly the place to be. Cosby, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court was where it was at in the 80s. Come home again to Highway to Heaven and Come home to the good old NBC.
Season Three of Highway to Heaven is filled with many guest stars including: James Earl Jones, Ned Beatty, Eddy Albert, Josh Brolin, James Earl Jones, Rosalind Cash, Brian Austin Green, Leslie Nielsen and most notably Dick Van Dyke.
Dick Van Dyke plays a homeless man with a heart in “Wally.”
Jonathan and Mark tag along with an elderly street puppeteer who’s also an angel – but doesn’t know it. It is often considered one of the top ten best of the series and it is one of my favorites. The ending is moving, as Wally, gives of himself unselfishly and gives his life so others can live.
James Earl Jones plays Gabe Wilson, an old friend of Mark’s and down-and-out jazz pianist who tries to re-build his life after suffering a heart attack. It is interesting to see the conflict between mother and daughter brought together with helpp of Jonathan and Gabe.
One of my favorite episodes featured Leslie Nielsen as a wealthy man out of touch with the world. Jonathan and Marc are his bodygaurds. He is murdered. He is then given a second chance to live the last few days over, he’s still going to expire, but the boss gave him one last chance to make a diifference. This is Highway at it’s finest.
For the Love of Larry is a gem, a father and son are in an auto accident. Larry their dog finds a way to save their lives. Some would call it sappy,I remember tearing up at the surprise ending.
There are a few episodes this season that are not my favorite to watch, but you get the good with the bad. I believe any episode of Highway is better than most of what today’s programmers call TV today.
Good clean fun. World class television. Twenty five Hour Long Episodes, it’s a heavenly good deal!
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Highway to Heaven is one of the best shows ever produced, and this is probably the deepest season. There are only a handful of episodes that are not classics, and the rest are great stories filled with different emotions, suitable for the whole family. Amongst my favorites are “Wally”, which I think is one of the best shows in any series ever produced, along with Leslie Nielsen’s RR Benson and James Earl Jones as a convincing Gabe. We also have a return of Scotty opening the season, the inspirational “For the Love of Larry”, sure to tear up any dog owner, and the conflicted Ernest Borgnine and Eugene Roche in an episode that somewhat reflects “Dust Child” from season one. From Dick Van Dyke to Shannon Tweed, these episodes provide a myriad of cast members and emotional stories guaranteed to keep you watching them over and over again like my family does. I recommend this for anyone who is fed up with the state of TV shows today, and who enjoys emotional stories with a central underlying theme.
If there was one Highway To Heaven episode that many viewers remembered from season three the most, I Was A Middle-Aged Werewolf have to be the one. A spoof on the 1957 cult classic, “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” (Which lunched Michael Landon to stardom), it’s what many to be concerised as THE most remembered Highway To Heaven episode ever!
Thanks to A&E, we now relived to see this, and all the other season three episodes.