Michael Landon — Director
In this, the pilot movie for the series, we meet Jonathan Smith walking slowly down a lonely road toward an unknown destination. He flags down a passing truck and asks for a ride from the old man driving. The man refuses and drives on, only to have his truck engine blow before he gets more than a few yards down the road. Jonathan obligingly does a little quick mechanic work on the vehicle and tells him to have a nice day. The man hastily changes his mind and offers a ride. With this scene, the theme of the entire series is set into motion. Stangers help strangers, people do good for one another, the forgotten and lonely are given a new purpose in life, and the world becomes just a little bit better place.
In this case, Jonathan's destination is a retirement home called Havencrest, where he takes on the recently vacated job of handyman. It seems no one wants the job because the home is on the verge of being sold out from under the residents, leaving most of them nowhere to go.Read More
Jonathan and Mark take jobs working in a local area boxing ring. The owner's grandson, Joey, has a good shot at the local championship fight against the leader of the gang causing the problems. Joey wants to win so that he can give the kids in the neighborhood an honest example to live up to, hopefully to prevent at least a few of them from joining the gangs.
In order to ensure his victory, Thumper (the gang leader), kidnaps Joey's grandfather. Joey feels that his hands are tied and he has no choice but to throw the fight. Mark tries to tough talk the gang, figuring on Jonathan's angelic powers to kick their collective ass, but God doesn't see fit to grant Mark's wish and Jonathan gets beat up. He doesn't have any marks to show for the beating, but Jonathan is obviously pretty irritated with Mark over the incident, and can't figure out what he's supposed to do if God won't let him take the direct approach.Read More
One day, while showing off for some friends by riding his skateboard and hanging on to his friend's speeding car, another car comes around a blind corner from the opposite direction and is not able to swerve out of the way in time to avoid hitting Deke. The next time we see the young man, he is in the hospital where both of his legs have had to be amputated below the knee. Feeling bitter and resentful toward everyone, Deke drives away everyone who tries to visit with him. He seems intent on simply sulking and bemoaning his fate until the day he dies. Fortunately, this is where Jonathan steps in to help. He has taken the job of physical therapist at the hospital, but it's easy to see that it's really Deke's mental and emotional state that he's there to work on. With the willing help of a quadriplegic patient named Scotty, a shy fellow student named Eleanor, and a young gymnast who is the boy who crippled Deke, Jonathan sets out to restore Deke's faith in himself.Read More
One day, while showing off for some friends by riding his skateboard and hanging on to his friend's speeding car, another car comes around a blind corner from the opposite direction and is not able to swerve out of the way in time to avoid hitting Deke. The next time we see the young man, he is in the hospital where both of his legs have had to be amputated below the knee. Feeling bitter and resentful toward everyone, Deke drives away everyone who tries to visit with him. He seems intent on simply sulking and bemoaning his fate until the day he dies. Fortunately, this is where Jonathan steps in to help. He has taken the job of physical therapist at the hospital, but it's easy to see that it's really Deke's mental and emotional state that he's there to work on. With the willing help of a quadriplegic patient named Scotty, a shy fellow student named Eleanor, and a young gymnast (Bart Connor) who is the boy who crippled Deke, Jonathan sets out to restore Deke's faith in himself.
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Jonathan and Mark have started their assignment by meeting with one of the people that Crock Jr. wants to bulldoze, a sweet middle-aged lady named Gwen,who runs a veterinary clinic. Jonathan convinces Gwen to go with him to plead her case before Mr. Crock. Poor Gwen is nearly scared out of her wits when she meets 'King Arthur' and is ranted at for being an invader to his realm. Jonathan very smoothly convinces the man that he is a humble subject of the realm who has accompanied the Lady Guinevere, who wishes to petition her liege. The king promptly knights Jonathan and accepts the petition, stunning the lady again by offering his loving heart to her.Read More
Martin Lamm is waiting to hear that his script will become a movie, checking with the front desk clerk frequently to see if any mail has arrived for him. None ever does.
Martin's friend, Joey,nails a poster on a pole asking for an ""angel"" in the sense Martin needs one: someone with the money to help him turn his script into a movie. Jonathan and Mark respond to the poster, not knowing what kind of angel Joey is looking for.
While Jonathan and Mark are finding out what kind of angel Joey is looking for, a man named Petros arrives with the poster in his hand. He loves the script and and wants to make the movie. Petros at first scoffs at Martin's idea of using people from the neighborhood as actors in the movie, but Jonathan suggests they might find a star among the amateurs, save money and help people at the same time.Read More
Mark hopes that he and Jonathan don't have assignment so they can visit Charlie Down who worked on the police force with Mark. What was supposed to be a happy time with a friend turned into finding out why he went missing for five days.
Charlie down worked with border enforcement to try and stop drugs. Mark and Jonathan soon discover where Charlie is they find out that Jack Harm shot Charlie because he found cocaine in a model airplane.Read More
Jonathan has a tough time on this particular assignment. He is supposed to get Libby and earl to fall love with each other but Jonathan runs into one problem before he can accomplish the assignment he falls in love with Libby.
Mark tells Jonathan that God may have wanted Jonathan to fall in love again so he wouldn't lose touch with what it's like to be a human being and feel how painful falling in love can be.Read More
Mark gets a chance to go back in time to tell his grandfather that he loved him. Mark also gets to help his grandfather said his farm for repossession but he must get Mark Jr. to tell his grandfather that he loves him and would rather stay with him.Read More
Brian Baldwin learns that his hopes of being a college basketball star are dashed when he is diagnosed with cardiac insufficiency. Now he must face another challenge the challenge is that he cannot read. He tries to hide that fact but doesn't hide it very well.Read More
Jonathan and Mark try to reunite a father and daughter who hadn't seen each other in years because of the daughter had a child from own without a husband. Now Jonathan has a difficult task of trying to convince the father that he doesn't have a lot of time to get to know his daughter Marsha because she is terminally ill.Read More
Jonathan helps Mark's Cousin Diane find romance in an unlikely place. Diane begins to fall in love with a quadriplegic lawyer named Scotty who is surprised at how fast the romance seems to be going. When they go out on a date to eat dinner they hit a snag.Read More
Jonathan tries to help a candidate for mayor learn to be nice but gets more than he bargained for when Melvin rich decides to stay rich. Jonathan then has Willie the waiver change places with Melvyn rich to see what it would be like if the each lived different lives.Read More
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 cancerRead More
Mark runs over a girl and overwrought with guilt, he is approached by a man named Jabez Stone, who offers to let the girl live if Mark gives his boss, the Devil, his soul. Mark signs a contract thinking that it's a con or something. But when the girl lives Mark turns to Jonathan but Jonathan says that there are rules about interefering with another entity even if it's the Devil. Mark's only hope is for them to get the contract. Jonathan enlists the aid of a grifter named C.J. Barabbas to help them. Only problem C.J.'s amoral. Now he approaches Stone and tells him of what Jonathan is planning, on the night that Stone's boss is suppose to take possession of Mark, Jonathan puts his plan in action but is caught and arrested. And Stone has the contract and his boss arrives and they go to Mark and when Stone opens the contract he is shocked to discover it isn't the contract. It seems that Barabbas' duplicity was all part of the plan. Jonathan who has the real contract, then destroys it savinRead More
A new play about a man who dies and speaks to God opens. Jonathan is now a priest while Mark is now the dresser for, Fred Fusco, the actor who plays the lead. Fusco's a little morose. But after the plays first performance, he changes; he claims that God was in the audience. People think that he is trying to generate some publicity for the fledgling play, including Jonathan. But nevertheless it seems to work, the play is a smash and Fusco is changing especially after meeting a boy who has cancer. After the boy dies Fusco decides to bequeath all of his property and assets to an endownment in the boy's name. which makes his sister and nephew unhappy, cause they rely on him for their necessities. When he also announces that he will die soon, his sister tries to have him committed. And Jonathan who after telling Fusco that he thinks that he is a fraud and that he is an angel, and Fusco then apologizes to him after God tells him that Jonathan told him was true, decides to speak to God and asRead More
After he and Jonathon are assigned to protect the famous actress Linda Blackwell, Mark and the actress switch bodies to see what the other has to go through. Sam Quigley is an old friend of Mark who likes Linda, but is afraid to tell her. When Mark and Linda switch bodies, Sam isn't sure that Linda is the Linda he likes.Read More
Jonathan runs into his wife but because he has a new name and form she doesn't recognize him. He goes to see her and asks if he and Mark could stay. She at first wouldn't let them but when he says, ""keep smiling"" which is something he always says in his ld form, she let them in. They see that she is lonely and their daughter lives far away and doesn't want to take the time to visit. Jonathan sends Mark to see his daughter and asks her to come visit her mother but she and her husband refuse to do so. When Jonathan learns of this he goes to her in the guise of a gigolo, and he riles them and they visit her.Read More
A man's son has been MIA in Vietnam since 1968. When his remains are found, no one in his town comes to his funeral. He then tries to establish a scholarship in his son's name but the people who don't want to be reminded of the war, don't want to be a part of it. But Jonathan invades their dreams and reminds them of how much his son has done for them, like the man whose place he took in the draft and he didn't have to, the son of the town banker whose life he saved, and so on. After the scholarship for his son is established, Jonathan tells him that it's time for him to thank God, so Jonathan places him in an old bomber plane and it takes off, with Jonathan with him. Along the way Jonathan vanishes and his son appears and they go on together.Read More
Everett Soloman is a Nazi death camp survivor, who talks about his experience. Jan Baltic is a neo-Nazi. He was having one of his gatherings wherein he says that the Holocaust was a hoax. And at this thing is Soloman's son David, who calls Baltic a liar. Then Cal one of Baltic's people shoots David. He dies and when word reaches Soloman, he has a heart attack. Baltic and Cal are in Baltic's basement gloating about what they did and planning their next move. Then Baltic's son grabs one of the guns Baltic's has there and shoots them. Jonathan goes to Baltic's wife, who is trying to wipe the blood off the walls. She says that Jan was not always that way and Jonathan asks her when did he change and she says after he lost his job. He said that it was the Jews who were out to get him. Jonathan asks her if she would be willing to donate her husband's heart to Everett Soloman, who needs a transplant, she agrees. But Soloman upon learning that it's Baltic heart he will be getting, refuses. JonaRead More
Jonathan helps a brainy but severly obese girl named Jenny gain self-esteem and deal with ridicule from her ""friends."" At one point, the snotty girls invite Jenny over to model a swimsuit, predictably leading to humiliation and the girl to gorge herself with doughnuts. Jonathan tells her the girls aren't her friends and helps her see that she has many other gifts people appreciate.
Meanwhile, the angel sees that the jock (named Jack) that Jenny is tutoring needs to have his ego shaken, particularly since he considers the girl unsightly due to her weight. Jack had wanted to have a pretty cheerleader help him, but of course Jonathan can see where that is headed.Read More
Jonathan and Mark taken interest in Todd who has no desire to be in Special Olympics because he feels he can't do anything. Tries to convince Todd to get into Special Olympics to prove to himself that he can do things.
Scotty and Diane learn whether they can have children or if they will have to adopt children. Diane learns her fate and it decides to adopt children but Scotty is against adoption because he wants to have a baby that looks like him and can run and play.Read More
Now that Diane and Scotty want to have children they decided to adopt Todd but learn that his natural parents don't want anyone to adopt him. Todd's natural parents were told some years ago that they had to put him out for adoption because he his handicapped.Read More
Jonathan and Mark are on their way to their next assignment and meet another angel, Ted, whom Jonathan knows, and they both arrive at their destination. When Ted learns that the subject of his mission is his wife Laura and that it involves pairing her with a guy named Roy; not only does he refuse to do it but he sabotages any chances Roy may have had with her. He then romances her himself but Jonathan steps in and shows what damage he has done and so to fix, he starts acting like a jerk which inspires Roy to tell him to leave Laura alone and their romance begins.Read More
When a major fire threatens a neighborhood, Jonathan and Mark (in the guise of priests) re-open an abandoned church as a shelter, and one of the people who take shelter there is a hustler also disguised as a priest who has found a briefcase containing $1 million and needs a place to hide from the hoods who lost itRead More
James Earl Jones stars as 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.
Gabe reconnects with an old flame named Ellie, a God-fearing widow who is having problems trying to relate to her daughter, Vanessa, the vocalist in a rock band. When Gabe tries to encourage Vanessa to pursue her dreams, he unwittingly strains the not-so-harmonious mother-daughter relationship even more.
After Vanessa runs away without leaving a note, Ellie lashes out at Gabe, telling him that God made him blind to make him pay for his sins (he had become blind after a drunk driver struck his vehicle years earlier).
It is up to Jonathan to reunite Ellie and Vanessa and set them both straight.Read More
Jonathan and Mark's assignment to reunite a Hollywood actress who is estranged from her daughter, who is also writing a book about her life with her mother which paints her mother in a bad light. They meet another angel who reveals to Mark that if Jonathan does well he will be moved up, which makes Mark to see Jonathan fail but Jonathan tells him that they have to abide with what the boss wants. They go see the daughter who says that she hates her mother because she drove her father away, whom she's fond of. But the mother says that there are things about her father that she never told her. When her daughter is watching a film, it turns into the night that her mother and father were having a viscous argument, and her father revealed himself to be not the caring parent her daughter thinks he is. She later goes to her mother and asks why she didn't tell her about her father. And her mother says that she values a daughter's relationship with her father because she had a great father. MothRead More
Jonathan and Mark go to work at a halfway house where people who have mental problems that have been institutionalized but unfortunately due to need of space, the ones who are deemed no longer a danger to society, but not really treated are released. So the halfway house is a place where they can treated before going back to their former lives. Now the residents of the neighborhood where they are situated don't want them there and are vocal about it. But when the son of one of them, hits it off with one of them, he thinks that they are a little hasty. And another woman meets one of them at the grocery and hit it off with her too, and is shocked to see that she is one of them, and Jonathan tells her why she was committed. Some of the children are playing with a catapult and set fire to what they are launching, eventually they set fire to a truck and one of them, who was jogging comes across it and tries to help but when the authorities arrive, they suuspect that he was responsible. WithRead More
Jonathan and Mark have an interesting assignment as they try to give Gary and Alice a new direction in their lives. As Gary begins to fall in love with Alice he soon discovers a secret that suddenly makes him a father.
Alice makes plans to give up her baby for adoption but as the birth of the baby gets closer she begins to have second thoughts about giving the baby up.Read More
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 said learns that meeting the man she writes about isn't all it's cracked up to be.Read More
Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is R.R. Benson, a cold and heartless businessman, who is polluting the oceans, maintains apartments which are below living standards, just to name a few. When he proved to be a tough nut to crack, Jonathan decides to take the direct approach and reveal to Benson that he is an angel and at the rate he is going he won't make it to heaven. But Benson is still unmoved, and the last thing Jonathan tells him is to read the Bible. That while sleeping a burglar breaks into Benson's home and shoots him. Benson runs into Jonathan asking him what happened, Jonathan shows him that he is a spirit and that he died. Jonathan shows him exactly the kind of life that he's been leading and how it affects others, and how people really feel about him like his girlfriend, who has another guy and who is planning a palimony suit. Jonathan then takes him back to his office and tells him that his ""boss"" is giving him the opportunity to relive the final week of his life. HeRead More
Jenny's dog Jake runs away after chasing a cat. Jonathan and Mark find the dog and take him over to orphanage to help cheer up the kids.
Jonathan and Mark must try to get Alex to become active again. They use Jake and get him to play with the other kids. They soon learn that Alex is afraid that if he touches anything it will be taken away from him.Read More
Alex finally meets the family of his dreams, those dreams are soon shattered when the turners want to adopt Alex. Alex wants to take Jake with him but the Foster family lives in a place where dogs aren't allowed.
In order to make his dream come true Alex runs away with Jake back to the family he first fell in love with. Michele and Paul had been hoping to have a baby on their own but soon learn that adoption maybe their best option.Read More
Jonathan and Mark train Morty to be a price-fighting boxer. His brother Jerry is hiding a dangerous secret from his brother. Jerry services as his brother's trainer/manager in hopes of figuring out how to pay off some debts.
Jerry that everything on someone who is already a prizefighter, while never having faith in his own brother.Read More
The people next door the people of Mission Estates don't know that one of their own is hiding to secrets. Nine years ago Dr. Martin denied his wife, and his son of their heritage.
Anna Martinez lives across the street from her son and grandson Bobby Martin. He kept the secrets so he could live in Mission Estates. Mission Estates is an exclusive subdivision that "" allows the right kind of people "".Read More
Mark and Jonathon are sent to help a little boy overcome the sudden death of his father. Stevie deals with his grief through his favorite superhero, Amazing Man. Jonathon and Mark help his mother realize that grief is a normal reaction and help the family begin to heal.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Denise Kelly is a cop going undercover to stop a drug ring at a local high school. Jonathan and Mark pose as counselors to see if they can find who is bringing cocaine to school.
Mark and Jonathan set up surveillance outside party between Denise and Mike to see if he knows anything about the cocaine.
When Mark and Jonathan later meet with a faculty of the high school they find out everyone isn't pleased with the tactics used in trying to figure out who is bringing the cocaine in to school. Mark learns he made a big mistake when the parents of one of the students asks him to play the tape between Denise and Mike he later learns that he stopped the tape because they weren't talking about drugs.
This mistake nearly costs Mark & Jonathan their jobs and almost costs Mark his life.Read More
It's Christmas time and Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is to try and get two divorce parents who are still bickering and using their son as pawn against each other to stop and start being parents. They go and work for the father who is a lawyer. They bring their son to a department store and there the new store Santa is upset at the store for promoting toy guns, and when the boy tells Santa what he wants, he tells him that he can't be sure if he can give that. Later the store throws him out cause of his bellowing. He later goes back and is arrested, Jonathan offers to defend him, and the boys father sees this as an opportunity to get back at his wife who is the store's counsel. While in jail the Santa manages to lift the spirits of some of the people he meets there including one of the guards. Mark thinking that if he really is, ""the Claus"", why doesn't he just whisk himself out of here. But saying that it would not be a good message for the children says he won't, they will havRead More
Four boys whose parents just died recently are informed by the social worker assigned to their case, that the younger children will be placed in different foster homes. The elder brother decides to take them away and take care of them himself; he will find a job while the others go school. Jonathan goes to work as a teacher at their school, while Mark becomes a bum, living in the same park that the boys do. Now Miss Brisby, one of the boys teacher takes a liking to them and even offers their elder brother a job fixing her house. Eventually there was an incident at their which calls for the boys parents to be called, they ask Mark to pose as their father. Eventually, another incident blows their whole scheme and the younger boys are taken into custody and the older brother is arrested. Jonathan tells Miss Brisby about what happened. She then decides to appear at their hearing. When the judge, with no choice, orders that the elder brother be held and younger ones placed in the foster homRead More
Jonathan and Mark return to Mark's old hometown of Oakland and they go visit his old precinct. They learn that there a case of ""the blue flu"" and Mark's old Captain asks him if he could fill in for awhile. He his teamed up with an old friend whom he discovers is a racist. Jonathan then goes to an apartment building that is need of a new handyman and Jonathan meets the (black) woman who is the manager. Now she has two sons, the elder hates anyone white and is practically a delinquent.Read More
Jonathon gets a 'feeling' while he and Mark are driving towards their next job. He goes to the hospital to find his wife is near death and was calling for him. After she passes away Jonathon believes that he will no longer be working for the 'boss' and will go to be with his wife. To the answer of lightning and thunder he finds out otherwise and becomes enraged. He is then stripped of his 'stuff' and has to live as a mere mortal.
While at the beach one night he sees a young woman who he thinks is the spirit of his wife. As he runs to her he sees a beautiful young woman who walks into the ocean attempting to kill herself. Jonathon saves her and the 2 forge a friendship...
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Jonathan is still angry with God for not letting him go heaven to see Jane one last time. Jonathan becomes human after being dead for 40 years.
Jennifer has fallen in love with Jonathan and now must help him understand that he will always have Jane in his heart regardless of the job he chooses.
Jennifer suddenly finds a letter from Jane and as a way of saying goodbye to him he understands that until his job is finished they will always have forever.Read More
Commander Michaels continues to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder she also discovers she has son who came in to the emergency room do to a motorcycle accident. David wants to meet his biological mother but makes his adoptive parents worry about the meeting.Read More
Mark Gordon attends is there any five-year class reunion only to learn that it's not what he expected. An older actor uses the reunion as a press event get his career started again only to be told he isn't needed anymore. Also the prom queen feels out of place at the reunion because she's changed too much.Read More
Wayne seacrest is suddenly fired from his job as a computer programmer because the left on the bus breaks down. Jonathan and Mark asked for Wayne's assistance in getting better access to places for handicapped people.
Wayne attends a ribbon cutting ceremony and uses the occasion to put people on notice about building ramps and widening bathroom stalls for handicapped people.Read More
Mr. Zelinka is a beloved teacher who is forced to retire because he has reached the retirement age of 70. The school board president feels that he's teaching responsibilities are too much for him.
The students of Lincoln High School plan a birthday party and retirement party as well. They feel their efforts go down hill when their teacher doesn't want to attend the party because of the retirement notice he received.
The students gathered together to form a petition to stop their teacher from retiring but face a big battle when they try to present their petition before the president of the school board who has no intention of changing his mind or listening to what the students have to say.Read More
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.Read More
To help Mary Anders forget that she was scar and a fire Jonathan and Mark are arranged for her to work at a summer camp for the blind. Soon one of the counselors named Frank Reilly the keenest to suspect who she really is.
He begins to fall in love with her later because her identity is known Mary Andrews decides to pose for a tabloid magazine that will show the burns she suffered.Read More
Paul believes his brother George can do nothing because of his handicapped and because of what doctors told him and his mother. Jonathan and Mark, not to visit George and see if there is anything that can be done to find out what George has always wanted to say but never could.
First Jonathan and Mark test to see if George can understand simple commands. After getting the necessary things he finally is able to tell his mother and his brother something. Two years later George writes a book "" No inner limits"".Read More