Highway to Heaven: Season 5

DVD Release: November 11, 2014
Highway to Heaven: Season 5


Disguised as everyday citizens and blessed with spiritual powers, Jonathan Smith and his trusted sidekick Mark Gordon travel from small towns to bustling cities touching troubled lives from all corners of America. From mending the emotional wounds of a Vietnam nurse to helping a minister who is facing a crisis of conscience, this remarkable farewell season celebrates faith and family while capturing the hearts of audiences everywhere!

Dove Review

Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon) is an angel on probation sent back to Earth by “The Boss,” God, to complete missions with the goal of earning his angel wings. His mission is to help people through their struggles, spreading the message of love and peace on Earth. Accompanied by his friend Mark Gordon (Victor French), the two are an inseparable team as they help the down and out.

Season 5 of “Highway to Heaven” continues its theme of addressing serious life issues, ranging from healing sickness to healing broken family relationships. This program, which originally aired in the 1980s, proves that while trends change and generations age, the challenges we face in life rarely do.

While the storyline is indeed based on an angel sent by God, the message of the series does not so much encourage the audience toward faith as it encourages the audience toward Judeo-Christian values. Jonathan and Mark complete each assignment with the goal of serving others selflessly. They reach out to people of all walks of life who face struggles. Though it is not recommended to trust this series for theological direction, the series upholds moral values and for this reason, “Highway to Heaven: Season 5” is awarded the Dove Foundation’s “Family-Approved” Seal, recommended for ages 12 and older.

Episode 1: “Whose Trash is it Anyway?”—Jonathan and Mark join the campaign team of Mark’s old friend who is running for mayor.

Episode 2: “Hello and Farewell, Part 1”—Jonathan and Mark work on a naval base where they discover the scars of war are not always visible.

Episode 3: “Hello and Farewell, Part 2”—Continuing their work on a naval base, Jonathan and Mark help bring healing to a lonely commander and a hurting military family.

Episode 4: “The Silent Bell”—Jonathan and Mark take jobs as preschool teachers at a Christian preschool forced to fire their non-Christian teachers.

Episode 5: “The Reunion”—It’s Mark’s 35th high school reunion and while much has changed physically in the lives of his classmates, he realizes not a whole lot has changed for them otherwise.

Episode 6: “The Source”—Jonathan and Mark are high school teachers once more, helping investigate the truth of one student’s claims of sexual harassment by a bus driver.

Episode 7: “The Squeaky Wheel”—A bitter, paralyzed man discovers his purpose again in a cruel world with the encouragement of Jonathan and Mark.

Episode 8: “Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka”—A favored high school teacher is being forced into retirement, but with the help of his students and Jonathan and Mark, he has a chance to prove age is just a number.

Episode 9: “Choice”—Jonathan and Mark, private investigators, are recruited to help a Vietnamese couple find the sons they gave up for adoption a decade earlier.

Episode 10: “Summer Camp”—When a gorgeous actress suffers an appearance-altering accident, Jonathan and Mark take her to the camp for the blind to recover where no one will judge her based on her looks.

Episode 11: “The Inner Limits”—Paul is tired of dedicating his life to caring for his brother, George, who is in a vegetative state when Jonathan and Mark reveal that there is more going on in George’s mind than meets the eye.

Episode 12: “It’s a Dog’s Life”—After Mark complains that Jonathan is the one who always gets “the stuff” (their term for miraculous abilities), he is given an opportunity to be the leader with the power when Jonathan apparently turns into a dog.

Episode 13: “Merry Christmas, from Grandpa”—Jonathan and Mark are on a mission to help the whole world on Christmas when they give men a vision of what the future will hold if they continue to live as they currently are.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Several couples hold hands, kiss, and develop romance; mild sexual insinuation between spouses; sexual harassment discussed.
Language: D–4; D-it–3; Hell–17; Crap–3; Jackass–1; OMG/Oh God/My God–8; God–4; Jesus–1; Shut up–1; Stupid–6; Heck–5; Jerk–1; Bull–2; Weasel–1; Turkey-1.
Violence: Mildly violent fist fights resulting in occasional nose/head bleeds; guns and knives wielded; brief war scenes with mild blood shown; school bus accident; motorcycle accident.
Drugs: Drinking by secondary characters; marijuana shown in a bag; secondary characters shown with cigarettes and cigars.
Nudity: Woman in low cut, short, and tight dress.
Other: Main characters frequently lie about their identity; secondary characters lie to each other, often without correction; drunkenness and drug use shown as negative; children speak disrespectfully toward adults but are corrected; spouses speak harshly toward each other; social stereotypes are addressed and corrected; propaganda for environmentalism; main characters speak disrespectfully toward God, with consequences.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Kent McCray
Producer: Kent McCray
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 650 min.
Reviewer: Caitlin Meadows