Close to Heaven - Netflix
In Close to Heaven, an eager young minister arrives to be the head pastor of a small town church after years of missionary work in Africa. He dreams of enlightening the community with his bold new ideas and well-intentioned enthusiasm, but discovers the church isn't quite ready for it. Or him.
Status: In Development
Runtime: 30 minutes
Close to Heaven - Highway to Heaven - Netflix
Highway to Heaven is an American television drama series which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989. The series aired for five seasons, running a total of 111 episodes. It was shot almost entirely in California. The series starred Michael Landon as Jonathan Smith, and Victor French—Landon's co-star from Little House on the Prairie—as Mark Gordon.
Close to Heaven - Premise - Netflix
Jonathan Smith (Landon) is an angel who has been stripped of his wings and is now “on probation”, sent to Earth. In the pilot, he meets Mark Gordon (French), a retired policeman now bouncing from job to job. At first distrustful of Jonathan, Mark comes to realize the true nature of him and is then given a job; to assist Jonathan in helping troubled people on Earth. Jonathan and Mark are given assignments by “The Boss” (i.e. God), where they are required to use their humanity to help various troubled souls overcome their problems. These problems include families dealing with sick loved ones; “all-around losers” who are encouraged to find their self-worth; people coping with loss of family such as war widows; parsons who are struggling to lead their flocks; greedy businessmen being encouraged to use their wealth for good; activists who were exploiting problems, such as civil rights, for their own personal gain; local politicians being shown the true meaning of leadership, small time crooks or organized crime members being warned where they are headed, discouraging prejudice in regard to people of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and disabilities. Each episode typically begins with Jonathan and Mark arriving in a new city and assuming the identities of business employees or civil service workers. Due to Jonathan's angelic nature, the two are able to adopt positions such as police officers, medical personnel, teachers, social workers, or other skilled employees without any check of their background or verification of their employment history. This allows for a variety of identities and scenarios into which the two find themselves inserted. Both Jonathan and Mark faced the same difficulties as people on Earth trying to rectify these problems, and had little to help them after the Boss' tutorial. Jonathan did have exceptional physical strength, but he only used it for manual labor or for self-defense when attacked by muggers. In certain times Jonathan would present gifts to others, such as decorating a drab nursing home with flowers or giving someone a bicycle. These material gifts likely came from the Boss or Jonathan's superiors, but when asked, he truthfully answered “A friend of mine provided them”. However, in rare situations, The Boss would help the protagonists with “The Stuff” (see divine providence), which was often at times of extreme duress or a reward for making excellent progress on the mission. The series aimed to address contemporary social and emotional issues with sensitivity, and also with humor, particularly between Jonathan and Mark. Their personalities often clash (Jonathan being more sensible and compassionate but naive, and Mark being more pragmatic and cynical), but they always support each other. Jonathan's mission on Earth is to do enough good in order to regain his wings and, presumably, ascend to heaven. As Jonathan and Mark develop a close relationship and Jonathan is in better favor with his superiors, Mark was torn with himself between losing his best friend as opposed to being happy for Jonathan's reinstatement in Heaven, and considered impeding the process.
Close to Heaven - References - Netflix