a probationary angel with a very unusual mission on Earth – to bring a little
love and understanding into the lives of people who were in trouble.
had angelic powers he seldom used them, preferring to rely on persuasion and
example as he slipped into and out of the lives of children and old folks, rich
people and poor. It might be a mother whose child was dying of cancer, a young
boxer being pressured to throw a fight, or a Vietnamese child facing prejudice
in her new American hometown. Each of them learned a little about coping with
life through love.
traveled around the country as an itinerant laborer. His only companion was a
burly ex-cop named Mark, who had been a bitter, defeated man until Jonathan
helped turn him around. Now he wanted to help his newfound friend in his
emotional stories about the value of kindness in life dominated this series
created by Michael Landon, but there was also room for a twinkle in the eye. A
notable example of the latter was an October 1987 Halloween episode lampooning
Landon's first famous movie role in I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957) –
called, what else, "I Was A Middle-Aged Werewolf."