“Highway to Heaven” took television one step further than any other show. When Michael Landon decided to quit the prairie he moved on to higher skies and played the role of an Angel who comes down to earth, teams up with a cop, and together they save the world. It sounds a bit lame but back in the 1980s, “Highway to Heaven” which Landon wrote, produced, and acted in was one of the best shows around.
“Highway to Heaven” had a religious coating to it and the script was sprinkled with biblical insights. There was a conspiracy theory about Landon’s character that Charles Ingalls, Michael’s character from “Little House on the Prairie”, was presumably arising from the dead as the angle on “Highway to Heaven”. People sure have spare time in their hands to be able to think of this.
The A-Team Needed an A-Network
If you have a problem that no one else can fix, then there was only one group of gun-toting mercenaries on who you could rely. Just like the iconic opening says, if you can find them then you can hire the A-Team. While this legendary show only ran for five seasons, its fan base grew and grew and continues to grow to this day.
The leading reason why viewers loved to tune in to this explosive show was the characters. Together, they were TV magic. The show packed it up in 1987 and instead of an explosive bang that had been part of the show for so long, it went out with a whimper. NBC mismanaged the final season so badly that they even aired some of the final seasons out of order.
The Cosby Show Nearly Cast Whitney Huston
In 1984, NBC was the first to bring to life a middle-class black American Family on our domestic screens. With a lawyer mother and a doctor father, "The Cosby Show" was new, fresh, exciting, and held the number one show title for years. Up until then, most black families on TV shows held familiar stereotypes and the Cosby family opened the hatch for more shows with a predominantly black cast.
Whitney Huston was on the list for playing the role of the family's eldest daughter. The role eventually landed on an anonymous actress, Sabrina Le Beauf, who had a modest acting resume behind her and Huston invested her time in music and in becoming one of the most talented artists music history has ever known.
Alf Needed a Movie to Get a Proper Ending
ALF's (Alien Life Force) real name was Gordon Shumway. He was an alien who landed in the garage of the Tanner family. The show's finale left the audience with a bag of disappointment and a cliffhanger ending. Alf was going to join his friends Skip and Rhonda in their newly established colony, New Melmac, but at the last minute, the government's Alien Task Force captured ALF. NBC just left it like that and didn't renew it for the fifth season.
It left a lot of viewers confused and scared for the character they had come to love. Thankfully, “Project: ALF,” a 1996 TV movie, let us see ALF escaping from the Alien Task Force. Unfortunately, fans didn't really like the movie and it's been more or less forgotten. This puppet star was left in the eighties.
The Golden Girls Were Fans of Recycling
"The Golden Girls" was, and is, a hugely popular show that debuted on NBC in the ’80s. The series followed a group of four women that shared a retirement home in Florida. These snarky yet adorable senior ladies shared much more than just a home, they had a bond that was truly unique. It was as endearing as it was hilarious, and it is still shown today via reruns on television and social media all over the world.
Whoever tuned in on an episode of the show is familiar with the kitchen set. What many people don’t know is that the set was actually used for another hit show in the ‘80s — "It Takes Two". When that came to an end, The Golden Girls inherited the kitchen. After a total ‘make-over’ it became the kitchen that we know and love.