Mr. Angel – From Heaven

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Mr. Angel (played by Carl Reiner) is a divine messenger sent to Earth to bestow upon selected do-gooders the prize of a wish for anything of their choosing – except money on the ABC fantasy TV comedy anthology GOOD HEAVENS (1976).

For those who performed good deeds, such as a husband who braved the pouring rain to get food for his pregnant wife to satisfy her strange cravings, Mr Angel would arrive on the scene and grant them one wish.

For instance, one man chose to live out his life long dream of getting a try out with a big league baseball team, while a women wished for a boyfriend that combined the best qualities of all the other men she had dated; and another woman, an aspiring country-western singer was given a big break for not taking advantage of a fellow singers misfortune.

On the episode “I Want Nancy” (aired March 22, 1976), Mr. Angel helps Harold (Harry Gordon), a shy bank teller overcome his claustrophobic fear of elevators so he can have lunch with Nancy (Season Hubley) another teller and the girl of his dreams who insists on going to a 26th floor restaurant for their date.

This heavenly TV comedy series was basically FANTASY ISLAND, replacing the mysterious Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) with a celestial being who bestows wishes on deserving people (but only after he put them through some awkward situations). The show’s original pilot title was “Everything Money Can’t Buy” and then “Heaven Help Us.”

A mid-season replacement show, GOOD HEAVENS premiered on Monday, February 29, 1976, in the 8:30 p.m. time slot. The last episode aired on June 26, 1976. It ran 13-episodes.

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Mr. Angel
c/o The Heavenly Golden Gates

Good Heavens (IMDB)
Good Heavens – Intro (Video)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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