Teen Angel – From Heaven

Teen Angel is an enchanted teenager with fluffy white wings and a happy-go-lucky demeanor seen on the ABC fantasy comedy TEEN ANGEL (1997-98).


In reality, Teen Angel was a 15-year-old youth named Marty DePolo (Mike Damus) who one day found a six-month-old hamburger under the bed of his best friend Steve Beauchamp (Corbin Allred). Instead of tossing the burger, Marty ate it.

The next thing Marty knows, he’s in heaven being fitted with the wings of a guardian angel. His first task was to return to Earth and help his friend Steve cope with the social rigors of high school, especially confrontations with the school bully.

Angel: First floor – Seraphim. Second floor – Seraphim. Third floor – Starbucks.
Marty: Starbucks?
Angel: There everywhere, Honey.
Marty: I don’t get this. What’s going on?
Angel: I’m afraid you’re dead.
Marty: I’m dead? No fair! All I did was eat a skanky burger.
Angel: Marty! Marty! Oh, I’ve been doing this a long time and I know what you must be feeling, but don’t you worry. The good have nothing to fear.
Marty: Uh-Oh!
Angel: Oh, here we are. Top floor. Court of Eternal Judgement.
Marty: Oh, I don’t like the sound of that.
Angel: Out you go! [Pushes Marty who then meets Rod]

Teen Angel reported his progress to a disembodied supervisor called The Head (Ron Glass) who claimed to be Rod, the “cousin” of God. He popped in on Teen Angel at the most unlikely places.

Rod gave Marty various powers, including invisibility (only Steve could see him), time travel, and the ability to walk through walls (only thin apartment walls built after 1957).

Others with whom Teen Angel interacted were Steve’s single mom, Judy Beauchamp (Maureen McCormick); her daughter, Katie (Katie Volding); Steve’s Aunt Pam (Conchata Ferrell), a postal worker; Jordon Lubell (Jordon Brower), a cool kid in school whom Steve befriends with the help of Marty; and Marty’s deceased Uncle Lou (Robert Costanzo) in Heaven.

During Marty’s assignments on earth, he gives Steve a great singing voice for a talent show; poses as Jessica, Steve’s dream date; helps Steve get on the wrestling team; wins the lead role in the school play “Mutiny on the Bounty”; turns the family dog into a handsome suitor for Steve’s mom, Judy; and brings one of Katy’s dolls to life to baby sit her so Steve could go on a date.

On episode “One Dog Night,” Salem, the cat of teenage witch Sabrina Spellman (played by Melissa Joan Hart) swallowed her magic “time ball” and accidentally sends everyone back to 1976.

Grateful for all of Marty’s help and friendship, Steve throws Marty a sixteenth birthday party Marty, of course, invites such dead historical notables as Beethoven and Abraham Lincoln to join the festivities.

NOTE: Jason Priestley (of BEVERLY HILLS 90210 fame) starred as fledgling angel Buzz Gunderson, a biker in a black leather jacket from the 1950s who was sent on assignments to help the living on earth in a short-lived serial drama TEEN ANGEL (1989) and TEEN ANGEL RETURNS (1990) featured on THE NEW MICKEY MOUSE CLUB.

Teen Angel
c/o Rod
Court of Eternal Judgement (Heaven)

Teen Angel (IMDB)
Teen Angel – Episode 1 – Marty Buys the Farm (Video)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, 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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