1 9 9 4 – 2 0 0 3 (USA)
211 x 50 minute episodes
Apprentice angel Monica (Roma Downey) was sent to Earth to help solve worldly problems accompanied by her heavenly supervisor and tutor, Tess (Della Reese). Monica – who Tess called ‘Miss Wings’ – was her favourite student.
The two of them travelled around the USA in a vintage red Cadillac convertible, using their common sense, concern, and an occasional minor miracle to help people improve themselves.
Monica’s cases included helping a bitter high school baseball coach come to terms with his mortality, keeping a successful writer with a drinking problem from being permanently estranged from her family, preventing a woman being blackmailed from committing suicide, and helping two orphaned brothers get through a difficult Christmas season.
Each case required Monica and Tess to become a part of the lives of the people they were assigned to help. Monica sometimes became too personally involved in a case, often requiring Tess’s guidance to help her fulfil her mission.
At the start of the second season Andrew (John Dye), the gentle Angel of Death, became a regular member of the cast, helping Tess and Monica and serving as a liaison from heaven. He could tell when it was someone’s “time” and eased the passage when death could not be avoided.
Special Agent Angel Sam (Paul Winfield) showed up periodically, and Rafael (Alexis Cruz), a young street-smart angel, was a regular during the 1997-1998 season.
Later episodes featured Gloria (Valerie Bertinelli), another apprentice angel who was assigned to Tess and Monica for training in the field.
The two-part series finale opened with Monica being evaluated for promotion to supervisor. She helped a mysterious drifter (who turned out to be Jesus!) and passed.
After Monica said sad farewells to the others with whom she had been working, Tess, who was moving on to other work for God, gave her the keys to the big Cadillac convertible and left.
Special Agent Angel Sam