The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. on Fox,
episode: Father Knows Best starring Bruce Campbell (rerun) Brisco attempts to
rescue 15-year-old Jason (Jason Marsden) who was kidnapped by John Bly (Billy Drago).
His deceased father, Marshal Brisco County Sr. (R. Lee
Ermey), who was killed in the line of duty, makes seven full appearances to him to assist
him. His father also assures him, saying, "Brisco, do you think you're ever out
of my sight? Out of my heart?
I love you, son."
All My Children: a daytime soap on ABC (February
3, 1989) While she is dying in the hospital, Cindy promises her young son, Scott, that
she'll see him "later on." Shortly after she dies, she keeps her promise
and makes a full appearance to him in his bedroom that evening.
She reassures him that she loves him, tells him that
everything will be all right, and kisses him good night. Walking towards the door, Cindy
pauses and turns to look at Scott one last time, then slowly fades as he falls asleep.
Days Of Our Lives: a daytime soap on NBC (April
14, 1989) The diary of a young Civil War woman, Emily, reveals her fear and despair at
being pregnant and alone. In answer to her prayer, her deceased lover, Gideon, makes a
full appearance in the uniform of a Union officer.
He tells her not to be afraid and not to touch him. He
urges her to never lose hope, for he will always be with her. After Gideon leaves, Emily
feels a weight lift, and has the courage to go on with her life.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman on CBS, starring Jane
Seymour and Joe Lando (December 18, 1993) On Christmas eve, Dr. Mike encounters Charlotte
Cooper (Diane Ladd), the midwife who died over a year earlier and whose children she
adopted. In the vein of A Christmas Carol, Dr. Mike is shown scenes of Christmas
eve in her past, present, and possible future by Charlotte.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman on CBS, starring Jane
Seymour and Joe Lando (October 30, 1993) Sully's deceased wife, Abigail (Megan
Gallivan), appears three times to Dr. Mike and expresses her anger and jealousy about
having died at such a young age. She also wants Dr. Mike to move out of Sully's house
and give up her relationship with him.
Family Ties on NBC, starring Meredith
Baxter-Birney, Michael Gross, and Michael J. Fox (rerun) Alex Keaton's friend, Greg,
is killed in an automobile accident. He makes two full appearances to Alex and
communicates with him.
This causes Alex to review his life and relationships,
confront his fear of death, and question his spiritual beliefs in this insightful two-part
Growing Pains on ABC, starring Alan Thicke, Joanna
Kerns, and Kirk Cameron (rerun) Mike's Uncle Bob (James Callahan) makes two full
appearances in the kitchen. The second time Uncle Bob asks Mike to remember him and gives
him a small towel. They hug good-bye and Uncle Bob fades away.
Harts Of The West on CBS, starring Beau Bridges
and Harley Jane Kozak (December 11, 1993) Auggie (Saginaw Grant), a Comanche Indian, plans
to die on his 60th birthday and join his deceased wife, Helen. He makes his preparations
on the Harts' property where his wife was buried.
Helen makes a full appearance to Auggie and tells him
that it's not his time, that he still has lots to do and should savor life, not waste
it. She also says she misses him and will be waiting for him when it is his time. Auggie
kisses Helen's hand, and she disappears as she walks away.
Heaven Help Us: syndicated, starring Melinda
Clarke, John Schneider, and Ricardo Montalban (August 28, 1994) In this premiere episode,
Lexy and Doug Monroe are killed in a plane crash while on their honeymoon, and they meet
Mr. Shepherd who tells them they must "earn their wings" to enter heaven. Their
first assignment on earth is to help Lexy's bereaved parents (Shirley Jones and Efrem
Zimbalist, Jr.) who are separating after a 30-year marriage. At their memorial service,
Doug's friend sees him briefly, and later Lexy's father sees her for a moment in
his office. At the conclusion, Doug and Lexy arrange a reunion for her parents, and Lexy
places a sentimental necklace around her mother's neck.
The Hidden Room on Lifetime Television, episode: Let
Death Do Us Part starring Barbara Williams, Geordie Johnson, and Chris Potter
(December 7, 1991) Clare receives a red rose from her deceased husband, Tom, six months
after his death.
Tom makes a series of full appearances to Clare and they
have several conversations. However, Clare chooses to develop a relationship with a new
man in her life, Dan, who is flesh and blood, and she and Tom part lovingly.
Highway To Heaven on NBC, episode: Jonathan
Smith Goes To Washington starring Michael Landon and Victor French, and featuring
Eddie Albert (rerun) A powerful U. S. Senator dies suddenly of a heart attack. He
keeps his promise and visits his daughter and son-in-law at the hospital following the
birth of their son.
She has an olfactory ADC when she smells the aroma of his
cigar, and breaks into a large joyful-tearful smile.
Jack's Place on ABC, episode: Everything
Old Is New Again starring Hal Linden, Finola Hughes, and John Dye (June 9, 1992) A
young widower, Rick (George Clooney), is making plans to marry his fiancée when his
deceased wife, Kim (Courtney Thorne-Smith), makes a series of appearances to him. As only
he can see and communicate with her, Rick becomes very confused until they say a final
Knots Landing: a prime time soap on CBS, episode: My
Bullet (February 1, 1990) Gregg (William Devane) is visited by his murdered daughter,
Mary-Frances, and his deceased father. Both make a series of full appearances and have
two-way conversations with him.
Lonesome Dove: a mini series starring Robert
Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, and Diane Lane book by Larry McMurtry
(1985), teleplay by Bill Wittliff (1988) In this frontier epic Josh Deets, a tracker, is
killed by an Indian boy with a lance.
Pea Eye, a wrangler wounded, exhausted, and lost
on the plains tries to find his way back to the cattle drive. Deets appears to him
at night, inspiring and guiding him across the range.
Married ... With Children on Fox, starring Ed
O'Neill and Katey Sagal (rerun) Al Bundy is devastated when he learns that his wife,
Peg, sold the collection of Playboy magazines his father left to him. His father
makes a full appearance to Al, orders him to get the magazines back, and slowly fades from
M*A*S*H on CBS, episode: Follies of the Living,
Concerns of the Dead starring Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, and Loretta Swit
(1982, rerun) Private Jimmy Weston (Kario Salem) is beyond medical help and dies. His soul
or spirit rises out of his body, but no one can see or hear him throughout the show except
Cpl. Klinger (Jamie Farr) who has a high fever from a kidney infection. At the conclusion,
Pvt. Weston is met by another deceased soldier and they walk off together.
M*A*S*H on CBS, episode: Trick or Treatment starring
Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, and Loretta Swit (1982, rerun) On Halloween night,
Colonel Sherman Potter relates his wife, Mildred, had a sleep-state ADC in which her
brother, Calvin, came into her room, sat on the end of her bed, and shook his head sadly.
The next morning she learned Calvin had died of a heart attack and Mildred's
sister, Louise, had the same "dream."
Melrose Place on Fox, episode: Holiday On Ice
starring Heather Locklear as Amanda (December 19, 1994). Bruce (Stanley Kamel), who took
his own life, returns to Amanda, blames her for his death, and confronts her for her
selfishness. In a variation of A Christmas Carol, Bruce takes Amanda into her past
as a little girl abandoned by her father at Christmas, and to her possible lonely funeral
in the future. Amanda is penitent and makes financial restitution to Bruce's two sons
and offers Alison her job back at D & D.
The New Twilight Zone on CBS, episode: There
Was An Old Woman starring Colleen Dewhurst (rerun) An author of popular
children's books befriends a young boy who is terminally ill. After his death, he
comes to her with a group of deceased children, and they request that she read her stories
to them. They are delighted when she agrees.
Northern Exposure on CBS, starring Rob Morrow and
Janine Turner (September 23, 1991) Maggie's boyfriend, Rick (Grant Goodeve), was
killed by a falling satellite in an earlier show.
Maggie has an out-of-body ADC with him at a country club
in "heaven" He advises her to select boyfriends who will be kinder and more
faithful to her than he was.
Quantum Leap: Episode, Temptation
Eyes, starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. An Asian woman recounts that, when
she was a young girl, her mother appeared in her bedroom, assured her everything would be
all right, and then kissed her good-night. The next morning, the young girl saw her father
crying for the first time ever. He explained that her mother had been hit and killed in
her car by a drunk driver the night before. This had taken place at the exact time her
mother had come to visit her in her bedroom. This is another example of someone having an
ADC before learning that their loved one had died.
Reunion: a made for TV movie on CBS staring Marlo
Thomas, Peter Strauss, and Matthew Kelly, based on the book, Points Of Light by
Linda Grey Sexton (December 11, 1994). After her young son, Jamie, dies from being
accidentally strangled by a toy, his mother, Jessie, repeatedly hears him, sees him, hugs
him, and even gives him a butterfly kiss.
Although these events are virtually presented as
after-death communications, none of them ring true because Jamie is never happy, he is
always cold physically, and he repeatedly says to his mother, "Come with me!" In
the context of the film, he means his mother should take her own life in order to join
him. This movie is definitely not recommended for bereaved parents.
The Simpsons on Fox, episode: Old Money (rerun)
Abraham "Grampa" Simpson receives a $106,000 inheritance from his sweetheart,
Beatrice Simmons, who died of a heart attack.
When Abe isn't happy having so much money, she makes
a full appearance to cheer him up while he's on a roller coaster ride at an amusement
park. Bea urges him to use the money to help others, and make up with his son, Homer
Star Trek: The Next Generation episode: Journey's
End starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes (April 1, 1994) Cadet Wesley Crusher
(Wil Wheaton) is on leave from Starfleet Academy when he encounters a colony of North
American Indians on Dorvan 5.
During a meditation exercise, Wesley sees an ADC vision
of his deceased father who was a Starfleet officer when he died. He receives guidance from
his father when he's told it's time to end one part of his life's journey
and begin another. Wesley resigns from Starfleet Academy and starts living with the
Indians where he will study with The Traveler.
Star Trek: The Next Generation episode: Dark
Page starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes (November 5, 1993) Deanna
Troi's mother, Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett), suffers a breakdown caused by her
unresolved grief as a bereaved mother thirty years earlier. Deanna (Marina Sirtis) enters
her mother's memories through a telepathic process and meets a sister she never knew
she had, Kestra, who apparently drowned accidentally at about age seven when Deanna was
only a baby.
Star Trek: The Next Generation episode: Where
No One Has Gone Before starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes (1987, rerun) When
the Enterprise is transported a billion light years to an uncharted place where thoughts
create reality, Captain Picard encounters his deceased grandmother. She tells him,
"I'm always with you," and he responds, "Yes, I felt that."
Thirtysomething: a prime time soap on ABC (April
16, 1991) Gary (Peter Horton) was killed in a traffic accident in a previous show. He
makes several full appearances to his long-time friend, Michael (Ken Olin), to provide
guidance, offer support, and say good-bye.
The Twilight Zone on CBS, episode: The Changing
Of The Guard starring Donald Pleasence (rerun) An elderly teacher at a private boys
school is forced to retire due to his age. Feeling his life has been a complete failure,
he prepares to commit suicide.
Several of his former students, all of whom have died,
return to intervene. They tell him about the important impact he has made on their lives
and restore his self-esteem.
The Tracey Ullman Show on Fox, (1990) In one short
play, You Call That A Dress?, Theresa (Tracey Ullman) is grieving alone in a
funeral home beside her father's casket when he (Dan Castellaneta) makes a full
appearance to her.
She expresses her anger and hurt because he didn't
express his love for her during his lifetime. He asks for her forgiveness, she grants it,
and they embrace. Concluding their unfinished business, her father leaves.
Walker, Texas Ranger on CBS, starring Chuck Norris
(March 2, 1996) Texas Ranger Cordell Walker is suspended in the air by ropes wrapped
around his wrists and left to die. He sees his deceased Native American father who is
transparent and hears him say, "Don't give up son, it's not your time.
It's not your time." After receiving this encouraging message, Walker climbs the
ropes and frees himself.
Who's The Boss? on ABC. Episode: Operation
Mona starring Tony Danza, Judith Light, and Katherine Helmond (February 13, 1990)
While awaiting surgery in a hospital, Mona is visited by her deceased husband, Robert
(Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.).
During this full appearance, they discuss her upcoming
operation and their daughter, Angela. He kisses her good-bye and assures her,
"I'm with you all the time."
Who's The Boss? on ABC, starring Tony Danza,
Judith Light, and Katherine Helmond (rerun). Mona and her brother, Archie, have been
estranged for twenty years because she never received an invitation to his wedding
his fiancée, Laura, had removed it from the mailbox.
Now deceased, Laura makes amends on Christmas eve by
appearing to Tony and tells him where to find the missing invitation. The next morning
Tony finds it, Mona and Archie reconcile, and all have a joyous family gathering.
Who's The Boss? on ABC, starring Tony Danza,
Judith Light, and Katherine Helmond (rerun). Tony is shown the future he could have had as
a very successful and wealthy baseball player if he hadn't sustained a career-ending
injury. The guide in his fantasy is his former St. Louis Cardinals baseball coach, Coach
Wolff (Brandon Maggart), who is deceased.
However, even after Tony comes back to reality, he sees
Coach Wolff who speaks to him briefly before he disappears.