Promised Land (TV series)

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Promised Land
Created byMartha Williamson
StarringGerald McRaney
Wendy Phillips
Austin O'Brien
Sarah Schaub
Eddie Karr
Celeste Holm
Theme music composerMarc Lichtman
Composer(s)John Batdorf
Ray Colcord
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes68 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Steven Phillip Smith
Martha Williamson
Producer(s)Jon Andersen
Danna Doyle
David Ehrman
Arnold Margolin
William Schmidt
William A. Schwartz
Debbie Smith
Robert J. Visciglia, Jr.
E.F. Wallengren
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Moon Water Productions
CBS Productions
DistributorAmericana Entertainment
CBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1996 (1996-09-17) – May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)
Related showsTouched by an Angel

Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a spin-off from another series, Touched by an Angel.


Promised Land had an ensemble cast, which featured Russell Greene (Gerald McRaney) who was on a divine mission. In the premiere episode, which aired as a special episode of Touched by an Angel, angels Tess (Della Reese) and Monica (Roma Downey) asked Russell, recently laid-off from his factory job, to "redefine what it means to be a good neighbor and recapture the American dream." To do this, Russell and his family traveled around the country in a beat up Airstream trailer, helping people in need, looking for work, and learning from their experiences. Russell's family included his wife Clare (Wendy Phillips), who was licensed to homeschool their kids while they were on the road; his mother Hattie (Celeste Holm), who updated a hand-embroidered map to show all places they had traveled; and his teenage son Josh (Austin O'Brien), daughter Dinah (Sarah Schaub), and young nephew Nathaniel (Eddie Karr), who had been abandoned by Russell's troubled brother Joe (Richard Thomas). Erasmus was an old friend of the family who lived in Chickory Creek, the small town in Kentucky where Hattie grew up. The family frequently returned to Chicory Creek to celebrate holidays and rest. Occasionally they were assisted by Tess or other angels while they tried to help people overcome their personal problems or rekindle their lapsed faith.

Early in the second season, Claire found out that she was pregnant, but tragically their infant daughter, Grace, died soon after her birth in the season's final episode. In the third season, the family decided to settle down and moved into a run-down small house in a poor neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Russell convinced the owner to let them live there rent-free in exchange for the renovations he made to the house and Claire got a job at a guidance counselor at the local high school where Josh and Dinah enrolled as students. Russell volunteered working at the Ridley Center, a neighborhood teen center. Living next door to the Greenes in Denver were Shamaya and her teenage brother L.T., a former gang member having problems with going straight. Bobbie, an unwed mother with an infant son, was Josh's girlfriend, and Margot (who enjoyed the 1940s era and its fashion in particular) was a friend of Dinah's. In the series final episode, Hattie married an old friend of the family and Russell quit the Ridley Center and took a job as a policeman.

Most of the third season was spent in Denver, Colorado, but — much like Touched by an Angel — it was filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah.





Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a spin-off from another series, Touched by an Angel. During the course of the series, 68 episodes of Promised Land aired over three seasons.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
123September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)
223September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)May 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)
322October 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)

Backdoor 11pilot[edit]

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"Promised Land"Michael SchultzMartha WilliamsonSeptember 15, 1996 (1996-09-15)
Suddenly without a job, Russell Greene takes his family across the country to Chicory Creek, his mother's small hometown in the state of Kentucky. Russell was promised work there, only to discover the man who offered employment has died. Family friend Erasmus Jones (Ossie Davis) offers his land on which they can park their trailer, until things get better for them. Russell's nine-year-old nephew Nathaniel is also staying with Erasmus, after Russell's brother Joe has left town. Russell is talked into traveling by bus to New York, in order to persuade Erasmus' daughter (Suzzanne Douglas) to open up a clinic in the town that helped her get into medical school. Russell receives help getting back to town from fellow bus passenger Tess (Della Reese), who later reveals herself to be an angel. She tells him that God wants his family to travel around America and help others.

Season 1: 1996–97[edit]

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11"The Expatriate"Victor LoblE.F. Wallengren & Valerie WoodsSeptember 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)
While the Greenes travel through Colorado, they hear a radio broadcast of a high-school basketball coach (Michael Gross) announcing that he is moving to New Zealand. He has become disillusioned with America and the Greenes must restore his faith.
22"The Prodigy"Gene ReynoldsDeborah Starr SeibelSeptember 24, 1996 (1996-09-24)
The Greenes attend a music festival in Evanston, Wyoming, honoring a late rock legend. They meet his grieving wife Pamela Riley (Gail O'Grady), who fears that her son Trevor (Benjamin Salisbury) will follow his father's destructive career path.
33"The Motel"Victor LoblE.F. WallengrenOctober 1, 1996 (1996-10-01)
While passing through Arkansas, the Greenes discover that Joe left a run-down motel without paying his bill, so Russell decides to work off the debt by making repairs for the embittered motel owner (Marion Ross).
44"The Hostage"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 8, 1996 (1996-10-08)
Claire's great Aunt Ethel (Cloris Leachman) is celebrating her 100th birthday in Pueblo, Colorado. However, Russell must encourage a man (David Graf) to take action against his employer for dumping toxic waste at a local landfill site, which ultimately led to his wife's death from cancer.
55"The Magic Gate"Burt BrinckerhoffE.F. Wallengren & R.J. CollearyOctober 15, 1996 (1996-10-15)
While visiting a small town in West Virginia, Russell intervenes when he discovers Nathaniel's favorite author (Valerie Harper) is a morphine addict and that her fellow townspeople refuse any assistance because of the bad reputation it would give the town.
66"Leap of Faith"Michael SchultzMartha Williamson, E.F. Wallengren and Norman MorrillOctober 29, 1996 (1996-10-29)
Dinah's navigating lands the Greenes in Roswell, New Mexico. They encounter a group of UFO believers eagerly awaiting the return of a former astronaut (James Brolin) who disappeared years ago. Russell learns the secret of the disappearance.
77"Little Girl Lost"Vincent McEveetyNorman Morrill & Valerie WoodsNovember 12, 1996 (1996-11-12)
The Greene family's camping in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is interrupted when a young girl (Laura Morgan) becomes lost. Dinah uses her mapping and trail skills to locate the child, which impresses Russell.
88"The Secret"Gene ReynoldsWilliam SchmidtNovember 19, 1996 (1996-11-19)
Claire takes a job as a substitute teacher at a high school in Pennsylvania. She and Josh must help a troubled teenaged girl (Julia Stiles), who is afraid to tell her father (Lee Majors) that she has suffered a miscarriage. Claire and Russell empathize with the girl as they recall a similar loss of their own years ago.
99"The Homecoming: Part 2"Tim Van PattenWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenNovember 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)

The Greenes return to Chicory Creek, Kentucky, to join Erasmus for Thanksgiving, but Nathaniel's mother (Delta Burke) arrives, intent on reclaiming her son, now that her life is in order.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
1010"King of the Road"Jim JohnstonDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithDecember 3, 1996 (1996-12-03)
A charismatic older gentleman (Steve Forrest) woos a surprised Hattie. Meanwhile, the Greenes run into con artists when they go shopping for a new trailer, after a fire destroys the old one.
1111"Christmas"Michael Ray RhodesE.F. WallengrenDecember 17, 1996 (1996-12-17)
Claire goes home for Christmas after receiving a letter from her favorite grade-school teacher (James T. Callahan) who is dying. She discovers that her mother (Mary Elizabeth McDonough) once had a romantic tryst with the teacher.
1212"The Getaway"Stuart MargolinWilliam Schmidt & William A. SchwartzJanuary 7, 1997 (1997-01-07)
On their way to Cheyenne, Colorado, the Greenes stop to help Ellen Boller (Wendel Meldrum), whose car has broken down on the road. Russell and Claire learn that Ellen and her daughter (Kelsey Mulrooney) are running away from an abusive husband (John Finn), who happens to be the town sheriff. Russell's attempt to rescue the woman and her daughter puts his own family in jeopardy but he is able to defuse the tense situation.
1313"Independence Day"Burt BrinckerhoffDebbie Smith & Danna DoyleJanuary 14, 1997 (1997-01-14)
The Greenes visit relatives in Great Falls, Montana, who are struggling with the demands of caring for a new baby and an adult brother (Chris Burke) who has Down syndrome.
1414"Mirror Image"Stuart MargolinWilliam A. Schwartz & Deborah Starr SeibelJanuary 21, 1997 (1997-01-21)
Claire fears the worst when she discovers a lump in her right breast and she secretly goes to a hospital for a mammogram. There, she befriends Rachel (Essence Atkins), who is facing a mastectomy. Scared, Rachel tells Claire that she is breaking off her engagement with fiancé David (Derek Webster). Claire must have a biopsy and this alarms the family, but the biopsy comes back negative. Russell and Claire renew their vows, which causes Rachel and David to marry.
1515"The Collapse"Jim JohnstonStory by : Jim Johnston, William A. Schwartz and E.F. Wallengren
Teleplay by : William A. Schwartz & E.F. Wallengren
February 11, 1997 (1997-02-11)
Russell works day labor in a mine. Fighting to stay on top of their orders to meet deadlines and low on manpower, his coworkers are pushed to their limits when a support beam gives way, causing the mine to collapse. Russell and twelve others are trapped. He struggles to keep the crew in the right frame of mind to handle the situation. While struggling himself, Russell is visited by his deceased father (R. Lee Ermey), which gives them a chance to take care of some unfinished business. Finally, the rescue teams break through to the other side. The weary miners emerge singing the inspirational song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
1616"Running Scared"Burt BrinckerhoffMichael GlassbergFebruary 18, 1997 (1997-02-18)
Hattie and Dinah come across 15-year-old Allison (Thora Birch) shivering in the cold and take her in. The girl is a runaway from a foster home and claims she is searching for her older brother Tommy, whom she hasn't seen in eight years. Russell and Allison learn that Tommy had committed suicide by jumping off a railroad bridge. Distraught, Allison attempts to do the same and the Greenes are able to save her.
1717"Amazing Grace: Part 2"Victor LoblMartha Williamson, E.F. Wallengren and William A. SchwartzFebruary 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)

The Greene family joins Josh on an assignment after a violent gang incident.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
1818"Downsized"Michael SchultzWilliam SchmidtMarch 4, 1997 (1997-03-04)
After a recent shooting causes Josh to be blind, the Greenes go to Post Falls, Idaho to place him in a special institute. They then visit Ned Bernhart (Stacy Keach), a friend from North Carolina. Ned sets Russell up with a job interview at his place of employment, but a younger, less qualified applicant is hired and Ned loses his job. Russell convinces Ned to consult with a lawyer about an age discrimination lawsuit. Meanwhile, Hattie arranges a protest, complete with local news crews, against Ned's employer. His lawyer and Russell are able to broker a deal to return Ned to his job.
1919"The Outrage"Michael Ray RhodesClaire WhitakerMarch 18, 1997 (1997-03-18)
Russell tries to prevent Jesse (Wes Studi), a Native American friend, from avenging the death of a young man killed during a dispute to keep a coal company off a reservation. Meanwhile, Josh meets Jesse's son Will (Demetrius Navarro), who helps him adjust to his recent blindness.
2020"Intolerance"Victor LoblE.F. WallengrenApril 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
With the help of Russell and Claire, a woman (Rue McClanahan) forces a young boy (Dylan Bruno) to face his anti-Semitic acts by telling him about her own family's past.
2121"Cowboy Blues"Alan J. LeviWilliam A. SchwartzApril 29, 1997 (1997-04-29)
The Greenes take a detour to a ranch and find a father (David Selby) and son (Nick Stahl) at odds over what to do with a traumatized horse.
2222"Civil Wars"Larry LiptonDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithMay 6, 1997 (1997-05-06)
Dinah sees the angel of death (John Dye) and fears that a loved one is going to die. Then the Greenes are involved in a car accident that leaves a woman seriously injured.
2323"Stealing Home: Part 1"Burt BrinckerhoffWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 13, 1997 (1997-05-13)
Nathaniel fights a Little League teammate who teases him about the coach's (Sharon Gless) crush on Russell. The fight, along with Russell's rebuffing the coach's advances, sparks a complaint to social services and raises questions about the Greenes' parental abilities.
2424"Stealing Home: Part 2"Burt BrinckerhoffWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)
The coach who accused the Greenes of child negligence faces the same charge, when her own son (Andrew J. Ferchland) runs away from home with Nathaniel, saying he blames her for the death of his twin brother.

Season 2: 1997–98[edit]

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241"The Road Home: Part 2"
"Joe's Return: Part 2"
Burt BrinckerhoffE.F. Wallengren & Mimi SchmirSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)

Russell tries to get Nathaniel back from the boy's prodigal father—his brother Joe (Richard Thomas), which includes telling the police about Joe's car accident while under the influence of drugs.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
252"The Promise"Michael SchultzWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)
Claire skips an event held to honor Russell's grandfather in order to keep a promise she made 25 years ago to her ex-boyfriend Rod (Douglas Sheehan).
263"Par for the Course"Vincent McEveetyDebbie Smith & Danna DoyleOctober 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)
When Nathaniel leaves the Hattie's embroidered travel map in a gift shop, he, Hattie, Dinah and Josh return for it—and find the proprietor (Stephen Tobolowsky) has claimed it as his own. Meanwhile, Claire shares some alarming news with Russell that will impact all members of the family.
274"Crushed"Gene ReynoldsDebra EpsteinOctober 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)
Josh refuses to have sex with new girlfriend Meredith (Meredith Monroe), causing her to feel rejected. Meanwhile, a pregnant Claire battles morning sickness.
285"Mooster's Revenge"Jim JohnstonE.F. WallengrenOctober 23, 1997 (1997-10-23)
When Russell sells the piano owned by Claire's great-aunt Ethel (Cloris Leachman), he bears witness to a bitter family feud.
296"Saint Russell"Burt BrinckerhoffWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)
Russell becomes the object of hero worship when he rescues a drowning girl, which thereby convinces a cancer victim (Anne Lockhart) that he is a miracle worker.
307"Take Back the Night"Jim JohnstonDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)
Dinah is nearly raped on the way to work at a hospital, where she later befriends Dr. Smith (Jameson Parker), who may not be as nice as he appears.
318"Mr. Muscles"Vincent McEveetyE.F. WallengrenNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)
Russell must persuade a former high-school basketball teammate (Robert Hays) to keep his star-athlete son Ryan (Zachery Ty Bryan) from taking steroids.
329"The Winter"Terrence O'HaraWilliam A. SchwartzNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)
Russell learns his new boss (Brian McNamara) owes money to loan sharks who are not afraid to stake out the work site.
3310"To Everything a Season"Gene ReynoldsMimi SchmirNovember 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)
A Thanksgiving visit with Claire's sister (Kate McNeil) and her husband (Michael Reilly Burke) is cut short, after Claire announces her unexpected pregnancy and the childless couple does not take the news well.
3411"The Bookworm"Sandor SternDebra EpsteinDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)
Claire discovers that a popular high school student (Trever O'Brien) is illiterate, as is his uncaring father (Asher Metchik), whose remedy is to have his son quit school and learn a trade.
3512"Recycled"Terrence O'HaraDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithJanuary 9, 1998 (1998-01-09)
Hattie visits her ailing friend Evelyn (Elizabeth Wilson). Evelyn begs Hattie to help end her life. Meanwhile, Claire develops pregnancy complications.
3613"Mirror Family"Stuart MargolinEdmond StevensJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)
The Greenes befriend Brad (Ted Shackelford) and Linda Elias (Teddi Siddall), whose family seems to mirror the Greene lifestyle of home schooling and traveling around the country. Upon closer inspection, Russell realizes that they are not what they seem and like the nomad lifestyle for a secret reason.
3714"Purple Heart"Alan J. LeviDebra EpsteinJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)
The discovery of a seemingly valuable Purple Heart medal at a flea market has Nathaniel searching out its owner, but he is surprised to learn that it was given away by a troubled woman (Kaitlin Hopkins) whose father won it in the war.
3815"Designated Driver"Stuart MargolinMimi SchmirFebruary 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)
The Greenes return to Chicory Creek and Josh becomes smitten with a teenage girl (Selma Blair) who secretly is an alcoholic. Meanwhile, Russell helps Claire with a teaching assignment in the auto shop.
3916"Two for the Road"Alan J. LeviE.F. WallengrenFebruary 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)
Joe (Richard Thomas) is released from jail on a weekend pass to surprise his son Nathaniel for his birthday, but he and brother Russell run into some rough weather on the way home.
4017"The Secret of Bluestem"Sandor SternDebbie Smith & Danna DoyleMarch 5, 1998 (1998-03-05)
A relative of Claire's leaves her a 100-acre ranch in South Dakota, but the family soon becomes involved in a dispute over an Indian burial site.
4118"Undercover Granny"Tim Van PattenArnold MargolinMarch 26, 1998 (1998-03-26)
Josh sees a distressed resident at a nursing home, so Hattie poses as a tenant to find out if the facility is abusing its residents.
4219"On My Honor"Stuart MargolinDebra EpsteinApril 2, 1998 (1998-04-02)
When Claire suspects the principal (John Terry) at her latest school is illegally boosting student test scores, she risks her longtime friendship with his wife (Hallie Foote) to learn the truth. Meanwhile, Nathaniel resorts to cheating to get a cub scout badge.
4320"Total Security"Martha MitchellEdmond Stevens & Martha WilliamsonApril 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)

Working as a mall security guard, Russell helps his new his boss (Gary Graham), whose supposedly deceased wife (Pam Tillis) returns to see their daughter (Elise Shirley) after disappearing years ago.

Note: This episode begins a story that concludes on Diagnosis: Murder in "Promises to Keep".
4421"When Darkness Falls"Tim Van PattenMimi SchmirApril 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)
After a disturbed teen (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) opens fire in Claire's classroom, a bitter Russell finds he is unable to forgive the boy. Guest star Randolph Mantooth.
4522"A Hand Up Is Not a Handout: Part 1"Victor LoblWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)
Claire awaits the arrival of the baby. Joe is released from jail and joins the family. Meanwhile, Josh, Hattie and Dinah head to Oklahoma City for a memorial service of the bombing.
4623"A Hand Up Is Not a Handout: Part 2"Victor LoblWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)
The family keeps vigil over ailing baby Grace. Meanwhile, Joe's ex-convict status causes friction between him and his co-workers.

Season 3: 1998–99[edit]

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471"Saving Grace: Part 2"
"Vengeance is Mine: Part 2"
Victor LoblSteven SmithOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)

Nathaniel is kidnapped by the woman whose family died because of Joe's (Richard Thomas) reckless driving. Meanwhile, Claire visits Darlene, a prisoner on death row who she is going to teach to read.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
482"Balancing Act"Terrence O'HaraMimi SchmirOctober 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)
Dinah refuses to answer Josh's questions about rumors that she is sleeping with a football player, but Josh ultimately defends her honor when her friend Eric begins spreading rumors about her.
493"Restoration"Sandor SternDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithOctober 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)
Distracted by the restoration of her mansion, a status-conscious Southerner (Lee Purcell) does not notice her teenage daughter's (Hilary Salvatore) developing physical and emotional problems.
504"Baptism of Fire"Stuart MargolinDavid Ehrman & Debbie SmithOctober 22, 1998 (1998-10-22)
Hatred erupts in a Mississippi town when the Greenes decide to help Erasmus and his friend Alicia (Ruby Dee) rebuild a torched church.
515"Chasin' the Blues"Will MackenzieE.F. WallengrenOctober 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)
When Josh heads to Texas to save his runaway girlfriend, he winds up being rescued twice by a good Samaritan (Keb' Mo').
526"Denver: Welcome Home"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)

A landlord (Eugene Byrd) allows the Greenes to move into a run-down house rent free on the condition that Russell fixes up the place, but neighborhood bullies are furious when the Greenes take over their hangout. Meanwhile, Claire gets a job at the local school.

First appearance of regular cast member Eugene Byrd as Lawrence "L.T." Taggert, Jr.
537"Anywhere But Here"Alan J. LeviDavid EhrmanNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)
Josh is attacked by a group of thugs, but is rescued by a homeless boy, prompting Russell and Claire to locate the child's alcoholic father, hoping to repair the shattered family.
548"And Baby Makes Three"Martha MitchellMimi SchmirNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)
Josh ignores the school rumors about his new girlfriend, until he meets her infant son.
559"Out of Bounds"Sandor SternDebbie SmithDecember 3, 1998 (1998-12-03)
Russell volunteers at a local youth shelter, where he becomes the object of a young drug addict's (Amber Benson) affection. Meanwhile, L.T. is given an ultimatum from his gangster friends—help with a drug deal or live in fear.
5610"Jury Duty"Terrence O'HaraDavid EhrmanDecember 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)
Claire serves on a jury deliberating whether a mother (Anna Getty) negligently contributed to her child's death.
5711"The Visitor"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzJanuary 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)
The Taggarts are shocked to learn that L.T.'s presumed-dead father (Ben Vereen) is not only alive but is dying of prostate cancer.
5812"Wounded Hearts"Alan J. LeviE.F. WallengrenJanuary 14, 1999 (1999-01-14)
L.T.'s hostility towards his father nearly gets him expelled from school, so his father decides to leave. Meanwhile, Josh rethinks his relationship with Bobbie (Tinsley Grimes).
5913"All in the Family"Stuart MargolinDavid EhrmanJanuary 14, 1999 (1999-01-14)
Russell teaches L.T. about forgiveness, but L.T. and Shamaya clash over their father's request to be buried next to their mother after he dies. Meanwhile, some parents oppose Claire's plan to help pregnant teens.
6014"Undercover"Victor LoblDebbie SmithMarch 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)
L.T. interprets Claire's silence as racism when she fails to tell him that his new girlfriend (Monica McSwain) is actually not a high-school student.
6115"In the Money"Stuart MargolinMimi SchmirApril 1, 1999 (1999-04-01)
Russell risks losing a wealthy volunteer at the teen shelter, when he tells her to stop throwing money around and explains how the money could really help the kids. Meanwhile, Dinah and boyfriend Michael (Jesse Petrick) plan a weekend alone.
6216"Pursuit of Happiness"Victor LoblE.F. WallengrenApril 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)
Claire worries that Josh's involvement with Bobbie could be a problem. Margot (Ashleigh Norman) is hit by a car and her mother's (Christine Healy) agoraphobia prevents her from visiting Margot in the hospital. Meanwhile, L.T.'s award-winning play is disqualified for its subject matter.
6317"What's in a Word"Martha MitchellWilliam A. SchwartzApril 15, 1999 (1999-04-15)
Nathaniel hears L.T. using the word "nigger" with a black friend and assumes it is okay to use it with his own friend, who is outraged.
6418"A Day in the Life"Victor LoblDavid EhrmanApril 22, 1999 (1999-04-22)
Russell subs for a sick security guard and experiences a disturbing "day in the life" of Claire's school. L.T. tries to help a friend avoid a rival gang's retaliation for a drive-by shooting. (This episode was actually omitted on it's air date out of sensitivity to the shooting at Columbine High that took place two days before. Since then, the episode has been aired in reruns).
6519"Leaving the Life"Robert Visciglia, Jr.Debbie SmithApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)
With Russell's and L.T.'s assistance, a woman (Cee Cee Michaela Harshaw) tries to break away from her life of crime, after her gang leader threatens to kill her and her family if she refuses to shoot a rival gang member.
6620"Baby Steps"Larry LiptonMimi SchmirMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)
L.T. and Vicki (Chad Morgan) pose as a couple in order to research and write a newspaper article on interracial dating. Margot struggles with her mother's independence. Russell and Claire disagree over whether he should become a police officer.
6721"Darkness Visible"Stuart MargolinDavid EhrmanMay 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)
L.T. is assaulted by a schizophrenic man (Billy Dee Williams), who also steals his camera. L.T. then discovers the man was once a great photographer. Meanwhile, Dinah is worried she won't be asked to the spring dance, and Russell sees some police action.
6822"Finale"Peter H. HuntWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)
Hattie arrives for a surprise visit with her old friend Jim Staley (Rolf Stang), to announce the two of them are getting married. Meanwhile, L.T. discovers that a woman (Wanda De Jesus) sold her baby on the black market.

See also[edit]


The pilot episode was filmed in the spring of 1996 by the crew of Touched by an Angel at the conclusion of production of the latter's second season. The pilot episode took place primarily in the fictional town of Chickory Creek, Kentucky but the actual location was Springville, Utah.

Because Touched by an Angel continued production for a third season, a new crew was hired for production of the Promised Land series. In the meantime, parts of the pilot episode were re-written and two characters from the original pilot episode were recast. Originally, the part of Hattie Greene was played by Peg Phillips. Celeste Holm replaced her in the cast. The part of Nathaniel Greene was also recast with Eddie Karr playing the role in the new version of the pilot and throughout the series. The newly hired crew of Promised Land spent six days reshooting portions of the pilot episode in July 1996.

The storyline of the series called for the Greene family to travel throughout the United States, so northern Utah served as a stand-in for many states. As was the case with Touched by an Angel, the crew's filming locations were usually within a two-hour drive from downtown Salt Lake City. However, during each of the first two seasons, three episodes were filmed in and around Saint George, Utah. During the third season, three episodes were filmed in and around Natchez, Mississippi (in August and September 1998).


The series aired Tuesdays at 8:00 pm (EST) on CBS for its first season and Thursdays at 8:00 pm (EST) for the rest of its run.

Home media[edit]

In May 2018, Visual Entertainment release Promised Land- The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1997 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy/Drama - Supporting Young Actor Age Ten or Under Eddie Karr
Nominated Best Performance in a Drama Series - Young Actress Sarah Schaub
Nominated Best Performance in a Drama Series - Young Actor Austin O'Brien
Nominated Best Family TV Drama Series
Won Best Performance in a Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Benjamin Salisbury
1998 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actor Eddie Karr
Won Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress Sarah Schaub (Tied with Beverley Mitchell for 7th Heaven)
Won Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actor Austin O'Brien (Tied with Michael Yarmush for My Life as a Dog)
Won Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Trever O'Brien
Won Best Family TV Drama Series
(Tied with 7th Heaven)
1999 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Zach Hopkins
Won Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble Eddie Karr, Austin O'Brien, and Sarah Schaub
Won Best Family TV Drama Series
2000 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress Sarah Schaub
Won Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actor Austin O'Brien
1997 PGA Awards Won Most Promising Producer in Television Martha Williamson
1998 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Cloris Leachman (For episode "Mooster's Revenge")
1998 YoungStar Award Nominated Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series Austin O'Brien
1999 Nominated Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series Austin O'Brien
1999 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Ruby Dee (For a guest star or recurring role)
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Ossie Davis


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