Heartland (1989 TV series)

Heartland is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March 20, 1989, until June 12, 1989. The series stars Brian Keith as an old-fashioned Nebraska farmer who moves in with his daughter (Katie Layman), son-in-law (Richard Gilliland) and their family. Keith's real-life daughter Daisy Keith plays one of his grandchildren. The show was created by Don Reo, and was produced by Impact Zone Productions in association with Witt/Thomas Productions and distributed by TeleVentures.[1]

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Created byDon Reo
StarringBrian Keith
Richard Gilliland
Katie Layman
Opening themeperformed by Dion DiMucci
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesImpact Zone Productions
Witt/Thomas Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 20 (1989-03-20) –
June 12, 1989 (1989-06-12)


An old-fashioned farmer, B. L. McCutcheon, loses his farm and has to move in with his daughter's family[2] in the fictional rural town of Pritchard, Nebraska.[3]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"The Tornado"Terry HughesDon ReoMarch 20, 1989 (1989-03-20)17.9[4]12.4/19[4]
The Staffords refuse an offer from an agribusiness representative. A tornado hits the farm.
2"B.L. Moves Out"Terry HughesDon ReoMarch 27, 1989 (1989-03-27)13.2[5]9.6/15[5]
B.L. and Tom have a fight and B.L. runs from the house. Johnny goes skinny-dipping.
3"Johnny Goes to California"Steve ZuckermanDon ReoApril 3, 1989 (1989-04-03)11.8[6]8.6/13[6]
Johnny plans a road trip to California.
4"Gus Sees a Dead Guy"Steve ZuckermanDon ReoApril 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)13.3[7]9.5/15[7]
Gus sees his first dead body at a funeral. Johnny doesn't trust Kim's new boyfriend.
5"Girl Wrestler"Andy CadiffDon Reo & Judith D. AllisonApril 17, 1989 (1989-04-17)14.3[8]9.8/16[8]
Gus quits the wrestling team when a girl joins the team.
6"Life and Death"Steve ZuckermanDon ReoApril 24, 1989 (1989-04-24)11.8[9]8.2/14[9]
Casey thinks she is pregnant. Johnny goes deer hunting.
7"The Sky Is Falling"TBATBAMay 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)13.9[10]10.1/16[10]
One of the Staffords' sheep is killed when an airplane falls out of the sky.
8"The Dog Story"Zane BusbyDon Reo & Judith D. AllisonMay 8, 1989 (1989-05-08)12.0[11]8.9/14[11]
Johnny falls in love with a farmer's daughter.
9"No Place Like Home"Andy CadiffJulia NewtonMay 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)12.2[12]9.0/16[12]
Tom attends an auction. B.L. accompanies Kim on her trip to New York City to apply to Juilliard.
10"The Wild One"TBATBAJune 12, 1989 (1989-06-12)11.9[13]8.4/15[13]
Tom and B.L. have to share a bed when they go for a trip to Kansas. Johnny buys an old motorbike.


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