The Heights
GenreMusical drama
Created byEric Roth
Tony Spiridakis
StarringJamie Walters
Camille Saviola
Alex Désert
Charlotte Ross
Zachary Throne
Theme music composerBarry Coffing
Steve Tyrell
Stephanie Tyrell
Opening theme"How Do You Talk to an Angel" performed by the Heights
ComposersShawn David Thompson, Zachary Throne, Jamie Walters
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (1 unaired)
Executive producerTony Spiridakis
ProducersAaron Spelling
E. Duke Vincent
EditorMichael B. Hoggan
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companySpelling Television
Original release
ReleaseAugust 27 (1992-08-27) –
November 26, 1992 (1992-11-26)

The Heights is an American musical drama series that aired Thursday at 9:00 pm on Fox from August 27 to November 26, 1992.


The Heights centered on a fictional band (also called the Heights) made up of mostly working-class young adults. Episodes regularly featured one of their songs.

The eventual theme song for the show, "How Do You Talk to an Angel" (sung by cast member Jamie Walters), went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was the first song from a television show to top the Hot 100 since 1985, as well as the first song by a fictional band to top the Hot 100 since 1969. The Heights premiered on August 27, 1992, to low ratings, and never gained a substantial audience. Fox canceled the series less than a week after the theme song fell from the number one spot.[1]


On the soundtrack album, session musicians played most of the backing tracks, although the cast sang their own vocals. On the single "How Do You Talk To An Angel", the instrumentation was entirely performed by session musicians, while the vocals were entirely performed by all seven "Heights" members (with Jamie Walters on lead). However, some of the actors were actually also musicians, and on a few album tracks, Jamie Walters played guitar, Zachary Throne guitars, keyboards and bass, Cheryl Pollak saxophone and Ken Garito drums, percussion and guitar.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Talk to an Angel"Donald PetrieTony SpiridakisAugust 27, 1992 (1992-08-27)
2"A Star Ain't Nothing But a Ball of Gas"Sandy SmolanTony SpiridakisSeptember 3, 1992 (1992-09-03)
3"Evil Ways"John NicolellaMatt DearbornSeptember 10, 1992 (1992-09-10)
4"On the Nickel"Donald PetrieTony SpiridakisSeptember 17, 1992 (1992-09-17)
5"Reunion"John NicolellaParis QuallesSeptember 24, 1992 (1992-09-24)
6"Fear of Heights"UnknownJames KramerOctober 1, 1992 (1992-10-01)
7"No Place Like Home"James HaymanJames Kramer & Matt DearbornOctober 22, 1992 (1992-10-22)
8"Splendor in the Past"Jefferson KibbeeStory by : Janna King
Teleplay by : Tony Spiridakis
October 29, 1992 (1992-10-29)
9"What Does it Take"Jefferson KibbeeTony SpiridakisNovember 5, 1992 (1992-11-05)
10"Independence Day"Steven RobmanParis QuallesNovember 12, 1992 (1992-11-12)
11"The Wanderer"Jefferson KibbeeTony Spiridakis & Matt DearbornNovember 19, 1992 (1992-11-19)
12"Things That Go Bump in the Night"John NicolellaStory by : James Kramer
Teleplay by : James Kramer & Paris Qualles
November 26, 1992 (1992-11-26)
13"The Transformation"Steven RobmanStory by : Matt Dearborn
Teleplay by : Tony Spiridakis & Matt Dearborn

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1993 BMI Film & TV Awards Special Recognition Barry Coffing, Stephanie Tyrell, and Steve Tyrell
For the song "How Do You Talk to an Angel"
1993 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics Nominated

See also


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book Of Number 1 Hits (5 ed.). Billboard Books. p. 812. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.