Nearly Departed

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Nearly Departed
Created by Roger Shulman
John Baskin
Starring Eric Idle
Caroline McWilliams
Stuart Pankin
Wendy Schaal
Jay Lambert
Henderson Forsythe
Composer(s) Kevin Quinn
Randy Petersen
Robert Irving
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (2 unaired)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Baskin-Shulman Productions
Lorimar Television
Original network NBC
Original release April 10 – May 1, 1989

Nearly Departed is an American sitcom that aired on NBC on Monday nights from April 10, 1989 to May 1, 1989.[1] It was an updated version of Topper.[2]


The series focused on English professor Grant Pritchard, and his wife Claire, who are killed in a rockslide, then return to their home as ghosts to find plumbing contractor Mike Dooley and his family, wife Liz, son Derek, and his father, Jack, living there. Grandpa Jack was the only one who could see and hear the Pritchards but not the Dooleys. In exchange for continuing to live in the house as ghosts, the Pritchards would mediate through Grandpa Jack and try to help the Dooleys with their problems, such as when Derek was doing poorly in school because he was intimidated by bullies, Grant and Claire use their abilities to scare off the bullies.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Grant Meets Grandpa" John Rich Roger Shulman & John Baskin April 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)
2 "Adventures in Babysitting" John Rich Roger Shulman & John Baskin April 17, 1989 (1989-04-17)
3 "Altared States" John Rich Daniel Palladino April 24, 1989 (1989-04-24)
4 "TV or Not TV" John Rich Neil Alan Levy May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)
5 "Grandpa's Date" John Rich Dale McRaven UNAIRED
6 "Grant's Aunt" John Rich Sy Dukane & Denise Moss UNAIRED


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 838. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming From 1948 to the Present (4th ed.). Penguin. p. 592. ISBN 01402-4916-8.