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Release Date:
10 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Grant and Clair Pritchard may not be alive anymore, but don't tell that to the people who just moved into their house! See more »
Grant and Claire Pritchard are a deceased couple who still inhabit their home and make trouble for the Dooleys... See more »
Actress Caroline McWilliams Dies
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 (Series Cast [6])

Eric Idle ... Grant Pritchard / ... (6 episodes, 1989)

Caroline McWilliams ... Claire Pritchard (6 episodes, 1989)

Stuart Pankin ... Mike Dooley (6 episodes, 1989)

Wendy Schaal ... Liz Dooley (6 episodes, 1989)

Jay Lambert ... Derek Dooley (6 episodes, 1989)
Henderson Forsythe ... Grandpa Jack Garrett (6 episodes, 1989)

Series Directed by
John Rich (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
John Baskin (6 episodes, 1989)
Roger Shulman (6 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Jack Seifert .... producer (6 episodes, 1989)
John Baskin .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1989)
Dale McRaven .... co-executive producer (2 episodes, 1989)
John Rich .... consulting producer (2 episodes, 1989)
Roger Shulman .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Robert Irving (2 episodes, 1989)
Randy Petersen (2 episodes, 1989)
Kevin Quinn (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Casting by
Alice Cassidy (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Bill Brzeski (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Cox .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Sound Department
Marty Church .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Faigh .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
Richard Berres .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Other crew
Patti Mustari .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1989)

Chris LaBarbera .... second stage manager (unknown episodes, 1989)
Bob Illes .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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[singing theme song]
Grant Pritchard:Everyone lately is making me crazy, now that we've joined the deceased. There'll be no resting in peace, dear. Nearly departed. Stumbling cockeyed the moment that rockslide came tumbling down on our heads. Maybe we're better off dead, dear. Nearly departed...
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Eric Idle deserved better but he was great, 11 April 2006
Author: dphelan-1 from Canada

I started watching "Nearly Departed" because of Eric Idle and I must admit he was good in it. My absolute favorite scene is when he is trying to help Granpa ( I believe) pass his drivers test by gymnastically spelling the letters on the eye examine with his body. It was superb physical comedy! Of course his verbal comedy was good as well. My biggest problem with the series was the family being haunted. They were very "sitcommy" and boring. I know the ghosts needed protagonists but it may have been better if they had been a bit more winning with flaws rather than very flawed with few ( if any) winning traits. I always wished this had lasted or that Eric were given another comedy but sadly it never happened.

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