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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
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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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Idea too Original for Television, 23 November 2001
Author: richard.fuller1

Eric Idle (Monty Python) and Caroline McWilliams (Benson) were a married couple I think were killed in a car wreck, much like in Topper. Hefty comic Stuart Patinkin was to be the obvious blue collar foil to Idle's British pomposity when Patinkin and his family moved into the house formerly occupied to Idle and his wife, McWilliams. This show came along when other Monty Pythoners John Cleese and Michael Palin were being 'rediscovered' in "Fish Called Wanda". Idle was the clear star of the show, even singing the opening theme, 'It's hard to agree when a family of three, . . .' he would say. The funny clincher was when soap vet Henderson Forsythe showed up as Grandpa, and since he had one foot in the grave already, he could see Idle and McWilliams. This then gave the show a strange twist, and Grandpa became a regular. Now the opening song became 'It's hard to ignore when a family of four, . . .' This was interesting. As others pointed out, this was a summer replacement series and was gone after at best six episodes. Idle and Forsythe were hysterical together. I felt the possibilities for this show could have been endless, but of course Hollywood would have no idea what to do with it.

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