In the first episode, the two main characters die. Afterwards, they go around solving mysteries or helping people or whatever. IIRC, in the first episode the man rescues the woman from the ocean. I believe it was an NBC show, and it wasn’t on long.

  • Can you remember any of the mysteries they solve/people they help? Any specific episode plots? Remember one of those could really help someone find this for you. If you want to add anything else you can edit your question.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 15:38
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    Are you sure they both died? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_and_Hopkirk_(Deceased)
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 15:41
  • Nightmare cafe? Circa 1992 NBC the intro features the two dead main characters in the water. Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 7:19
  • Lucas Bachmann, that’s it! Thank you! Only it was the 90’s and not the 80’s-1992, to be exact! Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 4:45

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Nearly Departed, an American sitcom starring Eric Idle and Caroline McWilliams that aired on NBC on Monday nights from April 10, 1989 to May 1, 1989, itself an updated version of Topper.

The series focused on English professor Grant Pritchard and his wife Claire who are killed in a rockslide. They return to their home as ghosts to find plumbing contractor Mike Dooley and his wife Liz, son Derek, and his father, Jack, living there. Grandpa Jack was the only one who could see and hear the Pritchards. 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. In one such instance, Derek was doing poorly in school because he was intimidated by bullies; Grant and Claire use their abilities to scare off the bullies.

As a Python fan, I was really rooting for Eric but I could not last 5 minutes.

  • Could you edit this to explain how this matches the OP’s description?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 17:26
  • I hope you don't mind, but I expanded your answer.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 18:32
  • It was on NBC, it had two dead people as characters, it was broadcast in the late 80s and it wasn't on for long.
    – C'est Moi
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 19:53

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