One of the first, if not ''the'' first, fantasy US sitcoms. Based on two novels by Thorne Smith and three ScrewballComedy movies, the series starred Leo G. Carrol as Cosmo Topper; a stick-in-the-mud banker; who buys a house owned by the late George and Marion Kerby, who recently died in a freak avalanche. Soon after, Topper finds himself haunted by the ghosts of the couple, along with the ghost of Neil, the perpetually drunk St Bernard that [[SaintBernardRescue tried to rescue them]]. The Kerbys try to make up for wasting their lives by helping Topper loosen up and enjoy life more. One of StephenSondheim's first writing jobs; he wrote 11 episodes of the first season.

!!This work provides examples of:

* FollowTheLeader: ''Series/{{Topper}}'' lead the way for other [[FantasticComedy supernatural/fantasy sitcoms]] such as ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', ''MrEd'', and ''MyMotherTheCar''.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: George and Marion are trying to help Topper, not haunt him.
* RealLifeRelative: Robert Sterling and Anne Jefferies.
* SaintBernardRescue: The reason Neil's a ghost now.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: The first-season Christmas episode has Topper falling asleep after watching ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' on TV and dreaming he's Scrooge, with the Kerbys and Neil as the three spirits.