Moonlighting (1985–1989)

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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.

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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »
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 Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes / ... (66 episodes, 1985-1989)
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 David Addison Jr. / ... (66 episodes, 1985-1989)
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 Agnes DiPesto / ... (66 episodes, 1985-1989)
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 Herbert Quentin Viola / ... (37 episodes, 1986-1989)
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The top model Maddie Hayes was betrayed by her investment adviser who flew with all her money to South-America and began the hard life of a Casino owner. All the unfaithful manager has left Maddie is her house, her unbelievable beauty and intelligence and the run-down detective-agency "City Angels" (renamed by Maddie into "Blue Moon"). Because of her lack of money, she wants to sell the agency, but the houses only detective David Addison tries to convince her to join the agency as the new boss. So Maddie Hayes becomes involved in the work of a real private detective, which means so hard work as to spy upon unfaithful husbands, find missing people or murderers, foil attempts on VIP's lives, stop killers, help lovers and by the way save the world's peace and existence. While doing this Maddie and David try to get used to each other and this way they recognize their complete difference in life-style, humour, amusement and of course in the way how to run a detective agency. Maybe this is ... Written by Adrian Schuster & Oliver Philipp <adrians@zedat.fu-berlin.de>

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The most expensive series on TV at the time, with an average cost of $1.6 million per episode. ABC was willing to spend the money because the network owned the show, making more profit than if the series was owned by a separate production company. See more »

Quotes

David Addison: What about this banquet? I don't want to go.
Maddie Hayes: We're going. It's very important.
David Addison: Important for what? Okay, it will give us a chance to fight in public, but what else?
Maddie Hayes: I wouldn't want you losing any more sleep over me.
David Addison: Believe me, if and when I ever find myself over you, the last thing I'll be thinking about is sleeping.
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Between the closing credits of episode 3.9, "The Straight Poop", about 5 minutes of bloopers from previous episodes are shown. See more »

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Referenced in Sledge Hammer!: The Spa Who Loved Me (1987) See more »

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Moonlighting
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Al Jarreau
Sung by Al Jarreau
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A true "one-in-a-million" show
22 August 1999 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

Moonlighting was one of those shows that I didn't watch at first but once I caught an episode I was hooked. The constant sparring of Maddie and David was excellent with a lot of acknowledgement to the camera. I even enjoyed the episodes where Agnes Dipesto and Herbert Viola were given more screen-time.

My favourite episodes include the feature length first episode, "The Lady in the Iron Mask", "Atomic Shakespeare", "The Straight Poop", "It's a Wonderful Job" and "Poltergeist III Dipesto Nothing".

It's currently airing on a cable channel in the U.K. and although not all episodes were good the majority were very well written with many memorable scenes.


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