The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.
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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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5 March 1985 (USA)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Episodes were shot in 12 to 14 days, much longer than the usual 7 days for an hour-long series. Dialogue was often written only hours before shooting. Scenes were sometimes filmed days before airing. Because of the delays, the series never reached the usual 26 episodes per season. Only 66 episodes were produced from 1985-89. See more »

Quotes

Maddie Hayes: Good husband, are we married merrily?
David Addison: Yea, verily, we are married merrily... though at first warily, and unfortunately quite sterilely.
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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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Moonlighting
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Al Jarreau
Sung by Al Jarreau
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Reliving the 80's with one of my favorite shows.
22 July 2000 | by (Torrance, Ca., USA) – See all my reviews

Presently, "Moonlighting" is being shown on cable (Bravo)here in the U.S. I must say watching these episodes after fifteen years brings back a lot of joy for me. It was one of my favorite shows of the '80's. I remember enjoying the verbal sparring between Maddie and David. It was also fun to watch what antics David would pull. True, some episodes weren't all that great, but what T.V. show has been truly perfect? Anyway, for the most part "Moonlighting" was a wonderful show that was well-written. As I watch these episodes again, I'm struck by how beautiful Cybill Sheperd was photographed and how young looking Bruce Willis was. (I think they've aged pretty well.)Last night I saw "Twas the Episode Before Xmas" and loved how they (writers and actors) frequently broke through the "fourth wall". That's another thing I loved about the show. It frequently broke through the "fourth wall". In all, "Moonlighting" was a witty romantic comedic show that put a whole new spin on the detective show genre.


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