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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3 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Das Model und der Schnüffler  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Glenn Gordon Caron was hired away from Remington Steele (1982), another series about a pair of bickering detectives, to create and produce this show. He left after the third season due to the chaotic production and disagreements with Cybill Shepherd. See more »

Quotes

Maddie Hayes: You're an animal!
David Addison: Exactly.
Maddie Hayes: And what does that mean?
David Addison: The male of the species engages in sexual congress no less than forty-six thousand, five hundred and three times from the time he is thirteen until the time he runs out of ammo.
Maddie Hayes: You know that and you can't remember our zip code?
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A few minutes of bloopers from previous episodes are shown between the closing credits of episode 5.5, "Shirts and Skins". See more »

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Referenced in Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season (1996) See more »

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Moonlighting
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Al Jarreau
Sung by Al Jarreau
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brilliant writers
19 October 2004 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

When I was 12 this was my favorite show on TV, but I've come to appreciate it more in my old age. Bruce and Cybill are great, but above all, the writing is among the best I've seen in a television series. The nonstop sledge hammer wit for a full hour makes me laugh out loud every episode. The scenes are always brilliantly constructed, the jokes always intelligent. The writers never got all the credit they deserved, I'm sure. No matter how funny one joke is, there is always a come back line. I think you have to get past the early episodes that were a little more serious. I didn't start watching until around the beginning of '86.

So much on TV nowadays is either over-the-top dramatic, or toilet humor. No one knows how to just have fun anymore. Moonlighting never forgot that it was just a television show, and it didn't mind poking fun at itself. Some lines that demonstrated this were, "Two teams [...] with the same story. Either someone's lying or the writers just Xeroxed the other scene", and, "What do we do now?" "Wrap this up in about 12 minutes so another show can come on the air."

After David and Maddie got together, then weren't together, then were, how did it end anyway? The show became a bit of a soap opera. But it was always a treat to watch. Everyone mentions Moonlighting's version of "The Taming of the Shrew." Some of my other favorite episodes are "The Bride of Tupperman", which ends with a hospital scene chase to 'Dem Bones, "Symphony in Knocked Flat" (guest appearance by Don King), "Yours Very Deadly" (Burt Viola's first appearance), and both Christmas episodes. And the show wouldn't be complete without the rhymes of Agnes Dipesto. If you aren't that familiar with the show, don't miss your next opportunity to see Moonlighting!


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