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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Complete series cast summary:
 Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes / ... (66 episodes, 1985-1989)
 David Addison Jr. / ... (66 episodes, 1985-1989)
 Agnes DiPesto / ... (66 episodes, 1985-1989)
 Herbert Quentin Viola / ... (37 episodes, 1986-1989)


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Model und der Schnüffler  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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(66 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


David: [Maddie is displeased that David has been leading the staff in a limbo contest while she has been out of the office] Hiya boss! Back from the dentist so soon?
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Crazy Credits

A few minutes of bloopers from previous episodes are shown between the closing credits of episode 5.5, "Shirts and Skins". See more »


Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Al Jarreau
Sung by Al Jarreau
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I love this show, but they ruined one of the best episodes on the DVD
30 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Finally after years of waiting, the series that marked the career best of both Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd was finally released on DVD. They did a great job on the menus and so forth, but they absolutely destroyed one of my favorite episodes titled, "The Lady in the Iron Mask." They changed all the music which was originally very dark and moody and replaced it with this shrill garbage which even drowns out the dialogue in some places. At the end of the episode the hotel chase sequence was originally accompanied by the William Tell Overture which was the perfect choice for a hilarious climax. On the DVD however, they play the same crap that they played throughout the entire episode. Shame on you for whoever is responsible. It's better than not having the DVD out at all, but it just makes me mad.

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