Moonlighting: Season 1, Episode 1

Moonlighting (Pilot) (3 Mar. 1985)

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Maddie Hayes wakes up to find her staff have quit and all her money has been stolen. One of her few remaining assets is a loss-making investigation agency run by David Addison. She sacks the staff but David is determined to keep it going.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Plastic Surgeon (as Jim MacKrell)
Rebecca Stanley ...
Frederick Coffin ...
Investigator #1 (as Henry Sanders)
Dennis Stewart ...
Joseph Whipp ...
Investigator #2 (as Joe Whipp)
Jean Adams ...
Old Lady


This is the pilot episode of the "Moonlighting" (1985) television series. Madeline 'Maddie' Hayes, a wealthy former model, discovers one morning that her business manager has stolen all the money she has in the bank. However, it turns out that she still owns some non-liquid assets -- money-losing companies which were maintained as tax write-offs -- one of which is a detective agency run by David Addison. Maddie meets with him to inform him that the company is to be shut down, but he tries to persuade her to keep it open by convincing her that the detective agency can make money. To prove it, David brings Maddie into a murder case involving a mysterious wristwatch and four million dollars worth of smuggled diamonds. Written by Brian C. Madsen <>

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3 March 1985 (USA)  »

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In the first shot a semi-automatic pistol is being loaded from a box labeled as revolver ammunition. See more »


David Addison: All right! You're looking great, kid! I'm right behind ya. Now, don't look back and try and see me, just know that I'm right in back of you, and -- yes, I am looking up your dress.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Performed by Patsy Cline
Written by Willie Nelson
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great pilot for a great series
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ex-model Maddie Hayes, now penniless thanks to an shifty accountant, decides to liquidate the businesses that she still owns. But David Addison wants desperately to keep his job as a private eye at a detective agency that Maddie owns. After a dying man forces Maddi to take a watch, they find themselves chased by bad people. As well as the start of a TV love/hate relationship for the ages. The chemistry between Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard is amazing, the dialog is great and this is one of the better TV movie pilots that I've seen. The pilot can be seen on the Complete First & Second seasons DVD Set (and I can't recommend that you buy it highly enough)

My Grade: A

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