Moonlighting (1985–1989)
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Moonlighting (Pilot) 

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.







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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The property used for Maddie's house was also used in the Columbo episode "Sex and the Married Detective" See more »


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


David Addison: Hi, could you please tell me where I can find Booth Three?
Woman Behind Counter: [Stares blankly back as if she can't see or hear him]
David Addison: Ah, I see. First living brain donor.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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One of the best shows of the '80s
12 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Moonlighting was a wonderful show, it has all the style, magic, romance, comedy and greatness of the '80s, and when you watch it, you feel nostalgic for all the good all times. Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd were wonderful on the show and had the most amazing chemistry of any couple on television. The writing on the show was wonderful, the smart, quirky and snappy dialogues, the wonderful use of jokes and ironies and the good but not overuse of pop culture references. Bruce Willis shows some of his best acting of his career on Moonlighting, he is David Addison, a private detective who is easy going and enjoys life and is a wise-ass, and Maddie Hayes is an ex-model that decides to run the Blue Moon agency after her ex-husband leaves her with nothing, that's how Moonlighting started. What made this show so great was the chemistry and the love/hate relationship between David and Maddie, which was a joy to watch. Truly one of the best and most enjoyable romance comedies of all time.

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