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Moonlighting 

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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 16 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Cybill Shepherd ...  Maddie Hayes / ... 66 episodes, 1985-1989
Bruce Willis ...  David Addison Jr. / ... 66 episodes, 1985-1989
Allyce Beasley ...  Agnes DiPesto / ... 66 episodes, 1985-1989
Curtis Armstrong ...  Herbert Quentin Viola / ... 37 episodes, 1986-1989
Kristine Kauffman Kristine Kauffman ...  Kris - Blue Moon Employee / ... 30 episodes, 1985-1989
Jonathan Ames Jonathan Ames ...  Jergenson / ... 30 episodes, 1985-1989
Daniel Fitzpatrick Daniel Fitzpatrick ...  O'Neill / ... 30 episodes, 1985-1989
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonlighting See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(66 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Even is unfair to say that this ruined the series, Chris Carter, The X Files creator, always referenced 'The Moonlighting syndrome' as how you will destroy an excellent series by doing that the stars have a romance. This idea finished in the most exaggerated unresolved sexual tension ever in a series in the case of Mulder and Scully, that didn't consummated their relationship until at least maybe season 6th or 7th and didn't kiss properly on screen until the last episode of 8th. According to him everything was wrong since David and Maddie slept together and he never wanted to happen that to Scully and Mulder. See more »

Quotes

David Addison: Boy, are you a tough customer. I bet you didn't even clap your hands to save Tinkerbell.
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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 »

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Referenced in Perfect Strangers: Snow Way to Treat a Lady: Part 2 (1987) 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 konrad4489See 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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