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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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Complete series cast summary:
...  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
Kristine Kauffman ...  Kris - Blue Moon Employee / ... 30 episodes, 1985-1989
...  Jergenson / ... 30 episodes, 1985-1989
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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3 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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Trivia

The third season became notorious for repeated delays of new episodes and a large number of "filler" episodes that ignored the primary story arc, including: a Christmas story, a retrospective show, a Shakespeare spoof, and an episode focused on Miss DiPesto. The scheduling problems happened because Bruce Willis broke his shoulder skiing, and Cybill Shepherd was pregnant with twins. One episode starts with a mock newsreel announcing the behind-the-scenes problems. See more »

Quotes

Maddie Hayes: You are eye crust!
David Addison: The better to see you with, my dear.
Maddie Hayes: You are navel lint!
David Addison: Expensive navel lint.
Maddie Hayes: You are...
David Addison: Don't go much lower, they'll take us off the air.
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Crazy Credits

Between the closing credits of episode 3.9, "The Straight Poop", about 5 minutes of bloopers from previous episodes are shown. See more »

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Soundtracks

Moonlighting
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Al Jarreau
Sung by Al Jarreau
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A true "one-in-a-million" show
22 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Moonlighting was one of those shows that I didn't watch at first but once I caught an episode I was hooked. The constant sparring of Maddie and David was excellent with a lot of acknowledgement to the camera. I even enjoyed the episodes where Agnes Dipesto and Herbert Viola were given more screen-time.

My favourite episodes include the feature length first episode, "The Lady in the Iron Mask", "Atomic Shakespeare", "The Straight Poop", "It's a Wonderful Job" and "Poltergeist III Dipesto Nothing".

It's currently airing on a cable channel in the U.K. and although not all episodes were good the majority were very well written with many memorable scenes.


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