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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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1989   1988   1987   1986   1985  
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Feminist historian Susan Faludi's famous book "Backlash"; which described how achievements in the women's liberation movement of the 70s were eroded in the misogynistic 80s; devoted a whole chapter to the Mark Harmon love-triangle story arc; which was the cliffhanger episode in the penultimate season the show. In the final scene of this sequence; David and Maddie have been confronting eachother and fighting, when David suddenly and finally makes his movie on Maddie. She slaps him; then she slaps him again; then David overpowers her and the two embrace passionately. Faludi criticized the scene as glamorizing rape; sending the message that the way to deal with situations like this is for the man to overpower the woman; and that the woman will actually enjoy it when this happens. See more »

Quotes

David Addison: What about this banquet? I don't want to go.
Maddie Hayes: We're going. It's very important.
David Addison: Important for what? Okay, it will give us a chance to fight in public, but what else?
Maddie Hayes: I wouldn't want you losing any more sleep over me.
David Addison: Believe me, if and when I ever find myself over you, the last thing I'll be thinking about is sleeping.
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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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Moonlighting
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Al Jarreau
Sung by Al Jarreau
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Best 80's one hour series
16 June 2006 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

The writers were #$%& geniuses! I curse both Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd for letting their egos get in the way of a brilliant series.

I also thank them for the roles they played to perfection.

Love/Hate...just like their characters.

This was one of the few shows my whole family liked. My father would laugh like a hyena and quote the lines for days.

Non stop puns and jokes almost made you HAVE to see the repeats over and over to catch 'em all.

The David Addison character, despite his brashness, made it clear he'd give you the shirt off his back.

And despite Maddy Hayes' pompousness, her heart was pure gold.

Brilliant. Up there with Night Court as one of the best of the 80's.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1985 (USA) 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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