Moonlighting (1985–1989)
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Atomic Shakespeare 

A student starts to watch Moonlighting, then his mother appears and reminds he has to read Taming of the Shrew for school. As he starts to read, the characters from Moonlighting enact the play.

Director:

Will Mackenzie (as Will MacKenzie)

Writers:

Glenn Gordon Caron (created by), William Shakespeare (from an idea by) (as William 'Budd' Shakespeare) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Katerina
Bruce Willis ... Pertrucio
Allyce Beasley ... Bianca
Kenneth McMillan ... Baptista
Ralph Drischell Ralph Drischell ... 1st Townsman
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... 2nd Townsman, Flossing (as Joseph Medalis)
Hap Lawrence ... The Bishop
Colm Meaney ... Katerina Suitor (as Colm Meany)
Curtis Armstrong ... Lucentio
Sterling Holloway ... Narrator (voice)
Daniel Frishman ... Katerina Suitor
Danny Stone Danny Stone ... Katerina Suitor
Frank Collison ... Padua Resident
Rob Wickstrom Rob Wickstrom ... Western Union Messinger
Clinton Allmon Clinton Allmon ... Townsman (as Clinton J. Allmon)
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Storyline

A student starts to watch Moonlighting, then his mother appears and reminds he has to read Taming of the Shrew for school. As he starts to read, the characters from Moonlighting enact the play.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1986 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sterling Holloway's last project. See more »

Goofs

For humorous effect, the episode is full of deliberate anachronisms. See more »

Quotes

Pertrucio: [to Lucentio/viola] I hope that we meet again. Probably in the fourth act.
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Connections

Version of Katharine and Petruchio (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Close To You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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A Very Funny Take on The Taming of the Shrew
28 November 2006 | by RRRhonda9See all my reviews

I loved the "Moonlighting" series 20 years ago, and although I now know that Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd did NOT have the personal chemistry that they had on screen, I still value the series. It was quite ahead of its time--and I think that helps to make the series timeless! This particular episode, "Atomic Shakespeare" is an abbreviated "Taming of the Shrew" with Willis as Petruchio and Shepherd as Katharine.

This casting is, of course, ideal; the minor players (series regulars) also do a great job.

The late Sterling Holloway (recognized by my AP English students as the voice of 'Winnie the Pooh') narrates the love(?) story/comedy like no one else could.

I highly recommend the entire "Moonlighting" series, but particularly this episode from the third season, "Atomic Shakespeare."


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