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  • TV-PG
  • 1985
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.6  (24,067)

Moonlighting was a popular television series that aired on ABC from 1985 to 1989. The show starred Cybill Shepherd as Maddie Hayes, a former model who is left bankrupt when her accountant embezzles all her money. She ends up taking over a detective agency that she had previously invested in and hires Bruce Willis as David Addison, a wisecracking private investigator.

The chemistry between Shepherd and Willis was the driving force behind the show's success. They bickered constantly, but there was also an undercurrent of sexual tension that captivated viewers. Maddie and David's relationship was always on the brink of developing into something more, but they never quite got there, which kept audiences guessing and tuning in week after week.

The show's unique style was a mix of comedy, drama, and romance, with each episode having its own distinct format. Some were traditional detective stories, while others were parodies of popular film genres. Moonlighting was also known for its use of breaking the fourth wall, with the characters directly addressing the audience and poking fun at the tropes of television and Hollywood.

Another standout aspect of the show was its supporting cast. Allyce Beasley played Agnes DiPesto, Maddie and David's quirky and lovable secretary, while Curtis Armstrong played Herbert Viola, a film buff who often assisted the detectives in their cases. The trio provided much of the show's comic relief and helped to round out the world of the series.

Despite its popularity, Moonlighting was not without its behind-the-scenes drama. The show was infamous for its production delays, with episodes often taking weeks or even months to complete. This was due in part to the show's unique filming style and its heavy reliance on improvisation. However, it was also a result of tension between Shepherd and Willis, who had a notoriously volatile relationship both on and off set.

Still, none of this could detract from the show's impact on popular culture. Moonlighting paved the way for other shows that blended genres and experimented with storytelling techniques, and it remains a fan-favorite to this day.

Moonlighting is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (67 episodes). The series first aired on March 3, 1985.

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Lunar Eclipse
13. Lunar Eclipse
May 14, 1989
Dave breaks it off with Annie when her husband comes to California, everyone attends the wedding of Burt and Agnes, and the agency closes its doors for a final time as everyone tries to figure out why it all had to end.
Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2)
12. Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2)
April 30, 1989
Dave helps Maddie entertain her cousin Annie, who's visiting California to get a perspective on her marriage.
In 'N Outlaws
11. In 'N Outlaws
April 23, 1989
Burt pouts and frantically tries to solve the crime when Agnes is forced to miss his family reunion because she won't vote to convict a man of murdering his partner / lover.
When Girls Collide (1)
10. When Girls Collide (1)
April 16, 1989
David goes beyond the call of duty to help entertain Maddie's cousin Annie, and Maddie realizes that David may be over his obsession with her.
9. Perfetc
April 9, 1989
Maddie resists, but David plunges ahead when a dying burglar asks for their help in proving he committed the perfect crime 25 years earlier.
Those Lips, Those Lies
8. Those Lips, Those Lies
April 2, 1989
Maddie is sympathetic while David is skeptical when his brother shows up asking for help tracking down his fiancee's former partner, who has absconded with all their company assets.
I See England, I See France, I See Maddie's Netherworld
7. I See England, I See France, I See Maddie's Netherworld
February 14, 1989
Dave and Maddie keep company with a popular corpse and visit a graveyard when a man seeking a bodyguard drops dead in their office.
Take My Wife, For Example
6. Take My Wife, For Example
February 7, 1989
A ruthless divorce lawyer comes to Blue Moon for help in reconciling a couple she helped split up, and Maddie tries to buy David a present.
Shirts and Skins
5. Shirts and Skins
January 17, 1989
The office divides along gender lines when Maddie takes on a case for a woman who shot her boss for sabotaging her career when she refused his sexual advances.
Plastic Fantastic Lovers
4. Plastic Fantastic Lovers
January 10, 1989
Maddie and David are hired by a disfigured man who has become a recluse and needs the detectives' help in proving that a plastic surgeon wantonly caused his disfiguration.
The Color of Maddie
3. The Color of Maddie
December 20, 1988
Maddie and David struggle to find a new footing for their relationship while working on a case for a woman whose husband of one week returns after a ten year absence.
Between a Yuk and a Hard Place
2. Between a Yuk and a Hard Place
December 13, 1988
Maddie takes on several new cases in an effort to bury her sorrow, including one where a woman is convinced that her husband is still in love with someone from his past.
A Womb With a View
1. A Womb With a View
December 6, 1988
An angel from above visits Baby Hayes as he waits to be born and gives him the low down on his parents and their relationship.
Where to Watch Moonlighting
Moonlighting is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Moonlighting on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 3, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (24,067)