7.8
435 votes
Moonlighting

Moonlighting

ABC 1985

When former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke and finds that one of her few remaining assets is ownership of the Blue Moon Detective Agency, she is tempted to liquidate it until she meets the quirky employees and gets involved in their even quirkier cases.

ABC Classic TV 1900 Titles Top TV Series (1970-2013) TV: ALL WGA's 101 Best Written TV Series 80's TV Shows 80's series Comedy and Cartoon TV Classic TV TV Drama 65+ Rating

The 10 Worst Episodes of Moonlighting

Moonlighting - S5E1

#1 - A Womb with a View

6.21

Season 5 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 14 votes.

Moonlighting - S5E7

#2 - I See England, I See France, I See Maddie's Netherworld

6.67

Season 5 - Episode 7

Dave and Maddie keep company with a popular corpse and visit a graveyard when a man seeking a bodyguard drops dead in their office.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 9 votes.

Moonlighting - S5E9

#3 - Perfetc

6.90

Season 5 - Episode 9

Maddie resists, but David plunges ahead when a dying burglar asks for their help in proving he committed the perfect crime 25 years earlier.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 10 votes.

Moonlighting - S1E7

#4 - Эпизод #1.7

7.00

Season 1 - Episode 7

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 1 votes.

Moonlighting - S3E5

#5 - All Creatures Great and...Not So Great

7.08

Season 3 - Episode 5

A priest asks Dave and Maddie to find a woman he's become infatuated with during confession and whose latest revelation was her intention to kill herself.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 13 votes.

Moonlighting - S5E5

#6 - Shirts and Skins

7.10

Season 5 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 10 votes.

Moonlighting - S4E10

#7 - Tracks of My Tears

7.14

Season 4 - Episode 10

Maddie returns to Los Angeles by train and spends the time daydreaming about her future and pouring her troubles out to a sympathetic fellow passenger.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 7 votes.

Moonlighting - S4E6

#8 - Cool Hand Dave (2)

7.18

Season 4 - Episode 6

Ms. Dipesto lets Maddie's secret slip, so Dave frantically tries to fly to Chicago, but he gets waylaid and makes an unexpected side trip to prison under another man's name.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 11 votes.

Moonlighting - S4E13

#9 - Here's Living with You, Kid

7.20

Season 4 - Episode 13

Bert, bored on an all-night stakeout, dreams about how nice it would be to live with Agnes, but her hesitation when he actually asks her hurts his tender ego.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 10 votes.

Moonlighting - S3E3

#10 - Symphony in Knocked Flat

7.24

Season 3 - Episode 3

Dave and Maddie agree to each arrange what they consider to be an ideal evening for the other, but the concert tickets Dave buys from a scalper get them into nothing but trouble.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 17 votes.

Moonlighting - S2E11
#11 - The Bride of Tupperman
7.31
Season 2 - Episode 11

Dave and Maddie compete to fulfill their client's unusual request: find him a possible mate fitting his very specific requirements.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 16 votes.

Moonlighting - S2E18
#12 - Camille
7.33
Season 2 - Episode 18

Dave hires an unlucky con woman who accidentally became a heroine when she stopped an assassination attempt against a United States senator, but who is still pursued by a determined crooked cop.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 15 votes.

#13 - Take My Wife, for Example
7.38
Season 5 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 8 votes.

Moonlighting - S4E7
#14 - Father Knows Last
7.38
Season 4 - Episode 7

Mr. Hayes visits Dave after his return to the agency to subtly hint that he should take some responsibility for Maddie's unborn child.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 13 votes.

#15 - Lunar Eclipse
7.40
Season 5 - Episode 13

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.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 15 votes.

Moonlighting - S4E1
#16 - A Trip to the Moon
7.43
Season 4 - Episode 1

After a month of intimacy, Maddie begins to question just where this relationship with David is headed.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 14 votes.

Moonlighting - S2E5
#17 - My Fair David
7.50
Season 2 - Episode 5

Maddie bets David that he can't act like a mature responsible professional for one full week while they deliver ransom money for the mother of a kidnapped concert pianist.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 24 votes.

Moonlighting - S3E9
#18 - The Straight Poop
7.54
Season 3 - Episode 9

Rona Barrett investigates the rumors about discord among the principals at the Blue Moon Detective agency.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 13 votes.

Moonlighting - S2E1
#19 - Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 1

Dave's older brother shows up unexpectedly, flashing a big roll of money and determined to impress a bemused Maddie, unaware that he's pursued by a drug dealer who wants his money back.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 41 votes.

Moonlighting - S3E15
#20 - To Heiress Human
7.67
Season 3 - Episode 15

Maddie tries to ignore the previous night as she and David tackle a new case: a woman wants evidence that her fiance loves her and not her father's money.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Moonlighting from 15 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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OK, I might be a bit biased here because the 80s were my teenage years so I grew up with those shows but I think that decade produced some of the most memorable. Shows you don't just watch and forget about but shows you never forget and that you want to watch again. Like Moonlighting. They had actors that could act, writers that could write - they were great with dialogue. They created characters not two-dimensional look-alikes.

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Bruce Willis' breakthrough role was in the classy screwball romantic comedy with some detective work added for the fun of it. It gave the actor an excellent place to have fun and grow as an actor making sparks fly with the already legendary sex bomb Cybill Sheppard as their hate-love chemistry made the sparks fly and kept the viewing figures high. Their fast-paced dialogue was controversial stuff in the mid 1980s. The show started to sink when it started to focus too much on the supporting characters carrying some episodes that no one likes and a fourth season that had problems with the duo split apart for the entire run (due to Bruce Willis' filming of "Die Hard" and Cybill's pregnancy). When the fifth season premiere started with a horrendous story and Willis in diaper making fun of spontaneous abortion it was the definitive that it would soon end as even the most devoted fan started to leave it. The series did dare to break down the third wall and talk directly to the viewers and had some really great episodes, especially a black & white one that broke some ground and the ending of the series is a surprise in sync with the rest of the "frankly my dears I don't give a damn" style of the show.

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