Moonlighting (1985–1989)
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Moonlighting (Pilot) 

Maddie Hayes wakes up to find her staff have quit and all her money has been stolen. One of her few remaining assets is a loss-making investigation agency run by David Addison. She sacks the staff but David is determined to keep it going.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Maddie Hayes
Bruce Willis ... David Addison Jr.
Allyce Beasley ... Agnes DiPesto
Robert Ellenstein ... Heinz
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Plastic Surgeon (as Jim MacKrell)
James Karen ... Alan
Rebecca Stanley Rebecca Stanley ... Susan Kaplan
Dennis Lipscomb ... Simon
Frederick Coffin ... Pawnbroker
Mary Hart ... Herself
Henry G. Sanders ... Investigator #1 (as Henry Sanders)
Liz Sheridan ... Selma
Dennis Stewart ... Blond Mohawk
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Investigator #2 (as Joe Whipp)
Jean Adams Jean Adams ... Old Lady


This is the pilot episode of the "Moonlighting" (1985) television series. Madeline 'Maddie' Hayes, a wealthy former model, discovers one morning that her business manager has stolen all the money she has in the bank. However, it turns out that she still owns some non-liquid assets -- money-losing companies which were maintained as tax write-offs -- one of which is a detective agency run by David Addison. Maddie meets with him to inform him that the company is to be shut down, but he tries to persuade her to keep it open by convincing her that the detective agency can make money. To prove it, David brings Maddie into a murder case involving a mysterious wristwatch and four million dollars worth of smuggled diamonds. Written by Brian C. Madsen <>

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Release Date:

3 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The property used for Maddie's house was also used in the Columbo episode "Sex and the Married Detective" See more »


When Blond Mohawk is running through the park he is barefoot, But when he runs away after the accident he's wearing shoes. See more »


[repeated throughout series during arguments]
David Addison: [yelling] Fine!
Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes: [yelling] Fine!
[both stalk into their offices and slam the doors behind them]
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Performed by Patsy Cline
Written by Willie Nelson
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One of the best shows of the '80s
12 December 2000 | by tonyarea18See all my reviews

Moonlighting was a wonderful show, it has all the style, magic, romance, comedy and greatness of the '80s, and when you watch it, you feel nostalgic for all the good all times. Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd were wonderful on the show and had the most amazing chemistry of any couple on television. The writing on the show was wonderful, the smart, quirky and snappy dialogues, the wonderful use of jokes and ironies and the good but not overuse of pop culture references. Bruce Willis shows some of his best acting of his career on Moonlighting, he is David Addison, a private detective who is easy going and enjoys life and is a wise-ass, and Maddie Hayes is an ex-model that decides to run the Blue Moon agency after her ex-husband leaves her with nothing, that's how Moonlighting started. What made this show so great was the chemistry and the love/hate relationship between David and Maddie, which was a joy to watch. Truly one of the best and most enjoyable romance comedies of all time.

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