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I've been watching episodes on DVD recently. It still holds up well after all these years. And yeah, the show goes off the rails in the last two seasons, but there are still a few gems. Bruce and Cybill were just perfect together, and Allyce Beasley was great as the dizzy DiPesto.

I didn't know that the characters were originally modeled after Bill Murray and Jessica Lange. (Halfway through writing the actual pilot script did Glenn Caron realize Cybill was Maddie) Of course, neither Bill or Jessica would have considered a television series at that time. But you can't help imagining how a Moonlighting movie with them would have turned out.

by Anonymousreply 8604/13/2016

[quote]Allyce Beasley was great as the dizzy DiPesto

Was Herbert Viola the Cousin Oliver of the show? I loved DiPesto's solo episode.

Bruce was smoking back then, then there's the lovely jazz theme song. I was obsessed with The Isley Brothers "This Ole Heart of Mine" cause of an episode that played it. God, I feel old now.

by Anonymousreply 103/22/2013

One of the most special shows in all of television. A real gem. One for the vaults.

Some favorite episodes:


- The Next Murder You Hear. One of the all-time best Dave and Maddie driving scenes. Great noir influence.

- The Murder's In The Mail: Great Dr. Seuss bit toward the end.


- The Lady In The Iron Mask: Great screwball chase at the end, better in the broadcast version. Unfortunately the music was replaced in the DVD and it's terrible.

- Money Talks, Maddie Walks: Great mythology episode. No mystery. Just builds character and relationships.

- The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice: One of the most famous episodes. Two black and white fantasies, shot on some of the last true black and white only cameras in Hollywood.

- Portrait of Maddie: Great mystery.

- Twas the Episode Before Christmas: The payoff is in the last scene. Very touching for lovers of television.

- The Bride of Tupperman: One of the best examples of Moonlighting functioning on all cylinders. Good mystery, good episode, fun chase to wrap it all up.

- Every Daughter's Father is a Virgin: CLASSIC EPISODE. No mystery. All personal stuff. A couple of HEARTBREAKING scenes. Watch this and respect Cybil Shepherd as an actress again. One of my favorites, even though it's slow slow slow.

- Sleep Talkin Guy: Very nice episode building the Maddie and David relationship.

- Camile: Whoppi Goldberg. A crazy fourth-wall-breaking romp.


- Symphony in Knocked Flat: A couple of great gags here. The final act is a bit off the rails but it's all fun.

- Yours, Very Deadly: Great all-around episode. Moonlighting on all cylinders.

- Big Man on Mulberry Street: This episode is famous for a dream ballet, but the best moment comes towards the end. Maybe the most touching Maddie / David scene of the series. A must for fans of the series.

- Atomic Shakespeare: A kid isn't allowed to stay up late to watch Moonlighting. He has to do his Shakespeare homework. So he goes upstairs and imagines Taming of the Shrew as an episode of Moonlighting. And that episode is performed in iambic pentameter. Maybe the most famous Moonlighting episode of all, and very touching for me, who watched the show as it aired as a child. A masterpiece of television, never to be duplicated.

- It's a Wonderful Job: Continuing a streak of classic, classic episodes. Maddie gets the Christmas Carol treatment. A real special episode for fans. Very touching, but also funny.

- The Straight Poop: A journalist goes behind the scenes at Blue Moon to find out what all the drama is. Mirroring the drama behind the scenes at the actual show. Classic.

The next run of episodes in the season are fine, they create a big love triangle that culminates in David and Maddie having sex. I am not a fan.

Nothing is worth watching after the season three finale. Glen Gordon Caron left Moonlighting very early into season four, and he was not proud of the episodes he did at the start of that season. They are messy, and the show was effectively over at that point.

I hope this helps some people discover the best of what this truly special show has to offer.

by Anonymousreply 203/22/2013

Another show Cybill Shepherd managed to crate with her ego.

by Anonymousreply 303/22/2013

Bill Murray was that much of an asshole?

by Anonymousreply 403/22/2013

Never has a celebrated show seemed to have gone off the rails so quickly. And Shepherd's maternity leave seemed like it was two years long.

by Anonymousreply 503/22/2013

I preferred the mysteries with the fun climaxes to the Dave and Maddy drama.

by Anonymousreply 603/22/2013

R2 I like your post, but I disagree that there's nothing worth watching after season three. Even though it had some incredibly inane moments and ridiculous scenarios, there were still some touching, well acted scenes in there.

I love this scene where they reunite after Maddie's been away for months.

by Anonymousreply 703/22/2013

It was a RIP-OFF of Remington Steele.

Glen Gordon Caron even worked at Remington Steele as a scriptwriter, before taking his concept to ABC

by Anonymousreply 803/22/2013

R7 Thanks. I'm a purist. Once Maddie started putting mouse in her hair, it's over.

R8 is right. It wasn't a rip off as much as ABC asked Glen to give them their Remington Steele. I think you'll agree that what resulted was far, far different.

by Anonymousreply 903/22/2013

The show was great the first season or two, but then got bogged down by the soap opera-ish elements of the Dave/Maddie relationship, Bruce and Cybill's real life conflict, Cybill's pregnancy, and of course endless, endless reruns. I remember the running joke back then that it was a special occasion when an episode was on that had only three previous airings.

by Anonymousreply 1003/22/2013

Can't tell you how many times they broadcast the Lady in the Iron Mask episode.

by Anonymousreply 1103/22/2013

"It was a RIP-OFF of Remington Steele."

Yeah, but it's SO MUCH BETTER.

by Anonymousreply 1203/22/2013

R10 the pregnancy did not occur until Season 4, but you are right. Much more than the sex, it is what killed Moonlighting. She was unavailable for filming and they wound up shooting a ridiculous series of scenes at home in Chicago with her parents that they then had to write around and find a use for. A screwball comedy can survive when the will-they-or-won't-they is over. They can continue to clash as a couple. But it cannot survive several episodes in different cities.

by Anonymousreply 1303/22/2013

[quote]Atomic Shakespeare: A kid isn't allowed to stay up late to watch Moonlighting. He has to do his Shakespeare homework. So he goes upstairs and imagines Taming of the Shrew as an episode of Moonlighting. And that episode is performed in iambic pentameter. Maybe the most famous Moonlighting episode of all, and very touching for me, who watched the show as it aired as a child. A masterpiece of television, never to be duplicated.

Agree 100%.

by Anonymousreply 1403/22/2013

So glad to see other genuine fans here! Apologies for going all VOTN and posting every other post but this is my favorite piece of television of all time.

by Anonymousreply 1503/22/2013

Once Mark Harmon showed up and Dave and Maddy had sex and then Maddy got married to that total stranger on the train, the show started circling the drain. In the space of a TV season, the show that people were all talking about in September was losing it's luster by May.

by Anonymousreply 1603/22/2013

There was an unwatchable episode with just DiPesto and Bert Viola. Most of the episodes near the end were unwatchable.

by Anonymousreply 1703/22/2013

The problem was again, Cybill. She couldn't have someone else get more laughs. She had to be the funny one.

Just like in the show "Cybill". She could not stand that Baranski was getting a lot of the laughs.

She never understood and embraced the talent she had. She thought she was Lucy when she was really Mary Richards.

And don't get me started on her "singing".

by Anonymousreply 1803/22/2013

David: " I don't give a flying fig."

Maddie: "A flying fig?"

David: "A flying fig."

by Anonymousreply 1903/22/2013

[quote]It still holds up well after all these years.

Are you joking? The show seems completely dated now and screams 80's.

by Anonymousreply 2003/22/2013

Love the show.

Some other highlights

Dana Delany playing Addison's ex.

Their version of Taming of the Shrew

by Anonymousreply 2103/22/2013

Great clip R7.

I am going to have to watch this show.

by Anonymousreply 2203/22/2013

The humor and the style hold up week, dingbat R20.

by Anonymousreply 2303/22/2013

That's WELL, not week. iPads have minds of their own when you type.

by Anonymousreply 2403/22/2013

Thanks, I downloaded season 1 and 2 and am having fun. Cybill Shepherd was a knockout.

by Anonymousreply 2504/02/2013

The show does indeed implode in season 4, thanks to the ham-handed efforts by the writers to work around Shepherd's pregnancy.

Maddie suddenly flips out and abandons her business just because of a month-long fling with David, whom she loves? Makes absolutely no sense, just like her impulsive marriage to a nerdy stranger she meets on a train. Shepherd said in her autobiography that she couldn't fathom why the ever-sensible Maddie Hayes would behave that way, which would be an incredibly cruel thing to do to poor David Addison.

As someone upthread mentioned, a show that has banter as its hallmark should never have separated the two leads for nearly a whole season, either. Re-watching that year, both David and Maddie are incredibly morose and sad - totally at odds with the fun, exhilarating show "Moonlighting" had been.

by Anonymousreply 2604/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 2704/05/2013

I think the last episode I ever watched was the season premiere of the final season when Bruce Willis played Maddie's baby in the womb- who was miscarried at the end of the episode.

by Anonymousreply 2804/05/2013

Cybil was a knockout back then, R25. R26 is right about the show imploding in season 4.

by Anonymousreply 2904/05/2013

When did Bruce and Cybil start hating each other? Was it during season 1 or did it grow over the years?

by Anonymousreply 3004/05/2013

R30 - It started in season 1 and grew.

by Anonymousreply 3104/05/2013

Cybill was a diva from the start. Bruce was grateful to have been discovered and well-liked by the cast, crew and producers. He eventually bought into his own PR and got a swelled head too but Shepherd bore the brunt of negative press and blame for the show's downfall. I have no doubt she's difficult to work with but in spite of his good guy image (at the time) I've always gotten an asshile vibe from Willis and he's acquired a Cybill-like diva reputation of his own over the years.

by Anonymousreply 3204/05/2013

What diva like things did Cybill do?

by Anonymousreply 3304/05/2013

It was known then that she would NEVER wear anything but nike sneakers on set. her feet are never seen because of it.

by Anonymousreply 3404/05/2013

The "Gotta Dance" inspired sequence to "Big Man on Mulberry Street" with Sandahl Bergman was astonishing. Maddie's dream sequence about Dave's failed marriage and her own love for him. They kiss in the dream sequence and it made quite a splash. Bergman is great although she looks a little too much like Katey Sagal for my taste.

by Anonymousreply 3504/05/2013

That's a great scene R35

I liked the Dana Delany episode more, though.

by Anonymousreply 3604/05/2013

My favorite scene of the entire series was the Mark Harmon reveal just as David is about to tell Maddie that he loves her.

I remember my young gay self thinking "Oh noooo" and "Oh YEAH" at the same moment.

by Anonymousreply 3704/07/2013

My favorite episode is when Paul Sorvino appears as David's father, about to marry a woman David had a wild fling with. Turns out the woman doesn't remember David.

by Anonymousreply 3804/07/2013

I hated the Bert Viola character.

by Anonymousreply 3904/07/2013

I loved The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice. Cybill never looked more beautiful here. I loved the series and watched it from beginning to end. However it did suffer a sharp decline in quality.

by Anonymousreply 4004/07/2013

Maddie's in the police station and a black prostitute asks "You mean they raided the Beverly Hills Hotel too?"

by Anonymousreply 4104/07/2013

DYK that David was to be played by Ray Sharkey? He was going to start shooting but really started shooting, if you get my drift and lost the role.

by Anonymousreply 4204/07/2013

R40 - Cybill never looked better than in that sequence.

by Anonymousreply 4304/07/2013

Cybill just said on the radio that a reunion special is possible...would Willis do it?

by Anonymousreply 4404/13/2013

From the first season

by Anonymousreply 4509/08/2013

Dana Delany in a second season show.

by Anonymousreply 4609/08/2013

Whatever happened to the ugly supporting players? Miss DiPesto and the nerdy guy with the chubby cheeks?

by Anonymousreply 4709/08/2013

I waited on Cybil Sheppard back in the '80s. My God, she was too beautiful to look at directly. Breathtaking. Enough to make this gay man wonder....

by Anonymousreply 4809/08/2013

Did she say anything to you? R46 What did she order? Did she leave a tip?

by Anonymousreply 4909/08/2013

R47, Curtis Armstrong (Bert Viola) plays Metatron on "Supernatural." I see Allyce Beasley (Agnes DePesto) in guest roles on TV from time to time. Apparently, she does a lot of voice over work.

by Anonymousreply 5009/08/2013

The Dave/Maddie romance killed the show

by Anonymousreply 5109/08/2013

Bruce and Cybill's egos hurt the show, but they had a fantastic run.

by Anonymousreply 5209/08/2013

Moonlighting is 30 years old today. Anymore still a fan or any more stories?

by Anonymousreply 5303/05/2015

Cybil was gorgeous then.

by Anonymousreply 5403/05/2015

The interesting thing about that show was that the cases were just the excuse to get them to interact.

Also, how he could act like a 12 year old and be considered "cute."

by Anonymousreply 5503/05/2015

Moonlighting-era Bruce Willis was scorching hot.

by Anonymousreply 5603/05/2015

R56 He really was. He should have gotten a hair transplant when he started going bald.

by Anonymousreply 5703/05/2015

R18 that wasn't her problem on Moonlighting. She gamely played the straight woman on Moonlighting. The problem with Cybill for that show was that she got pregnant. That fucked up all the storylines.

Anyone remember which episodes had the extended bloopers/end credits? There was a great one where Bruce and Cybill were trying on white jackets and were like "yeah, we're Don Johnson!.

by Anonymousreply 5803/05/2015

Cybill is straight.

by Anonymousreply 5903/05/2015

That show got tired VERY quickly. And indeed it is a dated relic of the eighties.

by Anonymousreply 6003/05/2015

[quote]Are you joking? The show seems completely dated now and screams 80's.

I didn't like the show at the time--seemed forced. But now I really enjoy it for exactly the reason you mention. It takes me back.

In many ways the 1980s, though I considered them to be loathsome at the time, were years of incredible change. We went into the decade without widespread VCRs, music CDs, personal computers, cable television, and many other things people now take for granted. When I think about how different life was in the 1980s, it really does send a chill.

by Anonymousreply 6103/05/2015

R61 there has to be a bigger difference between 1980 and 1989 than there was in any other decade. Except maybe 1960 -69.

by Anonymousreply 6203/05/2015

[quote] that wasn't her problem on Moonlighting. She gamely played the straight woman on Moonlighting. The problem with Cybill for that show was that she got pregnant. That fucked up all the storylines.

It started before the pregnancy.

On the commentary to the "Big Man on Mulberry" episode, one of the writers or producers (I forget) noted that the last straw between Cybill and Glenn Gordon Caron was the last scene where she confronts the ex-wife who reveals to Maddie that she left David for...another woman. Cybill wanted the scene to end with Maddie's reaction shot to the news but Glenn disagreed. When Cybill insisted, Glenn finally told her that she didn't play it well - which sent Cybill into a rage. She then held up production of the subsequent episode by calling in sick.

That subsequent episode involved Dave & Maddie helping a priest who has fallen in love with a woman, and Cybill is noticeably subdued. Dave and Maddie have a huge argument about whether or not they should help the priest, and Bruce Willis does all of the arguing. This episode actually aired before the "Mulberry" episode, but I remember watching it at the time and thinking something was off with her.

Huge bitch but Glenn probably should have been smarter and filmed her reaction shot just to appease her, then left it on the cutting room floor.

by Anonymousreply 6303/06/2015

Named my daughter after her character. Not really after her character, but I remember that's they first time I heard of Maddie for a nickname.

by Anonymousreply 6403/06/2015

R62 very true, just look at music from the early 80s compared to the late 80s as well as fashion, the early 80s look was still 70s, then around 1983-84 everything changed and the hair got huge and everyone got glammed up

It's fun when you watch episodes of old TV shows that ran throughout the 80s like The Facts Of Life (79-88) very 70s feel it's first 4 years, then more of an 80s feel from 83-85 .

Then from 85-88 EXTREME 80s feel with mullets, big hair, shoulder pads and neon and pastel everywhere, even the way how the show was shot was different from the early 80s way

by Anonymousreply 6503/06/2015

The 80s had big changes, though not quite as much as the 60s. Moonlighting started right in the middle of the decade.

by Anonymousreply 6603/06/2015

R66, I would definitely give the edge to the 60s in terms of social change, but in terms of technological change, I think the 80s were definitely more dramatic--and it spilled over into our social lives as well, of course.

From a technological perspective, 1960 and 1978 weren't really all that different. Starting in the 80s things began to change so quickly and have not stopped since then. It's been a perpetual technological revolution.

by Anonymousreply 6703/11/2015

R67 - "From a technological perspective, 1960 and 1978 weren't really all that different. "

Businesses generally did not have copier machines in 1960. A few years later, they did. Computers came to businesses soon after.

by Anonymousreply 6803/11/2015

Fell in LOVE with Bruce then!

Best two eps were the "Taming of the Shrew" one and the one where they slapped each other until......"Be My Baby." Chills!

by Anonymousreply 6903/11/2015

The theme song and opening is one of the best of the 80s TV shows, like Dynasty and The Golden Girls.

by Anonymousreply 7003/11/2015

The theme song/opening for Seasons 1-3 was great. Hated when they did the super jazzy version in Season 4 which is the version they included on the soundtrack. But then everything about Season pretty much sucked.

by Anonymousreply 7103/12/2015

I think the first two seasons were the best.

by Anonymousreply 7203/12/2015

Moonlighting was one of those shows, like Miami Vice, had a tone so set by its music that you can't imagine the show without it. What would Moonlighting be without its theme song?

by Anonymousreply 7303/12/2015

I think it would have been about the same without the theme song. Cybill and Bruce made and unmade the show.

by Anonymousreply 7403/12/2015

Moonlighting and "Into the Night" with Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed a mysterious, LA after dark that was rarely shown in the 80s.

Still one of the best opening themes ever, with nighttime imagery very similar to the beginning of "Swingers" in 1996.

by Anonymousreply 7504/12/2016

When the big be my baby episode came on where they kiss I was rushing home with my mom and there was not a car to be found on the road when it aired. I'll never forget how eerie that was. Like it was Rosh Hashanah a/sundown in Great Neck.

by Anonymousreply 7604/12/2016

I remember they shot Cybil through a different lense than Willis to offset age difference. My love of handpainted blue lightbulbs stems from how they'd shoot their night scenes. Especially Cybill in bed on white sheets with that heavenly blue light. My nightlight bulbs are handpain'ted sky and moon motif I buy off of Etsy. It's so comforting and relaxing.

by Anonymousreply 7704/12/2016

Agree Bruce was hot.

I have never thought Cybill was beautiful. Her nose is too wide and her lips too thin. I assume she had something IRL that didn't translate to the screen, at least, not for me. She did have a gorgeous figure.

by Anonymousreply 7804/12/2016

I'm going to go full MARY! and say, God I loved this show. Even as a child I knew it was unique and special. I revisited it a few years ago and was really happy see those first 3 seasons held up as well as I remembered. I loved how they really argued--talking/yelling right over one another, and they were well-matched. I remember hearing somewhere that Bruce and Cybil used to say their dialogue so fast they had to come up will filler just to get a long enough episode.

Some of the best episodes were already mentioned: Dream Sequence, Iron Mask, Mulberry Street. I'd add:

The pilot--a very memorable opening to a series: a seemingly random murder and then right into Maddie's household staff revolting, especially the cook ranting and throwing dishes.

Money Talks, Maddie Walks--Maddie tracks down the accountant who stole all her money and confronts him in Argentina. He gives her the chance to win all her money back in a card game. David tells her to walk away. Maddie delivers the "I'm going to fold" speech (excellent performance by Cybil) and then of course Maddie runs back in to check the cards and she would have won. So all her anger turns on David. Poignant and hilarious.

All Creatures Great and Not So Great--the one where a priest falls in love with a woman during her confessions. She commits suicide and of course Maddie and David suspect murder. Great story.

What could have been.

by Anonymousreply 7904/13/2016

Remember when Rona Barrett was on the show to interview Cybill? She knocks on the door, Cybill answers and then slams the door. We hear a rip, and then Cybill opens the door holding a piece of sheer fabric in front of her face.."Rona!!!".

When Dugan gives his farewell speech, he looked into the camera and said "are you happy now?"

by Anonymousreply 8004/13/2016

Such a brilliant show. It was brilliantly written in those first three seasons. Cybill and Bruce were HOT together. You cannot buy or create that kind of chemistry. Cybill gave some very fine performances and Bruce was heartbreaking when Mark Harmon answers Maddie's door. His Emmy was well deserved. I'm sure Cybill seethed when she didn't win but he did.

Then it turned into a shit storm and it lost its charm.

Empire is going through the same cycle but even faster. The first season was good and then it turned to shit quickly.

by Anonymousreply 8104/13/2016

With all the talk of how Cybill and Bruce couldn't stand each other, they seem to get along pretty well in these bloopers.

by Anonymousreply 8204/13/2016

What was funny about that show was the detective agency and the cases served just to be the reason they knew each other and for them to talk. It was entertaining for us, but the show could have had them be warring accountants in adjoining cubes for all the importance work had to the main plot (Maddie and David fighting and flirting.)

by Anonymousreply 8304/13/2016

Rue, but they did a good job with the detective stories. They usually had a fun or interesting twist.

by Anonymousreply 8404/13/2016

Rue should be "True." Unless R83's name is Rue.

by Anonymousreply 8504/13/2016

This show could make for a great reboot. Unlike 99% of reboots, it wouldn't be unnecessary or unwanted. This show really did end too soon and never lived up to its full potential. The biggest obstacle would be finding 2 leads with that kind of chemistry--one in a million chance.

by Anonymousreply 8604/13/2016
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