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Moonlighting - Seasons 1 & 2
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Created for ABC by Glenn Gordon Caron (Remington Steele), the romantic comedy/detective drama was a mid-season replacement that quickly became a hit. There were only six episodes in the first season, including the two-part pilot, but 18 were produced for the second. Rhyming receptionist Agnes DiPesto (Allyce Beasley) was a regular from the start, while Herbert Viola (Rays Curtis Armstrong) wouldnt hit the scene until the third season (as with Paul Sorvino and Mark Harmon). The first two seasons attracted an eclectic array of guest stars, including Tim Robbins ("Gunfight at the So-So Corral"), Beasley's husband Vincent Schiavelli ("Next Stop Murder"), Dana Delany ("Knowing Her"), Richard Belzer ("Twas the Episode Before Christmas"), and Whoopi Goldberg ("Camille"), who earned an Emmy nomination for her performance. The most notable guest was surely Orson Welles, who introduces the black and white noir spoof "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice." It would be his final TV appearance. Moonlighting ran for three more years. While the Emmy-winning Willis would abandon TV for the big screen, Shepherd found subsequent small screen success with Cybill. Caron, meanwhile, would launch another mid-season replacement series which became a surprise hit: NBC's Medium with Patricia Arquette. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Cast and Crew Commentaries including Glenn Gordon Caron (Creator), Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis
- Not Just a Day Job - The Story of Moonlighting, Part 1
- Inside the Blue Moon Detective Agency - The Story of Moonlighting, Part 2
- The Moonlighting Phenomenon
- Deleted Scenes
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The premise: Maddie Hayes (Cybill Sheperd) is a former model running a nearly bankrupt detective agency. David Addison (Bruce Willis) convinces her to run the agency together as partners instead of shutting it down. They bumble their way through many mysteries, solving most of them. Maddie and David couldn't be more different - Maddie is conservative, reserved, preoccupied with being responsible, and slightly repressed and uptight. David is spontaneous almost to a fault, and not terribly responsible. These stark personality differences lead to some very funny banter in every episode. Yet, both have big hearts, and over the course of Seasons 1 and 2, they fall very much in love - even though they cannot admit it - especially to themsevles.
In the typical episode, David and Maddie work on a case. However, there's much more going on. Events in the case parallel events in one or both of the main characters' lives, or their relationship with each other. It's obvious that the writers, directors, cast and crew are having a great time making this show. The writing is very clever, and as the series progresses, the characters occasionally show awareness that they are characters on a television show - to great humorous effect. In later seasons, there are episodes that have themes - such as a black and white film noir take-off, and a hilarious modernized version of Shakespear's Taming of the Shrew.Read more ›
It all started as the basic detective formula: two incompatible oddballs brought together having to solve one case in each episode - basically the same premisse present in most of the shows until then.
But there is more than meets the eye.
Moonlighting introduced new values such as MUSIC.... no other show had such a dramatic use of music as Moonlighting. Here, the usual "chase music" present in all shows were changed for Motown, blues, old rock classics and other kinds of music that where always used to a dramatic effect. The choice of each song we hear throughout the seasons was cleverly made... It means that most of the shows that came after... from CHINA BEACH to SEX AND THE CITY to SIX FEET UNDER owes a lot to the way Moonlighting started to use music. I just feel sorry that the producers never released a bigger soundtrack on cd because the CD that came in 1987 was far from its potential....
Moonlighting opened up the TV narrative to the inner mind of the characters... in the sence that from then on, everything was possible in terms of what's going on inside the characters and the way we see it on the screen. The usual voiceover narration (that's as far as TV shows went until Moonlighting) was replaced by dreams, animation, musical numbers, richer editing, etc... again, Moonlighting opened the path to the great TV fiction we see today. THE SOPRANOS owe a lot to that.
No other TV show relied upon the viewer's bond to the characters as Moonlighting... you can see that by the incredible number of ways fiction and reality merged during many episodes...Read more ›
"Moonlighting" was a smart, sassy and very popular series in the mid to late 80's. Maddie Hayes and David Addison were the "hot" couple on TV back then. When this show first aired, it created such a buzz not only for its innovative scripts and the creative risks it took--but for the phenomenal casting of Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis in these roles. They were all the rage in 1986 & 1987 and no one that lived through the 80's could possibly have gotten through the time without knowing who they were.
The fans of the series have been loyal and new fans have been born out of more recent airings on cable channels both here in the US and overseas. Their persistance and work have paid off with the release of these DVD's.
Season One has in addition to the Pilot, 5 episodes that deal with Maddie and David trying to survive with few or no clients. And the ones they do have are usually not what they seem to be on surface. There are some really funny scenes as the two banter and investigate. The well-known "Looking for a man with a Mole on his nose scene" is in a season one episode.
Season two delivers 18 great episodes as the pair get to know each other better and better, the most famous one being the black and white episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems complete ... Looks good ... so far ... Haven't viewed them all yetPublished 8 months ago by Christopher A. Triplett
This is just a great show! Buy, and I know you'll enjoy it. Thanks, Dave (in Colorado)Published 10 months ago by Agape Music
wish it were the complete seasons. What is there is great, but there were so many other shows that
never made it into the dvds
Still funny after all these years. Funny to see him with hair, and they even joke about it.Published 14 months ago by Geoffrey Scherer
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