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.


Robert Butler




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?


This pilot episode stole a plot element from the 1976 film "Marathon Man" which was based on the classic book by William Goldman. See more »


When Maddie's Attorney loans her his car, it is a red Mercedes, but when she drives up to the Detective Agency building it is a white Jaguar. See more »


David Addison: Women: You can't live with them, can't leave 'em on the curb when you're done with them.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Performed by Patsy Cline
Written by Willie Nelson
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Cybill rules, Bruce drools

Nothing intellectually stimulating, this movie and series are still great fun. The movie's mystery/case is about as contrived as they get, but who cares? Cybill Shepherd is wonderful, as usual. Bruce Willis is better than he normally is. Thanks to 'Bravo' for bringing it all back to us.

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