Retro TV: Moonlighting

By Jenny Mason

Running from 1985-1989, Moonlighting was a fantastic part of the 80s. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, Moonlighting was a ground breaking show of the time. Bruce Willis had more hair and so much charisma, as he played David Addison, Private Investigator. His character drove Maddie Hayes (Cybill) crazy with frustration and sexual tension, as they worked together as partners at The Blue Moon Detective agency. Each episode had its own plot and each time, they would solve a different case. Another regular character was the cute and earnest receptionist Agnes played by Allyce Beasley, who had a distinct nasally voice. This show was quirky, sexy, funny and intriguing.

There was something about the style of this show that made it different. Sometimes characters would talk directly to the camera, so it felt we were part of the show. There were also episodes that tried new things, like switching to black and white when one of their cases took place in the 1940s. There was something ‘not by the book’ and dream-like about the whole thing. Bruce Willis as Addison had a twinkle in his eye and he was extremely likeable.

The theme song is here (in all its 80s cheesy/saxophone glory) Moonlighting theme

Fun Facts

The show had many guest stars, sometimes playing characters and at times as themselves, some included Judd Nelson, Whoopi Goldberg, Pierce Brosnan, Don King, Ray Charles and Bruce Willis’ then wife Demi Moore

Allyce Beasley who played the receptionist was married in real life to the unique Vincent Schiavelli who starred in many films including One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

One Comment
  1. Another great article! Love reading about these old favorites!! …This show really did have a kind of dreamlike atmosphere to it definitely. A little bit film Noir and with a lot of that sexual tension between the 2 main characters. Very classy appearance and lots of witty humour. Loved the theme song! 🙂

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