History Series / Moonlighting

31st Jul '16 11:28:06 AM Ripburger
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The premise was simple. Model Madelyn Hayes found out that her accountant had embezzled her fortune and run off with it. Her only remaining assets were a series of losing businesses maintained as tax write-offs. The worst of the lot was the City Of Angels Detective Agency. Maddie, with no prospects and not the first idea of how to run a detective agency, decided to close it down to pay off quickly rising debts. Visiting the agency to deliver the pink slips introduced her to the quirky Agnes [=DiPesto=], who answers the phone in rhyme, and the zany, wisecracking David Addison, who wasn't ready to let the agency go without a fight, even renaming it the Blue Moon Detective Agency in order to link it with Hayes' most famous role: the "Blue Moon Shampoo Girl". Despite their oil-and-water chemistry, David was able to persuade Maddie to keep the agency on life support, insisting that it could be profitable if it was permitted to be; however, Maddie insisted on managing it directly.

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The premise was simple. Model Madelyn Hayes found out that her accountant had embezzled her fortune and run off with it. Her only remaining assets were a series of losing businesses maintained as tax write-offs. The worst of the lot was the City Of Angels Detective Agency. Maddie, with no prospects and not the first idea of how to run a detective agency, decided to close it down to pay off quickly rising debts. Visiting the agency to deliver the pink slips introduced her to the quirky Agnes [=DiPesto=], who answers the phone in rhyme, and the zany, wisecracking David Addison, who wasn't ready to let the agency go without a fight, even renaming it the Blue Moon Detective Agency in order to link it with Hayes' most famous role: the "Blue Moon Shampoo Girl". Despite their oil-and-water chemistry, David was able to persuade Maddie to keep the agency Blue Moon on life support, insisting that it could be profitable if it was permitted to be; however, Maddie insisted on managing it the firm directly.
31st Jul '16 11:27:45 AM Ripburger
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The premise was simple. Model Madelyn Hayes found out that her accountant had embezzled her fortune and run off with it. Her only remaining assets were a series of losing businesses maintained as tax write-offs. The worst of the lot was the City Of Angels Detective Agency. Maddie, with no prospects and not the first idea of how to run a detective agency, decided to close it down to pay off quickly rising debts. Visiting the agency to deliver the pink slips introduced her to the quirky Agnes [=DiPesto=], who answered the phone in rhyme, and the zany, wisecracking David Addison, who wasn't ready to let the agency go without a fight, even renaming it the Blue Moon Detective Agency in order to connect it to the most prominent role of her modeling career - the "Blue Moon Shampoo Girl". Despite his oil-and-water chemistry with her, he was able to persuade Maddie to continue operating the agency, insisting that it could be profitable if it was permitted to be; however, Maddie insisted on working in the agency directly.

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The premise was simple. Model Madelyn Hayes found out that her accountant had embezzled her fortune and run off with it. Her only remaining assets were a series of losing businesses maintained as tax write-offs. The worst of the lot was the City Of Angels Detective Agency. Maddie, with no prospects and not the first idea of how to run a detective agency, decided to close it down to pay off quickly rising debts. Visiting the agency to deliver the pink slips introduced her to the quirky Agnes [=DiPesto=], who answered answers the phone in rhyme, and the zany, wisecracking David Addison, who wasn't ready to let the agency go without a fight, even renaming it the Blue Moon Detective Agency in order to connect link it to the with Hayes' most prominent role of her modeling career - famous role: the "Blue Moon Shampoo Girl". Despite his their oil-and-water chemistry with her, he chemistry, David was able to persuade Maddie to continue operating keep the agency, agency on life support, insisting that it could be profitable if it was permitted to be; however, Maddie insisted on working in the agency managing it directly.
16th Dec '15 2:28:41 AM DragonQuestZ
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* FashionModel: Maddie Hayes is a former model. It doesn't have much plot relevance other than her owning the detective agency as a tax write-off but now using it seriously after he accountant embezzled her savings. Though for aesthetics it gave the costumers reason to have her wear many fancy dresses and furs.
3rd Dec '15 9:53:15 AM DragonQuestZ
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This 1985-1989 series on Creator/{{ABC}} was arguably the coiner of the term {{Dramedy}}. It starred Cybill Shepherd as Maddie Hayes and a then-relatively unknown BruceWillis as the wisecracking David Addison.

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This 1985-1989 series on Creator/{{ABC}} was arguably the coiner of the term {{Dramedy}}. It starred Cybill Shepherd Creator/CybillShepherd as Maddie Hayes and a then-relatively unknown BruceWillis Creator/BruceWillis as the wisecracking David Addison.
3rd Dec '15 9:52:28 AM DragonQuestZ
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* PrettyInMink: Maddie owned a handful of fur coats, like a lynx coat, a crystal fox coat, and a white fox coat.

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* PrettyInMink: Maddie owned Maddie, being a former model, a handful of fur coats, coats in her wardrobe, like a lynx coat, a crystal fox coat, and a white fox coat.
6th Jul '15 2:07:24 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: "It's A Wonderful Job", the third season's ChristmasEpisode, in which Maddie wishes she'd never kept Blue Moon open and her guardian angel shows her exactly what would have happened if she hadn't. It's one of Cybill Shepherd's finest performances.
5th Jul '15 4:11:33 PM RoseAndHeather
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* UnkemptBeauty: Drop her in a pool, cover her with dirt, or have her cry herself to sleep -- none of it will stop Maddie Hayes from being the most gorgeous human being in any given room.
24th Jun '15 3:12:56 PM RoseAndHeather
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* SpeakInUnison: A David/Maddie ''classic'', and excellent demonstration of how similar they are under the surface. In one notable exchange:
-->'''Agnes''': Ms Hayes? Mr Addison? There's a man here to see you.
-->'''Dave and Maddie''': Not now, we're fighting!!
18th Nov '14 6:50:34 AM jccw227
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* RhymesOnADime: Agnes, if her answering machine messages are any implication. Dave has proven he can do this as well. When Maddie asked how he's able to do so, he replied, "Gotta read a lot of Creator/DrSeuss"


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* SelfDeprecatingHumor: One opening scene took a jab at Bruce Willis's ill-fated singing career when Dave [[NoFourthWall attempts to sing the show's theme song.]] Maddie stops him abruptly claiming that [[HollywoodTonedeaf every dog in America was now howling.]]
1st Jul '14 12:26:39 PM crazyrabbits
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* CreativeDifferences: This was the first time Cybill Shepherd feuded with a showrunner (creator Glenn Gordon Caron) and eventually had him fired. [[{{Cybill}} It would not be the last.]]



* ExecutiveMeddling: Subverted and played straight with "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"; ABC at first threatened to veto the episode due the fact that it switched to black and white for half the episode and even threatened to air the entire episode in color, against the wishes of the creative team. To get around this, they shot the dream sequences on black and white film rather than color film which would then be turned black and white to keep the suits from undoing the conversion process. However, the network forced them to do a disclaimer at the start of the episode, which led series creator Glenn Gordon Caron to hire Orson Welles to do an introduction where he praised the show for doing the flashback sequences in black and white.



* GaussianGirl: When they showed Maddie in a solo close-up it was often very fuzzy in a 40's movie style. It can be very jarring when they switch between close-ups of Maddie (fuzzy) and close-ups of David (clear).

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When they showed Maddie in a solo close-up it was often very fuzzy in a 40's movie style. It can be very jarring when they switch between close-ups of Maddie (fuzzy) and close-ups of David (clear).



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: For ages, the show was unavailable on video and was withheld from syndication due to the low episode count (barely 60 some episodes). Anchor Bay released the pilot in the late 90s but it wasn't until 2007 that the series FINALLY got a DVD release as all five season came out.



* RealitySubtext: Allegedly (much like their characters), Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd did not like each other, despite their in-show romantic involvement.
** Actually Bruce Willis notes that immediately prior to doing a screentest for the show, he flirted with Cybill in the elevator, which for him was the real audition. Cybill Shepherd supports this in her autobiography by claiming that they almost had 'a thing' but chose to keep it non-sexual. YMMV on whether or not any of this is true, because she claimed in the same autobiogrpahy to have turned down JackNicholson, RobertDeniro, among others.
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