History Series / Moonlighting

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.
24th May '14 7:11:41 PM Brainbin
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** EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the earliest example of the show doing this, the second season premiere "Brother, Can You Spare A Blonde", Shepherd and Willis introduce themselves as "Maddie Hayes and David Addison" - but the offscreen director refers to them as "Cybill" and "Bruce". Later episodes would go to great lengths to maintain the fiction that Hayes and Addison were somehow real people (playing themselves in a fictional series).
24th May '14 6:51:33 PM Brainbin
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** It should surprise no one to learn that the Director of Photography, Jerry Finnerman, also worked on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]''.
** True to form, the show [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in "The Straight Poop", when Maddie is ambushed in her office by an InUniverse camera crew - she vanishes momentarily only to return holding a sheet of gauze over her face.
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