The Best Episodes of Moonlighting

Last Updated: Apr 5, 2019

When former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke and finds that one of her few remaining assets is ownership of the Blue Moon Detective Agency, she is tempted to liquidate it until she meets the quirky employees and gets involved in their even quirkier cases.

In God We Strongly Suspect

#1 - In God We Strongly Suspect

Season 2 - Episode 13

Dave and Maddie agree to "corpse-sit" for an escape artist's widow, who believes her dead husband's threats to come back and get even with her.

star 8.54
15 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Scott Spencer Gordon
Come Back Little Shiksa

#2 - Come Back Little Shiksa

Season 4 - Episode 2

With Maddie in Chicago, Dave feels very sympatico with a client who offers $10,000 if they can locate the woman he spent one memorable night with.

star 8.45
11 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
Atomic Shakespeare

#3 - Atomic Shakespeare

Season 3 - Episode 7

A boy hoping to watch Moonlighting but forced to study Shakespeare instead daydreams about the cast performing their own version of The Taming of the Shrew complete with Petruchio Dave and Kate Maddie.

star 8.29
21 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno
Poltergeist III--- Dipesto Nothing

#4 - Poltergeist III--- Dipesto Nothing

Season 3 - Episode 10

Ms. Dipesto tries to solve a haunted house case refused by Dave and Maddie to show Bert Viola that she's just as good a detective as he is.

star 8.28
11 votes
Writers: Karen Hall, Charles H. Eglee
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Cool Hand Dave (1)

#5 - Cool Hand Dave (1)

Season 4 - Episode 5

Ms. Dipesto lets Maddie's secret slip, so Dave frantically tries to fly to Chicago, but he gets waylaid and makes an unexpected side trip to prison under another man's name.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Roger Director, Charles H. Eglee
Los Dos DiPestos

#6 - Los Dos DiPestos

Season 4 - Episode 8

Ms. Dipesto's mother returns from a visit to Mexico carrying more than she realizes and becomes the target for several different parties.

star 8.25
8 votes
Writers: Doug Steinberg
Twas the Episode Before Christmas

#7 - Twas the Episode Before Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 10

Ms. Dipesto finds a baby left in her apartment by a woman named Mary fleeing from the hit men who killed her husband, and Dave and Maddie quarrel over using the agency phones as a "Santa hot line."

star 8.18
17 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron
And the Flesh Was Made Word

#8 - And the Flesh Was Made Word

Season 4 - Episode 14

Dave and Maddie try to recover their working relationship while dealing with the romantic writings of a man obsessed by one woman.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Maddie's Turn to Cry (3)

#9 - Maddie's Turn to Cry (3)

Season 3 - Episode 13

Maddie feels more and more confused about Sam and Dave after an all-night stakeout with Dave ends in an early morning proposal from Sam.

star 8.14
14 votes
Writers: Roger Director, Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno
When Girls Collide (1)

#10 - When Girls Collide (1)

Season 5 - Episode 10

David goes beyond the call of duty to help entertain Maddie's cousin Annie, and Maddie realizes that David may be over his obsession with her.

star 8.14
7 votes
Writers: Merrill Markoe
To Heiress Human

#11 - To Heiress Human

Season 3 - Episode 15

Maddie tries to ignore the previous night as she and David tackle a new case: a woman wants evidence that her fiance loves her and not her father's money.

star 8.07
14 votes
Directors: Sam Weisman
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Blonde on Blonde (1)

#12 - Blonde on Blonde (1)

Season 3 - Episode 11

Maddie's strange mood has David worried so he spends the evening following her, but ends up involved in a murder.

star 8.07
14 votes
Directors: Jay Daniel
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Yours, Very Deadly

#13 - Yours, Very Deadly

Season 3 - Episode 4

Dave and Maddie are hired by a married woman to find the man she has been sharing a torrid romantic correspondence with and make sure he understands the arrangement is over.

star 8.06
16 votes
Writers: Roger Director
Sleep Talkin' Guy

#14 - Sleep Talkin' Guy

Season 2 - Episode 16

Dave uses information passed on to him from a prostitute with an important client who talks in his sleep to solve several big cases.

star 8.01
17 votes
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter
Eek! A Spouse!

#15 - Eek! A Spouse!

Season 4 - Episode 11

Dave is skeptical about the existence of Walter Bishop and bugs Maddie about it as they work on case for a woman who wants to buy off her husband's mistress.

star 8.00
7 votes
Writers: Ron Osborn, Charles H. Eglee
Lunar Eclipse

#16 - Lunar Eclipse

Season 5 - Episode 13

Dave breaks it off with Annie when her husband comes to California, everyone attends the wedding of Burt and Agnes, and the agency closes its doors for a final time as everyone tries to figure out why it all had to end.

star 8.00
14 votes
Directors: Dennis Dugan
Writers: Ron Clark
Funeral for a Door Nail

#17 - Funeral for a Door Nail

Season 2 - Episode 17

A depressed man hires a hit man to kill him after his wife dies, then desperately seeks Dave and Maddie's help to call him off when he sees his supposedly dead wife alive.

star 8.00
16 votes
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn, Charles H. Eglee
Tale in Two Cities

#18 - Tale in Two Cities

Season 4 - Episode 4

Maddie's parents throw a party for her in Chicago while Dave and Bert party it up in LA.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director
Those Lips, Those Lies

#19 - Those Lips, Those Lies

Season 5 - Episode 8

Maddie is sympathetic while David is skeptical when his brother shows up asking for help tracking down his fiancee's former partner, who has absconded with all their company assets.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Dennis Dugan
Writers: James Kramer, Chris Ruppenthal
In 'N Outlaws

#20 - In 'N Outlaws

Season 5 - Episode 11

Burt pouts and frantically tries to solve the crime when Agnes is forced to miss his family reunion because she won't vote to convict a man of murdering his partner / lover.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Marc Abraham
Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2)

#21 - Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2)

Season 5 - Episode 12

Dave helps Maddie entertain her cousin Annie, who's visiting California to get a perspective on her marriage.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: Jay Daniel
Writers: Barbara Hall
I Am Curious... Maddie (4)

#22 - I Am Curious... Maddie (4)

Season 3 - Episode 14

Sam confronts Dave about Maddie, and tells him he's not good enough for her.

star 7.94
17 votes
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron, Jeff Reno
It's a Wonderful Job

#23 - It's a Wonderful Job

Season 3 - Episode 8

A depressed Maddie gets a chance to see what her life and the rest of Blue Moon staff would be like if she had sold the agency as she originally intended.

star 7.89
19 votes
Directors: Ed Sherin
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter
Atlas Belched

#24 - Atlas Belched

Season 2 - Episode 9

Dave busies himself finding an important phone index for a hapless young executive while Maddie mulls over an offer to sell the agency to a competitor.

star 7.89
18 votes
Writers: Roger Director
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Somewhere Under the Rainbow

#25 - Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Season 2 - Episode 7

Dave and Maddie argue over whether to help a young woman who claims to be a leprechaun find the pot of gold she insists her father has hidden for her in Los Angeles.

star 7.89
19 votes
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter