The BEST Episodes of Moonlighting

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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.

Come Back Little Shiksa

#1 - Come Back Little Shiksa

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 1987

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 8.81
42 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
Cool Hand Dave (1)

#2 - Cool Hand Dave (1)

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 17, 1987

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 8.77
39 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director
Tale in Two Cities

#3 - Tale in Two Cities

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 3, 1987

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

star 8.67
40 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director
Poltergeist III -- Dipesto Nothing

#4 - Poltergeist III -- Dipesto Nothing

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 13, 1987

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 8.67
97 votes
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Karen Hall
In God We Strongly Suspect

#5 - In God We Strongly Suspect

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 11, 1986

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 8.64
102 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Scott Spencer Gordon
Atlas Belched

#6 - Atlas Belched

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 10, 1985

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 8.57
105 votes
Writers: Roger Director
North by North Dipesto

#7 - North by North Dipesto

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 21, 1986

A restless Ms. Dipesto gets a chance for danger and excitement when she gets a piece of paper from a mysterious man while attending a ball in Dave and Maddie's place.

star 8.56
103 votes
Writers: Carl Sautter, Debra Frank
Sleep Talkin' Guy

#8 - Sleep Talkin' Guy

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 1, 1986

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 8.54
105 votes
Writers: Carl Sautter, Debra Frank
Father Knows Last

#9 - Father Knows Last

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 15, 1987

Mr. Hayes visits Dave after his return to the agency to subtly hint that he should take some responsibility for Maddie's unborn child.

star 8.50
42 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Cool Hand Dave (2)

#10 - Cool Hand Dave (2)

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 1, 1987

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 8.50
40 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director
The Bride of Tupperman

#11 - The Bride of Tupperman

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 14, 1986

Dave and Maddie compete to fulfill their client's unusual request: find him a possible mate fitting his very specific requirements.

star 8.48
103 votes
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
It's a Wonderful Job

#12 - It's a Wonderful Job

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 1986

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 8.40
134 votes
Directors: Ed Sherin
Writers: Carl Sautter, Debra Frank
Lunar Eclipse

#13 - Lunar Eclipse

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired May 14, 1989

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 8.27
73 votes
Directors: Dennis Dugan
Writers: Ron Clark
Next Stop Murder

#14 - Next Stop Murder

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 26, 1985

Maddie and Dave get trapped on a train filled with mystery buffs when they try to deliver Agnes on time for her big weekend solving a make-believe murder staged by a famous author.

star 8.26
195 votes
Directors: Kevin Connor
Writers: Ali Marie Matheson, Kerry Ehrin
Somewhere Under the Rainbow

#15 - Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 1985

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 8.23
107 votes
Writers: Carl Sautter, Debra Frank
Money Talks -- Maddie Walks

#16 - Money Talks -- Maddie Walks

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 1985

Maddie learns through the near-suicide of a friend where her embezzling accountant has fled to and immediately flies after him, determined to get her money back.

star 8.19
147 votes
Writers: Ali Marie Matheson, Kerry Ehrin
Los Dos DiPestos

#17 - Los Dos DiPestos

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 5, 1988

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

star 8.16
38 votes
Writers: Doug Steinberg
A Womb with a View

#18 - A Womb with a View

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 6, 1988

An angel from above visits Baby Hayes as he waits to be born and gives him the low down on his parents and their relationship.

star 8.09
43 votes
Directors: Jay Daniel
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Glenn Gordon Caron
And the Flesh Was Made Word

#19 - And the Flesh Was Made Word

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 22, 1988

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

star 8.08
37 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Twas the Episode Before Christmas

#20 - Twas the Episode Before Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 17, 1985

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 8.07
104 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron
Yours, Very Deadly

#21 - Yours, Very Deadly

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 1986

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 8.01
103 votes
Writers: Roger Director
Blonde on Blonde (1)

#22 - Blonde on Blonde (1)

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 3, 1987

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

star 7.99
73 votes
Directors: Jay Daniel
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
The Next Murder You Hear

#23 - The Next Murder You Hear

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 19, 1985

Maddie becomes infatuated with a radio talk-show host who has apparently been murdered while he was on the air.

star 7.98
191 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Peter Silverman
Funeral for a Door Nail

#24 - Funeral for a Door Nail

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 29, 1986

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 7.98
103 votes
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
Knowing Her

#25 - Knowing Her

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 12, 1985

Maddie fears David's old flame is using him when she returns and asks him for help with a bad marriage.

star 7.98
137 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn