The BEST Episodes of Moonlighting

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2019

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.

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 8.48
17 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Scott Spencer Gordon
Poltergeist III -- Dipesto Nothing

#2 - 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 8.47
13 votes
Writers: Karen Hall, Charles H. Eglee
Los Dos DiPestos

#3 - 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 8.44
9 votes
Writers: Doug Steinberg
Come Back Little Shiksa

#4 - 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 8.43
14 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
Atomic Shakespeare

#5 - 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 8.36
22 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno
Twas the Episode Before Christmas

#6 - 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 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron
Cool Hand Dave (1)

#7 - 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 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Roger Director, Charles H. Eglee
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 8.13
8 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 8.12
17 votes
Writers: Roger Director, Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno
Yours, Very Deadly

#10 - 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 8.05
19 votes
Writers: Roger Director
I am Curious...Maddie (4)

#11 - 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 8.05
20 votes
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron, Jeff Reno
Sleep Talkin' Guy

#12 - 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
19 votes
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter
Funeral for a Door Nail

#13 - 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
18 votes
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn, Charles H. Eglee
Eek! A Spouse!

#14 - 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
10 votes
Writers: Ron Osborn, Charles H. Eglee
Atlas Belched

#15 - 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 7.96
20 votes
Writers: Roger Director
North by North Dipesto

#16 - North by North Dipesto

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.95
19 votes
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter
Blonde on Blonde (1)

#17 - 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 7.94
17 votes
Directors: Jay Daniel
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
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 7.92
12 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director
Take a Left at the Altar

#19 - Take a Left at the Altar

Season 4 - Episode 3

David recruits Bert Viola as his detecting companion in a case concerning a man who failed to show up for his wedding while Maddie continues to brood in Chicago.

star 7.91
11 votes
Directors: Sam Weisman
Writers: Karen Hall
Somewhere Under the Rainbow

#20 - 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 7.90
21 votes
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter
Fetal Attraction

#21 - Fetal Attraction

Season 4 - Episode 9

Dave searches for a suitable Lamaze partner so he can be prepared for Maddie's delivery.

star 7.89
9 votes
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director
The Next Murder You Hear

#22 - The Next Murder You Hear

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 7.88
49 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Peter Silverman
Witness for the Execution

#23 - Witness for the Execution

Season 2 - Episode 15

A sick old man asks Dave and Maddie to be the "expert" witnesses at his murder.

star 7.88
17 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn

#24 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

After an embezzling accountant leaves her penniless, ex-model Maddie Hayes decides to sell the few failing businesses she still owns, among them a detective agency. But private eye David Addison wants to keeps his job, so he persuades a reluctant Maddie to form a partnership. Their first case gives them little to go on: Maddie gets a broken watch from a dying man.

star 7.87
135 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron
It's a Wonderful Job

#25 - 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 7.86
22 votes
Directors: Ed Sherin
Writers: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter