Moonlighting

The BEST episodes of Moonlighting

Every episode of Moonlighting ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Moonlighting!

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.

Last Updated: 10/26/2022Network:ABC (US)
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Come Back Little Shiksa
star
8.65
48 votes

#1 - Come Back Little Shiksa

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/6/1987

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.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Poltergeist III -- Dipesto Nothing
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8.62
103 votes

#2 - Poltergeist III -- Dipesto Nothing

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/13/1987

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.

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In God We Strongly Suspect
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8.62
110 votes

#3 - In God We Strongly Suspect

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/11/1986

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.

Directors: Will Mackenzie
Cool Hand Dave (1)
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8.61
44 votes

#4 - Cool Hand Dave (1)

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/17/1987

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.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Atlas Belched
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8.59
118 votes

#5 - Atlas Belched

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/10/1985

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.

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Tale in Two Cities
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8.58
45 votes

#6 - Tale in Two Cities

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/3/1987

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

Directors: Allan Arkush
Sleep Talkin' Guy
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8.57
116 votes

#7 - Sleep Talkin' Guy

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/1/1986

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

North by North Dipesto
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8.53
114 votes

#8 - North by North Dipesto

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/21/1986

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.

The Bride of Tupperman
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8.46
116 votes

#9 - The Bride of Tupperman

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/14/1986

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

It's a Wonderful Job
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8.39
135 votes

#10 - It's a Wonderful Job

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/16/1986

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.

Directors: Ed Sherin
Cool Hand Dave (2)
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8.38
45 votes

#11 - Cool Hand Dave (2)

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/1/1987

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.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Father Knows Last
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8.34
47 votes

#12 - Father Knows Last

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/15/1987

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

Directors: Allan Arkush
Writer: Kerry Ehrin
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Somewhere Under the Rainbow
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8.33
120 votes

#13 - Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/19/1985

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.

Next Stop Murder
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8.24
209 votes

#14 - Next Stop Murder

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/26/1985

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.

Directors: Kevin Connor
Money Talks -- Maddie Walks
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8.14
158 votes

#15 - Money Talks -- Maddie Walks

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/8/1985

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.

Los Dos DiPestos
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8.12
43 votes

#16 - Los Dos DiPestos

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/5/1988

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

Twas the Episode Before Christmas
star
8.10
115 votes

#17 - Twas the Episode Before Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/17/1985

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."

Directors: Peter Werner
Funeral for a Door Nail
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8.08
112 votes

#18 - Funeral for a Door Nail

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/29/1986

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.

Blonde on Blonde (1)
star
8.06
81 votes

#19 - Blonde on Blonde (1)

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/3/1987

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

Directors: Jay Daniel
Writer: Kerry Ehrin
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Lunar Eclipse
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8.06
81 votes

#20 - Lunar Eclipse

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/14/1989

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.

Directors: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Ron Clark
Portrait of Maddie
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8.06
118 votes

#21 - Portrait of Maddie

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/26/1985

Maddie becomes obsessed by the portrait done of her by an artist she never knew and who killed himself upon completing it.

Directors: Peter Werner
Yours, Very Deadly
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8.02
110 votes

#22 - Yours, Very Deadly

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/28/1986

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.

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Knowing Her
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7.99
150 votes

#23 - Knowing Her

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/12/1985

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

Directors: Peter Werner
The Next Murder You Hear
star
7.99
209 votes

#24 - The Next Murder You Hear

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/19/1985

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

Directors: Peter Werner
The Murder's in the Mail
star
7.97
235 votes

#25 - The Murder's in the Mail

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/2/1985

Dave and Maddie find a dead body as they try to collect money for a collection agency, but it disappears without a trace when they try to report it.

Directors: Peter Werner

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