The WORST episodes of Moonlighting

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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: 5/9/2022Network: ABC (US)
A Trip to the Moon
78 votes

#1 - A Trip to the Moon

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/29/1987

After a month of intimacy, Maddie begins to question just where this relationship with David is headed.

Directors: Allan Arkush
I See England, I See France, I See Maddie's Netherworld
43 votes

#2 - I See England, I See France, I See Maddie's Netherworld

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/14/1989

Dave and Maddie keep company with a popular corpse and visit a graveyard when a man seeking a bodyguard drops dead in their office.

Directors: Paul Krasny
44 votes

#3 - Perfetc

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/9/1989

Maddie resists, but David plunges ahead when a dying burglar asks for their help in proving he committed the perfect crime 25 years earlier.

Tracks of My Tears
40 votes

#4 - Tracks of My Tears

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/2/1988

Maddie returns to Los Angeles by train and spends the time daydreaming about her future and pouring her troubles out to a sympathetic fellow passenger.

Shirts and Skins
44 votes

#5 - Shirts and Skins

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/17/1989

The office divides along gender lines when Maddie takes on a case for a woman who shot her boss for sabotaging her career when she refused his sexual advances.

Directors: Artie Mandelberg
Take My Wife, for Example
42 votes

#6 - Take My Wife, for Example

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/7/1989

A ruthless divorce lawyer comes to Blue Moon for help in reconciling a couple she helped split up, and Maddie tries to buy David a present.

Directors: Dennis Dugan
In 'n Outlaws
41 votes

#7 - In 'n Outlaws

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/23/1989

Agnes misses Herbert's family reunion when she is called for jury duty. She is the only juror convinced of the defendant's innocence, and the jury is now sequestered until a verdict can be agreed. Herbert is desperate to ensure that Agnes makes it to the reunion so sets out to solve the case himself.

The Son Also Rises
106 votes

#8 - The Son Also Rises

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/23/1986

David's estranged father makes a surprise visit to announce his upcoming wedding and to introduce his bride-to-be, who comes as a shock to David.

Directors: Allan Arkush
The Color of Maddie
45 votes

#9 - The Color of Maddie

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/20/1988

Maddie and David struggle to find a new footing for their relationship while working on a case for a woman whose husband of one week returns after a ten year absence.

Directors: Artie Mandelberg
Plastic Fantastic Lovers
44 votes

#10 - Plastic Fantastic Lovers

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/10/1989

Maddie and David are hired by a disfigured man who has become a recluse and needs the detectives' help in proving that a plastic surgeon wantonly caused his disfiguration.

Directors: Allan Arkush
The Man Who Cried Wife
80 votes

#11 - The Man Who Cried Wife

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/30/1986

A man hires Dave and Maddie to find his wife, who's been making mysterious late night phone calls to him, the same wife he's sure he killed and buried in the forest.

Eine Kleine Nacht Murder
45 votes

#12 - Eine Kleine Nacht Murder

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/30/1989

Maddie witnesses a murder and is placed under police protection, but David thinks her bodyguard is crooked and is planning to kill her himself. Annie moves in with David, largely because of the discomfort their relationship is causing Maddie. David goes to Maddie's house to convince her to try to flee from the bad guys, only for a SWAT team to show up and severely damage the house.

Directors: Jay Daniel
When Girls Collide (1)
43 votes

#13 - When Girls Collide (1)

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/16/1989

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.

Sam & Dave (2)
78 votes

#14 - Sam & Dave (2)

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/10/1987

Dave and Maddie quarrel over Sam as they keep watch on a man for his mistress, who's convinced he's two-timing her-with his wife.

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Atomic Shakespeare
112 votes

#15 - Atomic Shakespeare

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/25/1986

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.

Directors: Will Mackenzie
The Straight Poop
104 votes

#16 - The Straight Poop

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/6/1987

Rona Barrett investigates the rumors about discord among the principals at the Blue Moon Detective agency.

Directors: Jay Daniel
Eek! A Spouse!
42 votes

#17 - Eek! A Spouse!

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/9/1988

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.

Symphony in Knocked Flat
111 votes

#18 - Symphony in Knocked Flat

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/14/1986

Dave and Maddie agree to each arrange what they consider to be an ideal evening for the other, but the concert tickets Dave buys from a scalper get them into nothing but trouble.

Directors: Paul Lynch
I am Curious...Maddie (4)
82 votes

#19 - I am Curious...Maddie (4)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/31/1987

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

Every Daughter's Father is a Virgin
110 votes

#20 - Every Daughter's Father is a Virgin

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/18/1986

Maddie worries about her parents' strange behavior, so Dave tails her father to see if he's having an affair.

Witness for the Execution
113 votes

#21 - Witness for the Execution

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/11/1986

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

Directors: Paul Krasny
To Heiress Human
79 votes

#22 - To Heiress Human

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/5/1987

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.

Directors: Sam Weisman
The Lady in the Iron Mask
230 votes

#23 - The Lady in the Iron Mask

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/1/1985

A mysterious veiled woman asks Dave and Maddie to find the man who disfigured her twenty years ago on her wedding day-so she can marry him.

452 votes

#24 - Pilot

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

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.

Directors: Robert Butler
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111 votes

#25 - Camille

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/13/1986

Dave hires an unlucky con woman who accidentally became a heroine when she stopped an assassination attempt against a United States senator, but who is still pursued by a determined crooked cop.

Directors: Peter Werner