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One of the more winning attributes of Moonlighting' is its willingness to take chances, to move an inch or two out of the ordinary.
There is a nice chemistry between them, however, and [creator Glenn] Caron's writing is sharp, so that with a bit of refining, Moonlighting may turn into a welcome, if familiar, bit of prime-time diversion.
Cybill Shepherd as Maddie not only looks wonderful but proves to be an assured and ; appealing light comedian. As her partner in crime solving, Bruce Willis is more than her match.
The trademarks of this ahead-of-its-time series -- rapid-fire dialogue, Howard Hawkes-style humor and the crackling chemistry between leads Willis and Shepherd -- are timeless.
Thankfully, Willis' character becomes much more complex and engaging as Moonlighting develops, as does the show itself.
Moonlighting's first season is by no means bad, but it looks and feels ordinary compared to subsequent seasons.
While the series had plenty of behind-the-scenes strife... it consistently entertained, pioneered the dramedy genre that is so popular today, and regularly broke the fourth wall in innovative ways.
We expect television programs to be derivative, but Moonlighting doesn't even do its borrowing with finesse.
Moonlighting is a welcome addition to primetime TV, offering a satisfying blend of comedy, romance and action - which in itself is unique. Add to the recipe, the special talents of Willis, and you've got the stuff from which hits are made.
A delightful detective show starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis (whose rabid sexism will, we hope, be toned down).
The series distinguished itself with its clever writing, too: even the episode titles... hint at the wit and the irreverence the episodes evinced, if not consistently.
Audience Reviews for Moonlighting: Season 1
Jan 25, 2021Totally charming. Great chemistry between Maddie Hayes and David Addison. The theme music is wonderful as well. Sets the stage perfectly.
Jul 25, 2020It's leads may not be likable in real life but they play off each other wonderfully.