I never missed an episode. I was so disappointed when they canceled the romantic crime drama. The shows storyline begins with glamorous Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) a former model running a bankrupt detective agency. David Addison (Bruce Willis) convinces her to run the agency together as partners instead of shutting it down. Maddie and David couldn't be more different. Maddie is conservative, responsible. David is an spontaneous, free spirit.. I thought they had wonderful chemisty that kept us coming back for more.
The writing is very clever, like the characters they used an equal balance of humor and serious content. There are episodes that have themes - such as a black and white version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.
Many episodes included dialogue which made direct references to the scriptwriters, the audience, the network, or the series itself. (For example, when a woman is going to jump into a bathtub with a radio, Addison says, "Are you nuts? The network's will never let you do that, lady!") Variations of this technique had been used in TV programs such as Burns and Allen and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, although Moonlighting was the first scripted television series to use self-referential dialog directly into the shows story.
Another character in the show is Agnes DiPesto, the receptionist that answers every phone call with a different rhyme from Dr. Seuss. They had a wonderful line up of great guest stars, like Orson Welles, Tim Robbins, Dana Delany, Whoopi Goldberg, and many more. Moonlighting also features great music - not just the classic theme song by Al Jarreau. Nearly every episode has great classic tunes by Little Richard, Patsy Cline, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, and Gene Kelly, and many others.