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Moonlighting: Seasons 1 & 2 - Review

Moonlighting: Seasons 1 and 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

MOONLIGHTING was the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series that launched the career of Bruce Willis.

A huge fan favourite, it will be making its long-awaited debut on DVD on October 6, when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Seasons 1 & 2 as part of a six disc box set on October 6.

Moonlighting was one of the biggest TV phenomenons of the 1980s… a show that captured the public’s imagination much in the same way as Miami Vice did – but for very different reasons.

Whereas Crockett and Tubbs provided a gritty insight into the Miami drug scene, Moonlighting combined drama, comedy and wit with a huge amount of sexual tension.

The show picks up as top model Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) loses her fortune to her fraudulent financial adviser and is left to manage her only investment… a run down detective agency.

The quirky cases taken on by The Blue Moon Detective Agency lead to the unlikeliest of relationships, that between the determined feminist Hayes and the agency’s only detective, the self-satisfied male chauvinist David Addison (Willis).

Sparks inevitably flew as Hayes and Addison put the world to rights one case at a time – although each episode was as much about the their tumultuous relationship as it was about their intriguing cases.

Shepherd, for her part, combined brains with beauty and provided the perfect foil to Willis’ snappy, dishevelled charisma, having come to the show off the back of a successful movie career.

But it was Willis who stole most of the headlines – his roguish, charming but utterly likeable David Addison providing the actor with the perfect platform to launch both a successful movie career (Die Hard came pretty soon after) and a chart-topping music career to boot (remember The Return of Bruno and Under The Boardwalk anyone?).

There are plenty of episode highlights to savour in each of the first two seasons (there would be five in total) and even though the ’80s setting does look a little dated, it’s the performances that stand the test of time.

This is a box set to enjoy over and over again.