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The Best Episodes of Moonlighting

Every episode of Moonlighting ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Moonlighting!

After being duped and going bankrupt, model Maddie is convinced by David to become a partner in a detective agency. Together they solve various cases, while getting comfortable with each other.

Genres:ComedyDramaMysteryCrime
Network:ABC

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Moonlighting" is "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice", rated 8.3/10 from 475 user votes. It was directed by Peter Werner and written by Debra Frank, Carl Sautter. "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" aired on 10/15/1985 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Atomic Shakespeare".

  • The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice
    8.3/10 475 votes

    #1 - The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1985-10-15

    Dave and Maddie each dream their own solutions to an unsolved 1946 murder case after hearing the story while finishing an investigation.

    Director: Peter Werner

    Writer: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter

  • Atomic Shakespeare
    8.3/10 406 votes

    #2 - Atomic Shakespeare

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 1986-11-25

    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.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno

  • I Am Curious... Maddie (4)
    7.9/10 233 votes

    #3 - I Am Curious... Maddie (4)

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 1987-03-31

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

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron, Jeff Reno

  • Twas the Episode Before Christmas
    7.8/10 294 votes

    #4 - Twas the Episode Before Christmas

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 1985-12-17

    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."

    Director: Peter Werner

    Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron

  • Big Man on Mulberry Street
    7.8/10 275 votes

    #5 - Big Man on Mulberry Street

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 1986-11-18

    Maddie becomes consumed with curiosity when David announces he must fly back to New York to attend the funeral of his former wife's brother.

    Director: Christian I. Nyby II, Stanley Donen

    Writer: Karen Hall

  • Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin
    7.7/10 235 votes

    #6 - Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1986-02-18

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

    Director: Christopher Hibler

    Writer: Debra Frank, Bruce Franklin Singer

  • Maddie's Turn to Cry (3)
    7.7/10 202 votes

    #7 - Maddie's Turn to Cry (3)

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 1987-03-03

    Maddie feels more and more confused about Sam and Dave after an all-night stakeout with Dave ends in an early morning proposal from Sam.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Roger Director

  • The Next Murder You Hear
    7.6/10 373 votes

    #8 - The Next Murder You Hear

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1985-03-19

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

    Director: Peter Werner

    Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron, Peter Silverman

  • The Lady in the Iron Mask
    7.6/10 333 votes

    #9 - The Lady in the Iron Mask

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 1985-10-01

    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.

    Director: Christopher Leitch

    Writer: Roger Director

  • Witness for the Execution
    7.6/10 236 votes

    #10 - Witness for the Execution

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1986-03-11

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

    Director: Paul Krasny

    Writer: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno

  • It's a Wonderful Job
    7.6/10 224 votes

    #11 - It's a Wonderful Job

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 1986-12-16

    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.

    Director: Edwin Sherin

    Writer: Debra Frank, Carl Sautter

  • Pilot
    7.5/10 2,647 votes

    #12 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1985-03-03

    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.

    Director: Robert Butler

    Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron

  • Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?
    7.5/10 336 votes

    #13 - Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1985-09-24

    Dave's older brother shows up unexpectedly, flashing a big roll of money and determined to impress a bemused Maddie, unaware that he's pursued by a drug dealer who wants his money back.

    Director: Peter Werner

    Writer: Glenn Gordon Caron

  • Knowing Her
    7.5/10 293 votes

    #14 - Knowing Her

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1985-11-12

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

    Director: Peter Werner

    Writer: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno

  • Blonde on Blonde (1)
    7.5/10 223 votes

    #15 - Blonde on Blonde (1)

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 1987-02-03

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

    Director: Jay Daniel

    Writer: Kerry Ehrin

  • Lunar Eclipse
    7.5/10 174 votes

    #16 - Lunar Eclipse

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 1989-05-14

    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.

    Director: Dennis Dugan

    Writer: Ron Clark

  • Next Stop Murder
    7.4/10 364 votes

    #17 - Next Stop Murder

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1985-03-26

    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.

    Director: Kevin Connor

    Writer: Ali Marie Matheson, Kerry Ehrin

  • The Murder's in the Mail
    7.4/10 327 votes

    #18 - The Murder's in the Mail

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1985-04-02

    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.

    Director: Peter Werner

    Writer: Mary Ann Kasica, Michael Scheff

  • My Fair David
    7.4/10 294 votes

    #19 - My Fair David

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 1985-10-29

    Maddie bets David that he can't act like a mature responsible professional for one full week while they deliver ransom money for the mother of a kidnapped concert pianist.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Bruce Franklin Singer

  • The Bride of Tupperman
    7.4/10 244 votes

    #20 - The Bride of Tupperman

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1986-01-14

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

    Director: Will Mackenzie, Christian I. Nyby II

    Writer: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno

  • In God We Strongly Suspect
    7.4/10 231 votes

    #21 - In God We Strongly Suspect

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 1986-02-11

    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.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Scott S. Gorden

  • Funeral for a Door Nail
    7.4/10 216 votes

    #22 - Funeral for a Door Nail

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 1986-04-29

    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.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Charles H. Eglee, Jonathan Lemkin

  • The Man Who Cried Wife
    7.4/10 207 votes

    #23 - The Man Who Cried Wife

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1986-09-30

    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.

    Director: Christian I. Nyby II

    Writer: N/A

  • Symphony in Knocked Flat
    7.4/10 210 votes

    #24 - Symphony in Knocked Flat

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 1986-10-14

    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.

    Director: Paul Lynch

    Writer: Dale Gelineau, Pauline Miller

  • Sam & Dave (2)
    7.4/10 205 votes

    #25 - Sam & Dave (2)

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 1987-02-10

    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.

    Director: Sam Weisman

    Writer: Charles H. Eglee, Roger Director