Maddie Hayes, a wealthy former model, discovers one morning that her business manager has stolen all the money she has in the bank. However, it turns out that she still owns some non-liquid assets -- money-losing companies... more » which were maintained as tax write-offs -- one of which is a detective agency run by David Addison. Maddie meets with him to inform him that the company is to be shut down, but he persuades her to keep it open by convincing her that the detective agency can make money. Maddie becomes David's new boss and accompanies him on adventure after adventure. While their personalities clash, a sexual tension arises in the time they spend together. But the question always remains... will they or won't they?« less
"The 5th season was an odd season for Moonlighting. Many fans berate season 4 for keeping David and Maddie apart so long. But at least David still loved Maddie, and in pursuit of her went through many trials (prison, lemaze classes, parenting books, Maddie's father). At the end of Season 4, we learn Maddie still loves David.
Season 5 starts strong with Womb with a View, which revisits the connection between them. In the following episodes, though, there's no connection or chemistry. There's Maddie pulling away, and David feeling dejected and eventually pulling away. In an odd way, these episodes are reminiscent of Season 1, before anything ever happened between D & M. Except for the white elephant in the room: they hardly even acknowledge their former intense feelings for each other. These middle episodes have a few pleasant moments and some classic Moonlighting comedy bits. But truthfully, getting through them was a bit of a chore, they only remind you of how great Moonlighting was when there was real tension and passion between D & M.
Things look up in the last few episodes, when David meets Maddie's cousin Anne. It seems Maddie is finally over David, though it's not clear he's over her. We wonder if he's using Anne to get back at Maddie for moving on, something that would be despicable. Or maybe David is genuinely happy, maybe this new relationship is the healthy, stable, loving relationship he never had with Maddie. In the end, David once again sacrifices his own well-being for someone else (as we -- but not Maddie -- saw him do so often in Season 4).
Lunar Eclipse ends with a funny wedding, and then our beloved friends (and we loyal viewers) have to come to grips with their fate. Finally, they say goodbye with a bittersweet montage that reminds us how much we have come to love these characters and how much we will miss them.
As other reviewers have said, this set comes with very few extras. I didn't find either of the two commentary tracks especially illuminating. The screen test was kind of neat, though. You can see the chemistry between Bruce & Cybill, even though they hadn't worked together yet. "
L. Pierce | Oklahoma | 03/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm grateful to have the final scene of Moonlighting to add to my collection, but I am disappointed that there were not more extra features. In way of extras, all that was included are commentaries on the first and last episodes. In the final episode, the commentary is done by Dennis Dugan. This is the actor who briefly played Maddie's husband. This is the worst commentary that I have ever heard. I listened to the whole torturous episode just to see if there was anything he had to say that was worth listening to. There was not.
Again, I am grateful to complete my series of Moonlighting, but it would have been nice if there were more extras of one of my favorite shows from the 80's."
An End Of An Era
Let's Go Pitt | PITTSBURGH, PA USA | 03/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was great to watch the Final Season of Moonlighting as it brought back a lot of memories. However, I was disappointed that the "Strip For Sweeps Week" opening to "Take My Wife, For Example" is not on this disc. Why did the producers of the show or Lionsgate cut this opening out is a mystery to me. I'm fortuate to have this episode on tape, but it would be nice to have had this opening in the DVD."
Starts Strong. Ends Long.
W. Joure | Chicago, IL USA | 04/04/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've read the griping here about the Lionsgate treatment of "Moonlighting" on these dvd's, so I'll leave that alone. I hadn't seen any of the season five episodes in quite a few years, but remembered them gladly. After the disappointment of the fourth season, the series made a mighty effort to rebound in season five. Episodes two through six are terrific, and stand beside anything from season one or two for writing quality and entertainment value. But the lack of resolution of what kind of relationship Maddie and David have becomes increasingly icky. By the time Virginia Madsen shows up (season five's Mark Harmon??), and they throw another one of those awful Burt and Agnes only episodes at us, it really is a relief to get to the final "Lunar Eclipse." It's been sad to find through these dvd's that "Moonlighting" is a little dated, and when it was off it was way off. But when it worked (seasons one through three), it was great!"
Moonlighting truly is one of the very best television series
Monika | Germany | 03/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is an excellent choice for fun entertainment. I enjoy watching and re-watching my Moonlighting DVDs so much, that I would like to compliment and thank all involved for the very best television series of all time!
Moonlighting still is extremely creative, funny, romantic and moving and its contents are astonishingly up to date. The fact that the Blue Moon Detective Agency handles some pretty surprising cases is the platform for excellent drama, comedy and romance. Both Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis demonstrate their brilliance, authenticity and versatility and are very much in sync. From one episode to the next, Moonlighting keeps surpassing itself, doing the unexpected and getting more dramatic, funnier and sexier.
Even though there are "tons of fun" to choose from, I like to highlight some specials from the different DVD sets.
Highlights of Seasons 1 & 2: As a special treat, Cybill, Bruce, writers and crew members share their personal memories in commentaries and the documentaries. They are a lot of fun and it is nice that even some of the fans who participated in the Moonlighting DVD campaign are included.
For the first sparks between Cybill and Bruce, I suggest "The Pilot"; for the first kiss and Cybill's amazing performance of "Blue Moon" and "I Told Ya, I Love Ya" "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"; for comedy and Bruce disguised "The Lady In The Iron Mask", for fairy tale romance "Somewhere Under The Rainbow"; for the presentation of David's brother (the hilarious Charles Rocket) "Brother Can You Spare A Blonde?"; and for the introduction of Maddie's family (the very believable Eva Marie Saint and Robert Webber) "Every Daughter's Father Is A Virgin".
Highlights of Season 3: Cybill, Bruce, Curtis Armstrong, Allyce Beasly and Mark Harmon as well as writers and crew members share their "Memories of Moonlighting" in very entertaining and educational commentaries and exclusive interviews. Above all, a documentary brings the long-awaited on camera reunion of Cybill and Bruce! It is amazing, watching them together again, looking great, chatting, bantering and flirting, their chemistry still very much there.
For slapstick comedy at its best, I suggest "Symphony In Knocked Flat"; for the thrilling dream / dance sequence "Big Man On Mulberry Street"; for costumes, rhymes and a hilarious Taming Of The Shrew "Atomic Shakespeare"; and for the crackling chemistry between Cybill and Bruce "I Am Curious.. Maddie" and "To Heiress Human".
Highlights of Season 4: As real treat, two of the most frequently asked and discussed questions regarding Maddie and David are answered in the commentaries. Bruce admits that he loves her from the moment he saw her for the first time. Cybill suggests that the baby must have been his.
For David's love declaration to Maddie, the dream sequence with Ray Charles and the Honeymooner parody, I suggest "A Trip To The Moon"; for the Maddie and David claymations bantering and making up "Come Back Little Shiksa"; for the amazing chemistry between Cybill and Bruce and the reunion "Tracks Of My Tears"; for comedy at its best, sincere feelings and more chemistry "Maddie Hayes Got Married" and "And The Flesh Was Made Word". These episodes bring back the magic of Moonlighting!
Highlights of Season 5: As a special bonus, the original screen test of Cybill and Bruce is included. It becomes obvious, that their wit, talent, charm and chemistry are the main reasons for the ongoing appeal and success of Moonlighting.
For sizzling chemistry, fights and reconciliation between Cybill and Bruce (and him in diapers), I suggest "A Womb With A View"; for the battle of the sexes "Shirts And Skins"; for slapstick and hilarious comedy "Plastic Fantastic Lovers" and "I See England, I See France, I See Maddie's Netherworld"; and for everlasting love and memories "Lunar Eclipse".
The biggest questions of all Moonlighting fans about the future of Maddie and David and about the Anselmo case remain unanswered and still leave hope for a Moonlighting Reunion.
I think that Moonlighting is the best of all television history and a "must have" for any Moonlighting or Cybill or Bruce fan!
Thank you again for the unforgettable Moonlighting which is now available in its entirety! "