Moonlighting: Seasons One and Two

Moonlighting may forever be remembered for launching Bruce Willis's career but in the mid-'80s it was all the rage. The ABC show was one of the first comedies to tackle full-hour episodes, often packing in three times as much dialogue as a 60-minute drama. Willis was certainly not the star from the beginning; the show was presented as a Cybill Shepherd vehicle and rightfully so, considering the contrast between their careers at the time. However, season one right off the bat shows that the chemistry between these two actors was unmatched on television, possibly even to this day. Shepherd played Maddy Hayes, a famous model who realises one day that her accountant has left her for broke, minus her house, car and with a struggling detective agency. Enter Willis as the jive-talking office manager David Addison and you have an instant hit show. The story was nothing really new; Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King also featured male/female teams solving crimes. However, Moonlighting thrived on its fast-talking stars, the intense sexual chemistry of the leads — something that never really reaches fruition — and the zany situational comedy that found David and Maddy constantly getting in over their heads. Part screwball comedy, part romance, it was a show that ruled the water coolers, giving both men and women relatable points of view for discussion. Besides the inclusion of all 23 episodes from the first and second seasons (the first season was a six-episode mid-season pick-up), there are plenty of extras, including appearances by both Willis and Shepherd; his nonchalant commentary reveals the superstar he's become, while hers lacks the spark she carried on the show but remains a valuable asset. The three educational featurettes also feature interviews with both actors, as well as creator Glenn Gordon Caron and other cast and crew members, to explain just how the show got off the ground (i.e., Willis was not the ideal candidate in the eyes of ABC's president), how it failed to follow the rules and how it redefined the "boy/girl detective show." Recommended for those who loved it the first time around. (Maple)