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Moonlighting Monday: Episode Countdown

MM episodes_edited-1 As March comes to a close, so does our tribute to the best show from the 80's: Moonlighting.  I asked all the Moonies out in internet land to send me their top 10 list of episodes.  They responded faster than Herbert Viola heading for a fresh cup of coffee.  I complied the list and count them down below.  I discuss the top 10 episodes and list the remaining 5 episodes just for your information.  Over 30 different episodes were voted for.  That means that everyone loves almost half of the episodes. The votes were really spread around all but the top 2 episodes.  They not only had the highest vote total, but also made the most lists being voted on by over half of the entries.  I agree with most of the list, even if it isn't quite what I would have picked for me.  That is what made the list so much fun for me, to see what you guys think.  Here is your top list of Moonlighting episodes.

1. Maddie’s Turn To Cry

The episode that fans like the best is the one where Maddie finally admits her feelings.  The triangle of Dave, Maddie and Sam is one for the ages.  Here is a lesson to TV producers of today, don't let a triangle last for a season, this happens in 4 episodes and moves are characters in a major way.  This episode has it all: Emotion, a kiss and a great chase scene.  No use crying over split milk...

2. The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice

moonThe second best episode, according to the Red Room Followers, has two sides.  Maddie's version and Dave's version.  If that doesn't sum up the show, nothing can.  This black and white episode was an amazing idea back in the 80's.  It has more jokes in it than an episode of The Simpsons, but it is remembered as being the first time we see the character's kiss, even if it is just a dream.

3. Witness for the Execution

This is the first time they REALLY kiss.  A good bye kiss for the ages.  Here we take a great case and the sparks fly as Dave is framed for murder.  I am not surprised by this entry.  I remember being so excited the first time I watched this back when it aired.  Great pick.

4. The Son Also Rises

The writers always knew how to end and open a season on Moonlighting.  It is fun to see the characters come back from "summer vacation."  But the fun doesn't last long when Dave's father comes to town with a new love interest.  This episode gave Bruce Willis a chance to show off his acting chops.  If you forget the twist at the end of the episode, I won't spoil it here.  But its the kind of choice the writers made that is the exact reason we still love this episode.

5. I am Curious…Maddie

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You may remember Be My Baby as the song from Dirty Dancing.  But Moonlighting fans remember it from this episode.  They finally consummate their relationship.  There are no rose's here.  There are no happy words of love.  That is for other couples.  Dave and Maddie finally do it in the only way they could...with lots of broken objects and a classic 60's pop song playing.

6. Atomic Shakespeare

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Creativity on this show was a norm; the Shakespeare episode takes it to a new height.  At the time it was a the most expensive hour of TV ever produced.  It was worth it.  Whenever they could put the characters we love in an outside situation the show soared.  I have seen this episode a million times and I still pick up on subtle jokes that are in here.

7. A Womb With A View


My favorite episode came in kinda low, but that is OK.  It at least made the list.  The music, the acting, the story.  This is not a normal episode, but the sentiment in it is beautiful...and sad.  Isn't that the show?  You may disagree with the way the episode ends but it was truly best for the show.

8. Atlas Belched

Would anyone understand what a rolodex is anymore?  I suppose they should play this episode with a disclaimer that losing your boss's rolodex is like losing his iPhone.  This episode has a great Dave and Maddie fight and the best line ever:  To the dump.  To the Dump, To the Dump, Dump, Dump.

9. My Fair David


I have to say, I am surprised this episode doesn't rank a bit higher.  The Limbo scene is one of the show's most memorable scenes.  The idea that Maddie would want Dave to change and then be sad when he does is a great story.  Part of what makes them work as a couple is the fact that they want each other to change but wouldn't love each other if they did.  Bonus points for the line: "You De-Daved Him."  We love you, Ms. Dipesto.

10. Symphony In Knocked Flat

Dave and Maddie go on a date.  Why would they think this would go well?  There is nothing more fun and heart breaking than watching Dave try to give Maddie what she wants.  What I remember the most about this episode is that it annoyed my father when this episode ends with a super silly scene.  It was exactly what I loved about the show.  There was enough serious detective shows on, let's have a little fun and who cares how the case turns out?

That is the top 10.  I like the list (would have liked to see Big Man make the list but it is on the remaining 5)  Here is the rest of the top 15, all great episodes:

11. The Pilot

12. Maddie Hayes Got Married

13. Big Man On Mulberry St

14. To Heiress Human

15. Blond On Blonde

Thanks for another Moonlighting Monday.  Listen to my interview with the creator of Moonlighting, Glenn Gordon Caron.

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Moonlighting Mondays In March

Blog moonThe Red Room goes Blue Moon.  I have decided Monday's in the month of March will be all about Moonlighting.  I have recently confirmed with Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator and writer of Moonlighting, that he will come on the Red Room Podcast for a chat about the best show of the 80's: Moonlighting. I actually watched the pilot of Moonlighting when it aired, well to be exact, I watched it on Betamax (ask your parents what that means) the next day.  For the next five seasons America watched as David Addison (Bruce Willis) and Maddie Hayes (Cybil Sheperd) fell in and out of Hate, Love, Lust and Sex.  Maddie was rich and beautiful, an atheist who didn't like nonsense of any kid.  Dave was poor and beautiful, a romantic who didn't like responsibility of any kind.  All was about to change for both of them as they collided in the pilot episode.  It aired 30 years ago this month.

So I am asking fans out there to please rank your top 10 episodes of Moonlighting and post it on our Facebook page here.  Next Monday I am going to release the combined list of all the fans.

For this Monday I refer you to a couple of Blogs I have done over the years.

Here I made mp3 covers for a couple of the songs that aired on the show, and some that were never released.

Here I discuss my thoughts on the first two seasons.

Here I discuss the so-called Moonlighting Curse (I don't subscribe to the curse theory and will be discussing this with Mr. Caron.)

My interview with Glenn Gordon Caron.

Here Josh and I discuss the creativity of Moonlighting on our Podcast on the show.

If you have not watched Moonlighting ever or not since the 80's.  Here is a link to purchase the first two seasons.  It is a great ride and piece of television history. I feel that Moonlighting has not received the respect it deserved.  It really was the most creative show ever.  You never knew what kind of show you were going to get week to week. A few years ago we also did a podcast about the best couples ever and of course I picked Dave and Maddie.  In two weeks, I will post a new blog about them as a couple.  Were they right for each other?  Did they love each other? And years later, why do we still remember them?  Keep an eye at this blog, our twitter account and Facebook for more Moonlighting Mondays.  I will be tweeting out pictures, websites and Fun on our Twitter account all month.

I have already heard from a ton of fans and it makes me happy to know that everyone is still ready to Limbo.

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Another Great Show, Another Fired Producer.

In 1988, Glenn Gordon Carson wrote the premiere of Moonlighting Season 5.  It was called "Womb With A View" and is my all time favorite episode.  It was the last episode he ever wrote, as he was fired as Executive Producer and never returned to Moonlighting.  In 2003, Aaron Sorkin wrote the Season 4 finale of The West Wing.  He led the show up to a major cliff hanger.  He was fired and never wrote for The West Wing again.  Thursday night 2012, Community played its Season 3 finale produced by Dan Harmon.  News came out days before that the show was renewed.  We all rejoiced.  Two days later Dan Harmon was fired.  I am pretty freaking sure he will never write for Community again.  I have compared Community to Moonlighting quite a bit these last weeks on our podcasts and the comparisons continue.  Cybill Shepherd was not a fan of Glenn Gordon Caron.  Chevy Chase was not a fan of Dan Harmon.  The brass at Sony Studios and NBC say that the Chevy feud had nothing to do with why Dan Harmon was fired.  I believe ABC said the same thing about Moonlighting. NBC said the same thing about The West Wing.  In the past, when they have removed the main creative person behind a show, the show fails.  When David Lynch went off to make Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks crumbled.  David E. Kelley left Chicago Hope and Picket Fences, both shows suffered.  When Joss Whedon stopped being in charge of the daily goings on at Buffy, the show became unwatchable.   The West Wing and Moonlighting became shells of their former selves.  This becomes a pattern so predictable you would think that networks would be able to see it.  In fact it's so predictable you would think they would sign this pattern to a 13 episode commitment because predictability is what Network Stooges like most.

I love Community and I want the final 13 episodes to succeed but I am fairly certain that will be impossible without the writing staff that brought us here.  The really scary part of Community is that the other show runners are leaving as well.  We all want to see Community sent off with the final season it deserves.  What would possibly be the point of bringing this show back for a shortened season without the heart that made it?  I have seen Dan Harmon interviewed.  I have read his online statements.  I find him to be a very unpleasant person.  I would never want to work with him.  Aaron Sorkin seems like he's twice as arrogant as the characters he creates.  Glenn Gordon Caron freaking discovered and created Bruce Willis.  Can you imagine that ego? I wouldn't want to have to manage that person.  Guess what?   That is why I am not a network executive.  The fact that these writers are difficult is what makes them artists.  Networks should want that kind of person.  Do we want to eat dinner with them? No.  Do we want to try to force them to meet a deadline? No.  But we do want them to write our entertainment.  They are called artists.  They see the world differently and they don't follow the norms.  So what can we as viewers do?  Well, I think we blog, we podcast and we try to point our friends in the right direction when we see great shows, great networks and over all greatness.  Dan Harmon should do what everyone should do when they are fired.  Go do something better.  Community is a great show; I know he can make a better one.  Just don't go to NBC when you come up with it. Check out my Other Community Blogs

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