Hi Judy, welcome to the board! My name is Marlena, and just like you, I watched the show during its original run when I was about 12. At the time, the friends I had didn't watch Moonlighting, so I never had anybody to talk to about it. I'm sure there were lots of kids around me that did watch it, but I was a pretty shy kid, so my obsession with Moonlighting was something I kept to myself. Now 36 years later, I am so happy to have this wonderful group of Moonlighting fans to discuss the show with. Looking forward to hearing more from you!
Post by northernlight on Jul 2, 2021 15:10:08 GMT -5
My name is Steven, from England, and I've been reading this site since last autumn and enjoyed every minute of it. Moonlighting has been my favourite show since I watched the pilot in 1986, fell in love with Maddie and thought they were the best TV characters I had ever seen. I used to record it on video, and I watched it repeatedly for several years until videos went out of fashion and I was left with wonderful memories instead. In 2010, I bought the DVD collection and have been watching it regularly ever since. The UK DVD set is fantastic!
I remember not liking the last two seasons when they were originally shown because the tone was so different, although I stuck with it out of loyalty. I am one of those who believes they should never have slept together, or that when they finally got around to it, that should have been the natural end of the show. Re-watching these two seasons on the DVD's I realise that they weren't as bad as I remembered them to be. Season Four is brilliantly acted and has its moments, while Season Five is fascinating in a grim sort of way, but it's like the song says, the trill is gone. I watch the first three seasons regularly and never tire of them, but I do get around to Four and Five once in a while - usually picking out certain episodes. Favourite episodes include the Pilot; The Next Murder You Hear; Money Talks, Maddie Walks; My Fair David; Knowing Her; The Son Also Rises; Symphony In Knocked Flat; The Man Who Cried Wife and Big Man On Mulberry Street. A great show, stylish, atmospheric and very funny, everything just so (acting, dialogue, music, lighting...), and so much detail that I'm still discovering new angles on it after watching it more or less two or three times a year since getting the DVD's. It's very nostalgic for me too, and I love nostalgia.
One thing I never understand, though, is this perception of Maddie being "cold", which I don't see at all. Keeping things in check and having a few barriers comes from a place of self-preservation rather than coldness. I'm a bit like that. In fact, I'm a lot like that. But the great thing about Moonlighting was all those discussions they had every week and you could usually see both sides of the argument. I think that's a great achievement.
Post by notjuanjones on Jul 2, 2021 17:27:30 GMT -5
Hi, Steven. Welcome to the board! As you know by now, there are some amazingly passionate ML fans who'll love to hear from you. I am one of the few Maddie/CS stans here, and as such, I share your view that Maddie wasn't as much cold as she was shy, and as such put up the "ice princess" demeanor to protect herself from getting hurt. We see throughout the run that when Maddie lets her guard down and gets to know the people in the office, she has multiple moments of great warmth and kindness.
Post by fanofmoonlighting on Jul 2, 2021 20:44:33 GMT -5
Welcome Steven! I'm very new to the site but I've posted quite a bit. Everyone has been very nice and welcoming. It seems to be a bit quiet lately. Hopefully you'll join in the conversations! I just recently have been rewatching the show since not having seen it since it first aired. I agree that the first 3 Seasons are great but 4 and 5 are sometimes quite difficult to watch. I haven't rewatched any episodes from those seasons in a few months but have been watching the others a lot. I love watching them discuss things and hearing both sides of the argument. I can usually understand both points of view too!
Post by northernlight on Jul 3, 2021 12:06:52 GMT -5
Hi, notjuanjones. Thanks for the welcome. I have seen your comments on here before and you are absolutely right about Maddie's character - that's exactly how I always saw her. I love Maddie and I admire Cybill too. She's been unfairly maligned, I think. Anyone who doubts her acting abilities should see Moonlighting, because no-one could have played Maddie better than Cybill did. Her comic timing was second to none. She may or may not have been difficult in her time, but I doubt Bruce was a saint either. We all know actors can be difficult, but all that matters really is what these two achieved on this wonderful show - they were both magnificent and they should be very proud of that. I hope to begin posting soon. Thanks again.
Post by northernlight on Jul 3, 2021 12:18:10 GMT -5
Hi fanofmoonlighting - good to be here. That's right, those first three seasons are brilliant indeed; the best TV of all time in my view, but I think you might just revalue the later seasons a little more now, given how much time has passed since they were originally aired. The disappointment of 1989 has faded now and they are part of the story arc after all, even if they let us down badly with that final arc featuring Maddie's ghastly cousin. I don't like watching how things became between Maddie and David any more than anyone else. The banter and the suppressed romance was the motor that drove the show in my opinion. The discussions were great indeed and they actually made you think about your own take on it. Good job we couldn't join in, wasn't it?
Thanks for the welcome and I hope to join in very soon.
We're nothing but a sea apart, then. I'm from Holland Wow, if you've been reading the site since autumn, you must have seen the many debates (and arguments) we had about the show. Maddie's behavior came up, and I admit that I was one of those who didn't understand her behavior at times. But hey, I've reformed and I get who she is a bit more now. I hope you have fun here and will join us in conversations about whatever comes up in our minds.
Post by northernlight on Jul 3, 2021 16:09:00 GMT -5
I have a friend who lives in Holland, but I've never been there (even though I'm from the port from where the Holland-bound ferries sail). Yes, I spent many a dark night on here, reading all great comments and getting some new insight. There are so many layers to Moonlighting that even after thirty-five years, I'm still finding new things. Even though I'm a man, I always understood Maddie's outlook, and not just because I was dazzled by her beauty (and she is pretty dazzling)… I thought she had it all really, and it was maybe good to give her that reticence as a minor character flaw and thus make her more human, which it certainly did. This is a great site and I hope be joining in soon. Thank you for being so welcoming.
Post by northernlight on Jul 4, 2021 7:09:49 GMT -5
Thanks, quest1743. Great site, great show and I look forward to participating, hopefully at some point this week. I've always loved anything to do with New York, even though I've never actually been there. Billy Joel's The Stranger album probably has a lot to do with that.