So, I've recently become reacquainted with Moonlighting via the DVDs after having been away from it for more than 10 years. I've been doing this one episode at a time on Friday and/or Saturday nights, somewhere between 1:00 and 4:00 AM, while my wife and kids are sleeping peacefully upstairs. Most of these nights, so far, have fortunately happened to feature clear skies and brilliant moonlight, which really adds to the atmosphere something I've never experienced while watching this series in the past.
It was particularly effective with this episode, the absolute high point of season 1 (in my opinion) and something truly moving in terms of bringing real depth to the characters of David and Maddie. The noir-ish feel captured here, particularly during the radio broadcast and scenes of Maddie driving around town, are really something special. I would also love to know if the bar where David sings via bread stick still exists, and (if so) how much it has or hasn't changed.
Not every episode of this series could (or should) possibly be like this one, but "The Next Murder You Hear" really raised the bar at a perfect time and put forth the sort of emotion you can't help but look for in every episode after.
If you haven't seen it lately, or ever, I highly recommend giving it a go... sometime long after dark.