August 12, 2014 10:49 AM EDT

Moonlighting was a show about solving crimes in the same way that Cheers was a show about mixing drinks. The draw of this romantic dramedy was the screwball interplay between cocky private eye David Addison (Bruce Willis) and tough-talking ex-model Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd). Their on-again, off-again relationship—which, like most such TV romances, was best when it was off-again—was by far the show’s most intriguing mystery. But the greatest attraction was the show’s flights of fancy: musical episodes, takeoffs on The Honeymooners and The Taming of the Shrew and the occasional fantasy sequence involving Dr. Joyce Brothers and Ray Charles. The show’s on-screen bickering was reflected in backstage chaos, and viewers drifted away after a couple seasons, but it was a crazy love affair while it lasted.

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