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Only 66 episodes? Seems this show got a lot of attention ...


... for only 2 1/2 regular seasons of production???

"It's the system, Lara. People will be different after the Revolution."

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It was five seasons. And you must not know the history of the show.

Swing away, Merrill....Merrill, swing away...

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must not know the history

Okay, tell me how does an American prime time TV series "spread" 66 episodes out over 5 years?

"It's the system, Lara. People will be different after the Revolution."

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The writers had difficulty getting the scripts written on time. Someone, perhaps Caron [the creator of the show] noted that the overlapping dialogue made scripts much longer than those for a regular tv show.

In addition, there were many behind-the-scenes conflicts between the two stars and also involving Caron. This friction did not contribute to smooth production.

The show itself mocked these things, and the inability of the people involved to complete episodes in a timely fashion, resulting in numerous reruns and other methods of filling the time slot--e.g., "clip" shows, which collected short scenes from numerous episodes, surrounded by a framing device, such as the episode with Rona Barrett.

In consequence, altho the show ran five seasons, the number of episodes was much lower than was typically the case.

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also for filler, they repeated episodes over the five years.

Swing away, Merrill....Merrill, swing away...

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Okay, tell me how does an American prime time TV series "spread" 66 episodes out over 5 years?



Tell me why someone would ask a question and expect another person to type out a special response for them when the answer could EASILY be found by doing a simple search and looking at Wikipedia.

The only explanation I can think of is that this is your first time online... or I suppose you could be really dense.










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Recall the OP was more a surprise that it lasted for 5 years and only produced 66 episodes.

The only explanation I can think of is that this is your first time online... or I suppose you could be really dense.

colin72, we all do the best we can. YOU FEEL BETTER?

"It's the system, Lara. People will be different after the Revolution."

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colin72, we all do the best we can.



If that is the best you can do, you're in trouble. Who wipes your ass for you after you use the toilet?


YOU FEEL BETTER?


No. Your reply was even more stupid.

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Are you offering? That's awfully kind for someone who seemed like such a prick otherwise.

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You have a very valid question... and I am sorry some posters told you to search Wikipedia. First of all, Wikipedia does not fact check, so you need to take their info with a grain of salt. Also, these boards are meant for discussions and dialog. if everyone searched the internet, then why have chats??

I just wanted to add, some seasons had weeks of delay between episodes due to problems on set with the actors. Also, there was a writer's strike in 1988 which affected several TV shows, as writers were banned from writing new episodes.

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https://www.quora.com/Why-was-the-television-series-Moonlighting-get-cancelled-after-only-4-seasons-in-1989-Do-you-think-the-series-would-do-better-if-it-were-updated-and-brought-back-today/answer/Jon-Mixon-1

Actually it technically had five seasons, the last being a truncated one.

And the top three reasons for the series being cancelled were:

The departure of showrunner Glen Caron - Caron and series star Cybill Shepherd never got along and things never improved. By the third season one of them had to go and it wasn't going to be Shepherd.

Bruce Willis - Wanted to be a movie star and the success of Die Hard in 1988 made that a possibility. He was uninterested in returning to episodic television and he made that clear to producers.

Cybill Shepherd had children and she wanted to spend the time with them - Shepherd hadn't done episodic television in nearly two decades and she wasn't thrilled with the lengthy amount of time she spent on set, in addition to her dislike of the showrunner Caron. Her public dissatisfaction made the series ratings drop as viewers decided to stay away from the program in droves.

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It gets so much attention because it's a really amazing show for the first three seasons. It was doing rapid fire dialogue on television before "West Wing" and "Gilmore Girls." It was leaning on or breaking the 4th wall when that was less common.

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