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The Moonlighting Lost 3-D Episode, The Fourth Season Finale

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February, 1986

Click to play Teaser from In God We Strongly SuspectDuring the teaser to the episode "In God We Strongly Suspect", Maddie Hayes and David Addison tell their viewers that the episode about to air has 3-D elements in it, but that the reason they won't be able to see the effect is because the required 3-D glasses had not been delivered in time by the post office. This was all in jest as "In God We Strongly Suspect" had no 3-D elements, but it did provide the first hint that a 3-D episode was being kicked around in the Moonlighting camp.

January, 1988

It was announced that using Nuoptix technology, Moonlighting was to be the first nationwide television show broadcast in 3-D. Sponsored by Coca-Cola who was also going to run a 3-D commercial during the episode, the 3-D episode was to air in May 1988 (during network sweeps) as the fourth season finale. It was reported that the last eight minutes of the "Moonlighting" episode was to be in 3-D. In preparation, Coca-Cola manufactured some 40 million cardboard 3-D glasses and planned to distribute them.

February, 1988

ABC and Coca-Cola put together press kits and started shooting TV commercials promoting the event. The press kit (shown to the left) was to include information on Nuoptix 3-D technology and a pair of the 3-D glasses, along with an 8 x 10 black and white photo of Bruce & Cybill. Meanwhile "Moonlighting" was in the midst of its fourth season and had finally been able to reunite the two lead characters once Cybill Shepherd had returned to set from maternity leave. They shot four episodes with Cybill and Bruce back together and things seemed to be settling down and getting back to normal on the show.

Click to play the Coca-cola Moonligthing 3-D Promotional ad
The Moonlighting Coca-Cola ads

The ads promoting the "Moonlighting" 3-D episode never aired, so we didn't even know for sure that these ads even existed until we acquired a tape of Coca-cola's 1988 ad campaign. Click the links below to play in REAL media.
March, 1988

Click to play video showing the writers strike on MoonlightingThen the infamous Writers Strike of 1988 happened, which prevented the 3-D episode from ever being produced. Production on the fourth season of "Moonlighting" shutdown after the airing of the March 22nd episode, "And the Flesh Was Made Word." The Writers' Strike lasted five months from March 7 until August 7, 1988 and seriously impacted the TV schedule for 1988. Moonlighting didn't air a new episode until December 1988. During that extended hiatus, creator Glenn Caron left the series, and after the first episode of the fifth season, "A Womb with a View," which was Caron's final credited contribution to the series, things were never quite the same at Moonlighting.

January, 1989

Click to see the Nuoptix CocaCola 3-D glassesThis venture wasn't a total loss for Coca-Cola and Nuoptix, however, because in January 1989, they used the cardboard glasses manufactured for the "Moonlighting" episode for a Superbowl ad which became the first national televised 3-D event. What could have been a historic televison moment for "Moonlighting," their planned 3-D episode unfortunately never saw the light of day.

Webmaster's Comments

I was totally disappointed that this episode was never produced and have always imagined how cool it would have been to see this TV first on "Moonlighting." Just think how ingenous the script and dialogue would be on such an innovative episode! Knowing that this was to be the fourth season finale and since Maddie's pregnancy was the main event of the fourth season, I have many times wondered if the season finale might very well have been the episode that Maddie gave birth in. I have never found any information concerning what exactly the show had planned, but perhaps in addition to an exciting case and fantastic 3-D chase scene, the birth of the Blue Moon baby was certainly a possibility. Sadly though, we shall never know.

Credits & Kudos
  • Thank you to Bill Lawrence, WRJN Radio, Racine, WI and his wife, Sue, of Time Warner Cable, Milwaukee. They were able to take a 3/4" tape from Coca-Cola and turn it into a standard format that could be posted online. So thank you Bill, Sue & Time Warner Cable of Milwaukee for your assistance with the ad clips. Bill is a major Moonlighting fan, and that too is always appreciated!
  • Thanks to Pamela Hansen for the 3-D glasses...she deals in Coca-cola memorabilia, and it was a thrill to locate these in her online shop at Ashelford Hall Collectibles on I used to have a pair of these back from 1989 when Coke distributed them, but have been unable to locate mine. So hooray for Pamela!
  • Thank you to Becca Allen (an online email friend of for some of the initial research that went into this section.
  • And especially thank you to site co-editor Diane Hopkins for the New York Post 3-D press article and for sharing her 3-D presskit. Her longtime fascination with this 3-D episode inspired me to add this section to the site. Diane, this section is for you!
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