The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season One
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Actually, as fans of the books know, Dixon and Keene were both pen names used by Edward Stratemeyer when he created those characters in 1927. Just as the young detectives have been updated in print every so often to accommodate successive generations of readers, so too did the TV show present Joe (Shaun Cassidy, brother of David Cassidy of The Partridge Family), Frank (Parker Stevenson), and Nancy (Pamela Sue Martin) as thoroughly 1970s kids. The boys are outfitted with motorcycles, Joe enjoys a retro-pop singing career, and Nancy has a certain freedom of movement only the hippest of dads in a permissive age would allow. Hardy Boys finds the always-amicable siblings following in the footsteps of their father, Fenton (Edmund Gilbert), a private detective, as they untangle capers that take them from haunted houses to Hawaii. The Hardy episodes make for brisk, family viewing, much better than the bubblegum reputation that built up, undeservedly, around the series. Slightly less interesting are the Nancy Drew programs (despite a more entertaining supporting cast), but only because the heroine is less focused and distractingly man-crazy, and the storylines are less exotic. An emphasis on the supernatural and science-fiction themes lends a Scooby-Doo vibe to several programs in both series, though the best stories are the ones with straightforward, meat-and-potatoes detective work. Among the directors on either series are Jack Arnold (The Creature from the Black Lagoon), Winrich Kolbe (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and actors Vince Edwards and Stuart Margolin. --Tom Keogh
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Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Englund, who played the biker couple Mary and Gar in an episode of this series, started acting in horror films during this era.
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Universal, please do not keep us waiting for seasons two and three! The season two premiere found Nancy and the Brothers Hardy working together for the very first time - a concept which has since found its way into many novels. For fans of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Casefiles (novels written in the late 1980s), I encourage you to check out these DVDs! The Casefiles would've inspired some wonderful scripts for this series. It's unfortunate they didn't come along a decade earlier. Overall, the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries is a very cool tv series that deserves to be seen in its entirety once again. Let's show a new generation a Frank, Joe, and Nancy who value respect, trust, independence, perseverance, confidence and so much more! After all, REAL idols are so difficult to find these days.
I've been a fan of the Nancy Drew books since I was a little girl. In fact, I read them all by the time I hit Junior High. I read a handful of the Hardy Boys books, as well.
When this show hit TV, I wasn't able to watch it clearly. I lived in a rural area, and the station that was airing the episodes was very fuzzy. But I was oh-so-intrigued by the haunting theme song! As a fan of the books, I yearned to be able watch the TV show-and squinted my eyes to try to make out the dialogue and the action.
I was delighted to find the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries on DVD, and purchased it from Amazon.com Surprisingly, I enjoy the Hardy Boys episodes *much* more than the Nancy Drew ones. In fact, the glaring discrepancies between the Nancy Drew books and the TV episodes are downright irritating. For example, in the books, Ned Nickerson is an athletic college student that Nancy dates when he's in town; Ned sometimes joins Nancy and her friends for sleuthing, but isn't in every book. Hannah Gruen, the beloved Drew housekeeper who serves as a mother figure to Nancy, makes an appearance in every book. Bess Marvin and George Fayne are two female cousins who accompany Nancy on her adventures.
Yet, in the episodes on this DVD, Ned is now a shy, serious, bespectacled geek who works for Nancy's attorney father, Carson Drew. With way too much air-time, he's in every episode. Bess Marvin isn't in any episodes (in fact, she's never mentioned)-and fearless tomboy George, who is paired with Nancy (played by Pamela Sue Martin) in every episode-is a girly scaredy-cat.Read more ›
I believe that the Nancy Drews have unfairly been given kind of a bad rap, even though Ned's cluelessness and George's craveness do make me squirm a bit (they weren't at all like that in the books). However, they I don't think that they're that bad, and in fact, I think that A Haunting We Will Go and Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise are the two best episodes in this set. A Haunting We Will Go has more humor in it than the others, and Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise is really rather clever because it does a good job of making all the suspects look equally guilty. For awhile, I really wasn't sure who did it.Read more ›
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Five stars because it brought back fond memories of when i was a child. Always loved Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books also.Published 2 months ago by Kevin R. McShea
This first season was memorable as that of--after 50 years-- Callie Shaw AS THE CO-STAR!
She had sadly acknowledged her role--or lack of--as the anti-Nancy Drew, back... Read more
I enjoyed it a lot! Loved the show when I was younger and still love it now!Published 5 months ago by LaToya Williams
i remember seeing them when it first came out and i like the episodesPublished 7 months ago by stanley henrichson
Mystery lover that I am, I'm sure it's no surprise to learn that I used to read both The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books as a kid. I remember loving them, too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
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|Season 2&3 of Hardy boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries||
Season 3 was just Hardy Boys and it only lasted a few months. Don't be surprised if Universal either rushes it out, or delays again.
Apr 16, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 7 posts
|Where are Season 2 & 3 of The Hardy Boys?||
Feb 26, 2007 by Linda P | See all 4 posts
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