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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season One (1977)

Parker Stevenson , Shaun Cassidy  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Parker Stevenson, Shaun Cassidy, Pamela Sue Martin
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 1364 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CNY54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Follow the clues to mystery, adventure and thrills as Season One of the The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries comes to DVD for the first time ever! Teen sensations Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin star as brave super-sleuths in 14 spooky episodes loaded with spellbinding action and smash-hit pop songs, including Shaun Cassidy's #1 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron." Inspired by the hugely popular books and with an amazing lineup of guest stars, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, Bob Crane, Rick Nelson and more, it's no surprise that The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries is an open-and-shut case for fun!

The Hardy Boys Mysteries and The Nancy Drew Mysteries began in 1977 as separate series alternating in the same time slot on ABC. Early the following year, the casts combined, and in the fall of 1978 the Nancy Drew thread was dropped and The Hardy Boys Mysteries continued on alone. This Season One boxed set captures the twin-series idea at its most ambitious, with adolescent brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, created by author Franklin W. Dixon, sleuthing for clues one week and Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew investigating crimes the next.

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

The Hardy Boys Mysteries and The Nancy Drew Mysteries Trivia
• 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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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the joy... January 15, 2005
For those of us who are nostalgic fans of this 1977-1978 ABC Sunday night show, the word that this first season would be released on DVD is pure magic. This is the great first season, when Parker Stevenson/Shaun Cassidy alternated with the beautiful Pamela Sue Martin in a series of weekly detective adventures. This is the season with the underrated, divine Lisa Eilbacher as Callie Shaw, the Hardy Boys' best friend and frequent helper. This is a show one could never have expected would come to DVD. Until now there were SOME episodes on videos (not all easy to find), and the usual Ebay bootleg crowd with lousy picture quality. So, if you were a fan of this great late '70s innocent fun, get ready for March...we've waited a long time for this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the nostalgia...and Seasons Two and Three! February 23, 2005
Thank you to Universal for bringing back a classic television program that features REAL teen idols: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, and Pamela Sue Martin. I must also applaud the supporting cast of William Schallert as Carson Drew and Edmund Gilbert as Fenton Hardy.

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.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blast From The Past June 16, 2005
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The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries DVD features 14 episodes in this 2-disc set. Seven Nancy Drew episodes are on one disc, while the seven Hardy Boys episodes are on the other.

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 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.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY...this is long overdue. February 19, 2005
As a true Nancy Drew fan, it is certain to say that only Pamela Sue Martin could ever really bring Nancy to life; She brought true moxie to the role. That, and a nice touch of sarcasm for those who were too afraid to enter the haunted lighthouse (George)or just too oblivious to notice that a mystery needed to be solved (Ned). Although there is no Bess or housekeeper Hannah, as in the books, the characters are great. William Shallert makes a seamless transition into attorney Carson Drew, Nancy's supportive father. ANY Nancy Drew fan will appreciate Martin's performance, she was beautiful, smart, quick-witted and just very "Nancy". These are a must have for any fan. Plus, there are some great guest star appearances before they had acting lessons (Jamie Lee Curtis). And in regards to the Hardy only took one Nancy to do what it took two Hardy boys to do. (Universal-PLEASE don't make us wait long for Seasons Two and Three).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clean fun and adventure January 30, 2007
I used to rent these shows from a video store when I was a kid, and I was thrilled when I found out that they were on dvd. Some things have been changed from the original stories, such as the elimination of certain characters from the books (Bess and Hannah from the Nancy Drew stories and Iola from the Hardy Boys). Ned Nickerson, who was Nancy's boyfriend in the books, is kind of a geeky guy who now works for Nancy's father, and Frank's girlfriend from the books, Callie, now works as a secretary for Fenton Hardy. Modern kids will also notice certain things that date the shows, such as the references to records instead of CDs and the kids using CBs in their cars to communicate with their parents instead of cell phones. Still, these are really fun shows. They have little violence (just a brawl or two with the bad guys) and no swearing, just good clean fun and excitement with some nice humor thrown in for good measure (ex. "You think he's suspicious of anything?" "What's suspicious about two men carrying a sarcophagus down an alley at midnight?" "You're right, good.").

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved seeing this again from so many years ago,it was like it was new.
Published 1 day ago by hermann r nehls
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My sister loved it!
Published 5 days ago by Carl E. Bates II
2.0 out of 5 stars Not As I Remembered ...
Very disappointed. I expected more. I remembered it being more to my liking ... but that was when I was a much younger person. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Years later...still classic!
Published 1 month ago by Michele S., Toms River, NJ
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a nice series back in the day
This was a nice series back in the day. I love Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I actually have quite a few of the old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books and as old as I am still love... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lovethemysteries
4.0 out of 5 stars That is why I bought them againy If they were like the originals
When they were first packaged there on more than 2 double sided DVD with no labels except tiny writing in the center.. I think it was 5 disks. And had Title Descriptions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad the old shows were available
Exactly as described! Glad the old shows were available :)
Published 3 months ago by Lorna
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy!
The DVD came on time, but when I started to watch disc 1 , episodes 2,3 won't play. For some reason the episode just stopped. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Martin D. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hardy Boys /Nancy Drew Season One
Same for this show too i grew up watching these kinds of shows on tv always was interested in stuff like this
Published 5 months ago by Lon Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree
Shaun and Parker have done a lot as a teaching tool for detective work. I adapted it to the internet, checking out scams and inputting my opinions on the crime.
Published 6 months ago by William Dilley
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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.
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Where are Season 2 & 3 of The Hardy Boys?
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