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The Hardy Boys: Season 3

Shaun Cassidy , Parker Stevenson , Joseph Pevney  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson
  • Directors: Joseph Pevney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 510 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A4Y62JU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

When the first of many Hardy Boys books was published in 1927, nobody could have imagined this version of the amateur crime-fighting duo: feathered hair, bell-bottoms, the action set to a disco beat. But that's what you get in The Hardy Boys: Season Three, a vintage '70s experience. (The show had begun with the Hardys rotating with episodes featuring Nancy Drew, but she was quietly erased for this final season.) Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson play Joe and Frank Hardy, whose adventures in crime fighting take a new twist when they're recruited to join their dad as US secret agents. There's a lot of globetrotting involved, although stock-footage establishing shots of London, Greece, Hawaii, etc., take the place of actual location shooting. The two-part opening episode sees Joe go after the killers of his fiancée, a trauma that is mostly forgotten by episode three. The stories are serviceable, but frankly the season is most notable for its cascade of incredible '70s style and its wild gimmicks: government-trained killer sharks at a secret California beach? Bring it on! Stevenson and Cassidy (who enjoyed/endured a phase of teenybopper stardom at this time) boast the kind of hair that belongs in a Smithsonian exhibit on what was notable about the 1970s, and if you remember the soft-rock band Bread, be advised that group leader David Gates and the band are featured in another two-part episode that features lots of Bread songs and also Cold War defection espionage ("Bread isn't the only thing on the menu tonight," Stevenson notes at a suspense-filled concert). The season lasted only 10 episodes, and given the shoddy production values and the mostly subpar writing, that is no surprise. Future blockbuster screenwriter Steven E. de Souza worked on the series, and the guest cast is the usual collection of '70s regulars: Nehemiah Persoff, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, June Lockhart, Dana Andrews, Dane Clark, etc. Don't go for quality, but if you have a weakness for Smiley Face camp, this does the job. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Teen heart-throbs Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson star as brothers Joe and Frank Hardy in the exhilarating final season of the Hardy Boys televison series.

Detective duo Frank and Joe decide to turn pro in the final season, going to work for the Justice Department. Traveling all over the world, they strive to crack cases involving cold-blooded killers, mob informants, pirate treasure and the KGB! You will Hardy be able to wait for it all!

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! FINALLY! November 14, 2012
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The long-awaited Season Three release, that contains the best episode of the whole series, "Last Kiss of Summer, long available only through *cough cough* other sources *cough cough*! Season Three gives us the Hardy Boys, grown up. The writing improved, the acting improved, the brothers were placed in more dangerous & more serious situations -- gone were the cheesy voodoo & flying saucer cases. Instead, we get Frank & Joe helping a scared woman defect to the West, rescuing a woman about to sold by pirates, Joe going on a rampage of revenge to avenge his fiance's death, Frank going deep undercover to bring down a financial scam...and Frank being shown to have severe issues with his constant role of gaining someone's trust, only to break it...

The changes to season three confused a lot of the show's teenage fans at the time, but re-watching them now, as an adult, one can see the potential that ABC had for the series...and lost by cancelling it. This will be a worthy finish to the Hardy Boys Mysteries.

A quick word about "Last Kiss of Summer": Some fans didn't like it, as it involved Joe having a fiance' (who gets killed in the first ten minutes of the ep anyway) -- since Joe was played by teen idol Shaun Cassidy, who had just gotten married in real life, you can imagine how the hordes of teeny-bop fans reacted to the thought that Shaun was no longer theirs. I stand by my assessment: the acting is tone-perfect (Shaun in particular does a stand-out job of showing the dark side of Joe Hardy), the writing is great, and we're shown the brothers becoming seriously cool & dangerous. ESPECIALLY Joe.

I can overlook the bit about the shark, really. Seriously.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! Season 3 awaits! November 14, 2012
By Donna A
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All I can say is , it is about time! :) The opening theme is disco and so different from season one and two. I myself never liked the change and the fact that they dropped Nancy Drew from the line up was disappointing . Especially when Pamela Sue Martin left the show. Season three was okay for it's run but as I'm thinking about now brings back memories of my childhood . Looking forward to this dvd when it comes out in Feb. Not only is was the music changed but the boys left their home town,' Bayport. And here again we are missing our favorite characters....Aunt Gertrude, Chet Morton and Callie Shaw, then eventually Fenton Hardy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!...The wait is now over. February 7, 2013
I grew up reading Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mystery books and I loved all of it. When the books were turned into TV series, I was beyond myself.
I made sure I watched every episode of it...heart-broken when the show ended and patiently awaited for its revival whether on TV or video.
When seasons 1 and 2 was finally released, I bought both seasons and showed it to my 14 yrs. old daughter and even she loved it and watched every episode of it.

I can't tell you how excited I am to get my hands on the 3rd season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally November 23, 2012
I am so excited about this. I have never gotten to see all these episodes and I am looking forward to finally getting to see them. I already have seasons 1 and 2. I am curious about the first two episodes because it seems reminiscent of the Hardy Boys Case files (one of my favorite of the book series) where Iola, Joe's long time girl friend dies. I can't wait until February because not only will this season be coming out but so will the new Hardy Boys Adventures Series which will hopefully be as good as the Digests and the Case files series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just liked the series. November 14, 2013
By Fauxfyr
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The quality is sub-par, and while it may have been "remastered" from the best available sources (assuming the original masters were lost), but it is still washed out and grainy, showing once again that remastered is not restored, and it is certainly missing some scenes. (The missing scenes issue happened with other shows-Lost in Space comes to mind) But it's better than my old VHS tapes.

This season had some really good episodes, some really bad episodes and some uneven episodes. "Last Kiss of Summer" was very uneven. In some scenes, Shaun Cassidy was wooden, others overacting, and in yet others he was spot on. Frustrating from a viewers standpoint, as I can barely manage watching his "grief" over losing his wife, but I know there is better acting to come. Parker Stevenson had some episodes where he could shine (Search for Atlantis and Game Plan). And then there were a couple of odd items like "Defection to Paradise". The plot was interesting and most of the guest cast very good, but while I enjoy David Gates and the band Bread, some singers should stay singers and not actors.

All in all, if you are a fan, it's a must have. If you liked the first two seasons (with Nancy Drew), the format changed and this may not be your cup of tea (although Search for Atlantis could have slid right in with the Season 1/2 Hardy Boys.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss the Hometown Mysteries March 19, 2013
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This in their final season is spent off in Europe and far flung locations, mixed with them trying to be more James Bond than two mystery solving kids. I would have preferred them to stay at home and solve local crimes with more mystery than chasing bad guys in over-the-top escapades.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing show loved every minute of it when I was growing up.
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn L. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this show
I watched this show on TV in the 70's, I loved this show. So glad to have the set for a good trip down memory lane!
Published 1 month ago by All about the mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i used to watch this show when it was on tv back in the 70s
Published 1 month ago by Lon Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OLD SHOWS
Published 3 months ago by william COHEN-BROWNE
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans of the series only
I guess I'm a geek because I loved this series when I was growing up. I can understand why they quit after 10 episodes in the 3rd season. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jaime Fury
4.0 out of 5 stars Last season..unfortunately
It might be me, but I really wish this series had remained on tv for a couple more years, we have nothing this fun anymore.
Published 5 months ago by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the Hardy Boys.
I am disappointed that there is no closed captioning. There is a harder edge to these episodes than the previous seasons. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janice A. H. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Thumbs up
It's the Hardy Boys...what more do you need to know if you watched this when it aired. Lets make it 4 thumbs up.
Published 7 months ago by Phlash
5.0 out of 5 stars boy i love this
when I was a kid I love this tv show and never miss it I was so mush in love with Shaun Cassidy
I read all the books and just could not what until... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra J Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series!
Loved all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series! Did as a kid and still do. New dvd in excellent
condition as far as I can tell; only watched a little so far.
Published 7 months ago by Judy Raymond
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Did season 1 and 2 not sell very well?
I know this doesn't answer your question, but if you have seen these discs, could you tell me if they are indeed edited-for-tv type stuff? Also I hear the transfers are pretty bad.

Finally, I don't see an episode list; I looked it up at IMDB and it shows the following:

Ep1 (Oct. 1, 1978) The... Read More
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