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Parents' Guide to

Ellery Queen Mysteries

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Classic whodunit series may move too slowly for teens.

TV NBC Drama 1975
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ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERIES is a smartly written and well-acted show with a lot of great chemistry between the two main characters, Ellery and Richard Queen. The show also provides an entertaining glimpse of the 1940s -- albeit therough a mid-'70s lens. Kids will enjoy the effects used by the radio drama players, as well as the retro technology, including typewriters, first-generation televisions, and speaker systems in offices. The mysteries are fun to solve, and there are plenty of red herrings along the way to keep both parents' and kids' deductive reasoning skills firing. However, the slower pace of this show, with longer scenes and less action, may be boring to modern teens.

Each episode features a breaking-of-the-fourth-wall dramatic moment, where Ellery Queen steps out of the episode and asks the viewing audience to consider the facts of the case, telling them that they have all of the evidence they need to solve the crime. This device, though a little hokey, does provide families the opportunity to pause the show and discuss the facts as a family and see if they can solve the mystery before Ellery does.

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