Parents' Guide to

Nancy Drew

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Soapy revival of classic book character is mature, dull.

TV CW Drama 2019
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 13+

The Show is Amazing. It’s got a great mystery but maybe a little too much Darkness. In mg opinion Adults should watch it first and then decide for yourself if you think it’s appropriate. I think it may be a little mature for people under the age of 13

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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age 18+

Nancy Drew is a poor man's Buffy.

It's like watching a bad game of Cluedo. The series is stretched out by systemically accusing everyone, episode by episode, of being the criminal. Nancy Drew is a poor shadow of the character from the books or indeed the last two movie adaptations. Pamela Matin's version in the 1970's or 1980's was far superior. Ultimately, this is a poor man's Buffy and joins the white elephant stable that includes the new inane Sabrina TTAW. If you want something contemporary, have them watch The Umbrella Academy. As regards Nancy Drew, I'd advise everyone to give your kids the earlier versions to watch.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23):
Kids say (17):

This series, based on the classic girl-sleuth books, has all the elements that would seem to make it a steamy CW teen soap, but ultimately it doesn't generate much heat. The actors seem tailor-made to glower out from a Photoshopped cast photo. There's a dad played by a former teen-girl TV idol (Scott Wolf, in this case) who will immediately make a certain segment of the audience do some math (and yes, at 51, Wolf is well old enough to be 22-year-old McMann's dad). Nancy and the other cast members have been given (forgivable) flaws and a place to hang out (a seaside seafood restaurant called The Claw where most of the cast works). And the old-school Nancy Drew mysteries that frequently revolved around scheming relatives and or greedy business partners have been leveled up to murder with an ancillary haunting.

It all just feels Riverdale-esque, and derivative where Riverdale read as innovative when it came out: it's like somebody made a less-arty version of Twin Peaks. The charm of Nancy Drew was that she was a spunky girl in a time when girls were very much encouraged to not be that, an asker of awkward questions and discoverer of intricate plots. When McMann's Nancy goes charging into a suspect's house with a flashlight and immediately finds a hidden compartment, we feel a stirring of that old black magic. But ultimately the characters feel dull and predictable, the drama feels shopworn, and the supernatural filigree read as shoehorned-in. It'll be no mystery if viewers decide to spend their fleeting free time on another show.

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