A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Nancy and the Hardy Boys are always on the right side of the law and the criminals they oppose are not glamorized.
Positive Role Models
Nancy Drew and the Hardy brothers are all courageous, loyal, steadfast, and determined. Fathers Mr. Drew and Mr. Hardy are major characters and appear in each episode to guide their teen sleuths. Even though the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are supposed to be teenagers, they all look to be in their twenties.
Violence & Scariness
There is usually mild violence in each episode: A Hardy boy may dangle from a cliff, or motorcyclists may ride menacingly at each other. There is almost no blood and no gore, even though the mysteries may revolve around murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance and dating are frequently mentioned and characters flirt onscreen. The focus, however, is mostly on mystery and not love.
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The Hardy brothers often bicker and insult each other, saying things like: "You're goofy."
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Products & Purchases
Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys each feature in their own book series; kids may want to read these books after watching the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries boasts very mild thrills and chills, making it perfect whole-family viewing for mystery lovers. The mysteries are mostly pretty gentle stuff: Tourist locales appear to be haunted, valuable jewelry is stolen from a benefit. Very rarely, the program will focus on a death, but no onscreen deaths occur. Scooby Doo-like supernatural trickery, in which monsters or ghosts are ultimately revealed to be hoaxes at the end of an investigation, is another running theme. Drew and the Hardy Boys are squeaky-clean and great role-models for teens and tweens, even though they can be a bit eye-rollingly sincere. The long-outdated fashions, hairstyles, and slang expressions may cause parent mocking; Mom and Dad may be called upon to explain such seventies fads as feathered hair and satin hot pants.
Is It Any Good?
Nostalgia is the chief appeal of The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries, and few teens or tweens will want to watch it on their own without parental urging. Everything moves a little slowly, and there's a lot of talking about what characters will and should do and not as much actual doing as one would find on a modern detective show. That said, the show is a lot more innocent and fantastical than more modern updates. While a teen sleuth like Veronica Mars found herself in the middle of a brutal murder mystery, Nancy Drew or the Hardys are a lot more likely to go after a haunted cruise ship.
This is fare that parents would love their tweens and teens to watch, if only to connect over a shared love of mystery tales, and an appreciation of the kinds of shows Mom and Dad loved to watch. But said tweens and teens are probably likelier to enjoy the corny old clothes, hairstyles, and expressions than to be mesmerized by the unraveling of the show's mysteries.
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