Parents' Guide to

The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Squeaky-clean teens solve mysteries in 1970s drama.

TV ABC Drama 1977
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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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