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The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries
Episode Review Thread
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (retitled The Hardy Boys Mysteries for season three) is a television series which aired for three seasons on ABC. The series starred Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as amateur sleuth brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, respectively, and Pamela Sue Martin (later Janet Louise Johnson) as girl detective Nancy Drew.

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries was unusual in that it often dealt with the characters individually, in an almost anthological style. That is, some episodes featured only the Hardy Boys and others only Nancy Drew.


Stars:
Shaun Cassidy as Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson as Frank Hardy
Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew (Season 1 and Part of Season 2)
Janet Louise Johnson as Nancy Drew (Part of Season 2)

Episodes:
Season 1:
 1. The Mystery of the Haunted House - The Hardy Boys
 2. The Mystery of Pirate's Cove - Nancy Drew
 3. The Mystery of Witch's Hollow - The Hardy Boys
 4. The Mystery of the Diamond Triangle - Nancy Drew
 5. The Disappearing Floor - The Hardy Boys
 6. The Mystery of the Whispering Walls - Nancy Drew
 7. The Flickering Torch Mystery - The Hardy Boys
 8. A Haunting We Will Go - Nancy Drew
 9. The Mystery of the Flying Courier - The Hardy Boys
10. The Mystery of the Fallen Angels - Nancy Drew
11. Wipe Out - The Hardy Boys
12. The Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise - Nancy Drew
13. The Mystery of Jade Kwan Yin - The Hardy Boys
14. The Mystery of the Solid Gold Kicker - Nancy Drew

Season 2:
 1. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, Part I - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
 2. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, Part II - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
 3. The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb - The Hardy Boys
 4. The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom, Part I - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
 5. The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom, Part II - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
 6. Mystery of the African Safari - The Hardy Boys
 7. The Creatures Who Came on Sunday - The Hardy Boys
 8. The Strange Fate of Flight 608 - The Hardy Boys
 9. Acapulco Spies - The Hardy Boys
10. Nancy Drew's Love Match - Nancy Drew
11. The Mystery of the Silent Scream - The Hardy Boys
12. Will the Real Santa... - Nancy Drew
13. The Lady on Thursday at Ten - Nancy Drew
14. Oh Say Can You Sing - The Hardy Boys
15. The House on Possessed Hill - The Hardy Boys
16. Sole Survivor - The Hardy Boys
17. Voodoo Doll, Part I - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
18. Voodoo Doll, Part II - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
19. Mystery on the Avalanche Express - The Hardy Boys
20. Death Surf - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
21. Arson and Old Lace - The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
22. Campus Terror - The Hardy Boys

My Thoughts on This Series
This is a real blast from the past for me. I remember I used to watch this series all the time when I was a young kid. And I had found memories of this series every since. So I was more then thrilled when they announced that the DVDs were coming out. Unfortunately the 3rd season never came out... but at least I got the most important episodes to me in my collection... as I was always more of a fan of the Nancy Drew episodes then I was of the Hardy Boys. And they unfortunately dropped Nancy Drew completely from season 3.

As I have been doing lately... this will be more of a long running thread... where I will watch the episodes as the mood hits. Not really a marathon. Just a place to review the episodes when I do watch them.

I have a feeling I will be alone here... but does anyone else remember seeing this series? It ran from '77 to '78.
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Re: The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Episode Review Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 08:16:11 PM »

Guest Stars:
Lisa Eilbacher
Edmund Gilbert
Edith Atwater
Roger Davis
Simon Scott

My Thoughts:
In this pilot episode for the Hardy Boys (Yes, they had a separate pilot for Nancy Drew), they just jump right into the mystery. No real introduction to the characters... just them getting involved in the mystery right away. I am sure they figured everyone would know the characters from the many books that came before the series. I must say... while a club is not my idea of a fun place to go... the one in this episode looked to be fun... having it set up like a haunted house and the employees dressed as monsters and such. The mystery itself is fairly predictable... but you must remember this show is geared towards the kids/teens more then the adults. Unfortunately The Hardy Boys did have quite a bit of music in the episodes... what with one of the brothers aspiring to be a singer. That is probably one of the reasons I much preferred the Nancy Drew episodes.

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Re: The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Episode Review Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 09:49:58 PM »

Guest Stars:
George O'Hanlon, Jr
Jean Rasey
William Schallert
Monte Markham
Robert Karnes

My Thoughts:
This is the pilot episode for Nancy Drew. And it is an excellent episode. I enjoyed watching every minute of it. It is a good, interesting mystery. Even though I have seen it a couple times now since buying the DVD it still kept my complete attention.

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Re: The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Episode Review Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010, 03:47:31 PM »

Guest Stars:
Lisa Eilbacher
Edmund Gilbert
Edith Atwater
Marc Vahanian
Bert Kramer

My Thoughts:
This is a good episode... enjoyed it quite a bit. At the beginning of this one the Hardy Boys are in a van driving to witches Hollow with a couple friends... one of them acting the coward. All I could think of at that time was Scooby Doo. :P But overall an enjoyable story.

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Re: The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Episode Review Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010, 05:28:42 PM »

Guest Stars:
George O'Hanlon, Jr
Jean Rasey
William Schallert
Brian Byers
Phillip R. Allen

My Thoughts:
I really liked the mystery in this story. Maybe because I could see such a thing happening in real life more then I could some of the other episodes. This episode starts out with Nancy Drew and her friend George (a girl named George... could never get over that. :P) flying in a glider plane. That looked like so much fun... is something I would love to try!

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