The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
|The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries|
Pamela Sue Martin (1977-1978)
Janet Louise Johnson (1978-79)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||46 (List of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Glen A. Larson Productions|
|Original run||January 30, 1977 – January 14, 1979|
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 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.
The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives. Frank is the elder of the two and Joe is a year younger. The two boys live in the fictional city of Bayport, Massachusetts (a change from the book series, which sets Bayport in NY)  with their famous father, Fenton Hardy (Ed Gilbert), a private detective who spent "twenty years" with the New York Police Department.
In addition to the Hardy Boys, their stories feature two other characters with some regularity: Aunt Gertrude (Edith Atwater) and a platonic female friend of the boys, Callie Shaw (Lisa Eilbacher), who also does part-time work for their father, Fenton. The only other character who played a major part of the Hardy Boys books, Chet Morton (Gary Springer), appeared only briefly in the series.
Nancy Drew is the amateur sleuth — she prefers the term "part time investigator" — daughter of attorney Carson Drew. She lives with her father, Carson (William Schallert), in the fictional town of River Heights, New York (another change from the book series, which sets River Heights outside of Chicago).
In addition to Nancy Drew and her father, her stories feature two other characters with some regularity: her close friend George (Georgia) Fayne (Jean Rasey and, later for three episodes, Susan Buckner) and Ned Nickerson (George O'Hanlon Jr., son of actor and voice talent George O'Hanlon). Another prominent character from the Nancy Drew books, Bess Marvin (Ruth Cox), made only two appearances in two-part episodes.
In the novels on which the series was based, Nickerson is explicitly identified as Nancy's boyfriend; in the television series, their romance is more ambiguous.
In the first season, Nickerson is a law student who does part-time work for Carson Drew. In the second season, Nickerson is re-introduced, with no reference to his earlier appearances, in a scene, in which he is apparently introduced to Nancy Drew for the first time, as a young hotshot lawyer from the city District Attorney's office. In this second appearance he is played by Rick Springfield.
The TV show marked the first time that the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew met and worked together; they had never done so in the context of the books at that time (up to that point). In the first episode of the second season ("The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula") they meet in a hotel room in Europe; the boys tracking their father, who was working on a case with Nancy Drew. The meeting gets off on the extreme wrong foot, with the unlikely happening of Nancy throwing Frank to the floor, karate-style.
Though the relationship between Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys is mostly platonic, there is a heavily-implied romance between Nancy Drew and Frank Hardy. In one episode ("Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom") they kiss briefly. The romance has its roots in a 1974 film that had starred the characters' actors, Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin, "Our Time", in which they played lovers.
The show was filmed on the studio lot on parts of Colonial Street, the backlot street which was later used in the Tom Hanks film The Burbs and was used as Wisteria Lane in the hit TV series Desperate Housewives.
During the first season individual episodes were entirely focused either on the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, and aired alternately. The opening credits featured a maze under the series title, and shifts plane of focus supposedly to "3-D."
At the end of the haunting theme music, a voice-over announcer would state who was featured in the episode and the episode title. This worked well for cross-over episodes featuring both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, as the credits featured all of the performers.
Episode #12 The Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise is noteworthy because it contains a sequence in which a tsunami appears to approach a cruise ship, a deliberate homage to The Poseidon Adventure, in which Martin also starred.
For the show's second and third seasons the title sequence was altered; the maze replaced with clips from the series and a collage of book covers from the book series. Depending on which characters were featured - the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew or both - the sequence was altered to give emphasis to one or the other.
During the second season, only three episodes feature Drew alone; the remainder starred the Hardy Boys with Pamela Sue Martin, as Nancy Drew, credited as a guest star (creating an unusual situation in which an actor playing a title role in a series was not actually acknowledged in the opening credits).
This was due in part to a change for the second season, where separate opening credits rolled for episodes featuring the different title characters. Martin left the series during the second season, and was replaced, for three episodes near the end, by actress Janet Louise Johnson.
Both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew featured in eight episodes, six of which were in the form of two-part episodes. Pamela Sue Martin played Nancy Drew in The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula and The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom which were both transmitted in two parts.
After Martin departed the series, the character of Nancy Drew made three more appearances, with the Hardy Boys, in the episodes Voodoo Doll, Mystery on the Avalanche Express and Arson and Old Lace. In those, she was played by Janet Louise Johnson.
Although the show had the same actors, ABC omitted the "Nancy Drew" part, thus, creating a new show, titled The Hardy Boys in which the Hardys are hired by the US Justice Department as professional investigation agents. The series lasted for ten episodes before being cancelled.
Season 3: 1978-1979
The series is retitled The Hardy Boys Mysteries for this season.
|Ep||No.||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original airdate|
|1||1||"The Last Kiss of Summer (Part 1)"||Vince Edwards||Glen A. Larson,
|October 1, 1978|
|When Joe Hardy's fiancee's killed by a hit-and-run driver, the FBI won't let the police arrest the man until some case of theirs is finished, so Joe takes the law into his own hands and goes undercover as a surfer.|
|2||2||"The Last Kiss of Summer (Part 2)"||Vince Edwards||Glen A. Larson,
|October 8, 1978|
|Joe Hardy is still haunted by memories of his dead fiancee, but has to focus his mind on the case when Jocco's girlfriend overhears him talking to the police on the phone. Meanwhile, Frank Hardy tries to help Joe by going undercover too, but Jocco finds out and traps Frank in a shark-infested area.|
|3||3||"Assault on the Tower"||Winrich Kolbe||Christopher Crowe,
|October 15, 1978|
|Joe and Frank Hardy go to London to find their missing father, but when Frank goes missing as well, Joe has to seek help from a member of British Intelligence.|
|4||4||"Search for Atlantis"||Don McDougall,
Edward M. Abroms
|Steven E. de Souza||October 22, 1978|
|In Greece to investigate drug smuggling, the Hardy Boys pose as archeology students on a dig for the lost city of Atlantis, but they are dogged by suspicious accidents and a dead body.|
|5||5||"Dangerous Waters"||Richard Benedict||Lee Sheldon||October 29, 1978|
|Frank and Joe Hardy journey from the South of France to the Caribbean to find a girl who disappeared while hunting for pirate treasure.|
|6||6||"Scorpion's Sting"||Dennis Donnelly||Christopher Crowe,
|November 5, 1978|
|Frank and Joe Hardy are assigned to go to Puerto Rico to protect a senator's daughter from an international assassin known as the Scorpion.|
|7||7||"Defection to Paradise (Part 1)"||Ray Austin||Glen A. Larson,
|November 19, 1978|
|When the daughter of a Russian official defects to the U.S. by hiding in a packing crate sent to Hawaii, the Hardy Boys must track her down before the KGB does.|
|8||8||"Defection to Paradise (Part 2)"||Ray Austin||Glen A. Larson,
|November 26, 1978|
|Marla falls for an American agent, but Soviet killers pursue her as the Hardys struggle with lies & deceipt to find her first.|
|9||9||"Game Plan"||John J. Dumas||Steven E. de Souza||December 3, 1978|
|A woman puts a deadly plan for revenge into motion after a securities scam goes awry and her family is killed at a police roadblock.|
|10||10||"Life on the Line"||Sidney Hayers||Gil Grant,
|January 14, 1979|
Joe and Frank are assigned to protect a motocross racer, the daughter of a mob informant who has been threatened by assassins, but a strange woman seems to have become obsessed with Frank.Final appearance of Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson as The Hardy Boys.
A number of well known actors appeared in episodes of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, either as celebrity guest stars or before they achieved subsequent fame.
Celebrities who appeared in episodes included Ricky Nelson (The Flickering Torch Mystery); Bob Crane (A Haunting We Will Go); Lorne Greene, Bernie Taupin, Trini Lopez and Paul Williams (The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, where Williams sang the song "Hell of It", which originally appeared on his 1974 starring film Phantom of the Paradise); Jaclyn Smith, Robert Wagner, Casey Kasem and Dennis Weaver (Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom); Tony Dow (The Creatures Who Came on Sunday); Maureen McCormick (Nancy Drew's Love Match); William Campbell and Missy Gold (Will The Real Santa ...?); Lloyd Bochner and Dorothy Malone (The House on Possessed Hill); Diana Muldaur (Sole Survivor); Ray Milland and Howard Duff (Voodoo Doll); Vic Damone, Fabian and Troy Donahue (Mystery on the Avalanche Express); Jack Jones (Death Surf); Pernell Roberts and Joseph Cotten (Arson and Old Lace); Kevin Tighe"Last Kiss of Summer" Dana Andrews and Patrick Macnee (Assault on the Tower); John Colicos (Search for Atlantis); June Lockhart and Robert Loggia (Dangerous Waters); and Robert Karnes, who guest starred as a sheriff in four episodes: Mystery of the Fallen Angels, A Haunting We Will Go, The Mystery of the Diamond Triangle, and The Mystery of Pirate's Cove (all 1977).
Famous actors who appeared in the series earlier in their career included Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Englund and A Martinez (The Mystery of the Fallen Angels); Rosalind Chao (The Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin); Mark Harmon and Martin Kove (The Mystery of the Solid Gold Kicker); Anne Lockhart (The Mystery of the African Safari and The Last Kiss of Summer); Rick Springfield (Will The Real Santa ...?); Nicholas Hammond and John Karlen (The Lady on Thursday at Ten); Melanie Griffith (The House on Possessed Hill); Kim Cattrall and Linda Dano (Voodoo Doll); Valerie Bertinelli, Stepfanie Kramer and Kim Lankford (Campus Terror); and Ana Alicia (Life on the Line).
Producer Glen A. Larson also produced the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica, which aired in 1978-'79 and 1980. A number of actors who appeared in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries were also either cast members or guest stars of that series, including Lorne Greene, Maren Jensen, Anne Lockhart, Rick Springfield, Ana Alicia, Patrick Macnee and John Colicos.
The series was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1977, in the category of "Special Classification of Outstanding Individual Achievement", recognizing the work of cinematographer Enzo Martinelli.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD in Region 1 & 2. In fall 2008, Netflix.com made Season 3 available to watch through their "Watch Instantly" subscription service. However, as of November 2009 the episodes were no longer available.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Region 1||Region 2|
|Season 1||14||March 22, 2005||July 16, 2007|
|Season 2||22||June 12, 2007||December 26, 2007|
|Season 3||10||February 12, 2013||TBA|
- Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries www.epguides.com. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
- At no point does the series state the ages of the brothers. Chief Collig refers to them as "underage" in "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin" & the implication in that episode is that they're still in high school, but no age is specifically mentioned. The books at the time have the brothers as one year apart.
- As stated in the episodes "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin", "House on Possessed Hill", and "Mystery of Witches Hollow", Bayport is in Massachusetts. The book series set it in NY, but the location was changed for the TV show.
- Stated in the episode "Mystery of the Haunted House"
- Location changed for the TV show. The book series sets River Heights near Chicago, IL, but the TV show sets it near NYC, New York. Stated in the episodes "Mystery of Diamond Triangle" and "Mystery of Pirate's Cove"; locations near the Drew home are shown with New York addresses, and Nancy mentions being on the "East Coast" at several points.
- "Our Time" in the IMDB.
- List of Episodes from epguides.com
- The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries at the Internet Movie Database
- The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries at TV.com