The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo

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The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
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Genre Children's
Mystery
Created by Alan Goodman
Starring Irene Ng
Pat Morita
Adam Busch
Preslaysa Edwards
Steve Purnick
Ellen David
Noah Klar
Country of origin Canada
United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 41 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Alan Goodman (seasons 1–3)
Micheline Charest (season 4)
Ronald A. Weinberg (season 4)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s) Out of My Mind Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) – October 25, 1998 (1998-10-25)

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo is a Canadian-American children's mystery television series that ran on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 1998. A total of 41 episodes of 30 minutes each were produced. Episodes from the first three seasons were taped at the now defunct Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, and was one of the few single-camera productions there, while season 4 episodes were shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The series first aired in March 1996 as a six-episode test run, since Nickelodeon usually produced one major new series at a time and they were already producing Space Cases.[1] The success of the test run prompted Nickelodeon to re-introduce the series on SNICK in January 1997, along with seven new episodes.[2] During the show's third season, production stopped after eight of a proposed thirteen episodes were filmed due to a crew strike, as the show's budget did not cover the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees's demands, partly due to the decision to shoot film instead of videotape.[3] Production resumed in Montreal in February 1998, after Cinar agreed to co-produce the series.[4] As a result, the show's setting changed from Cocoa Beach, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts.

Starring Irene Ng as the title character, the series revolves around the adventures of a young teenage girl who lives with her innkeeper grandfather and works as a non-sworn intern at the local police department where she helps out with odds and ends around the office. Occasionally an intriguing case comes to Shelby's attention, prompting her to apply her unique insight and enlist the help of her friends to solve it. Her supervisors, however, do not appreciate her help, as she is only a teenager. Her grandfather also does not want her getting involved in cases, often reminding her, "We are not detectives with warrant badges, we are innkeepers with brooms." Many of the stories, with three clear suspects, keep the audience guessing until the truth is ultimately explained. On December 28, 2011, TeenNick aired the episode "The Smoke Screen Case" on the The '90s Are All That block.

Cast[edit]

Primary Characters[edit]

  • Shelby Woo Irene Ng: Main protagonist of the show who solves mysteries and an overachiever. She lives in Florida in Seasons 1-3 and moved to Boston with her grandfather in Season 4. Despite Woo being portrayed as a teenager, Ng was 24 years old by the end of the series.
  • Mike "Grandpa" Woo Pat Morita; Shelby's grandfather, retired detective with the San Fransisco PD
  • Noah Allen Adam Busch: Shelby's male best friend and sidekick in Coco Beach; doesn't like getting involved in cases
  • Cindy Ornette Preslaysa Edwards; Shelby's female best friend and sidekick in Coco Beach; like Shelby she likes getting involved in Det. Hileline's cases
  • Detective Whit Hineline Steve Purnick; Works at the Coco Beach police department; Shelby's boss who doesn't like her interfering in his investigations
  • Detective Sharon Delancey Ellen David; Works at the Boston PD; Shelby's boss in Boston; while she isn't thrilled with Shelby's help she is more accepting of it than Detective Hineline was.
  • Angie Burns Eleanor Noble; Shelby's friend from Boston who replaces Cindy; very good at science and applies that knowledge in certain cases
  • Vince Rosania Noah Klar; Shelby's friend from Boston who replaces Noah; originally a suspect in one of Shelby's first cases in Boston

Recurring Characters[edit]

  • Detective Muldoon Angelo Tsarouchas: heavy set detective who assists Shelby in a few cases in Detective Delancey's absence; does needlepoint
  • Will Joshua Harto: works at CJ's burger joint where Shelby and her friends hang out in Coco Beach; known for breaking things or coming up with poorly thought out ideas
  • Christie Sayers Jennifer Finnigan: Shelby's nemesis who is determined to solve a case before she does and fails each time

Availability[edit]

All 12 episodes from seasons 1 and 2 are available for download on the iTunes Store and Amazon Instant Video.

On November 24, 2014 the full series was released on DVD through the Amazon CreateSpace service: http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Files-Shelby-Woo-Complete/dp/B00NWRKFJ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418085708&sr=8-1&keywords=shelby+woo

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