Frankie Drake Mysteries: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)

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In the series premiere, Detective Frankie Drake, the lone female detective in Toronto, is forced to partner with an unlikely ally when she's the number one suspect in a jewelry heist.

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Frankie and Trudy are hired by a factory owner to root out communists at his plant, but things soon take an explosive turn.

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When a body turns up in the luggage of a young man, Frankie and Trudy must join forces with reporter Ernest Hemingway to clear his name.

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Protecting a faith-healer unexpectedly takes the ladies into Toronto's fledgling jazz scene.

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Frankie and Trudy go undercover in the glamorous world of film in order to solve a seemingly impossible murder on a silent movie set.

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After a shooting injures the young son of a friend, Frankie and Trudy's investigation leads them into the dangerous world of bootlegging.

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Mary recruits Frankie and Trudy to find a missing teacher, but their investigation leads them to family secrets, Chinatown and murder.

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A day off turns into a day at the office for Frankie and Trudy when the infant son of a charismatic aviator is kidnapped during an air show.

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The horrors of war haunt Frankie when an investigation into a soldier's murder reunites her with a friend left traumatized by his tour of duty.

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Frankie is hired to confirm the identity of a young woman claiming to be a Russian princess and protect her from those who want her dead.

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She has a knack for solving cases but she's no cop -- her brand of justice doesn't always follow the law. Along with her partner Trudy (Chantel Riley; Race, The Lion King), Frankie and the Drake Detective Agency take on cases of all shapes and sizes. From airplanes and booze running to American G-men, Communists and union busters, Frankie's fearless sense of adventure gets her into all kinds of trouble, but she always manages to find her way out. In a time of change and hopefulness, Frankie is a woman ahead of everyone.

Cast

Lauren Lee Smith
as Frankie Drake
Grace Lynn Kung
as Whiskey Wendy
Thomas Craig
as Thomas Brackenreid
Rebecca Liddiard
as Mary Shaw
Daniel Maslany
as Inspector Watts
Chantel Riley
as Trudy
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Critic Reviews for Frankie Drake Mysteries Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Frankie Drake Mysteries unwhitewashes history, little by little.

Jul 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's fun to sit back and watch women in flowy pants, print dresses and head wraps run their own show

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The show breezes along and won't cause anybody to have deep thoughts. Nor will it put anybody to sleep. The sense of lightness and convivial wit is constant.

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

The kind of enjoyable series that will make everyone glad they watched it, even if it doesn't necessarily end up on anyone's Best-of lists this year.

Jul 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Frankie Drake Mysteries is an equal opportunity employer, with seven of 11 episodes written by female writers and most episodes also directed by women.

Dec 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The first episode gives each supporting character just enough to do to keep viewers keen for more to come.

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frankie Drake Mysteries: Season 1

  • Mar 02, 2020
    A must watch if the world becomes devoid anything remotely interesting. A pretentious piece of rubbish.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    Don't waste your time.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    This series blatantly violates that oh-so-necessary ingredient that leads to the heralded "suspension of disbelief" needed to engage: plausibility. It's completely lacking, from the hackneyed mugging trying to pass itself off as acting, arch but unfunny and stilted dialogue, bizarre and anachronistic body language, to the wrong length of hemlines and rock'n'roll-tight trousers! Feels like the producers just threw a lazy dart at a "what's current?" board, hoping to ride on the coat-tails of better programmes that take care with setting, plot, characterization. (Like the much-better period dramas Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, Bletchley Circle, and especially the 1920's-set Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, to which it inevitably and unfavorably compares.) Really weak attempt to horn in on serious topics like racism and misogyny; instead undermines any value to overcoming such hardships by shrugging "piff-tosh!" at them, so the audience has no investment in travelling along with the cast's journey. Writers, you missed that dart-board by a mile! Conclusion: Terrible dialogue + unbelievable period details = worst PBS mystery series ever.
  • Jun 16, 2019
    Each time you politicise & not make it about the art you fail.
  • Aug 25, 2018
    This 30 minute mystery series is new to the PBS line-up this season. Private Detective Frankie Drake, along with fellow detective Trudy combine their skills to solve distinctive cases within each episode. Frankie Drake is head of her own detective agency located in Toronto, CA in the 1920s. The pilot episode, involves a case of a wealthy man whose pearls are apparently stolen from the safe at his residence. In its place is a mysterious white feather. A policewoman notifies Frankie and brings the feather along to tell her that the feather was the trademark of her father, Ned Drake, a con-man who passed away ten years prior. While investigating the case, Frankie finds out that the wealthy man’s wife is Frankie’s mother, Nora Drake. This is shocking for Frankie, as she thought her mother had been long dead. Nora Drake is a hustler in her own right, as she married rich men and left them not long after, simply for the payday. Frankie is the total opposite - choosing to work for a living, which is very avant garde for the time. By the end of this premiere episode, it is clear that Frankie is stuck with Nora in Toronto for awhile, whether she likes it or not. As the series develops, I believe Frankie and Nora will learn to tolerate and inevitably like each other. I believe Nora will be some sort of ally to Frankie in helping to solve cases. The Frankie Drake Mysteries is a very female-friendly program, set in the Roaring 20s, the era when one of the first big Feminist Movements occurred. Young girls, in particular, can look up to Frankie as being ahead of her time. Young black girls can also look up to Trudy as being equal to Frankie at the detective agency. She will also be considered ahead of her time, working as a professional private eye. In this era, many black woman could only find servitude work, as Nora Drake assumes Trudy for when she first visits Frankie’s agency. As a serial drama, the Frankie Drake Mysteries is straightforward and flows easily from beginning to end - the set-up of the mystery; Frankie and Trudy notified of the case; the who, what, where, when, how; the conflict, climax, and conclusion of the case. Based on watching this pilot, I would guess that the rating would be TV-PG or TV-G. It is witty and the humorous dialogue will hold your attention. The setting and costumes make it interesting for the viewer, especially children, since most are unfamiliar with the timeframe. There appears to be little or no bloody violence. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this mini-series and will remind myself to catch an episode or two whenever I can, on PBS this season. reviewed by kimberly m., kids first! Adult reviewer. For more reviews on family friendly programming, visit kidsfirst dot org

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