Nancy Drew: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

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An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite liven up Nancy Drew, a broody and bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 198

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Air date: Oct 9, 2019

When a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene; the teens must team up to clear their own names.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2019

When Nancy learns that Tiffany Hudson's corpse is being moved out of Horseshoe Bay for a private autopsy, she puts her investigation into Lucy Sable's dress on hold to pull off one of her most risky missions yet.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2019

A nor'easter hits Horseshoe Bay and Ace warns everyone that the storm has been known to blow restless spirits ashore; Nancy confronts Nick about the secrets he's been keeping.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2019

As the funeral for Tiffany Hudson nears, her confused spirit seemingly haunts Horseshoe Bay; Nancy invites Bess to stay with her, allowing Nancy to figure out what Bess is hiding; Nick struggles with what he learned about Tiffany.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2019

When Nancy realizes that George is possessed by Tiffany's spirit, she must act quickly to rid her friend of the ghostly passenger before it's too late; a mysterious stranger wanders in to The Claw and asks the gang to cater a charity gala.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2019

While trying to uncover the truth about a long-buried history between Lucy Sable and Ryan Hudson, Nancy finds herself in the curious position of having to strike a deal with Horseshoe Bay's newest widower.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2019

The gang resolves to find a way to speak with the only eyewitness to Lucy and Tiffany's murders -- Lucy herself; Nancy is faced with a truth that seems to validate her greatest fear.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2019

Nancy and the Drew Crew discover that the car wreck that left one of their own at death's door wasn't an accident; the crew investigates the physical evidence of sabotage to the car and take a supernatural detour into the metaphysical world.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2019

Nancy and the Drew Crew desperately search for George's missing sister, whose kidnapping eerily mirrors the investigation that started Nancy's sleuthing career; Nancy finally reconnects with her father.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2020

After discovering a connection between the poison that killed Tiffany Hudson and a Horseshoe Bay cold case, Nancy and her friends risk their lives to bring a serial killer to justice.

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Cast & Crew

Kennedy McMann
Nancy Drew

Actor
Tunji Kasim
Ned "Nick" Nickerson

Actor
Alex Saxon
Ace

Actor
Leah Lewis
George

Actor
Maddison Jaizani
Bess

Actor
Scott Wolf
Carson Drew

Actor
Riley Smith
Ryan Hudson

Actor
Alvina August
Detective Karen Hart

Actor
Miles G. Villanueva
Owen

Guest Star
Ariah Lee
Ted Fan

Guest Star
Noga Landau
Executive Producer
Melinda Hsu Taylor
Executive Producer
Josh Schwartz
Executive Producer
Stephanie Savage
Executive Producer
Lis Rowinski
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Nancy Drew: Season 1

  • Jul 27, 2021
    The big issue of Nancy Drew, outside the usual flaws of a teenager tv show, is that they go for two different types of show and they can't find a middle ground. If you remove all the supernatural things the story would still make sense, it would even make more sense as despite the apparitions of demons, new dimensions and sea witches' the characters are unconvincingly calm (ok a little nervous but not "ghost are real nervous"). The show should have focused on keeping it real as the investigation was the best part with some clever (if not overdramatic) twists. That said, once the investigation resolved the show, in its last 15minutes, fully embraced the supernatural part with some really chilling scenes. So there is hope for the second season. The show has good intentions with their very diverse cast but most of them still fail to be memorable and they also evolved too fast making them even less relatable. Good points though for Nancy, who really doesn't hesitate to confront everything and everyone instead of the typical investigator that just keep things for themselves until something bad happens.
  • Jul 26, 2021
    What riverdale wishes it was
  • Jun 05, 2021
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this show, but it gets better with every episode. It has its cheesy moments, but I love all of the characters. The mysteries are fun. The supernatural element is spooky but fun as well. I've already watched both seasons twice. The acting is excellent (which isn't always the case for CW shows).
  • May 23, 2021
    I love this show!!!!!
  • Apr 07, 2021
    This new take on Nancy Drew was promising. Yet the only thing that made the show worth watching was the mystery itself. The show tried way too hard to copy off this Riverdale-inspired template by trying to make this Nancy Drew series darker and more grown-up. But they managed to make Nancy very unlikeable and lacking any characteristics of the famous character. Disappointing.
  • Feb 28, 2021
    They've destroyed the whole idea of Nancy Drew .In original story - everything could be explained and all the mysteries were solved by Nancy cause she has an amazing brain . Tv show made her a mix of buffy the vampire slayer and veronica mars ( all the supernatural stuff is real like in buffy , and wits plus attitude from veronica mars) . But along the way they've lost originality that Nancy had ....
  • Feb 26, 2021
    This series is mostly a train wreck. The creators clearly never read a single Nancy Drew book in their life, constant drama is needlessly generated between characters, and 95% of the verbal assaults and questions go nowhere or is just dropped without resolution. Characters go right from brutally accusing each other of the worst crimes to the next scene being buddy-buddy trying to solve questions. It's schizophrenia and leaves me scratching my head why anyone would want more than one interaction with any of these people. Worst is Nancy. Nancy in the books is someone that solves mysteries by doing the right thing and exposing crimes with truth and ingenuity - which is what made her awesome. This Nancy constantly lies, commits B&E, plays games, and pretty much fights every single person she can interact with. Even her own boyfriend - which is a ridiculous relationship. So you suspect your boyfriend of murder, constantly distrust everything he says, and just keep sleeping with him - even when 99% of the time you don't seem to have ANY feelings whatsoever about them other than bedding them? This thing is just a terrible mess.
  • Feb 24, 2021
    Its a awesome show...the Nancy Drew character has never in this type of situation in any other iterations.....which is also why i love this show...
  • Feb 14, 2021
    A series that I didn't expect too much and, and I end up liking quite a bit, I lived moments of quite tension, pain, helplessness, I liked the way they dealt with romance themes without falling into the super cliche, made me make a lot of theorias and have a lot of suspects throughout the season, had a few twists on the plot that surprised me and I quite likedall season, I had a few twists on the plot that surprised me and I liked enough
  • Oct 18, 2020
    SPOILERS----------------- With a rocky start that does nothing to cement the show as worth watching getting through the first 5-7 episodes can be a bit of a chore but once the show improves its story telling and mystery solving it almost becomes something special. The murder of Tiffany was very boring and honestly just difficult to care about but its the twenty year old murder of Lucy Sable that truly shines. With the murder of Tiffany the killers were somewhat predictable, the mechanic and brother of Lucy was a bit of a surprise though he was one of the more suspicious characters. The other killer and accomplice was extremely predictable, I knew she had something to do with one of the murders by episode three. But the real feat of the series was the twist which was somehow the best subversion of expectations and twist I have witnessed on television in a long time. Despite the mystery aspect being on par even with the secondary mystery being weak the characters proved to be an issue. Nancy herself is a great protagonist and I don't say that lightly. Typically the protagonist is the most boring but not in this series. Unfortunately the vast majority of side characters are not interesting and their development just falls flat. Bess is fairly annoying throughout and feels very fake. George is a better additional but ultimately she came off strongest at the beginning and her characters arc paused until the last two episodes. Ace is just Ace his arc pretty much ended after episode seven but he was extremely likable so he gets a pass. Ned is also boring and the show knows it as he lacks a real purpose in the show so they shoehorn in a role for him towards the middle of the season. Nancy's dad is one of the few good characters in the series and his arc is what led to the best plot of the season as well as Ryan Hudson. Another issue is how they handle the supernatural which is explained through Georges drunk mother who makes the supernatural elements sound far to simple and stupid. The writers also use the Supernatural far to often when they have written themselves into a corner so they use it to suit their needs to move the story forward. The supernatural elements look cool and appear cool but ultimately were far more interesting without being explained and made me think of a bunch of other shows that explain the supernatural so much better, one of which came out and is still airing on the same network for over a decade. Some of the standout episodes include the return to Nancy's roots in the Hidden Staircase episode and the Haunting of Nancy Drew, both episodes are the seasons strongest. Check it out if you are a mystery fan but have patients because the show takes a while to find its footing.

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