Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
Frank and Joe Hardy were the teenage sons of world-renowned private investigator Fenton Hardy. Snooping must have been in the Hardy blood, since Frank and Joe were always stumbling across mysterious goings-on, usually of the non-violent kind. Kidnapping, smuggling, robbery, missing persons and haunted houses were the norm in the Hardy hometown of Bayport, although their adventures often took the boys to other cities or even countries. Frank was the sensible, older brother, while Joe was impulsive and a budding pop singer. Gertrude was Frank & Joe's sometimes nagging aunt, Callie was Frank's cute girlfriend and Harry a government agent the Hardy boys occasionally worked with. Written by
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That opening credits theme and use of books, then later a maze, is most effective in introducing this series of updated adaptations of Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew having been filmed before in the late 1930's with Bonita Granville in a series of four films. Parker Stevenson, Shaun Cassidy, and Pamela Sue Martin were good choices for the title characters. The first season was quite good, especially Nancy Drew: 'The Mystery Of Pirate's Cove' was best.
Second season was where things went wrong, especially for poor Nancy! First, the creators decided to team them up in a pair of silly episodes; when Pamela Sue Martin abruptly quit the series as a result, since she was credited as "guest star" on a series as much hers as theirs!(Wow!) She was then recast(!) with another actress, who tried, and was pretty, but looked nothing like Pamela, so that became a big mistake...Not to mention Nancy's friend George was recast, and not only was her other friend Ned recast, he was reintroduced as if he never existed before! (Huh?) I hate it when producers think we viewers are dummies with no memories! Third season dropped Nancy altogether, and didn't last long. Whole series is on DVD, and is worth watching for the first year, and nostalgic reasons.
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