The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977–1979)

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The cases of a pair of teen detective brothers and a teen girl amateur sleuth.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Joe Hardy (43 episodes, 1977-1979)
 Frank Hardy (43 episodes, 1977-1979)
 Nancy Drew (21 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ed Gilbert ...
 Fenton Hardy (21 episodes, 1977-1979)


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 Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

30 January 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Nancy Drew Mysteries  »

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(28 episodes) | (39 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Already over 21 when she was cast as teenage Nancy Drew, Pamela Sue Martin became disappointed with the more juvenile aspects of the role, and left after the second season. See more »


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The mystery of the Perfect Hair - Hardy Boys Season 2
22 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Looking back at the Hardy Boys episodes, it is amazing that they could get by with such poor scripts and mediocre acting. But one has to remember that the entire success of these shows was based on the teen idol appeal of Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson. These boys weren't acting; they were performing acts of S & M (standing and modeling). As long as those blow-dried, pouffed-out hair don'ts were perfect with every hair in place, nothing else mattered. It is amusing to note that the boys still had perfect hair after deep sea diving, laying comatose in a hospital, and having the %$# kicked out of them. The vision of Shaun running through a fire engulfed room with soot on his face and perfect hair stretches credibility to the limit. What is even more ridiculous is how the Hardy Boys were crammed into very tight pants, leaving NOTHING to the viewers' imagination. Even the most brain-dead preteen could quickly figure out that Shaun dressed to the left and Parker dressed to the right. (And neither boy had anything to be ashamed of in that department.) The Nancy Drew episodes were less popular in their day, but the acting and writing was far superior to that of the Hardy Boys. Unable to play the teen idol card, Pamela Sue Martin actually had to act, and her talents in that department were almost as sizeable as what the Hardy Boys were not hiding in their pants. Pamela was also much less preoccupied with perfect appearance. She actually allowed her clothes to get dirty and her hair did occasionally get messed up. But Martin's most astounding feat was climbing up ladders, running down alleys, and jumping across rooftops in 3-inch heels. This makes her a much bigger super-heroine than Wonder Woman.

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