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30 January 1977 (USA) See more »
The cases of a pair of teen detective brothers and a teen girl amateur sleuth. Full summary »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 77)

Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy (43 episodes, 1977-1979)

Parker Stevenson ... Frank Hardy (43 episodes, 1977-1979)

Pamela Sue Martin ... Nancy Drew (21 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ed Gilbert ... Fenton Hardy (21 episodes, 1977-1979)

Series Directed by
Joseph Pevney (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steven Hilliard Stern (3 episodes, 1977)
Christian I. Nyby II (3 episodes, 1978)
Jack Arnold (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
John J. Dumas (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Winrich Kolbe (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Noel Black (2 episodes, 1977)
Michael Caffey (2 episodes, 1977)
Alvin Ganzer (2 episodes, 1977)
Ron Satlof (2 episodes, 1977)
Ray Austin (2 episodes, 1978)
Dennis Donnelly (2 episodes, 1978)
Vince Edwards (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Writing credits
Glen A. Larson (30 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Sloan (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Edward Stratemeyer (16 episodes, 1977-1978)
Christopher Crowe (9 episodes, 1977-1978)
Mildred Wirt Benson (7 episodes, 1977)
Stephen Ujlaki (3 episodes, 1978)
Susan Woollen (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Larry Alexander (2 episodes, 1977)
Robert Pirosh (2 episodes, 1977)
Lou Shaw (2 episodes, 1977)
Joyce Heft Brotman (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Arlene Sidaris (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven E. de Souza (2 episodes, 1978)
Mark Griffiths (2 episodes, 1978)
Rebecca Snow (2 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Joyce Heft Brotman .... co-producer / producer (46 episodes, 1977-1979)
Glen A. Larson .... executive producer (46 episodes, 1977-1979)
Arlene Sidaris .... co-producer / producer (46 episodes, 1977-1979)
Michael Sloan .... supervising producer (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
Andrew Mirisch .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1977-1979)
Joe Boston .... producer (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gilbert Bettman Jr. .... associate producer (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
B.W. Sandefur .... producer / supervising producer (11 episodes, 1977)
Christopher Crowe .... producer (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ben Kadish .... producer (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Winrich Kolbe .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1977)
Lou Shaw .... producer (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Original Music by
Stu Phillips (38 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Andrew Tartaglia (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Series Cinematography by
Ben Colman (19 episodes, 1977-1978)
Seymour Hoffberg (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Donald H. Birnkrant (5 episodes, 1977)
Jack Woolf (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Frederick Gately (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Charles Correll (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Film Editing by
John J. Dumas (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Buford F. Hayes (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gene Ranney (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Harvey Stambler (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Lawrence J. Vallario (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Fred Baratta (3 episodes, 1977)
Harry Keramidas (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Frederic L. Knudtson (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Casting by
Joe Reich (3 episodes, 1978)
William J. Kenney (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Art Direction by
Roy Steffens (29 episodes, 1977-1978)
William L. Campbell (7 episodes, 1977)
John Vallone (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Set Decoration by
Bruce A. Gibeson (17 episodes, 1977-1978)
Jerry Adams (7 episodes, 1977)
Ed Baer (7 episodes, 1977)
Sam Gross (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Costume Design by
George Whittaker (24 episodes, 1977-1978)
Series Makeup Department
Elaina P. Schulman .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
William Holbrook .... unit manager (18 episodes, 1977-1978)
Lester Wm. Berke .... unit manager / unit production manager (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
James M. Walters Jr. .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1977)
Eugene Mazzola .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Rowe Wallerstein .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Lowry .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1977-1978)
Phil Bowles .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Wayne A. Farlow .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1977)
Walt Gilmore .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
John Slosser .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Charles E. Walker .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Louis S. Muscate .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Phil Ball .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Daniel Franklin .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Richard Hashimoto .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Robert Latham Brown .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)

Charles Norton .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man / set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Joe Divitale .... sound effects editor (36 episodes, 1977-1978)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
William Griffith .... sound (7 episodes, 1977)
Albert D. Cuesta .... sound (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Chuck Haggin .... sound (6 episodes, 1977)
John Hicks .... sound (6 episodes, 1977)
Thomas McMullen .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1978)

Dennis C. Salcedo .... cable person (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Marvin Walters .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marneen Fields .... stunt performer / stunt double: Pamela Sue Martin (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunt double: Pamela Franklin / stunt double: Valerie Bertinelli (3 episodes, 1978)

Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob Herron .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (46 episodes, 1977-1979)
Douglas Knapp .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1978)

Owen Marsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1978)
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Michael R. Marquette .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
David Morton .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor (29 episodes, 1977-1979)
Series Music Department
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music / composer: theme (46 episodes, 1977-1979)
Fred Prior .... music editor (16 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (14 episodes, 1977)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Herbert D. Woods .... music editor (4 episodes, 1978)
Stu Phillips .... music score (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Charles Paley .... music editor (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Other crew
Christopher Crowe .... story editor (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steven E. de Souza .... story editor (18 episodes, 1977-1979)
Barbara Ann Schoemaker .... location manager (8 episodes, 1977)

Steve Hinton .... pilot (unknown episodes)
Gene Kraft .... title designer (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Nancy Drew Mysteries" - USA (short title)
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60 min (28 episodes) | 60 min (39 episodes)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Merchandising for the series included action figures (a guitar accessory for the Joe Hardy figure included a "secret panel" to decode messages), and a series of puzzle books, also sold as a gift set.See more »
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
My teenage heroes!, 22 October 2004
Author: juho69 ( from Gidea Park, England

When I was eleven or twelve, I fell madly in love with The Hardy Boys! I was an avid fan of the television series starring Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy. Recently, I have been able to enjoy the series again on American video.

The series was based on the 'Hardy Boys' books by Franklin W. Dixon, although was largely updated for the 1970s. Frank and Joe Hardy were the eighteen- and seventeen-year-old sons of Detective Fenton Hardy (Edmund Gilbert). They lived in the fictional coastal town of Bayport in Massachusetts. Although both their parents featured in the books, in the t.v. series they had no mother and were cared for by their stern but loving Aunt Gertrude (Edith Atwater), their father's sister. In the first season of the series, the boys were still at school and most of the action took place in Bayport.(Also, their hair was shortest in this series and suited them best!) In the second season, the mysteries took them to more exotic locations such as Hong Kong, Acapulco and Africa. By the third series, the boys were in their early twenties and working for the F.B.I. They were joined on some mysteries by girl detective Nancy Drew (almost certainly the future Mrs. Frank Hardy), played first by Pamela Sue Martin, then by Janet Louise Johnson (whom I preferred).

The casting of Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as Frank and Joe was near-perfect as they complemented each other handsomely (pun certainly intended!) Parker Stevenson as blue-eyed Frank was very much the leader, taking the initiative and making the decisions most of the time. He tended to be headstrong but was more reserved emotionally than his younger brother. Shaun Cassidy played Joe as tending to be in his elder brother's shadow and adopting a rather cynical view of matters. Although Joe generally conceded to Frank, he was more than capable of taking initiative and working independently (one example being his selfless rescue of a little girl from a fire in 'Arson and Old Lace'). He showed emotion more readily than Frank (such as in 'Dracula' when their father was seriously injured).

Edmund Gilbert's role as Fenton Hardy tends to be overlooked although he was a real sweetie. He was dedicated to his work but always found time for his sons. Firm but benevolent, he admonished Frank and Joe when necessary but was equally ready to console them. The Hardy men made a very close family unit and I think this is what I liked most about the series. Most of the adventures featured Frank and Joe becoming involved in one of their father's cases. The Hardys were intensely loyal and were always there for each other. This was perhaps best shown by their mutual devastation and subsequent joy in the episode 'Sole Survivor' from the second season. (It made me cry. Watch it to find out what happened!)

After 'The Hardy Boys', Edmund Gilbert tended to be heard rather than seen in his acting career. During the 1980s and 1990s, he voiced dozens of films and t.v. programmes. He died from lung cancer in May 1999 aged sixty-seven. Parker Stevenson has continued to appear in films and t.v. series, including as Craig Pomeroy in 'Baywatch'. He was married to Kirstie Alley and they had two children. Shaun Cassidy acted and sang for a while before turning to producing and writing. He has married three times and has four children.

Although it looks rather dated now, 'The Hardy Boys' is still a most enjoyable adventure series to watch. The plots were well thought out, combining action, mystery, emotion, a little romance, good supporting roles and, often, twists at the end. And - Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy had such lovely smiles and were just so CUTE!

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