The Hardys investigate the disappearance of their own father, a case involving a haunted house, a graveyard, and espionage.

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Nancy Drew (credit only)
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Ed Gilbert ...
Fenton Hardy (as Edmund Gilbert)
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Sonny
Simon Scott ...
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Manager - 'Haunted House'
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The Hardys investigate the disappearance of their own father, a case involving a haunted house, a graveyard, and espionage.

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30 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Joe Hardy: [lost in the haunted house] This is becoming monotonous!
Frank Hardy: And redundant!
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Lack of setup the real mystery
12 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Plot; Teen brothers Joe and Frank Hardy are forced to take their interest in detective work to the next level when their Father goes missing while on a top secret case.

Needed a bit of sorbet in between helpings of Battlestar Galactica, so decided to try something I'd never watched before. As I understand it, this series ran for three seasons. S1 alternated episodes between the Hardy's and fellow teen detective Nancy Drew, S2 had standalone episodes for the characters as well as crossovers, and S3 Drew was dropped and the Hardy's were featured in every episode.

There's virtually no setup in this pilot episode, nor any real attempt to give us some backstory. We meet Joe (Shaun Cassidy) and Frank (Parker Stevenson) tailing their Father, who is a former NYPD detective turned private eye. Suspicious of the father's activities, the boys learn he's on a case that he's keeping secret from them. But boy wannabe detectives will be boy wannabe detectives, so the Hardy's get mixed up in the plot.

There's a lot of Scooby Doo-level shenanigans here, with the fluffed and feathered Hardy's creeping around in grave yards and a haunted house themed restaurant looking for clues. The freshly scrubbed Cassidy and Stevenson make for a likable duo that is wholesome, but not bland thanks in large part to the personal charm they bring. The actual plot itself, involving an ex-government agent, amnesia and selling secrets to "foreign governments" is all way, way, way over the head of a show like this. You can't do that kind of story justice with two junior detectives and their custom conversion van. That's Bond territory. They need something a bit more... minor league. A bicycle thief. A guy trying to scare someone off their land so he can buy it cheap and get the huge deposit of oil beneath it. Stuff like that.

Overall this opener feels hollow and is a bit dull. With no setup, I never quite got my bearings, and the clunky plot never really finds any momentum.

  • Episode features an appearance by Richard Kiel, playing the host of


the haunted house restaurant. Naturally he's dressed up as Frankenstein. A few months later he'd find fame as Jaws in the Bond flick 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.


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