‘Nancy Drew’ Review: The CW’s Dark but Simple Twist on a Classic Has Potential

The CW is currently most well-known for two things: Greg Berlanti’s supreme network dominance in the form of DC Comics superhero shows and “Riverdale.” The latter, also known as “Hot Archie Who Fucks,” has been a runaway hit for the network, with its powers (in terms of viewership and in finding middle-aged men to fight Archie Andrews) only growing stronger every time a new season hits Netflix after the broadcast airing. So the pairing of “Riverdale” and the new mysterious show on the block “Nancy Drew” — aka “Nancy Drew Who Fucks” — is arguably a brilliant choice for the network, a no-brainer. Dark reimaginings of the squeakiest of clean, youth-oriented stories make perfect sense working together to the common goal of ratings success.

But the pairing of “Riverdale” and “Nancy Drew” is also a potentially dangerous choice, specifically when it comes to the presentation of the latter. Because while there
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