Nancy Drew: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Nancy Drew

Critics Consensus

An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite manage to liven up Nancy Drew, an overly broody and unfortunately bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 58
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Air date: Oct 9, 2019
Air date: Oct 16, 2019
Air date: Oct 23, 2019

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Kennedy McMann
as Nancy Drew
Tunji Kasim
as Ned "Nick" Nickerson
Scott Wolf
as Carson Drew
Alvina August
as Karen Hart
Leah Lewis
as George Fan
Maddison Jaizani
as Bess Marvin
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

While this series goes forth as a supernatural thriller approach to the Nancy Drew story, it doesn't go overboard with the supernatural element, realizing that less is more in this type of story.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's not there yet, it's really struggling, but you sense that it's got the goods somewhere.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

So sure, a lot of Nancy Drew is silly and contrived and much too easy. Some of the teased-out plot developments are disappointing... Yet, it's a nice complement to Riverdale and, even with the ghosts, is still more low-key and less ridiculous.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This Nancy Drew feels a breath of fresh air in a TV landscape full of cookie cutter remakes and revivals. It may not be an original concept, but it's certainly an original spin on a franchise we already know and love.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Nancy Drew did an excellent job reeling viewers in, making their spines tingle, and setting up multiple plot lines to be further explored throughout the season.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 4.3/5.0 | Full Review…

This Drew is just dull.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The dialogue in Nancy Drew is similarly cheesy, and, at times, forced and unnatural for the sake of explaining unnecessarily complicated plot developments.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A slow-paced pilot with dialogue that's supposed to elicit a smile but instead falls flat.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Ghostly potential as-yet unreached, Nancy Drew is not a better alternative to any of the shows from which it draws inspiration.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes Nancy Drew's appeal span generations, however, aren't her relationships. It's the mysteries themselves... The first two episodes do not yet prove that this new drama has captured that very crucial aspect of the Nancy Drew legacy quite yet.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…

There are elements... that feel entertaining and nicely updated and the cast is decent, albeit extraordinarily CW-y. But somehow fiction's original teenage girl detective has been brought back to TV in a way that feels primarily derivative.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Given the degree to which "Nancy Drew" attempts to coast by on sheer attitude, it should come as no surprise that the mystery is fundamentally uninteresting and that Nancy's friends, in the show's first two hours, are undistinguished.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nancy Drew: Season 1

  • 11h ago
    If I could give it less than half a star I would. I was looking forward to this because of the books and the Hardy Boys series were a wonderful wholesome read/view. You have to add sex to bring in viewers really? You have sullied the entire series of books!
  • 13h ago
    Its really slow and boring. The books were full of interesting characters and stories but these ones are so obvious and shallow. Nancy's character is wrong too, she's not stupid or trashy like this!
  • 2d ago
    Great show!! On my DVR list!
  • 2d ago
    Love it! I can not wait to see how it grows as a show ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • 2d ago
    Great update to a true classic!
  • 2d ago
    I wanted to like this show, I grew up with Nancy Drew books, but before even the questionable acting is the fact that it was just plain boring. And stilted. I felt no excitement about the mystery and the quest to solve it. I'm really surprised by the rating for it here and all the comments about liking it because it has no agenda, lol. That's some pretty low standards for people who seem to claim they have high standards. Just proves even more that it's just trolls.
  • 2d ago
    not a bad show I thought it was really good no agenda love it
  • 5d ago
    Too many sex related scenes for the series sad and my lil sis waited so long read every book
  • 5d ago
    I really enjoyed the nods to Classic Nancy Drew books, it was fun for me to try to pick out things from the books while viewing. I really enjoyed Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew and I am excited to see more episodes
  • 5d ago
    Enjoyed the pilot. Basic murder mystery with the Nancy Drew detective charm. So nice to see a show without a political agenda.

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