Nancy Drew: Season 1 Reviews

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October 14, 2019
Based on the series premiere, Nancy Drew has the potential to be an addictive, gritty mystery. Both cases were set up on good footing, and there's more to the mysteries than meets the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 11, 2019
It's utterly, cynically, comically predictable... And it's also pretty great.
October 11, 2019
Nancy Drew...brings the girl detective to the small screen with the edgy darkness of other CW shows, for better or for worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 10, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2019
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.
October 10, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.3/5.0
October 10, 2019
It's not there yet, it's really struggling, but you sense that it's got the goods somewhere.
October 10, 2019
This Drew is just dull.
October 9, 2019
The dialogue in Nancy Drew is similarly cheesy, and, at times, forced and unnatural for the sake of explaining unnecessarily complicated plot developments.
October 9, 2019
A slow-paced pilot with dialogue that's supposed to elicit a smile but instead falls flat.
October 9, 2019
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.
October 9, 2019
Ghostly potential as-yet unreached, Nancy Drew is not a better alternative to any of the shows from which it draws inspiration.
October 8, 2019
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.
October 8, 2019
Making Nancy angrier and more rebellious doesn't make her a stronger character, and taking her away from her roots risks making the show into just a generic slow-burn mystery series with a familiar title.
October 7, 2019
If you like Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The CW's Nancy Drew series should be just your speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
October 7, 2019
Just as it did in its sullen Archie adaptation Riverdale, the network has squeezed all the light-heartedness and charm out of its characters in favor of morose despondency.
October 4, 2019
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.
October 4, 2019
Teasing out the mystery does offer some hope of hooking an audience, but everything else about the series feels stale.
October 4, 2019
With a reverence for the franchise's lore, a cast that's a delight to watch, and a surprisingly-layered mystery, Nancy Drew has all the makings of The CW's next big hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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