The much-loved Nancy Drew teen detective series was created by publisher Edward L. Stratemeyer and written over decades by different authors under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, and they progressed through the years as the mostly female readers became more and more worldly. If you didn’t read any of the books yourself, then your mom or even grandmother might definitely have. But this new reboot of the popular franchise is definitely not your mother’s Nancy Drew!

Set in the small fishing town of Horseshoe Bay, full of eerie superstitions and ghost stories, it’s a far cry from her cookie-cutter life as seen in most of the books. When family tragedy strikes, Nancy gives up her childhood sleuthing hobby, and starts a job as a waitress at a local diner called The Claw. But when she and her friends become the focus of a murder investigation, Nancy takes it upon herself to investigate and clear their names. When a supernatural threat drastically complicates her quest, Nancy and her crew are plunged into even more danger.

Here’s why you won’t want to miss a single minute of the new Nancy Drew!


1. Yes, it’s a classic – yet anything but old

IndieWire hits the nail on the head when describing the show as a “dark reimagining of the squeakiest of clean, youth-oriented stories”. While the Nancy Drew of the novels was an unashamed “good girl” (albeit one who regularly trespassed in the name of her detective work), this Nancy has much more freedom, and a lot of personal baggage. Her physical relationship with her boyfriend is what one would expect of current a 18-year-old, and there’s a lot of conflict between Nancy and her father Carson (Scott Wolf), who also has a hidden tie with Nancy’s boyfriend (of whom he openly disapproves). This makes for a much more interesting and less one-dimensional character, and we’re all for that!

2. Nostalgia!

Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim) is Nancy’s love interest, but she’s afraid of letting him get too close. George (Leah Lewis) is now her manager and when we meet her, she is still nursing a high school grudge against our sleuth. Then there’s Bess (Maddison Jaizani), a rich girl from the city and Nancy’s co-worker at the diner. The show is also packed with subtle references and Easter Eggs that playfully hint at the books many readers have grown up with.

3. Think Twin Peaks meets Veronica Mars

Brimming with small-town mystery, intrigue and melodrama that made David Lynch’s Twin Peaks such a cult hit, the series is certainly very reminiscent of Veronica Mars as well. It’s almost as if the Drew character has come full circle, as Veronica Mars creators certainly borrowed heavily from the canon of Nancy Drew books for their teen detective’s inspiration, right down to the deadpan, sardonic narration.

4. Supernatural layer of mystery added to Nancy’s sleuthing

When Horseshoe Bay’s resident ghost “Dead Lucy” seemingly begins haunting Nancy, it turns out that the spirit is almost leading her to more and more clues in her murder investigation. Yes, there are ghosts in this Nancy Drew reboot. Nancy also uncovers a strange link between her parents and Lucy Sable, which becomes more and more bizarre as the show progresses.

5. From the makers of teen shows Riverdale, Gossip Girl and The O.C.

The series is developed by hit teen dramas The O.C and Gossip Girl’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, for the CW network, whose hit series Riverdale has been a massive success, largely chalked up to its seamless blend of the nostalgic and the new, updating characters to a world that was reminiscent of Twin Peaks. Just like Riverdale, Nancy Drew has all the trademarks of an awesome teen show: soap-laden drama, cliff-hangers, mysteries, and a wardrobe that’s on point (non-negotiable).

Nancy Drew S1 starts Saturday 11 January on M-Net (101) at 21:00

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