The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries TV show was a 60 minute mystery drama series on ABC about two teenage detective brothers solving crimes one week and then a teenage crime-solving girl on the next week. Then on some episodes the boys and the girl would get together to solve an extraordinarily difficult case. The series was targeted towards young audiences and therefore contained very little violence.
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries Cast
Shaun Cassidy .... Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson .... Frank Hardy
Pamela Sue Martin .... Nancy Drew (Episodes 1-2)
Janet Louise Johnson .... Nancy Drew (Second Season)
Ed Gilbert .... Fenton Hardy
Edith Atwater .... Aunt Gertrude (First Season)
Lisa Eilbacher .... Callie Shaw (First Season)
Jean Rasey .... George Fayne (First Season)
George O'Hanlon Jr. .... Ned Nickerson (First Season)
Susan Buckner .... George Fayne (Second Season)
Jack Kelly .... Harry Hammond (Third Season)
Phillip R. Allen .... Harry Gibbon (Third Season)
William Schallert .... Carson Drew (Episodes 1-2)
Ruth Cox .... Bess Marvin (Episodes 1-2)
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries Trivia
The Hardy Boys were created by the owner of a book-packaging company ("The Stratemeyer Syndicate") as a way to sell more books! While the books are written under the pseudonym "Franklin W. Dixon", they have actually been written by several different ghost writers over the years. The first book was published in 1927. Since then the Hardy Boys have been highlighted in video games and five TV series. There have also been Hardy Boys lunch boxes and jeans. The books still sell in excess of one million copies per year (as of 2010)!
Nancy Drew was also created by Edward Stratemeyer for the same purpose. She first appeared in print in 1930 and is also written by ghost writers under the pseudonym "Carolyn Keene". Nancy Drew has appeared in five movies, two TV series, several video games, and also on merchandise. Several famous real-life women including former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady Laura Bush, and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Sonia Sotomayor have credited Nancy Drew as having influenced them in their lives!
Just a few years after the Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries ended, Pamela Sue Martin went on to appear in her best known role as "Fallon Carrington/Colby" on the series, "Dynasty". Pamela also starred in the hit 1972 film, "The Poseidon Adventure".
For about a decade after the Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries TV series ended, Shaun Cassidy's acting career didn't really go much of anywhere. He had a few guest-starring roles on other series, starred in a few TV movies, and had a starring role on a TV show titled "Breaking Away" that only lasted seven episodes. Shaun came to the realization that he didn't have the talent for acting that was necessary to become a major star and didn't even really enjoy acting enough to make it a lifetime career. In 1995 things turned around for Shaun when he became the supervising producer of the TV series, "American Gothic". That series only survived 22 episodes but was a huge success with critics and therefore brought immediate respect for Shaun's abilities as a Producer. He went on to produce on several other series including "The Agency", "Cold Case", and "Invasion".
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries was nominated for two TV Land Awards in 2004. One was for "Favorite Crimestopper Duo". Unfortunately for Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson, they lost to a pretty formidable team in Adam West and Burt Ward as "Batman and Robin"! The second TV Land Award was for "Shaun Cassidy" as "Favorite Teen Dream - Male". Again, the competition from Scott Baio from "Joanie Loves Chachi" (and previously "Happy Days") was just too much to overcome!
Parker Stevenson's real name is Richard Stevenson Parker. He couldn't register with the Screen Actors Guild as Richard Parker because another actor already had that name. So then he asked for Richard Stevenson but that name was also taken. And that's how he ended out with the name Parker Stevenson which he says he now prefers to his original name!
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