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Nancy Drew Season 1: Premiere Date and Cast

Updated December 12, 2019
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For most book lovers, some of the favorite titles we grew up reading are the mystery novel franchises named ‘The Famous Five’, ‘Hardy Boys’, ‘Secret Seven’, among others. And who can forget Nancy Drew? The slender, red-haired brunette and amateur sleuth, who would solve multiple cases in her hometown of River Heights. Based on this favorite teenage icon is The CW’s ‘Nancy Drew’, developed by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Noga Landau. This is the third Nancy Drew television series, after ‘The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries’ and the 1995-released Canadian-American version. There are also multiple movies inspired by this titular character, such as ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’, which premiered in 2019

The CW’s show follows the 18-year old girl as she halts her college plans and attempts to crack a case involving ghostly spirits and a murder where she and her friends become suspects. As a result, in a race against time, they join hands to find the actual murderer before it is too late.

Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 10 Release Date

‘Nancy Drew’ season 1 premiered on October 9, 2019. After airing for 9 episodes, the show went on a mid-season break on December 11, 2019. The good news is that fans won’t have to wait for long for the show to come back on the tv screens. ‘Nancy Drew’ episode 10 will release on January 15, 2020. You can watch it on The CW.

Nancy Drew Cast: Who is in it?

Kennedy McMann stars as the protagonist, Nancy Drew. She is joined by Tunji Kasim as Ned “Nick” Nickerson, Alex Saxon as Ace, Leah Lewis as George Fanyne, Maddison Jaizani as Bess Marvin, Scott Wolf as Carson Drew, Alvina August as Karen Hart, and Riley Smith as Ryan Hudson.

Nancy Drew Plot: What is it about?

In the series adaptation of ‘Nancy Drew’, we witness some subtle changes in the character depictions. For instance, instead of River heights, Nancy Drew resides in Horseshoe Bay, Maine, and is an expert teen detective at a young age. She continues solving cases in and around her hometown. However, when her mother suddenly passes away after succumbing to pancreatic cancer, she has to put her college plans on hold. She decides to stay away from her hobby that reminds her of her late mom and starts working unwillingly as a waitress in The Claw until she is ready to join college.

But trouble always has a way of finding Nancy. Things go astray when a socialite is murdered right in front of The Claw and Nancy becomes a first-hand witness and a prime suspect in the case. Joining the list of subjects are — boyfriend Ned Nickerson, her high-school nemesis George Fan, close friend Bess Marvin, and another acquaintance Ace. The five of them are compelled to team up and solve the case so that they can clear their names. Meanwhile, as they search for answers, they encounter multiple other mysteries along the way. Nancy’s resolution to go back to crime-tackling creates a wedge between her and her father, Carson Drew.

As Nancy stumbles on new clues, she becomes increasingly haunted by a paranormal presence and slowly discovers that the current murder is somehow linked to the cold, unsolved murder of a local girl. Those who are fans of the original mystery novels might already know that supernatural elements are common in Nancy’s cases, just like those of ‘Scooby-Doo’ — which always end with a logical, rational explanation. However, here, Dead Lucy is apparently real and she exists. In fact, Nancy hears whispers from the dead prom queen which convinces her to restart crime-solving.

‘Nancy Drew’ would try to follow the footsteps of The CW’s hit teen drama, ‘Riverdale‘. However, it seems more grounded to reality. Introducing the familiar noir backdrops of ‘Twin Peaks’, it is an amalgamation of a gritty ghost story and a teenage series. The story is not only about our protagonist going about tackling puzzles but it also explores the personal conflicts of Nancy with her close ones, including her family. It gets more strange when we witness that the ghost of the dead girl named Lucy Sable begins haunting Nancy and seems to help her in unearthing more clues. As the episodes progress, we find that there’s a curious connection between her parents and Lucy Sable.

Reliving memories from our childhood and bringing alive some of our favorite characters, ‘Nancy Drew’ draws in inspiration from ‘Pretty Little Liars’, the early episodes of ‘Twin Peaks’, and ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’. It is a refreshing series and after you watch its first few episodes, you will be compelled to carry on — just to know how the mystery unravels.

Nancy Drew Trailer:

You can check out the official trailer for ‘Nancy Drew’ season 1 below:

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