In Review: Nancy Drew – Pilot

Nancy Drew spins a supernatural mystery for the modern CW audience.

Synopsis: An 18 – year – old Nancy Drew makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery.

Review: Given that I am old enough to remember seeing the 1970’s series of Nancy Drew and have recently done reviews for the Dynamite Comic series. I figured I’d give the CW’s take on the teenage detective a whirl to see if it’s worth some time. In short, they seem to have got more right than they have wrong and we even have Pamela Sue Martin’s guest star as a Psychic Medium for older fans like myself to feel some connection too.

The Story

Having recently lost her mother to Cancer teenage detective Nancy Drew has sworn off solving crimes in order to focus on her college stuff, but when a prominent socialite is murdered and Nancy finds the body. She and her friends find themselves the prime suspects in a police investigation. Spurred back into action in order to prove her innocence. Nancy finds out more than she’d probably like to know about her friends and family as she wanders around the town of Horseshoe Bay, which is a coastal town that is rather similar to the one from The Jaws movies.

Things take on a more supernatural leaning when the teens go to consult with psychic medium Harriet Grosset, who hears the voice of the long-dead town legend Lucy Sable, but what is the connection between the town’s mythical ghost and the murder victim?

The Acting

The acting throughout this opening episode is really strong. Kennedy McMann is very quick to establish herself as the strong and curious Nancy Drew almost immediately and her narration of events works really well as a means to introducing us to the other characters as well as the town of Horseshoe Bay.

As a fan of the classic series from the 1970s and early 80s, which also included The Hardy Boys. I really appreciated the fact that the writers and producers found a role for original Nancy Drew television actress Pamela Sue Martin who invests herself fully in the role of being a psychic medium and given how the opening episode ends. I can only see there being more of a role for the character of Harriet Grosset.


I feel this show has gotten more right than wrong about the stories of Nancy Drew. I really liked all the characters that we meet in this first episode and will definitely be looking to follow the story as it evolves, but there are two characters missing from the story, which I hope we’ll get to see at some stage in the series. The Hardy Boys. In the book series as well as the comics. Nancy Drew has a really interesting relationship with the Hardy Boys. So it would be nice to see them brought in at some stage.

Overall. I’m intrigued and want to see more.

Nancy Drew - Pilot
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
One Comment
  • Nicholas Yanes
    11 October 2019 at 4:22 am -

    I agree with your summary of the show. This episode got more right than wrong, and that has me looking forward to future episodes.

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