Nancy Drew is another of The CW new series for the Fall which also getting a favorable first response. It’s being compared to their Riverdale series but with a supernatural twist.

The 1930’s American mystery series books of a girl sleuth were created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. He wanted a female counterpart to his Hardy Boys series. They were ghostwritten by a number of authors under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

Some of the books had something strange, maybe supernatural, but this was always explained away with a rational explanation in the end.

As with Riverdale, we have a misfit group of teens, a small town in fog and neon lights and a diner!

Nancy Drew First Look Trailer

Nancy Drew Official Lowdown

Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective. Her sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine. That was until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans.

Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime…

Others are also suspect, a group of other teens present at the scene:-

  • Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis)
  • A rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani)
  • Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim)
  • And amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon)

The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way.

Nancy Drew 101 - Leah Lewis, Tunji Kasim, Kennedy McMann, Maddison Jaizani and Alex Saxon
Nancy Drew, 101 “Pilot” – Suspects: George Fan (Leah Lewis), Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann), Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani) and Ace (Alex Saxon) © 2019 The CW Network, photo by Robert Falconer

Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August).

Supernatural presence

When a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl.

Whether the ghost is here to help, or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes…


Executive produced by:-

  • Noga Landau (The Magicians)
  • Melinda Hsu Taylor (The Gifted, The Vampire Diaries)
  • Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Runaways)
  • Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Runaways)
  • Lis Rowinski (Dynasty, Runaways)

Nancy Drew is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire.

Nancy Drew Season 1 - Key Art: Kennedy McMann
Nancy Drew, Season 1 – Key Art: Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew © 2019 The CW Network, photo by Kharen Hill

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online