• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2019
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Sep 23, 2019
    91
    It’s gritty in a new way and, yes, lots of fun.
  2. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Oct 9, 2019
    75
    While this series goes forth as a supernatural thriller approach to the Nancy Drew story, it doesn’t go overboard with the supernatural element, realizing that less is more in this type of story. ... McMann’s Nancy Drew is quite likable early on, save for the character’s obvious flaws and immature reactions to certain things.
  3. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Sep 23, 2019
    75
    There’s nothing life-changing about the show, but it combines the most appealing elements of the increasingly off-the-rails Riverdale—an updated cultural archetype, retro production design, fast-paced storytelling and even a ’90s teen-idol dad (Party of Five‘s Scott Wolf)—in a way that’s pretty satisfying.
  4. Reviewed by: Amanda Bell
    Oct 10, 2019
    70
    This grown-up re-imagination of the teen detective series fits right in the The CW's mold of shows with a gloomy small-town atmosphere and a broody, reluctant hero with a tragic history at the center (see also: Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale). If you're looking for a show that combines that signature mood with a friendly poltergeist element, well, this oughta do it.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 23, 2019
    55
    The pilot offers fine post-teen drama, but it lacks the nod and wink of lead-in “Riverdale” and so far is more grounded and less insane, a positive or negative depending on one’s love of the crazy.
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Oct 10, 2019
    50
    This series has some considerable flaws, and as you might guess, can be fairly derivative, but it’s got a great lead in Kennedy McCann.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 9, 2019
    50
    There are elements to this sexed-up and murdered-up version of Nancy Drew that feel entertaining and nicely updated and the cast is decent, albeit extraordinarily CW-y. But somehow fiction's original teenage girl detective has been brought back to TV in a way that feels primarily derivative.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 4, 2019
    50
    The main mystery surrounding this show, as initially constituted, is what would prompt an audience immersed in so much similar content to stick around.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 3, 2019
    50
    [Kennedy] McCann has some presence — she’s credible as the wised-up, slightly jaded, imperfect version of the spunky teenage sleuth — but there’s a dullness to the ensemble; no one’s striking sparks off one another the way performers like Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, Peter Gallagher and Tate Donovan did in Schwartz’s first beachside drama, “The O.C.”
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 4, 2019
    45
    Newcomer Kennedy McMahon, who plays the title role in The CW's new version of Nancy Drew, certainly passes the cuteness test. But her Nancy falls short in every other respect.
  11. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 8, 2019
    40
    Given the degree to which “Nancy Drew” attempts to coast by on sheer attitude, it should come as no surprise that the mystery is fundamentally uninteresting and that Nancy’s friends, in the show’s first two hours, are undistinguished. The show is less a series with characters and plot than an attempt at a haunted mood.
  12. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 3, 2019
    20
    Instead of seeming empowered and cool, the show is dreadful, putting far too much effort in giving Nancy and her world a darker edge. ... Shoddy attempt to remold her.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. May 14, 2020
    10
    This is one of my top 10 favorite new shows of 2019. I love how they mix mystery, drama, and horror all in one show. The writing and storylineThis is one of my top 10 favorite new shows of 2019. I love how they mix mystery, drama, and horror all in one show. The writing and storyline are phenomenal, I love all of the horror elements. The acting is excellent especially from Leah Lewis, Alex Saxon, Maddison Jaizani, Kennedy McMann, and Scott Wolf. The visual effects are outstanding especially Dead Lucy. Overall a pretty terrific first season. Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2019
    8
    Different than other adaptations of Nancy Drew, but I like where it's going after 3 episodes. Very different casting, interesting backgroundsDifferent than other adaptations of Nancy Drew, but I like where it's going after 3 episodes. Very different casting, interesting backgrounds on the characters.

    Too many people Pidgeon Hole adaptations to be true to the book. So you either have it in 1930's America, or you update it.

    The only thing I don't like is the location it is filmed. You can really easily tell that it's on the west coast.
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  3. MCE
    Oct 16, 2019
    1
    They destroyed the character of Nancy Drew for shock value and I find it repugnant. Everyone on the show is miserable and neurotic and NancyThey destroyed the character of Nancy Drew for shock value and I find it repugnant. Everyone on the show is miserable and neurotic and Nancy doesn’t even seem to any friends. It’s ridiculous. Furthermore, every teenager isn’t running around here having sex with everything that moves, so there was no excuse to inject meaningless sex in a less than 5 minutes in to the first episode. Modernizing a story does not mean including mindless promiscuity into it. I’m disgusted with the moronic professional critics not listening to the audience who say they don’t want this. Are they being paid? Do they have any taste? Was the point to make Nancy a miserable, licentious, and neurotic? Full Review »