• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2019
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

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
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Oct 11, 2019
    1
    As a long time fan of Nancy Drew I can safely say that this series wasn't made for long time fans. There's too many changes. Right off the batAs a long time fan of Nancy Drew I can safely say that this series wasn't made for long time fans. There's too many changes. Right off the bat with the pilot, it doesn't have the true Nancy Drew feel and if the pilot is supposed to set up the rest of the series it doesn't bode well. It tied up threads almost too quickly (already). Ned is seemingly the only character that has the most in common with his book counterpart, which isn't to say it's accurate. The actor mostly fits Ned's basic description (tall,dark and handsome lol) and his loyalty to Nancy. I will admit the fact that the change from white to black also meant a change from honor student quarterback to ex-con, was not the smartest move on their part. A lot of the characters don't feel like the characters they're supposed to be. George and Bess(no longer cousins) may be the biggest offenders next to Carson Drew. Totally annoyed that they casted a skinny girl to play Bess, it's 2019 I expected her original weight to not be ignored/shamed. George doesn't seem to have much of an personality beyond a bad attitude, tattoos, and a leather jacket. So basically the same as any cliche bad boy/girl from every movie/tv show/book/dating sim ever made. Carson is just a jerk and lawyers can't represent their own children. I'm fine with him having a love interest but since they have Nancy's mom die a year before the show takes place instead of when she was a kid, it's actually really uncomfortable. It has little to do with the source material besides the small snippets and the actress playing Nancy reenacting a few covers. It feels like they came up with the concept and put Nancy's name on it for attention. Fans who've only vaguely heard of her before would enjoy it more than someone whose known her all their life(like I have). This could be fine for a season but I can't see it going on longer than that. Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2019
    5
    Nothing like the Carolyn Keene ND.
    Plot was good and can go in many directions. Hope the season lasts because of the diverse cast and
    Nothing like the Carolyn Keene ND.
    Plot was good and can go in many directions. Hope the season lasts because of the diverse cast and relationships. I look forward to watching the "whole" season and look forward to many more seasons.
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