The BEST Episodes of The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries recount the adventures of the famous teenage sleuths, based on the two series of juvenile mystery novels by the Edward Stratemeyer syndicate under the names Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene. Frank and Joe Hardy are the sons of a private detective, and Nancy Drew is the daughter of a criminal attorney. In the first season, stories alternated week by week between the two families, but in the second season the independent Nancy Drew adventures were phased out so that all were working as a team. In the third season, Nancy Drew was eliminated completely and the Hardys became more involved in cases of international intrigue.

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Death Surf

#1 - Death Surf

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 12, 1978

While windsurfing in Hawaii, Frank tries to rescue a girl named Maryann (Maren Jensen) who disappears and is claimed to be dead. He then begins to become obsessed with finding out what happened to her, but someone, who is also on her trail, is watching him.

star 9.50
2 votes
Writers: Robert Earll
Arson and Old Lace

#2 - Arson and Old Lace

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 31, 1978

A reclusive billionaire (Joseph Cotten) holds Nancy captive in his penthouse, and a girl (Cathy Rigby) sets fire to the building.

star 9.00
3 votes
Search for Atlantis

#3 - Search for Atlantis

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 1978

In Greece to investigate drug smuggling, the Hardy Boys pose as archeology students on a dig for the lost city of Atlantis, but they are dogged by suspicious accidents and a dead body.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Steven E. De Souza
Dangerous Waters

#4 - Dangerous Waters

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 1978

Frank and Joe Hardy journey from the South of France to the Caribbean to find a girl who disappeared while hunting for pirate treasure.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Lee Sheldon
Scorpion's Sting

#5 - Scorpion's Sting

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1978

Frank and Joe Hardy are assigned to go to Puerto Rico to protect a senator's daughter from an international blackmailer known as the Scorpion.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Writers: Christopher Crowe, Michael Sloan
Defection to Paradise (1)

#6 - Defection to Paradise (1)

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 1978

When the daughter of a Russian official defects to the U.S. by hiding in one of the rock band Bread's speaker cabinets sent to Hawaii, the Hardy Boys must track her down before the KGB does.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Michael Sloan
Defection to Paradise (2)

#7 - Defection to Paradise (2)

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 1978

Marla falls for an American agent, but Soviet killers pursue her.

star 9.00
1 votes
The House on Possessed Hill

#8 - The House on Possessed Hill

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 22, 1979

Townspeople revile a psychically gifted girl (Melanie Griffith) who has a mysterious tie to an eerie mansion.

star 8.67
6 votes
The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom (2)

#9 - The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 9, 1977

Frank & Joe team up with Nancy Drew again in Los Angeles to attend the 14th Annual Detectives' Convention at a TV & movie studio. Joe pursues an illusory figure through the back lot of the studio's stage 24.

star 8.57
7 votes
Directors: Steven H. Stern
Writers: Michael Sloan
The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom (1)

#10 - The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom (1)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 2, 1977

Nancy and famous criminologist Arlo Wetherly find mutilated photos of themselves.

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Steven H. Stern
Writers: Michael Sloan
Voodoo Doll (1)

#11 - Voodoo Doll (1)

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 12, 1978

While in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Frank and Joe's wallets are stolen; Nancy works under cover as a magician.

star 8.29
7 votes
Writers: Christopher Crowe, Mark Griffiths, Michael Sloan, Stephen Ujlaki
Nancy Drew's Love Match

#12 - Nancy Drew's Love Match

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 20, 1977

Nancy goes under cover to keep a light-fingered tennis star out of trouble.

star 8.17
6 votes
The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb

#13 - The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 25, 1977

After a young woman denies the handbag he recovered is hers, Frank is left with a stolen Egyptian idol and a pile of trouble.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Alvin Ganzer
Writers: Robert C. Dennis
The Mystery of Witches' Hollow

#14 - The Mystery of Witches' Hollow

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 13, 1977

When the pair pay a visit to Captain Maguire, they are greeted by a strange woman who claims that Maguire has become one of the victims of Witch's Hollow. Those who go to the mysterious wooded place never return. Undaunted, Frank and Joe begin their search for Maguire, little suspecting the terrors that lie in wait for them among the dark shadows of the eerie forest.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Ron Satlof
Writers: Michael Sloan
Acapulco Spies

#15 - Acapulco Spies

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1977

While in Mexico trying to solve the mysterious kidnapping of their father, Frank and Joe discover hang gliding and dangerous enemies.

star 8.00
6 votes
Game Plan

#16 - Game Plan

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 1978

A woman executes a securities scam from Atlantic City casinos using a code that the Hardy Boys must break.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: John J. Dumas
Writers: Steven E. De Souza
Voodoo Doll (2)

#17 - Voodoo Doll (2)

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 19, 1978

The brothers find a dead man in a coffin in their hotel room.

star 8.00
8 votes
Writers: Christopher Crowe, Mark Griffiths, Michael Sloan, Stephen Ujlaki
The Mystery of Ghostwriters' Cruise

#18 - The Mystery of Ghostwriters' Cruise

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 1, 1977

Nancy's relaxing vacation cruise is interrupted when one of her fellow passengers, a mystery writer, receives threats against his life.

star 7.91
11 votes
Writers: Michael Sloan
The Mystery of the Haunted House

#19 - The Mystery of the Haunted House

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 30, 1977

Frank and Joe end up in a haunted house and a cemetery when they follow two men trailing their father, Fenton.

star 7.90
29 votes
Directors: Glen A. Larson
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin

#20 - The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 15, 1977

The Brothers become involved ia an unusual case of smuggling with an oriental flavor when they try to unravel the mystery that surrounds an ancient Chinese treasure. While snorkeling at the beach, Frank and Joe find an large unopened wooden box and take it home. When they discover that it contains a priceless, stolen Chinese statue, the two take off on a wild adventure that puts their lives in peril.

star 7.67
9 votes
Directors: Stuart Margolin
Writers: Robert Pirosh
Assault on the Tower

#21 - Assault on the Tower

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 1978

Joe and Frank Hardy go to London to find their missing father, but when Frank goes missing as well, Joe and an agent from the British Ministry must find a traitor together.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Christopher Crowe, Michael Sloan
The Disappearing Floor

#22 - The Disappearing Floor

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 6, 1977

Frank and Joe search for answers when Fenton is taken off the Project K case.

star 7.62
13 votes
Directors: Fernando Lamas
Writers: Larry Alexander
A Haunting We Will Go

#23 - A Haunting We Will Go

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 3, 1977

The stage is set for mystery when Nancy and her friends decide to produce a 20 year old play in order to raise money for a youth center. The play is to be presented at the allegedly haunted Palace Theatre. When members of the original cast arrive in town, strange events begin to occur both onstage and off. Nancy must figure out why the actors have come together to appear in her modest production, or the drama might just end in real life tragedy.

star 7.57
14 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Michael Sloan
The Secret of the Whispering Walls

#24 - The Secret of the Whispering Walls

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 13, 1977

An unseen intruder breaks into the Drew home, stealing documents that will allow Nancy's aunts, Ruby and Lela, to sell their farm. While Nancy's father goes to the State Capitol to replace the papers, Nancy heads to the Farmhouse where she is plunged into a series of strange events that lead her deeper and deeper into danger.

star 7.50
14 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Joyce Brotman, Keith Walker
Will the Real Santa Claus...

#25 - Will the Real Santa Claus...

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 1977

Nancy is determined to restore the honor of a dear old gentleman who claims to be Santa Claus when he is accused of burglary.

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Michael Pataki
Writers: Michael Sloan