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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: Nancy Drew: Season 1

Updated: May 20

Everyone loves a mystery.

From the entirety of The CW’s lineup, there is one show I watch that isn’t a part of the Arrowverse. That show is Nancy Drew. I binged the entirety of the first season last year when I had a trial subscription to the streaming service that bough the show here in the Netherlands. With the 2nd season of the show close to wrapping up, I went back to that 1st season for a multitude of reasons. One of them is that while I was watching its sophomore outing the thought didn’t feel like the same beast as when it first started to air popped into my head. I wanted to what degree this notion was true as well as see if it might be better for newcomers to skip season 1 and just start off with season 2.

With all of this said, let’s dive in.

In the town of Horseshoe Bay, Maine, “retired” 18-year old detective Nancy Drew is spending her gap year working as a waitress while she deals with the grief of her mother death and estrangement from her dad. Her self-imposed exile of sorts gets interrupted when one night Tiffany Hudson, the wife of local businessman Ryan Hudson is murdered outside of the restaurant. Nancy, alongside her co-workers George, Bess, and Ace and boyfriend Nick are brought in for questioning by the local police. When the police chief tries to pin the murder on Nancy, whom he's despised for years, she comes out of her self-imposed retirement to solve the case and clear her, and her friends, names. Along the way, Nancy discovers a potential connection between the death of Tiffany Hudson and Lucy Sable, a girl who was killed nineteen years ago but whose murder was never solved. Thus Nancy vows to solve both murders which set her off on her greatest, and most dangerous, case yet.

That’s a rather