Parent reviews for The Hardy Boys
Developed by Steve Cochrane and Jason Stone, this new and improved version of The Hardy Boys breaks away from its predecessors and instead, takes on a more mysterious tone steeped deeply in the supernatural. Both are beach town mysteries with supernatural components, after all. Most of the time, anyway. It takes Campbell a bit longer to settle into the more straight-laced Frank, who starts out stiff and unsure in his ability to carry a series. This show never really forgets these kids are still kids; routinely dropping the boys in scenarios that end with them paying dearly for careless mistakes.
So as to took a lot of perserverance I can tell you because, sadly, this series is simply not that able. Average acting, an odd mixture of stereotypical and totally unbelievable characters, a dreary pace, a surfeit of adolescent angst and obvious but failed attempts to create suspense are just a few of this series' problems. There are some truly ridiculous scenes and action devices too, things that would not happen in real life to actual people with functioning brain cells. A few of the characters are laughable after that badly acted - the oriental matriarch; the demented teen girl who, it transpires, is head of a Russian dynasty; the hapless international fugitive bandit who, by his own admission, looks really good in a wig.
The story and characters are drawn along with a broad brush, but it is right on target for the 10 - 13 year olds that I imagine are the intended audience. Props for a diverse cast. Props designed for showing adolescents having platonic friendships athwart gender lines. It's a little bit Scooby-Doo A little bit Indiana Jones. It's well-paced. The storyline has gaps.
Add together your rating See all 3 adolescent reviews. What's the story? But they don't know that she was an investigative journalist who may have gotten tangled up with some very dodgy people. Their police detective father uproots them from their home in fantastic Dixon City named for the charge series' author's pen name Franklin W. Dixon and relocates them for the summer to small town Bridgeport, anywhere he and his late wife grew up, their families still live, after that peril abounds. The boys enmesh themselves quickly in the local kid background set in the s, they appear to be free of parents after that set to puzzling through the a lot of mysteries that surround them, including who killed their mother.