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Season 1 of television series Nancy Drew premiered on The CW on October 9, 2019.

Synopsis

Official synopsis of season 1 from The CW:[1]

Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way. Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help, or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes. Executive produced by Noga Landau (“The Magicians”), Melinda Hsu Taylor (“The Gifted,” “The Vampire Diaries”), Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Dynasty,” “Runaways”), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “Dynasty,” “Runaways”) and Lis Rowinski (“Dynasty,” “Runaways”), NANCY DREW is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire.

Cast and characters

Starring:

Recurring guest stars:

Non-recurring guest stars:

  • Pamela Sue Martin as Harriet Grosset
  • Zibby Allen as Rita Howell
  • Isaiah Johnson as Bashiir
  • Tiana Okoye as Amaya Alston
  • Carmen Moore as Hannah Gruen
  • David Paetkau as Chad Vogel
  • Ryan-James Hatanaka as Detective Abe Tamura

Recurring co-stars:

Non-recurring co-stars of named characters:

  • Emma Oliver as 4-year-old Nancy Drew
  • Tony Ali as Jeff Tucker
  • Steven Allerick as Sebastian Marvin
  • Julie Benson as Candice Weaver
  • Deborah Ramsey as Claudette
  • Samantha Di Francesco as Young Candice Weaver
  • Alison Araya as Dr. Burney
  • Carmeron McDonald as Dr. Jackson
  • Kesler Talbot as Little Ace
  • Amélie Eve as Rose Turnbull
  • Kyle Strauts as Simon
  • P Lynn Johnson as Dawn Ziegler
  • Chris Shields as Keenan
  • Albert Nicholas as Javier
  • Michael Adamthwaite as Gus
  • Reese Alexander as Orderly Conrad
  • Shayne Walker as Layne
  • Shaun Omaid as Inmate Peter
  • Ambrose Gardener as Mr. Roeper
  • Mackenzie Gray as Father Shane
  • Camille Hollett-French as Dominique
  • Robyn Bradley as Judge Edelstein
  • Katie Stuart as Cindy
  • Sofia Tesema as Young Karen Hart

Episodes

The first episode screened at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) on July 18, 2019, and it first aired on The CW on October 9, 2019.

# Title Air Date Director Writer
1 Pilot Oct 9, 2019 Larry Teng Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
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When a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.

2 The Secret of the Old Morgue Oct 16, 2019 Larry Teng Noga Landau
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When Nancy learns that Tiffany Hudson’s corpse is being moved out of Horseshoe Bay for a private autopsy, she puts her investigation into Lucy Sable’s dress on hold to pull off one of her most risky missions yet. Meanwhile, Bess and Ace enlist the help of a stranger in an attempt to help Nancy. Lastly, the town gathers to participate in the annual bucket ritual done on the last night of the Summer Festival.

3 The Curse of the Dark Storm Oct 23, 2019 John Kretchmer Jesse Stern, Lisa Bao
1.03 promo Bess George Ace

When a nor’easter hits Horseshoe Bay, Ace warns everyone that the storm has been known to blow restless spirits ashore. Meanwhile, Nancy confronts Nick about the secrets he’s been keeping.

4 The Haunted Ring Oct 30, 2019 John Kretchmer Jesse Stern, Lisa Bao
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As the funeral for Tiffany Hudson nears, her confused spirit seemingly haunts Horseshoe Bay. Nancy invites Bess to stay with her, allowing Nancy to figure out what Bess is hiding. Nick struggles with what he learned about Tiffany. Meanwhile, George reluctantly seeks help from an unusual source as Ace runs into a significant person from his past. Lastly, Carson continues to advise Ryan, much to Nancy’s chagrin.

5 The Case of the Wayward Spirit Nov 6, 2019 Claudia Yarmy Melinda Hsu Taylor, Katherine DiSavino
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When Nancy realizes that George is possessed by Tiffany’s spirit, she must act quickly to rid her friend of the ghostly passenger before it’s too late. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger, Owen, wanders in to The Claw and asks the gang to cater a charity gala happening at the country club that same day.

6 The Mystery of Blackwood Lodge Nov 13, 2019 Amanda Row Alex Taub, Andrea Thornton
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While trying to uncover the truth about a long-buried history between Lucy Sable and Ryan Hudson, Nancy finds herself in the curious position of having to strike a deal with Horseshoe Bay’s newest and most suspect widower.

7 The Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen Nov 20, 2019 Becca Rodriguez Erika Harrison, Katie Schwartz
1.07 promo Ned Bess Nancy

Believing that solving Lucy’s murder will lead to solving Tiffany’s murder, the Drew Crew resolves to find a way to speak with the only eyewitness to both murders-Dead Lucy herself. To prepare for this incredibly risky séance, they set off to investigate the last few hours of Lucy Sable’s life. Ultimately, they confront Dead Lucy in a horrifying séance, and Nancy is faced with a truth that seems to validate her greatest fear.

8 The Path of Shadows Dec 4, 2019 Alexis Ostrander Jesse Stern
1.08 promo Carson Nancy

Nancy and the Drew Crew discover that the car wreck that left one of their own at death's door was no accident. While simultaneously hoping to solve the crime, the crew investigates the physical evidence of sabotage to the car and take a supernatural detour into the metaphysical world.

9 The Hidden Staircase Dec 11, 2019 Shannon Kohli Melinda Hsu Taylor
1.09 promo Carson Nancy

In our winter finale, Nancy and the Drew Crew desperately search for George’s missing sister, Ted, whose kidnapping eerily mirrors the investigation that started Nancy’s sleuthing career. Meanwhile, while revisiting the trauma of her past, as a means to solving the present-day mystery, Nancy finally reconnects with her father just as an escalation in the Lucy Sable investigation threatens to separate them forever.

10 The Mark Of The Poisoner's Pearl Jan 15, 2020 Sydney Freeland Katherine DiSavino, Lisa Bao
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After discovering a connection between the poison that killed Tiffany Hudson and a Horseshoe Bay cold case, Nancy and the Drew Crew risk their lives to bring a serial killer to justice.

11 The Phantom of Bonny Scot Jan 22, 2020 Sydney Freeland Katherine DiSavino, Lisa Bao
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When Nancy’s quest to clear Carson’s name clashes with Owen’s pursuit of justice for the victims of the Bonny Scot, she’ll have to decide just how far she’s willing to go to get her dad out of jail.

12 The Lady of Larkspur Lane Jan 29, 2020 Greg Beeman Erika Harrison
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While Nancy and the Drew Crew follow up on the latest Lucy Sable lead, they also work to uncover who tried to kill Ryan, leading them to a startling revelation.

13 The Whisper Box Feb 5, 2020 Larry Teng Noga Landau & Alex Taub
1.13 promo Nancy George 2

When Nancy finds herself stuck in an alternate reality the Drew Crew desperately searches for a way to bring her back.

14 The Sign of the Uninvited Guest Feb 26, 2020 Amanda Row Katherine DiSavino
1.14 promo Nancy George Laura Ned

Nancy and the Drew Crew follow the latest Lucy Sable murder lead, while simultaneously working to uncover the attempted murder of someone in their community. When both investigations lead back to the same person, Nancy and Nick confront the suspect with their findings.

15 The Terror of Horseshoe Bay Mar 4, 2020 Katie Eastridge Jen Vestuto & Melissa Marlette
1.15 promo Bess Ace Owen Nancy Ned George

With time running out before Carson’s evidentiary hearing, Nancy turns to supernatural sources in a last-ditch effort to find clues to exonerate her father.

16 The Haunting of Nancy Drew Mar 11, 2020 Ruben Garcia Noga Landau, Katie Schwartz
1.16 promo Nancy on the stand

While using a combination of forensic clues, skilled observation and relentless questioning of those who knew Lucy at the end of her life, Nancy unravels what happened the night Lucy died. While her detective work succeeds in some ways, it also reveals a devasting truth.

17 The Girl In The Locket Apr 8, 2020 Larry Teng Melinda Hsu Taylor, Lisa Bao
1.17 promo Nancy Ryan Nick

With only hours left, the Drew Crew must race against the clock to find a way to vanquish the Agleaca before she takes what is owed to her.

18 The Clue in the Captain's Painting Apr 15, 2020 Ramsey Nickell Erika Harrison & Jesse Stern
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Nancy and the Drew Crew investigate a mysterious death which also leads to new details regarding the Aglaeca curse.

Gallery

Main article: Season 1/Gallery

Production Notes

  • On October 25, 2019, it was announced that the first season of Nancy Drew was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes.[2]
  • On March 13, 2020, production of the first season was shut down indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[3]
    • In the events following this global pandemic, episode 18 also serves as the season finale[4], four episodes earlier than intended.
    • Filming was halted in the middle of episode 20. It was written by Alex Taub,[5] and it was being directed by Rachel Raimist.[6]

References


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