A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, January 30, 2015
1/30/1977 The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew hit TV
January 30, 1977. Ah, those seventies Farrah-style haircuts. This was very good day for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the family-run business of book-packagers who had created both Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene, the alleged authors of the most popular teen sleuths in history. Today The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries premiered on ABC, starring Parker Stevenson, Shaun Cassidy, and Pamela Sue Martin. The boys didn't meet the girl until the second season. The show shifted emphases, titles and actors before ending in 1979.