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The Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys is a juvenile detective/adventure series, chronicling the fictional adventures of teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy. The original Hardy Boys series was produced by Stratemeyer Syndicate, published by Grosset & Dunlap, and written by many different authors between 1927 and 1979. Leslie McFarlane was the first author to write under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon, which he did for over 20 volumes.

To this day new Hardy Boys adventures are published by Simon & Schuster's imprint, Aladdin Paperbacks in The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers series, The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers Super Mystery series, and the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery series. A graphic novel series based on the novels has been published since 2005 by Papercutz (with permission from Simon & Schuster).

Series history

The Hardy Boys is a creation of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the creators of dozens of successful book series such as the Rover Boys, the Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift, and later, Nancy Drew. Edward Stratemeyer conceived of the Hardy Boys in 1926 with the creation of plot outlines that would become the first volume of the series. Various ghostwriters were employed, under contract of secrecy, to pen the actual stories. The first author was Leslie McFarlane, whose writing defined the literary style of the series, as well as the personalities and nuances of its characters. McFarlane authored volumes 1–16 and 22–24. His 1976 autobiography, Ghost of the Hardy Boys, provides substantial background information on the series, as well as the Stratemeyer Syndicate as a whole.

Substantial revisions to the first 38 titles began in 1959. Over the course of 15 years the series was revised to modernize outdated vernacular, reduce story length, age the characters and remove the ethnic and racial stereotypes prevalent in many of the early books (although the series was unusually inclusive for the era in having two non-WASP Hardy sidekicks who were portrayed as normal, fully assimilated teenagers—Tony Prito and Phil Cohen). The result of this process varied from one book to another. In some cases only minor changes resulted, while in others the entire plot and storyline were thrown out, resulting in an entirely new book bearing no resemblance to the original.

In 1979, after 52 years and 58 titles (plus the didactic Hardy Boys' Detective Handbook), Grosset & Dunlap lost the rights to publish any new Hardy Boys tales in a protracted court battle with the Syndicate. They did retain the right to continue publishing these 58 titles and continue to do so to this day, despite several changes in ownership. In the meantime, Simon & Schuster continued the series in the Hardy Boys Digest series of paperback books. In 2005 the venerable Digest series was ended with volume 190 and a new series, The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers, was started. The Undercover Brothers series is supplemented by a series of graphic novels and, initially, a now-discontinued series of comic books. Also in 2005 Grosset & Dunlap gained permission to continue publishing more titles in hardcovers, starting with Digest volumes 59 to 66.

The Hardy Boys also appeared in several spin-off series: The Casefiles (127 volumes), the Clues Brothers (17 volumes), with Tom Swift in the 2 volume Ultra-Thriller series and with Nancy Drew in the 36 volume Supermystery series & the 6 volume Be Your Own Detective series and in the Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Super Mysteries.

Hardy Boys books have been issued in over 25 languages, including Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, French, German, Sinhala, Japanese, Russian, Malay, Afrikaans and Italian.

Story background

The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Frank Hardy is the elder of the two and has dark hair. Joe Hardy is the younger brother, and has blond hair and blue eyes. The stories are an unaging series, in which Frank and Joe are always 18 and 17 years of age, respectively. The boys are in the same school grade in the books, due to a year in which Frank was ill with scarlet fever and missed a year of school. In the original series the brothers were a younger 16 and 15 years of age, but their ages were increased during the revision process that began in 1959. The series utilizes a "floating timeline", in which events always take place in the present day.

The two boys live in the fictional city of Bayport (on Barmet Bay) with their famous father, Fenton Hardy, a private detective formerly with the New York Police Department, their mother Laura Hardy (erroneously called Mildred in The Flying Express), and their Aunt Gertrude, a character often used for comic relief.

Frank's longtime platonic girlfriend is Callie Shaw, while Joe is often linked with Iola Morton, the sister of the duo's good friend Chet Morton, who is described as being a large boy who loves to eat,and is always finding another hobby in each of the different books, providing another comic relief character. Other friends who assist the brothers include Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, Jerry Gilroy and Tony Prito.

The Bayport Police Department is represented by Police Chief Ezra Collig (in Flying Express he is called Chief Finch), a close friend of the Hardys who constantly asks their assistance and advice in dealing with crime in Bayport.

Detective Oscar Smuff is sometimes seen in cases as he comically blunders trying to solve a mystery.

In the older stories, the Hardy Boys' cases often are linked to the confidential cases their detective father is currently working on. He sometimes asks them for help, while at other times they stumble upon villains and incidents that are connected to his cases.

The Hardys have a motorboat named the Sleuth and a yellow convertible (In volumes 1–6, they use motorcycles, but this changes when Joe's is destroyed in The Shore Road Mystery,though they both receive updated models in Undercover Brothers ). Mr. Hardy has an airplane, which is described in some books as being twin-engined, single-engined in others. Chet Morton has a jalopy called the Queen, which is at times described as being tomato red, other times being bright yellow (in The Shore Road Mystery it is green). Biff Hooper has a jalopy, Tony Prito has a motorboat called the Napoli and drives his father's pick-up truck.

In 1987, a spin-off series, The Hardy Boys' Casefiles, targeted at older readers, was introduced. Consisting of 127 volumes, these stories were much darker in tone and featured plots involving bioterrorism and other kinds of terrorism, espionage, government conspiracies, cults, militia groups and organized crime. They also featured a level of violence unseen in previous Hardy Boys stories, a fact that became evident to readers in the opening pages of the first book in the series as long time supporting cast member Iola Morton was murdered by a bomb planted in the Hardys' car.

The (original) Hardy Boys Mystery Stories (1927–1979)

The first 58 stories along with the Detective Handbook are considered by most collectors to form the Hardy Boys canon. Generally speaking, the 1959-1973 revisions of the first 38 titles and the 1972 revision of the Detective Handbook are not considered originals, though some consider these 39 rewrites part of the canon.

1. The Tower Treasure
2. The House on the Cliff
3. The Secret of the Old Mill
4. The Missing Chums
5. Hunting for Hidden Gold
6. The Shore Road Mystery
7. The Secret of the Caves
8. The Mystery of Cabin Island
9. The Great Airport Mystery
10. What Happened at Midnight
11. While the Clock Ticked
12. Footprints under the Window
13. The Mark on the Door
14. The Hidden Harbor Mystery
15. The Sinister Signpost
16. A Figure in Hiding
17. The Secret Warning
18. The Twisted Claw
19. The Disappearing Floor
20. Mystery of the Flying Express
21. The Clue of the Broken Blade
22. The Flickering Torch Mystery
23. The Melted Coins
24. The Short-Wave Mystery
25. The Secret Panel
26. The Phantom Freighter
27. The Secret of Skull Mountain
28. The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
29. The Secret of the Lost Tunnel
30. The Wailing Siren Mystery
31. The Secret of Wildcat Swamp
32. The Crisscross Shadow
33. The Yellow Feather Mystery
34. The Hooded Hawk Mystery
35. The Clue in the Embers
36. The Secret of Pirates' Hill
37. The Ghost at Skeleton Rock
38. Mystery at Devil's Paw
39. The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
40. Mystery of the Desert Giant
41. The Clue of the Screeching Owl
42. The Viking Symbol Mystery
43. The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
44. The Haunted Fort
45. The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge
46. The Secret Agent on Flight 101
47. Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
48. The Arctic Patrol Mystery
49. The Bombay Boomerang
50. Danger on Vampire Trail
51. The Masked Monkey
52. The Shattered Helmet
53. The Clue of the Hissing Serpent
54. The Mysterious Caravan
55. The Witchmaster's Key
56. The Jungle Pyramid
57. The Firebird Rocket
58. The Sting of the Scorpion

The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook

The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories ("Digests") (1979–2005)

This now-discontinued series of paperbacks started in 1979 as a continuation of the hardcover books, hence the volume numbers start as #59 and ended in 2005 with volume 190.

Volumes 59 through 85 were also released in hardcover with a dustjacket.

In 2005, Grossett & Dunlap released hardcover versions of volumes 59 through 66. These volumes were in the blue glossy flashlight cover format, similar to the original 58 covers. The artwork on these books was from the original Wanderer paperback covers, although severely cropped to fit the covers. To date, there is no news about plans for further Grossett & Dunlap hardcover versions.

59. Night of the Werewolf
60. Mystery of the Samurai Sword
61. The Pentagon Spy
62. The Apeman's Secret
63. The Mummy Case
64. Mystery of Smugglers Cove
65. The Stone Idol
66. The Vanishing Thieves
67. The Outlaw's Silver
68. The Submarine Caper (retitled Deadly Chase)
69. The Four-Headed Dragon
70. The Infinity Clue
71. Track of the Zombie
72. The Voodoo Plot
73. The Billion Dollar Ransom
74. Tic-Tac-Terror
75. Trapped At Sea
76. Game Plan for Disaster
77. The Crimson Flame
78. Cave-In (retitled Cave-In!)
79. Sky Sabotage
80. The Roaring River Mystery
81. The Demon's Den
82. The Blackwing Puzzle (last book with internal illustrations)
83. The Swamp Monster
84. Revenge of the Desert Phantom
85. The Skyfire Puzzle
86. The Mystery of the Silver Star
87. Program For Destruction
88. Tricky Business
89. The Sky Blue Frame
90. Danger on the Diamond
91. Shield Of Fear
92. The Shadow Killers
93. The Serpent's Tooth Mystery
94. Breakdown in Axeblade
95. Danger on the Air
96. Wipeout
97. Cast of Criminals
98. Spark of Suspicion
99. Dungeon of Doom
100. The Secret of the Island Treasure
101. The Money Hunt
102. Terminal Shock
103. The Million-Dollar Nightmare
104. Tricks of the Trade
105. The Smoke Screen Mystery
106. Attack Of The Video Villains
107. Panic on Gull Island
108. Fear on Wheels
109. The Prime-Time Crime
110. The Secret of Sigma Seven
111. Three-Ring Terror
112. The Demolition Mission
113. Radical Moves
114. The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals
115. Sabotage at Sports City
116. Rock 'N' Roll Renegades
117. The Baseball Card Conspiracy
118. Danger in the Fourth Dimension
119. Trouble at Coyote Canyon
120. The Case of the Cosmic Kidnapping
121. The Mystery in the Old Mine
122. Carnival of Crime
123. The Robot's Revenge
124. Mystery With a Dangerous Beat
125. Mystery on Makatunk Island
126. Racing to Disaster
127. Reel Thrills
128. Day of the Dinosaur
129. The Treasure at Dolphin Bay
130. Sidetracked To Danger
131. Crusade of the Flaming Sword
132. Maximum Challenge
133. Crime in the Kennel
134. Cross-Country Crime
135. The Hypersonic Secret
136. The Cold Cash Caper
137. High-Speed Showdown
138. The Alaskan Adventure
139. The Search for the Snow Leopard
140. Slam Dunk Sabotage
141. The Desert Thieves
142. Lost in Gator Swamp
143. The Giant Rat of Sumatra
144. The Secret of Skeleton Reef
145. Terror at High Tide
146. The Mark of the Blue Tattoo
147. Trial and Terror
148. The Ice-Cold Case
149. The Chase for the Mystery Twister
150. The Crisscross Crime
151. The Rocky Road to Revenge
152. Danger in the Extreme
153. Eye On Crime
154. The Caribbean Cruise Caper
155. The Hunt for the Four Brothers
156. A Will To Survive
157. The Lure Of The Italian Treasure
158. The London Deception
159. Daredevils
160. A Game Called Chaos
161. Training For Trouble
162. The End Of The Trail
163. The Spy That Never Lies
164. Skin & Bones
165. Crime In The Cards
166. Past And Present Danger
167. Trouble Times Two
168. The Castle Conundrum
169. Ghost Of A Chance
170. Kickoff To Danger
171. The Test Case
172. Trouble in Warp Space
173. Speed Times Five
174. Hide and Sneak
175. Trick-or-Trouble
176. In Plane Sight
177. The Case of the Psychic's Vision
178. The Mystery of the Black Rhino
179. Passport to Danger
180. Typhoon Island
181. Double Jeopardy
182. The Secret Of The Soldier's Gold
183. Warehouse Rumble
184. The Dangerous Transmission
185. Wreck and Roll
186. Hidden Mountain
187. No Way Out
188. Farming Fear
189. One False Step
190. Motocross Madness

The Hardy Boys Casefiles (1987–1998)

The list of Casefiles is below:

1. Dead on Target
2. Evil, Inc.
3. Cult of Crime
4. The Lazarus Plot
5. Edge of Destruction
6. The Crowning Terror
7. Deathgame
8. See No Evil
9. The Genius Thieves
10. Hostages of Hate
11. Brother against Brother
12. Perfect Getaway
13. The Borgia Dagger
14. Too Many Traitors
15. Blood Relations
16. Line of Fire
17. The Number File
18. A Killing in the Market
19. Nightmare in Angel City
20. Witness to Murder
21. Street Spies
22. Double Exposure
23. Disaster for Hire
24. Scene of the Crime
25. The Borderline Case
26. Trouble in the Pipeline
27. Nowhere to Run
28. Countdown to Terror
29. Thick as Thieves
30. The Deadliest Dare
31. Without a Trace
32. Blood Money
33. Collision Course
34. Final Cut
35. The Dead Season
36. Running on Empty
37. Danger Zone
38. Diplomatic Deceit
39. Flesh and Blood
40. Fright Wave
41. Highway Robbery
42. The Last Laugh
43. Strategic Moves
44. Castle Fear
45. In Self-Defense
46. Foul Play
47. Flight Into Danger
48. Rock 'n' Revenge
49. Dirty Deeds
50. Power Play
51. Choke Hold
52. Uncivil War
53. Web of Horror
54. Deep Trouble
55. Beyond the Law
56. Height of Danger
57. Terror on Track
58. Spiked!
59. Open Season
60. Deadfall
61. Grave Danger
62. Final Gambit
63. Cold Sweat
64. Endangered Species
65. No Mercy
66. The Phoenix Equation
67. Lethal Cargo
68. Rough Riding
69. Mayhem in Motion
70. Rigged for Revenge
71. Real Horror
72. Screamers
73. Bad Rap
74. Road Pirates
75. No Way Out
76. Tagged for Terror
77. Survival Run
78. The Pacific Conspiracy
79. Danger Unlimited
80. Dead of Night
81. Sheer Terror
82. Poisoned Paradise
83. Toxic Revenge
84. False Alarm
85. Winner Take All
86. Virtual Villainy
87. Dead Man in Deadwood
88. Inferno of Fear
89. Darkness Falls
90. Deadly Engagement
91. Hot Wheels
92. Sabotage at Sea
93. Mission: Mayhem
94. A Taste for Terror
95. Illegal Procedure
96. Against All Odds
97. Pure Evil
98. Murder by Magic
99. Frame-up
100. True Thriller
101. Peak Of Danger
102. Wrong Side of the Law
103. Campaign of Crime
104. Wild Wheels
105. Law of the Jungle
106. Shock Jock
107. Fast Break
108. Blown Away
109. Moment Of Truth
110. Bad Chemistry
111. Competitive Edge
112. Cliff-Hanger
113. Sky High
114. Clean Sweep
115. Cave Trap
116. Acting Up
117. Blood Sport
118. The Last Leap
119. The Emperor's Shield
120. Survival of the Fittest
121. Absolute Zero
122. River Rats
123. High Wire Act
124. The Viking's Revenge
125. Stress Point
126. Fire in the Sky
127. Dead in the Water

The Hardy Boys are: The Clues Brothers (1997–2000)

The Clues Brothers books were aimed at younger readers, particularly in third and fourth grades. The series was introduced in 1997 and was cancelled in 2000 for lack of popularity.

This series had some big differences from the other Hardy Boys books, such as:

  • The Hardy Boys don't solve major crimes as they do in the others.
  • In these books, Frank and Joe are only 9 and 8, unlike the other books where they are 18 and 17.
  • They go to Bayport Elementary School; in the others, they go to Bayport High School.

1. The Gross Ghost Mystery
2. The Karate Clue
3. First Day, Worst Day
4. Jump-Shot Detectives
5. The Dinosaur Disaster
6. Who Took the Book?
7. The Abracadabra Case
8. The Dog-Gone Detectives
9. The Pumped-Up Pizza Problem
10. The Walking Snowman
11. The Monster in the Lake
12. King for a Day
13. Pirates Ahoy!
14. All Eyes on First Prize
15. Slip, Slide, and Slap Shot
16. The Fish-Faced Mask Of Mystery
17. The Bike Race Ruckus

The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers (2005-Present)

"The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers" is a series of paperback books which replaced the Digest paperbacks in early 2005.

The Hardy Boys are now agents of A.T.A.C. (American Teens Against Crime) and are solving more realistic and/or violent crimes.

This series is written in first-person narrative style with Frank and Joe alternating chapters.

2005
1. Extreme Danger
2. Running On Fumes
3. Boardwalk Bust
4. Thrill Ride
5. Rocky Road
6. Burned
7. Operation: Survival
2006
8. Top Ten Ways to Die
9. Martial Law
10. Blown Away
11. Hurricane Joe
12. Trouble in Paradise
13. The Mummy's Curse
2007
14. Hazed
15. Death And Diamonds
16. Bayport Buccaneers
17. Murder At The Mall
18. Pushed
19. Foul Play
2008
20. Feeding Frenzy
21. Comic Con Artist
22. Deprivation House
23. House Arrest
24. Murder House
25. Double Trouble
2009
26. Double Down
27. Double Deception
28. Galaxy X
29. Xplosion
30. The X Factor

Spy Set - Box set of volumes 1–4 (2005)

Undercover Brothers Special Ghost Stories Edition

   Haunted - 2008

Undercover Brothers Super Mysteries (2006-Present)

1. Wanted - 2006
2. Kidnapped at the Casino - 2007

Undercover Brothers Graphic Novels (2005-Present)

The Undercover Brothers also appear in a series of graphic novels by Papercutz.
1. The Ocean of Osyria - 2005
2. Identity Theft
3. Mad House
4. Malled - 2006
5. Sea You, Sea Me
6. Hyde & Shriek
7. The Opposite Numbers
8. Board To Death - 2007
9. To Die Or Not To Die
10. A Hardy Day's Night
11. Abracadeath - 2008
12. Dude Ranch O' Death!
13. The Deadliest Stunt
14. Haley Danelle's Top Eight
15. Live Free, Die Hardy!
16. Shhhhhh! - 2009

Crossovers

The Hardy Boys teamed up with two other series book protagonists; Nancy Drew and Tom Swift.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Be a Detective Mystery Stories (1984-1985)

This series is the most different from any other Hardy Boys series because in these books the reader controls the outcome of the story by choosing different options of advancing the plot (similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure books).

1. The Secret of the Knight’s Sword
2. Danger on Ice
3. The Feathered Serpent
4. Secret Cargo
5. The Alaskan Mystery
6. The Missing Money Mystery

Two more titles were planned but never published:

7. Jungle of Evil
8. Ticket to Intrigue

Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery Series (1988–1998)

The Hardy Boys teamed up with Nancy Drew in this 36 volume series of paperbacks.

The Carolyn Keene house name was used for this series and the stories are more geared toward Nancy Drew fans.

1. Double Crossing
2. A Crime for Christmas
3. Shock Waves
4. Dangerous Games
5. The Last Resort
6. The Paris Connection
7. Buried in Time
8. Mystery Train
9. Best of Enemies
10. High Survival
11. New Year's Evil
12. Tour of Danger
13. Spies and Lies
14. Tropic of Fear
15. Courting Disaster
16. Hits and Misses
17. Evil in Amsterdam
18. Desperate Measures
19. Passport to Danger
20. Hollywood Horror
21. Copper Canyon Conspiracy
22. Danger Down Under
23. Dead on Arrival
24. Target for Terror
25. Secrets of the Nile
26. A Question of Guilt
27. Islands of Intrigue
28. Murder on the Fourth of July
29. High Stakes
30. Nightmare in New Orleans
31. Out of Control
32. Exhibition of Evil
33. At All Costs
34. Royal Revenge
35. Operation Titanic
36. Process of Elimination

Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thriller Series (1992–1993)

The two volume Ultra-Thriller series was a short-lived Hardy Boys spin off that joined boy inventor Tom Swift with the crime-solving Hardy Boys, Frank & Joe. Although the Franklin W. Dixon pseudonym was used, the series was more akin to the then-current Tom Swift IV series.

1. Time Bomb
2. The Alien Factor

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery Series (2007-Date)

The Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery books are a new series first published in June 2007 and are not to be confused with the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery series that was published between 1988 and 1998.

This is a spin-off series of the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective series and The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers series, and is narrated in the same way as both the Girl Detective and the Undercover Brothers series; first person.

1. Terror on Tour - 2007
2. Danger Overseas - 2008
3. Club Dread - 2009

Other Books

Their have been many Hardy Boys spin-off books and minor series over the years.

The Hardy Boys Handbook: Seven Stories of Survival (1980)

Not to be confused with The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook, The Hardy Boys Handbook: Seven Stories of Survival was first published in 1980 by Wanderer Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and contains seven short stories, about 30 pages long. Survival instructor Sheila Link is listed as co-author of this book, but it is doubtful she had much to do with writing it.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths (1981-1984)

The first Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths book was published in 1981 with the sequel published in 1984. Both volumes contain seven short stories with Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys working together and are written under the pen-name of Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon. Both books were published under Simon & Schuster’s Wanderer Books imprint.

  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths - 1981
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2 - 1984

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Campfire Stories (1984)

This book was first published by Wanderer Books in 1984 and like the Super Sleuth books, Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon listed as co-authors. National Director of Program Services, Camp Fire, Inc, Karen W. Bartz wrote a foreword for this book. Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon also wrote a foreword.

The Hardy Boys Ghost Stories (1984)

This was first published in 1984 by Simon & Schuster under their Wanderer Books, and then in 1987 by their Minstrel Books imprint. In 2002 it was published yet again by another Simon & Schuster imprint; Aladdin paperbacks. Because there were so many re-prints, several (four) different editions with different cover art exist.

TV appearances

The Hardy Boys have appeared in television shows five times.

The Mickey Mouse Club, Hardy Boys TV series (1955-1957)

In the late 1950s, Disney contracted with the Stratemeyer Syndicate to produce two Hardy Boys TV serials, starring Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk. In 1955, The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure was made, based on The Tower Treasure. The second serial, The Mystery of the Ghost Farm was released in 1957. Both aired on the Mickey Mouse Club.

The Mystery of the Chinese Junk pilot (1967)

In 1967, an hour-long pilot of a new Hardy Boys TV show was aired on CBS, starring Tim Matthieson (later Matheson) as Joe Hardy and Rick Gates as Frank. But the show was not popular and the series wasn't continued. The pilot was closely adapted from The Mystery of the Chinese Junk.

The Hardy Boys animated series (1969-1971)

In 1969, ABC ran a Saturday Morning cartoon series (produced by Filmation).

In this series the Hardy boys are in a rock band and use it as a front to investigate mysteries.

The animated series produced two bubblegum music albums released by RCA: Here Come The Hardys and Wheels. Several singles from the albums were also released.

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977-1979)

The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Mysteries was an ABC prime time series starring Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy that first aired on Sunday, January 30, 1977. The Hardy Boys alternated with Nancy Drew, and once every fifth week in January and February 1977 with The Brady Bunch Hour. In the second season, the Hardys were joined by Nancy Drew (played by Pamela Sue Martin and, later, Janet Louise Johnson) for some episodes. Nancy was dropped altogether in the fall of 1978. The show went for three seasons with forty-six episodes, including 28 Hardy Boys episodes, 10 Nancy Drew only episodes, and 8 Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew cross-over episodes; the show went off the air in January 1979.

Most of the Hardys' friends never made regular appearances in the show, although Chet Morton did show up twice in the first season, while Callie Shaw was featured as Fenton’s part-time office assistant.

Seasons one and two have been released on DVD. During the 1988 writers strike, there was talk that NBC would use the series scripts and film new episodes. It never came to pass.

The Hardy Boys (1995)

In 1995 a TV show simply called The Hardy Boys staring Colin Gray and Paul Popowich was produced and syndicated by New Line Television, a division of New Line Cinema. The show was co-produced by Nelvana Ltd. and Marathon Productions, S.A. in association with Westcom Entertainment Group Ltd. of Canada.

The same company also produced a Nancy Drew series and the two shows were normally booked into a one hour time slot together. Both series were also produced in French and shown in France and French-speaking Canada.

In this series Frank (Colin Gray) works for a newspaper and Joe (Paul Popowich) is a college student. The show only lasted one season with 13 episodes and one episode crossed over with Nancy Drew.

TV Show Memorabilia

The Mickey Mouse Club series, the animated series and the 1970s ABC-TV series were responsible for the creation of many items of Hardy Boys memorabilia such as board games, comic books, jigsaw puzzles, dolls and other items.

South Park

The Hardy Boys are parodied in the episode Mystery of the Urinal Deuce as the "Hardly Boys". Interestingly, the names are switched for the boys (Frank is blond, Joe has black hair).

Venture Bros.

Both the titular brothers are obvious parodies of Frank and Joe. However, neither of them are nearly as grounded, capable or intelligent as their inspirations -- despite being in plenty of mysteries (three seasons worth), they've yet to solve one. (Of course it should be noted that the Venture Bros universe is not shown as being very realistic.)

Films

Tom Cruise has been talking with Ben Stiller about starring in an updated version of "The Hardy Boys" at Twentieth Century Fox. Tentatively titled "The Hardy Men"

Computer games

Nancy Drew

The Hardy Boys have appeared in two games in the Nancy Drew PC games series by Her Interactive. They appeared Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon (2005) and then in 2006 for the first time as playable characters in The Creature of Kapu Cave. They have been in the recent installments as phone characters only.

The Hardy Boys PC Games (2008-Present)

JoWooD and The Adventure Company, announced on September 26, 2007 that they have entered into a partnership with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to develop a series of interactive games based The Hardy Boys. The titles will release worldwide over the next five years. The first title, The Hidden Theft (originally entitled The Tower Treasure) is about a theft that leads the Hardys to New York and more.

1. The Hidden Theft - September 2008

The Hardy Boys For Nintendo DS (beginning 2009)

Hardy Boys games are being created for Nintendo DS by Herinteractive in partnership with Sega:

1. Treasure on the Tracks - March 2009

The Hardy Boys On-Line Games (beginning 2009)

A Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers live-action game will soon be available on-line at mypkids.com:

1. Deadly Choice

Other appearances

The Hardy Boys have appeared in other places: A video based on the Hardy Boys was created by the popular online comedy duo Barats and Bereta. Luke Barats (who played Frank) and Joe Bereta (who played Joe) starred in "Harty Boys" (according to the theme song, the name change was to avoid copyright infringement.) They attempted to solve The Riddle of the Woman, but they failed and Frank killed himself in despair.

Further reading

  • Billman, Carol; The Secret Of The Stratemeyer Syndicate
  • Carpentieri, Tony; Frank & Joe Turn Blue
  • Carpentieri, Tony & Mular, Paul; Hardy & Hardy Investigations
  • Connelly, Mark; The Hardy Boys Mysteries, 1927–1979, A Cultural and Literary History
  • Garis, Roger; My Father Was Uncle Wiggily
  • Greenwald, Marilyn S.; The Secret Of The Hardy Boys
  • Johnson, Diedre; Stratemeyer Pseudonyms and Series Books
  • Johnson, Diedre; Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate
  • McFarlane, Leslie; Ghost of the Hardy boys; an autobiography
  • Prager, Arthur; Rascals At Large

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