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[[caption-width-right:350: How do we do it? How do we keep getting ourselves in these situations?[[note]]From left to right: Frank Hardy (Parker Stevenson), Nancy Drew (Pamela Sue Anderson), Joe Hardy (Shaun Cassidy)[[/note]]]]
->''It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.''
-->-- '''Joe Hardy'''

Based on the two famous children's book series, ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' and ''Literature/NancyDrew'', this [[TheSeventies 1970s]] TV show on Creator/{{ABC}} starred Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as the [[AmateurSleuth amateur detective brothers]] Frank & Joe Hardy, and [[TheOtherDarrin Pamela Sue Martin and Janet Louise Johnson]] as the intrepid girl detective, Nancy Drew. At three seasons, it is far and away the most successful filmed adaptation of any property of the Creator/StratemeyerSyndicate.

The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, Frank (Parker Stevenson) and Joe (Shaun Cassidy). The two boys live in the fictional city of Bayport, MA (not the NY of the books) with their famous father, Fenton Hardy (Edmund Gilbert), a private detective who'd spent 20 years with the New York Police Department and who seemingly has connections everywhere. The brothers can't seem to go anywhere without having a mystery drop into their laps; even driving down a road heading for home means they'll get stopped by a young woman running away from an angry mob. In the third season, the focus of the series moved exclusively to them as they become professional police detectives for the Justice Department.

Nancy Drew (usually Pamela Sue Martin, but Janet Louise Johnson in her last few appearances) is the amateur sleuth she insists on the term "part-time investigator" daughter of attorney Carson Drew (William Callert). She lives with her father in the fictional River Heights, NY (not Illinois, as in the books). Her stories feature her close friend George (Georgia) Fayne (Jean Rasey and, later for three episodes, Susan Buckner) and Ned Nickerson (George O'Hanlon Jr., and later [[TeenIdol Rick Springfield]] in second season). Another prominent character from the Nancy Drew books, Bess Marvin (Ruth Cox), made only two appearances in two-part episodes.


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!! This show provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The show cuts most of ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' books' supporting cast. The Hardys' mother, Laura, is dead, and the boys live with their widowed father and Aunt Gertrude, and the only friends from the books that show up are Callie Shaw and Chet Morton -- and Chet, only in two episodes. For the ''Literature/NancyDrew'' side, it cuts out the Drews' ubiquitous housekeeper Hannah and Nancy's two gal pals, George and Bess, are never seen in the same episode together.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** In the books, Frank's hair is dark. TV Show, inexplicably blonde.
** The eye colors of both brothers also fall into this. In the books, Joe is the blue-eyed blonde, Frank dark-eyed. Here, Frank has the blue eyes, Joe's hazel. Not that anyone's complaining, mind...
* {{Adorkable}}: The show ''tried'' to do this to Joe Hardy in 1st season: nerdy argyle sweater, check. Heavily into forensics and fingerprints and likely to start expounding on fingerprints at the drop of a hat, check. Portrayed as socially-awkward-but-cute younger brother, check. But then the writers realized they were up against [[TeenIdol Shaun Cassidy]] and gave it up as a lost cause.
* AdultFear: There are quite a few cases where one of the brothers and/or their dad is attacked or kidnapped, leaving the ones left terrified for their well-being:
** "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula" has Frank & Joe investigating their dad's disappearance in Europe, which opens with them identifying corpses in a morgue. They eventually discover Fenton was attacked and has been unconscious for days in a monastery/hospital, with his recovery uncertain. The scene ends with Joe breaking down in tears at his father's bedside.
** "Sole Survivor" has Fenton being told his son Joe is missing and likely dead in a car wreck, with his body believed to have been washed out to sea.
** "Assault on the Tower": Fenton breaks down after Frank is caught by TheVillain and imprisoned with him, with Fenton believing that it's his fault that his son is now in danger of losing his life.
** "Last Kiss of Summer": after finding out that Joe is attempting a reckless sting on a pair of ruthless thieves who have already killed two people, Fenton tries to order his son to stop, to the point of trumping up charges so the feds will pick Joe up, as Fenton is scared that Joe will be killed, too.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Averted in "Mystery of Witches Hollow", where a trained panther is guarding a missing man (Callie Shaw's uncle) that the Hardys are trying to find. A very, '''very''' nervous Joe Hardy tries to trap it (the cat decidedly NOT cooperating) by working a broom under its collar, but only succeeds in making it angry and attacking until the uncle distracts it with a piece of meat -- and the uncle warns both Frank and Joe the whole time to keep away and that it's not a house cat. Joe (ie, the actor [[TeenIdol Shaun Cassidy]]) looks far too relieved when he finally succeeds: EnforcedMethodActing, perhaps?
-->'''Joe:''' ''(picking up broom)'' I've got a way with animals...
-->'''Frank:''' ''(panicked)'' Yeah, so did Jonah!
-->'''Joe:''' Nice kitty...
-->'''Uncle:''' Careful, son, that's no house pet...
-->'''Joe:''' No need to tell me.
* AlternateContinuity: Both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew sides of the show are considered this in regards to the two book series, due to the many changes the show makes to both book series' canons. Woe betide any {{Fanfic}} writers who use these versions of the Hardys and don't flag their tale as such up front!
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: "Last Kiss of Summer". Though the girl in question is dead, Joe Hardy veers straight into this, and only intervention from his brother Frank saves him from totally ruining his life. Joe wrecks a federal undercover sting operation, abandons his father and brother, and nearly gets his brother Frank killed, all to get revenge for his fiance, Jamie, and to bring her killer to justice.
* AmateurSleuth:
** No matter where the Hardy brothers go, they end up involved in a mystery, and at one point, Chief Collig dresses them down for doing such while being "unlicensed and underage". All through first & second seasons, the cops never accepted the Hardys' help without question and often gave them a good deal of scorn over being meddling bystanders, up to and including tossing them in jail.
** Nancy Drew's amateur status is questionable, as she often implies that she's working for her father as part of his attorney's office. However, she does take on a number of mysteries outside of her father's caseload and without his help.
* ArtisticLicenseCars:
** "Silent Scream" has Joe Hardy calling the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for information on a license number, and the BMV tells him that the owners are staying in the same hotel as the Hardys. Aside from the fact that no BMV in the world could possible know that, they also would not release information over the phone to regular civilians, and there are strict paperwork procedures that the cops have to follow to get the information.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography:
** "Mystery of King Tut's Tomb" states that the Hardy Boys are driving down to meet their father in Kenya -- from ''Cairo'', in Egypt, and the brothers talk as if it's just a small jaunt. That's a trip of over two thousand miles, which is at least an 8-day road trip, in a little beat-up VW microbus, through rather inhospitable terrain, little to no tourist facilities, and through countries that -- at the time -- were hostile towards the US.
** "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" has the Hardys driving from Massachusetts to New Mexico, just to help a friend, while supposedly en route to Las Vegas. That's at least a 5 day road trip, but comments from Joe during the episode make it seem as if the Hardys have only been on the road a day or so. Then they start talking as if Las Vegas is just a short distance away, when it's easily a 10-hour drive. And we won't mention that Frank's using a map of Montana to get through New Mexico & that the so-called mountains of New Mexico look a lot like southern California.
** In "Mystery of the African Safari", Kenya looks a lot like the San Diego Zoo. Its wild monkeys apparently even play on man-made monkey-gyms in the wild. All the so-called "Kenya" scenes were shot at the San Diego Zoo, using the zoo's "safari" section for supposed bush shots.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Many of the bad guys throughout the show are shown carrying guns without holsters and simply tuck the guns into their waistbands. A couple even have the gun tucked into the front of their pants!
* BadGuysPlayPool: in the "Campus Terror" episode -- how do we know that Wendy [[spoiler: aka "Gwen", who turns out to be a multiple personality,]] is actually a bad girl? She hangs out in pool halls with unwashed biker dudes and women who play pinball.
* BavarianFireDrill: subverted in the third season episode "Game Plan". Joe pretends to be a hotel maintenance man to get into a room where Frank and the BigBad are talking. Joe puts on a phony redneck accent, pushes right into the room past Frank and shoves his ballcap into Frank's hands, and proceeds to completely confuse TheVillain with pseudo-technical-babble about the AC being on the fritz and takes the thermostat apart with his screwdriver as he does so...until Frank blows it out of the water by showing TheVillain the warning note that was in the ballcap and then pulls a gun on Joe. The federal agents eventually find Joe [[BoundAndGagged tied up and gagged]] in the apartment's closet.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Frank Hardy and Nancy Drew. The first time the Hardys and Nancy Drew met, Nancy throws Frank to the floor. All episodes featuring the trio inevitably have Nancy and Frank getting ''seriously'' on each others' nerves -- until they finally share a kiss in "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom".
-->'''Nancy:''' ARGH!!! Frank Hardy is the most exasperating... annoying... frustrating...
-->'''Bess:''' ...cute.
-->'''Nancy:''' ''NO!'' (pause) Well, maybe a little...
* BeneathSuspicion:
** "Campus Terror": Joe Hardy's old flame Wendy calls the brothers in to help solve a series of kidnappings and disappearances taking place in an East Coast women's college, as she's the next targeted victim. She barely escapes an attack as the Hardys rush in moments after the attacker has fled & both the Hardys & the police treat her as just another victim. While suspicion falls on various men around campus (a young man who's stalking one of the female students, a professor with a history of evil experiments, the school's male self-defense teacher), it turns out that [[spoiler: Wendy herself is the kidnapper, suffering from delusional split-personality episodes. Her "other personality" faked the attack to throw the police off and was staging the attacks in an attempt to get Joe back with her.]]
* BermudaTriangle: The episode "The Mysterious Fate of Flight 608" initially appears to play it straight, but then subverts it. The Hardys board a plane that will be flying over the infamous area; Joe finds out about the flight path from a scared passenger and freaks out, though Frank scoffs at the idea, saying science has debunked the whole thing. But then the plane runs into trouble: a hurricane hits, the pilots collapse, Frank ends up crash-landing the plane into the ocean, and the passengers take refuge on a deserted island, with the scared passenger saying they're now in another dimension and lost for good. Nothing mysterious about it -- [[spoiler: the pilots were drugged by a diamond smuggler, and the island is within spitting-distance of Bermuda, with rescue crews heading their way.]]
* BoundAndGagged:
** "The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom" has an extended sequence of Joe Hardy tied hand and foot and gagged in an abandoned backlot of a movie set. [[{{Fanservice}} Yeah. Exactly.]]
** "Game Plan" in third season also has Joe bound and gagged -- by Frank, no less -- and shoved in a closet.
** "Campus Terror" has Frank finding all the kidnapped women bound & gagged in an unused building of an amusement park. Not that Frank unties them: he leaves them to get themselves free & runs off to find his brother.
* TheButlerDidIt: Played with in "Dangerous Waters" -- the kidnap victim doesn't recognize her mother's supposed "butler" when he greets Frank and Joe at the door, and said butler turns out to not be a butler at all, but [[spoiler: married to a woman pretending to be the victim's mother and the instigator of another plot to get the victim.]]
* CaptainObvious:
** "Voodoo Doll" has one of the cops continually stating what's totally apparent & right in front of the police captain:
--->''(empty coffin has been open the whole time, in full view of the cops have been in crypt, with Hardys standing nearby)''
--->'''Frank:''' You can't rob a grave if there's nothing in it.
--->'''Obvious Cop:''' Coffin's empty, captain.
* CasualDangerDialog
-->''(the Hardys are about to walk into a mausoleum holding god-knows-what)''
-->'''Joe:''' ''(gesturing Frank ahead)'' Well...you're the oldest.
-->'''Frank:''' Yeah, but you're more agile on your feet, and stronger.
-->'''Joe:''' Since ''when?''
-->'''Frank:''' Since right now.

-->''(as the brothers are about to pry open a coffin containing god-knows-what)''
-->'''Joe:''' Open 'er up, Frank.
-->'''Frank:''' ''Somebody's'' got to hold the light...

-->''(spooky cursed house has opened up a door all by itself to let the Hardys in)''
-->'''Frank:''' Well, at least the place is hospitable...
* CatchPhrase: See the page quote. Joe said this sarcastically at every opportunity, usually right before the brothers were about to get in some sort of "trouble" that had unexpected benefits.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** "Acapulco Spies": Joe discovers a technique for planting fingerprints at the scene of the crime. Guess what the Hardys use to trick the BigBad into revealing where Fenton's being held prisoner?
* ChristmasEpisode: The Nancy Drew episode "Will The Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?" See the entry under RealAfterAll for details.
* ConvectionSchmonvection:
** "Mystery of the Flickering Torch" has Frank and Joe trapped inside a small closet while a fire rages outside. They break out and dive through the flames to the outside without breaking a sweat or even a singe to their clothing. They don't even sweat as they're inside that tiny closet, with the flames on the other side!
** "Arson & Old Lace" has Frank, Joe, and Nancy all trying to escape a burning office building. Both Hardys are shown entering rooms with raging flames to rescue people, with no burns, sweat, or other ill effects beyond a bit of smudge and coughing. On top of that, Frank Hardy & Nancy Drew use an elevator shaft to climb to the roof & escape the fire. The room they're in is full of smoke, the shaft is shown to have flames on the floors below, yet neither Frank nor Nancy have any issues breathing nor do they cook alive while climbing this smoking-hot chimney of an elevator.
* CrashCourseLanding: "The Strange Fate of Flight 608" has all three pilots knocked out by some weird drug...leaving Frank and Joe to fly the plane. In a hurricane. In the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Without any radio help, and the one semi-conscious pilot falls asleep mid-instruction. Guess who manages to crash-land in the middle of the ocean? Of course, they do make it to a deserted island and find themselves all alone with an ex-plane full of of young stewardesses, so I guess it wasn't too hard on them.
* CreepyDoll: the episode "House on Possessed Hill" has Joe Hardy walking into a room of a cursed house...with a [[UncannyValley creepy-as-hell animated toy doll nodding its head in time to tinkly music box chimes.]]
* CryingWolf: This happened in "The Flickering Torch Mystery" when the Brothers suspect that their client is going to be killed with a bomb on stage. To prevent that, Frank and Joe storm the stage during the concert and rip up the equipment, but find nothing. After that fiasco, the Hardys have a much harder time convincing anyone of a real murder threat on the client's plane, especially since it was already searched and came up clean. Acting on instinct, the Hardy Boys stop the plane and the plane is discovered to be much more subtly sabotaged: with a special radio designed to interfere with the plane's navigational equipment to make sure it goes off course over water and crash when it runs out of fuel with no land in sight...not to mention a missing technician who discovered the plot and tried to warn of the problem is found tied up in the empty spare fuel tank.
* DamselInDistress: Nancy Drew was reduced to this in second season, once Janet Louise Johnson took over the character, in cross-over episodes with the Hardys. Nancy was constantly being placed in situations that required Frank Hardy to rescue her:
** "Arson & Old Lace": Nancy gets kidnapped (see DistressBall entry below), can't figure out how to escape despite a handy unsecured elevator that goes right into a public lobby, and needs Frank to rescue her.
** "Voodoo Doll": Nancy wanders into TheVillain's lair, gets caught, and needs Frank and Joe to rescue her.
** "Mystery on the Avalanche Express": Nancy gets cornered on a train by two men -- a passenger train, in a hallway where there's plenty other passengers in compartments -- and can't simply push past them until Frank comes to her rescue.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The first two seasons had a very light-hearted, humorous tone. Season Three, though...dear GOD. It not only dropped Nancy Drew completely, but started off by killing Joe's fiancée in a car wreck (complete with Joe weeping over her body) and having Joe go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge in response ("Last Kiss of Summer"). Season Three ditched almost all the light-hearted humor, showed actual dead bodies, and involved more dangerous situations (including references to selling off Joe and a missing woman to white slavers in China -- huhwhat?) and more conflict between the brothers ("Game Plan" had Frank pulling a gun on Joe). The turn confused the show's teen audience, and lost viewers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Frank and Joe continually snark at each other and the villains, but Joe had the majority of the snark -- probably due to Shaun Cassidy taking a hand in rewriting the scripts.
-->''(The brothers have just been tossed in jail for disturbing the peace in a cemetery)''
-->'''Joe:''' How do we do it? How do we keep getting ourselves into these situations?
-->'''Frank:''' It's a gift.

-->''(Joe's getting hit on by a much older woman in a bar)''
-->'''Woman''': So...what's your sign?
-->'''Joe:''' Yield.

-->''(Joe's getting hit on by another woman)''
-->'''Woman''': You've got beautiful eyes, anyone ever told you that?
-->'''Joe:''' Not today.

-->''(The Hardys have just burst in to rescue Nancy Drew; ND's ready to beat the first thing that moves)''
-->'''Joe:''' Hold up, we're the good guys -- ''(points to Frank's face)'' Blue eyes...

-->''(Joe's just found a way to fake evidence.)''
-->'''Frank:''' Joe, we're supposed to solve crimes, not find ways to help perpetuate them.
-->'''Joe:''' Yeah, well, it's been a slow week.

-->''(Joe's trying to talk Frank into investigating a supposedly cursed house.)''
-->'''Joe:''' Frank, you're not scared of going there at night, are you?
-->'''Frank:''' Yeah, that about captures the spirit of it.
-->'''Joe:''' Okay. Okay. I guess I can face the demons of the night alone. See you in the morning.

* DefectorFromCommieLand:
** "Sole Survivor" revolved around East Germans trying to stop the defection of a Chinese scientist, using a MindScrew to get Joe Hardy to spill his guts.
** "Mystery On The Avalanche Express" had a side plot of a ski champion wanting to defect to the West, and dragging Joe into the matter.
** "Defection To Paradise" had the daughter of a top Russian Official being chased down by Russian assassins, and Frank and Joe trying to help her escape.
* TheDeterminator:
** Frank Hardy. Once he latches onto a mystery, absolutely nothing stops him from pursuing it...not his brother Joe, especially not even the supposed victim:
*** "Mystery of the Flying Courier": Frank spots a woman who looks like someone he went to school with (someone who ran away and whom his father, Fenton, could not find). The woman denies being that person several times, tells him to shove off and leave her alone, tells him she neither wants nor needs his help, denies knowing him...and Frank continues to butt into her life and hound her until she finally confesses -- in a police station, in front of the chief -- that yes, she is that girl...and still wants nothing to do with the Hardys, especially Frank. It doesn't matter that she's a legal adult (with a job and is shown as being fully self-supported) and had a good reason to run away (the show implies controlling, abusive parents); Frank is going to hunt her down.
*** "Creatures Who Came On Sunday": Everyone is convinced that the missing man just ditched his girlfriend, even Joe, and offers reasonable, likely explanations for what's happened to the DamselInDistress, Sharon...except Frank, who obsesses on tracking Sharon's boyfriend down despite being warned off by the sheriff, so-called government agents, and even Sharon herself, to the point that Frank's determination is responsible for leading mob killers onto the boyfriend (who is in a witness protection program) and nearly getting himself, Joe, and Sharon killed. Joe has severe doubts and questions Frank's persistence throughout the episode, to the point of dragging Frank away when Frank tries to shout to the missing boyfriend despite being surrounded by armed guards with shoot-to-kill orders.
--->'''Joe:''' No. No, Frank. I'm not going back to that ranger station.
--->'''Frank:''' Look, I want to find out what happened to him. I want to find out what happened to Sharon's boyfriend.
--->'''Joe:''' The answer is not on the top of that mountain. Is the answer on the top of that mountain? You tell me.
** Even Joe becomes TheDeterminator in the episode "Last Kiss of Summer". He's out for revenge, and he will bring Jocko to justice personally, no matter who or what stands in his way. Joe ruins a federal sting operation, endangers a federal operative, and tramples all over his relationship with his father and brother and nearly gets his brother Frank killed as a result. It takes Frank punching him out to bring Joe back to his senses.
* {{Disco}}:
** "Game Plan": 3rd season episode has Frank Hardy meeting the BigBad in an Atlantic City disco, complete with trippy flashing floor lights, disco ball, obnoxious muzak (not even real disco music!), and fashion victims that looked like rejects from Film/SaturdayNightFever.
* DisposableWoman:
** "Last Kiss of Summer": See the entry for StuffedIntoTheFridge below for full description. Jamie is introduced, only to be killed in the first 10 minutes, and is never mentioned in any other episode, despite supposedly being the love of Joe's life.
** "Dangerous Waters": Ria Thomas exists only to be kidnapped by pirates and a pair of greedy treasure hunters, then rescued twice by the Hardy Boys.
** "Arson & Old Lace": Nancy Drew became this. We never see her actually working on the case. She exists only as the pathetic, helpless victim to be rescued by her love interest, Frank Hardy. And after this episode, she disappeared from the series for good, save for a one-line mention in "Campus Terror".
* DistressBall: Nancy Drew. Dear GODS, Nancy Drew in 2nd Season.
** "Arson & Old Lace": Nancy goes off to solve an embezzlement case on her own, without the Hardys, and gets grabbed...then is held captive for six months. By an old man in his 70s. In a penthouse. With a phone and an intercom to a secretary who's not in on the plot. With an elevator that doesn't require any special code to operate, that leads right down to a very public and open office area. No, she's not tied up. She's not held under lock and key. And somehow the elderly gent is able to force her into an elaborate dress and hairstyle, too. She just passively waits for Frank Hardy to rescue her as the building is burning down.
** Ditto "Voodoo Doll". Nancy goes off on her own to investigate TheVillain. Yup, gets caught. Yup, is held captive (again, untied up) with two other women, similarly untied, in an open warehouse with tons of crates. The only door INTO the warehouse area is locked. On Nancy's side of the door. With the hinges on HER side, too. Her one attempt to escape involves her climbing UP crates to go through a window, and is promptly caught. It takes the Hardys breaking into the warehouse through said door before Nancy can escape. *sigh*
* TheDulcineaEffect: the show mostly averted this by having the girls whom the Hardys help be friends from school or former girlfriends instead of complete strangers, but a couple eps stand out:
** "House on Possessed Hill": Joe champions a supposedly psychic girl who's just flagged him down, jumped into his van, and gets him running for his life from a lynch mob...
** "Death Surf" -- this time ''Frank'' falls in love with a girl he's seen for only three or four seconds...and who's supposedly dead for most of the episode.
** Subverted in "The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb", where the brothers are trying to get ''out'' of helping the stranger-girl, but are finally forced into it because the Egyptian police hold their passports. Frank even threatens to kick said girl's teeth in, at one point. Subverted even further when it turns out that the girls don't want the Hardys' help at all, as [[spoiler: they're the ones who set up the initial con & purse-snatching to begin with.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale:
** "Death Surf". An older waitress (Bernie) seriously hits on Joe, despite Joe being visibly and highly uncomfortable with this, and keeps hitting on him even though Joe puts her off several times; though the actor (Shaun Cassidy) is 19 at the time, in the show, Joe is supposed to be underage, which just heightens the creep factor, and Bernie is fully aware of this, making reference at a later point to Joe's "mom" saying it's okay for him to come out and play. The show tops this by having Joe ''going out with Bernie'' at the end of the episode! Gender-flip this -- if it'd been Nancy Drew getting highly unwanted advances from a male waiter, and we'd be rooting for Nancy to deck the guy.
** "Life on the Line". Frank gets unwanted attention and harrassment by a psychotic motorbike racer, who is insanely jealous of Frank protecting one of her fellow racers. The psychotic woman invades Frank's trailer, spies on him as he's changing clothes, and tries to get him drunk, all of which make Frank very, very uncomfortable. But the show '''then''' shows Frank as feeling guilty that he had to turn the woman in for attempting to murder the other racer. Yeah. Right.
* {{Fanservice}}: Too many incidents to count, but hey, we can try:
** "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom" had a [[ModestyTowel half-naked Frank Hardy stepping out of the shower]], Joe [[BoundAndGagged tied up and writhing around]] (see entry below), ''and'' Frank walking in on a topless Nancy Drew. Woohoo!
** Any episode showing the brothers in swim trunks. Like "Wipe Out". Dear GOD, especially "Wipe Out".
** "Death Surf", where Frank spends easily the first 10 minutes of the episode in swim trunks and no shirt.
** "The Mystery Of The Haunted House" showed Frank in a tight white t-shirt and boxer shorts, riding a motorcycle.
** "Sole Survivor": the opening shots had a helpless Joe Hardy lying on a hospital gurney and getting his shirt stripped off.
** "Life on the Line" had Frank stripping his shirt off to show his awesome bare chest.
* FakedRipVanWinkle: "Sole Survivor". Joe Hardy comes to in a hospital and is told that he's been in a coma for over a year due to a bad car accident and that his brother and father are dead. TheVillains are naturally pulling a major MindScrew, faking Joe's coma with drugs and [[spoiler: lying about the deaths, in order to get Joe to spill his guts about a defection attempt.]]
* FlareGun: 3rd season episode "Dangerous Waters" not only has Frank firing a flare gun to signal the rescue boat to come in, but also fires directly at the bad guys with it to drive them off.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: "Mystery on the Avalanche Express". After Nancy Drew's friend excitedly claims that a makeup compact in a stolen travel bag must contain heroin, Frank uses his fingertip to taste the compact's contents.
-->'''Frank:''' You're right. It ''is'' makeup powder.
* HandGagging: "Scorpion's Sting". Going undercover to trap a notorious international kidnapper, Frank ambushes the kidnapper's daughter in her apartment by sneaking up behind her, [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grabbing her arm]] and putting his hand over her mouth to silence her.
* HeroicBSOD: "Last Kiss of Summer". Joe Hardy's fiance is killed in a car wreck; she dies in his arms. Next scene is Joe sitting in a police waiting area, staring into space, fighting not to cry, trying to process what just happened, and not snapping out of it until Frank comes in and very, very gently talks his brother down.
* HollywoodFire:
** "Mystery of the Flickering Torch" has Frank & Joe trapped in a small closet while fire rages outside; the only sign they have that the fire even exists is a bit of smoke under the door. When they finally break out, the fire has completely engulfed the office in lots & lots of flames, though not the closet, and the brothers dive heroically through the now-smokeless fire to the next room...where there's absolutely no sign of any fire at all, save for the firefighters coming into the building.
** "Arson & Old Lace" has an arsonist setting several raging fires in an office building. Massive amounts of flames rage in an empty office, where the arsonist has been knocked out by an explosion. Yet the flames very carefully don't touch her, nor does the massive fire & intense heat interfere with Frank and Joe dragging the woman out of the room. We're also shown many stock footage scenes of fire fighters battling out-of-control fire all over the walls, ceiling, and floor. On top of that, Joe detours to help a young child trapped in an office; flames come roaring in to cover the ceiling and trigger an explosion, yet Joe ducks behind a half-wall and, aside from a bit of soot-smudge, takes no damage from either fire nor explosion.
* HollywoodPsych
** "House on Possessed Hill" features a psychiatrist hypnotizing a young psychic woman so she can wander an old house like she was four years old. Said psychiatrist also hangs out with the patient's mother at their home, in the middle of the night, just because the young woman hasn't come home on time.
** "Campus Terror" is just ''full'' of this, with a multiple personality who is going on a kidnapping spree, but snaps out of it just because Joe yells in her face.
* HollywoodVoodoo: "Voodoo Doll", an episode that has to be seen to be believed:
** An old white English professor is somehow a Voodoo High Priest, with the Haitian (Black) Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protege".
** Tarot cards are called "Voodoo cards" [[spoiler: though their accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out]]. Voodoo-themed Tarot did not exist at that point & no tarot uses the symbology or images shown; modern "Voodoo Tarot" is a CanonImmigrant incorporated from European-based Neo-Paganism.
** Obvious stage magic presented as proof of "Voodoo powers".
** The episode does have one point in its favor, in an small aversion: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead. Point taken away, though: [[ArtisticLicenseReligion Papa Legba is the guardian of the crossroads]], and would hardly be the one invoked for the apparent death curse that the villains are trying to lay on the Hardys.
** TheVillain owns a Voodoo-themed bar called "Club Damballah". Damballah is a Haitian Voodoo loa whose worship strictly forbids the consumption of alcohol.
** Voodoo is presented solely as evil magic, not the path of healing & sincere worship that it is.
** To top everything off, all the Voodoo references in this New-Orleans-based episode are ''Haitian Voodoo''. New Orleans and Haitian Voodoo are two entirely different things. The episode does state that both villains are Haitian Voodoo practitioners, but that doesn't explain their circle of NOLA worshippers, and Haitian-style Voodoo is the only Voodoo presented in the episode.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom". The Hardy Boys see Nancy Drew unsuccessfully trying to talk her way out of trouble at an airport, and go over to help. On the spur of the moment, Joe pretends to be undercover airport security, and the brothers "apprehend" Nancy:
-->'''Nancy:''' ''(to another traveler)'' I'm telling you there was another man here trying to get into your suitcase!
-->'''Frank:''' Excuse me, what seems to be the trouble here?
-->'''Traveler''': ''(suspicious)'' Is she with you?
-->'''Joe''' ''(flipping open his wallet and flashing an ID too quick to see)'': Airport police. Juvenile Division. I thought we told you to never work this airport, Trixie.
-->'''Frank''': We'll take care of this, sir. I'm sorry there's been any inconvenience to you. ''(grabbing Nancy by the shoulder)'' Come with me, thank you very much...
-->'''Traveler''': You're probably all in this together!
* TheInfiltration: "Game Plan", in Season 3, has Frank going deep undercover, joining with a criminal organization and romancing the woman in charge. At one point, Frank seems to have gone totally over and sold out the Feds, to the point of pulling a gun on Joe.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: "Creatures Who Came On Sunday", which aired in ''1978,'' has its whole plot revolve around a secret installation of the Federal Witness Protection Program, where protected folks get plastic surgery to totally change their looks. All the folks in said camp are swathed in bandages ''while playing baseball'' with no apparent pain or lack of agility.
* MomentKiller: "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom" has Frank Hardy and Nancy Drew ''finally'' sharing a kiss and making plans to go see the sights together... only for an [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Younger Brother Detective]] to ruin it:
-->'''Nancy:''' What I'd ''like'' to do is thank you... for saving my life. ''(kisses Frank)''
-->'''Joe:''' ''(butting in out of nowhere)'' Hi there! Where we off to?
* MysteryMagnet: Frank and Joe just can't seem to stay out of trouble. From diamond-laden jade statues landing on them in the middle of the ocean ("Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin") to accidentally renting a hotel room that the villains are trying to use to poison an ambassador ("Voodoo Doll"), no wonder they joined the Justice Department in Season Three -- at least then they're getting ''paid''. Lampshaded in the "Campus Terror" episode:
--->''(The Hardys are discussing why a mysterious kidnapper mentioned them by name, in an area where they don't know anybody)''
--->'''Joe:''' I think I've got it all figured it out.
--->'''Frank:''' You ''do?''
--->'''Joe:''' Trouble follows us wherever we go. New Orleans, Mardi Gras? Trouble. Hawaii, Marianne? Trouble. Los Angeles, burning building? Nearly fatal. And here we are at some college in the middle of the boonies...
* MythologyGag: the show itself gets referenced in the book series:
** "Last Kiss of Summer" gets myth-gagged in spades by the books in the Casefiles debut, "Dead on Target". In "Last Kiss", Joe Hardy's fiance is killed in a car wreck by a drunk driver, and Joe goes on a RoaringRampageofRevenge to bring the killer to justice. In "Dead on Target", they not only kill off Joe Hardy's longtime girlfriend in the series, Iola Morton, but do so in a car...and Joe subsequently goes on a revenge kick to bring down the Assassins who did it.
** "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula" is myth-gagged in the Super Mysteries book series, "Terror on Tour", where Nancy and the Hardys meet at a rock show -- and in the episode, the Hardys and Nancy meet while following a rock tour, and join forces to solve a series of art thefts. This is also the episode that started Frank and Nancy's romance in the show...a relationship that continues through the Super Mysteries series.
** The first season episode "Wipe Out" does this to the books. In the books, Frank is a black belt in karate. In the episode, Frank and Joe are ambushed by a pair of tough hotel thieves; Joe bluffs them by saying that Frank is a "black belt, a master of the martial arts". The thieves believe it and leave, but then we get this exchange:
-->'''Frank:''' What made you think of that black belt business?
-->'''Joe:''' I thought it was a pretty good bluff.
-->'''Frank:''' Some bluff. He would've chewed me up in little pieces.
-->'''Joe:''' It was a chance I had to take...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** "Creatures Who Came on Sunday". [[TheDeterminator Frank Hardy]] is so determined to find out what happened to Sharon's missing boyfriend that he not only ignores three back-off warnings from the local sheriff, [[TheVillain supposed government agents]], and Sharon herself, he then ends up leading mob killers (masquerading as those government agents) onto the boyfriend, who is in the Witness Protection Program and in hiding in a facility up on the mountain. This results in the mob killers taking Frank, Joe, and Sharon hostage, then forcing Joe at gunpoint to lead them back to the facility to point the boyfriend out so they can shoot him.
** "Death Surf". Once more, [[TheDeterminator Frank Hardy]] starts asking questions to find out more about a woman who's been killed in a drowning accident while he was wind-surfing nearby. Granted, he's doing so at the behest of the woman's father, but only to find out what the woman was like. Frank receives two back-off speeches that he's going too far, one from the owner of a bar where the woman worked and the second from ''his brother Joe'', but Frank is so obsessed with finding out about the woman that he not only ignores the warnings and finds the woman is still alive...but has led a criminal who is trying to find her to kill her directly to her. Nice job, hero!
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: "Death Surf". The older waitress Bernie seriously hits on Joe, who is highly uncomfortable and not interested, doing his best to get out of the bar -- but then the trope gets averted at the end, with Joe and Bernie going out on a date. Also see the DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale entry above.
-->'''Joe:''' ''(trying to get information on a missing girl)'' Can I talk to you for a second?
-->'''Bernie:''' Suuuurrre!!! ''(sitting down eagerly)'' You've got beautiful eyes. Has anyone ever told you that?
-->'''Joe:''' ''(uncomfortable)'' Not today.
-->'''Bernie:''' They're kinda melty...so warm and green. You're so nice and handsome...
-->'''Joe:''' ''(seriously at a loss for words, visibly backing away in his chair)'': Ah...
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted for the Hardy Boys in the third season. They become professional Justice Department detectives, with their boss stating, "They've grown up and are ready to take over for us old warhorses."
* ParanormalEpisode:
** "The House On Possessed Hill" deals with a young psychic hunted by her neighbors.
** "Voodoo Doll" presents stage magic as evidence of TheVillain's [[HollywoodVoodoo real supernatural powers]] and is set within the Voodoo-culture of New Orleans.
** A third episode, "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula", zig-zags on this: the supernatural aspect is initially met with skepticism and thought to be due to TheVillain's delusions, and, when shown to be RealAfterAll at the very end, [[RealAfterAll is only seen by Joe Hardy,]] who isn't believed.
* PercussivePickpocket: the episode "Voodoo Doll" has the Hardy Boys wandering the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. As a fortune teller distracts them, the camera focuses on a passing woman moving through the crowd & deliberately bumping into them, lifting both brothers' wallets and walking away. It takes the Hardys a few seconds to realize their wallets are gone, and when they try to chase the woman, she's vanished into a nearby bar, kicking off the plot & getting the Hardys involved in TheVillain's plot against a visiting ambassador.
* PoliceAreUseless: Not ONE episode on the Hardy Boys' side in season one or two had a single case of the cops ever believing what the brothers' said. At least, not at first. Usually, said cops were just as likely to toss the Hardys in jail for disturbing their peace. Eventually averted in the third season when the Hardy brothers become Justice Dept. police detectives themselves.
** Still played mostly straight in Season Three, as the Hardys often took on assignments that the regular Justice Department couldn't figure out. "Last Kiss of Summer" is the best example: the Feds have wasted 7 years trying to bust a pair of robbers and stonewall the Hardys with a lazy, pro-forma explanation of "priorities" when Joe asks why they won't bust one of the robbers for the hit-and-run of his fiance. Naturally, Joe and Frank manage to nail the crooks in just a few days.
** Subverted in Season Three's "Defection to Paradise", with Harry Hammond apparently giving Frank and Joe a stupid-easy assignment to find a missing amplifier and playing up an image of a bumbling, old-fogey Fed who can't manage such a "hip" assignment. Of course, [[spoiler: Harry's really set up the whole thing as a smokescreen to hide the defection of a young Russian woman, and the Hardys are his unwitting fall-guys.]]
** The episode "Creatures who came on Sunday" subverted this by having the sheriff be in on the whole secret operation. He was stonewalling the Hardys with his useless act to ''deliberately'' keep them away from the top secret plot.
** "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin" inverts this: the Hardys find a valuable jade statue that's apparently been dumped in the bay. Rather than turn it in to the police, the brothers investigate it themselves, only for the statue to be stolen from their home. Bayport's police chief promptly chews them out for not turning it in immediately -- the police had already been notified of the statue's disappearance by the FBI, that there was a smuggling ring operating in the area, and who the statue's rightful owner was.
* PrettyBoy: Joe Hardy, aka [[TeenIdol Shaun Cassidy]]. Slender and lean, check. Hair feathered back in '70s style, check. Constantly referred to himself as "the cute one" in-universe, check. Actor was a TeenIdol with a huge, squeeing FanGirl base, triple-check.
-->'''Joe:''' Just because I'm smaller, younger than you are, and more easily intimidated...?
* ReadingLips: In the episode "Silent Scream", a deaf girl finds out about a Las Vegas bomb plot by reading the lips of a man in a phone booth and easily understands Joe by staring into his face as he speaks. Of course, the woman, the Hardys, the villains and the casino owners then spend the rest of the episode passing around the IdiotBall, but no one's perfect.
* RealAfterAll: Poor Joe got the brunt of this.
** "Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula": In the episode, the Hardy Boys suspect a man of being Dracula, but this is apparently dis-proven. At the end, the villain is in handcuffs and standing in front of a mirror, and Joe Hardy notices that the villain has no reflection, while the other characters conveniently not look at the mirror. The villain is taken away by the cops before Joe can get anyone else to notice.
** "House on Possessed Hill": The Hardy Boys have supposedly dis-proven a haunted house. Final scene is the brothers driving by the house in their van; Frank is giving logical common-sense explanations for all the haunted phenomena. Cue Joe looking towards the house just as they drive away, in time to see a ghostly figure walk out of the house...which disappears when Frank stops the van to look.
** "The Creatures Who Came on Sunday" features supposed flying saucers that have abducted a woman's boyfriend. When the villains are caught and it turns out that said saucers are just helicopters and part of a Witness Protection Program, the Hardys are trying to joke with the local sheriff and the Feds about the "aliens", and the officials clam up, with serious we're-not-talking-about-this faces, implying '''heavily''' that yup, guess what...
** "Voodoo Doll" has the main villain use [[HollywoodVoodoo "real" voodoo]] and magic to turn into a snake at the end of the show -- naturally, Joe's the only one who sees it, but still somehow manages to convince the cops that he should be taken seriously.
** Subverted in "Strange Fate of Flight 608". The Hardy Boys are taking a plane home that will be flying directly through the infamous Bermuda Triangle. A new stewardess freaks out over it; naturally, Joe believes in the Triangle and starts to freak as well, while Frank blows it off with his usual "there's scientific explanations" line. Then all the male pilots get sick and fall unconscious, leaving Frank (a private-licensed pilot) to fly the plane through a hurricane, unable to radio-contact any help, and crashing it into the ocean near a deserted island...then it's revealed that nope, nothing to do with the Bermuda Triangle, the pilots were only poisoned by diamond smugglers and the island is within a day's cruise of civilization. Psych!
** Even Nancy Drew had one: "Will The Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up" has Nancy trying to save an old man accused of theft. Said gentleman claims to be Santa Claus and is assumed to not be playing with a full deck, until the very end...
* RedOniBlueOni: Joe is red to Frank's blue. In the first two seasons, the brothers even dressed in those colors.
* {{Revenge}}:
** "Last Kiss of Summer" has Joe Hardy going after the criminals who killed his fiancee' in a drunk-driving accident, stating that he's not going to leave L.A. until he gets them arrested.
** "Search for Atlantis". Despite being told that once they found a missing undercover agent, their job was over, Joe convinces Frank to stay to revenge the agent when said agent is found dead, as the agent had been close to the Hardy family as the boys were growing up and "was a very important part of our lives."
* TheRunaway: "Mystery of the Fallen Angels" referenced the "Circus Runaway" trope. Nancy tries to get a job at a travelling carnival to investigate a lead on a burglary ring. The carnival's owner exasperatedly says that she has to deal with "runaways" asking for work at every town the carnival visits, and tells Nancy to go home and try to work things out with her family instead.
* RunningGag: Just TRY to get Frank to stick around to listen to Joe sing. Go on. I dare you. Joe even taped himself and tried to play the tape for Frank, which only resulted in Frank telling him bluntly to turn it off (and a hotel security officer telling him to shut that noise off, too, for that matter. At least the scriptwriters had a sense of humor about their TeenIdol.)
-->''(Frank and Joe are talking a ragtag group of buskers into letting the brothers travel with them as a cover)''
-->'''Busker''' (aka [[SpecialGuest Bernie Taupin]], pointing at Joe): Either you're really desperate to get into show business, or he must be ''awful''.
* RuthlessModernPirates: Third season episode "Dangerous Waters" features modern day pirates who lure in victims by pretending to be a boat in trouble, then either killing or kidnapping the people who stop to help. The plot kicks off with the Hardys trying to find a woman grabbed by the pirates, as she inadvertently stumbles over evidence of the pirates' identity. The pirates state they not only intend to sell the woman into sex-slavery in China, but will kill Joe, as well.
* ScreamingWoman: "Voodoo Doll" has Nancy Drew. Dear Gods, it has Nancy Drew, who is reduced to screaming endlessly and uselessly...at the sight of a man in an obvious skull mask who is merely standing there. In a brightly lit room.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan:
** Frank Hardy, Manly (Parker Stevenson being the muscled prep-school jock into surfing), aggressive, and likely to get into a fight; at one point, he even threatens to kick someone's teeth in. Younger Brother Joe, Sensitive (Shaun Cassidy, slender teen-idol musician) who tries to avoid trouble at all costs & is more likely to fall for the victim-of-the-week. Though the show occasionally subverted it by having Frank shove Joe out front in dangerous situations. See CasualDangerDialog entry for example.
** Season Three swapped it around 180-degrees. Joe Hardy went from Sensitive Guy to the guy most likely to chase down the villain and get into a fight, with Frank being the one who gains a target's trust, often getting emotionally involved with the target, & is subsequently shown as upset and conflicted over breaking that trust.
* SeventiesHair: For young Gen X'ers first introduced to the Hardy Boys through this show with their long, feathered-back hair, seeing the contemporary covers of the books with them with their short hair was a shock.
* ShirtlessScene: Hoo, brother, where to ''start?''
** "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom": Frank Hardy walks into the room fresh from the shower, clad only in a towel.
** "Life on the Line": Frank strips off his shirt inside his trailer.
** "Sole Survivor": [[PrettyBoy Joe Hardy]] spends most of the episode in a sweat-jacket unzipped halfway down.
** "Wipe Out": for some odd reason, Frank (the so-called surfing champion who spends most of the ep on the surfboard) is always shown with a shirt on, even in the water. But Joe gets a glorious, shirtless, wet-chest scene, shortly after saving Frank from two feet of water.
** "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin": Ditto on the Joe-Hardy-In-Halfway-Zipped-Sweats.
* ShoutOut:
** "House On Possessed Hill", which features a demon-haunted house, uses the house from ''Psycho'', complete with a fast drive-by-glimpse of a boarded-up, one-story building that looks suspiciously like the Bates Motel, and Joe's comment seals it:
--->''(the Hardys are walking up to the house on a stormy night, to investigate the "ghosts")''
--->'''Joe:''' Wonder if Hitchcock's seen this place?
** "Mystery on the Avalanche Express": The title is a shout to Creator/AgathaChristie's "Mystery on the Orient Express", complete with an avalanche threatening the train.
** "Mystery of the Haunted House" (which features the above ''Psycho'' house as the titular haunted house): the "haunted house" is a restaurant...complete with waiters dressed as [[Series/TheMunsters Hermann and Lily Munster.]] And the Hermann Munster also pulls a convincing [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]] imitation, right as the Hardys are entering the restaurant.
* SiblingRivalry: Of the good-natured, teasing variety between Frank and Joe Hardy, though all bets tended to be off when both brothers were interested in the same female...and Frank wasn't above shoving all the heavy physical work off on Joe, either. And don't get Joe started when Nancy Drew and Frank were anywhere in the same room together...
* SocietyMarchesOn: Oh, sooo much. From Frank's condescension towards Nancy Drew in the crossover episodes to the StalkingIsLove attitudes in "Death Surf" and "Oh Say Can You Sing" to the near-total lack of any persons of color (save for "Mystery of the African Safari", which takes place in Africa and "Voodoo Doll", where the only black people in ''New Orleans'' are visitors from Africa or Haiti), the show is a walking time-capsule of TheSeventies in attitudes.
* SpecialGuest: the show is FULL of these:
** "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom", in particular, seemed to be an excuse for Creator/{{ABC}} to work in as many of their B-list stars as possible: [[Series/CharliesAngels Jaclyn Smith]], Creator/CaseyKasem, [[Series/McCloud Dennis Weaver]], and Robert Wagner are just a few, with Casey Kasem acting like [[Series/{{Columbo}} Lieutenant Columbo]], instead of just being himself.
** "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula" not only had Series/BattlestarGalactica1978's Lorne Greene as TheVillain, but Bernie Taupin (Music/EltonJohn's co-writer) and Music/PaulWilliams.
** "Assault on the Tower" had a very cool appearance by Patrick Macnee, recreating his [[Series/TheAvengers John Steed]] role to help Joe rescue his father and brother.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/{{Nelvana}} (yep, the animation studio) attempted their own separate TV adaptations of ''The Hardy Boys'' and ''Nancy Drew'' in 1995; both shows ran in syndication as an hour-long block and crossed over with each other at least once. This attempt was cancelled after half a season thanks to poor timeslots in syndication.
* StalkingIsLove: "Oh Say Can You Sing" has the female lead singer of a rock band being stalked by her ex-husband and has a court order of protection against him -- the Hardys initially think the man is out to hurt the woman, but when he says "I'm her husband" and ''admits'' to having the restraining order, the Hardys still treat him as an okay guy and immediately take him off their suspect list, believing his explanation of following her around because he still loves her.
* StockFootage: The show used stock footage to open many episodes to establish locale, but there were also many painfully obvious uses:
** "The Strange Fate of Flight 608": stock footage is clearly used to show the evacuation of the jet after it crashes into the ocean. What makes it really painful? In the episode, the male pilots have all been poisoned and knocked out; the Hardy Boys are the only conscious males on board. Yet the stock footage clearly shows wide-awake male pilots helping passengers crawl out over the wing to the waiting rafts.
** "The Disappearing Floor" uses obvious stock footage of a wolf charging to "attack" the Hardy brothers.
** "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin" also uses stock footage to show a boat explosion in Bayport's harbor...a different make and style of boat, which despite the episode showing it docked, is out at sea in the footage.
** "Voodoo Doll" fairs better, using stock footage to show New Orleans on Bourbon Street to open the episode...though the subsequent sets in the episode didn't even try to look like the French Quarter.
** "Mystery of Witches Hollow" also uses painfully obvious stock footage of a panther charging in a field...to show a panther attacking Callie, who's in heavy forest, at night.
** "Mystery of the Flickering Torch" also doubles as a ShoutOut: the opening shots of ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' which show Station 51 pulling out are used for Bayport's fire fighters, who arrive to put out the arson that has the Hardys trapped.
** Throughout the Hardy Boys side of the series, the same 1st-season footage of the brothers' van driving along a back road is used in many episodes, no matter what the actual locale. Shots of the Hardy home were also used for other characters' houses, as well.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: "Last Kiss of Summer". We're introduced to Jamie, the love of Joe's life, the woman he's willing to marry & throw over his entire life and career for -- a woman that we haven't met before nor has there been any reference to her throughout the entire series to this point -- and 10 minutes into the episode, right after the wedding rehearsal where we're shown Joe & Jamie pledging the vows, Jamie's killed by a random drunk driver, as Joe is driving, followed by Joe weeping over her bloody body in the car. Jamie only existed to die and to fuel Joe's RoaringRampageOfRevenge for the rest of the episode.
* TechnoBabble: "Search for Atlantis" has a really painful example, when the Hardys are introduced to university archeologists on a dig to find Atlantis. At one point, the site manager asks Frank and Joe how much they know about archeology. Frank starts off innocently enough with a reference to "Petrie's system of excavation", a reference to William Petrie, who set exacting standards for archeological work in the 1900s, but has no specific system attached to his name. Then Frank goes on to babble about the lack of "pulse induction readings" and "flux gates", with the site manager commenting that the "volcanic activity" in the area has ruled them out. Considering that "pulse induction" is a metal detector and a "flux gate" a magnetometer (used to measure magnetism on objects), nothing volcanic would prevent the use of that equipment. The site manager also babbles about "plate activity" jumbling the readings...which wouldn't stop any decent archeological team, who would know how to read soil & rock levels. About the only thing Frank gets right is a reference to "Fiorelli's technique", used at Pompeii to make molds of corpses under the volcanic rock.
* TeenIdol: ''The'' gold standard of teen idols back in the '70s, Shaun Cassidy dominated the covers of all teen magazines at the time & had a massive following of teenage girls. Not only did this show launch his career in the US, but he also used it as a vehicle to promote his musical career.
* TelevisionGeography:
** The episode "Voodoo Doll" is just ''painful''. Despite having a stock footage opening shot of the real Bourbon Street in New Orleans during Mardi Gras...the Hollywood backlot not only didn't bother to make buildings that looked like New Orleans, but the ep also refers to addresses that don't exist and has the Hardys wandering through a wide, spacious, bury-them-below-ground cemetery...never mind that cemeteries in NOLA in the Quarter are all bury-them-above-ground due to the high water table and jammed-packed. And we won't go into the total lack of any believable accents (What are LAPD doing in NOLA?) and black people in general.
** "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" has the hills of southern California substituting for the "mountains" of New Mexico. Um...
** "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula" shows the correct stock footage shots of Dracula's Castle (there's actually several, but they use Poenari Castle in Romania)...but then show people driving cars right up to the castle entrance for a major rock festival. In reality, the castle is only accessible by climbing a long, narrow, zig-zaggy staircase up the wooded mountain.
** "Mystery of the African Safari" has Kenya, Africa looking amazingly like the San Diego Zoo; the episode was shot in the zoo, uses the zoo's boat ride, and even uses stock footage of the monkey exhibit as "wild monkeys".
* ThreateningShark: "Last Kiss of Summer" has one of the bad guys trying to kill off Frank Hardy by taking him surfing at a university breeding area for great whites.
* ThrillerOnTheExpress: "Mystery on the Avalanche Express". ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* {{Uberwald}}: "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula" had the plucky detectives going into Transylvania for a Halloween music festival cue the old spooky castle and villagers who still wear medieval peasant folk costumes who give the warnings about the vampire in the castle...
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Frank Hardy and Nancy Drew, in all the eps that featured all three detectives. The show's take on this predates all the current books.
%%* VirtualRealityInterrogation: "Sole Survivor". See entry for YouWakeUpInARoom below. (do not uncomment this entry until more context is added)

* WhatTheHellHero:
** "Last Kiss of Summer": After blowing an undercover federal agent's cover, not only wrecking the government's operation, but putting that agent at risk, since the [[BigBad Big Bads]] are stated to be ruthless killers, Joe gets three of these: one from the federal agent himself (who runs Joe off the road to deliver it), the second from his brother Frank, and the third from his dad, Fenton.
** "Game Plan": Deep undercover, Frank has apparently fallen in love with the woman behind a securities scheme and tips the woman off to an impending federal raid after Joe goes in to warn Frank to get out. Frank pulls a gun on Joe, apparently severing ties with the feds, resulting in Joe delivering this.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim:
** "Voodoo Doll": even though the [[BigBad Big Bads]] have already killed several people who've gotten in the way, they tread very lightly with the Hardy Boys. The villains lure the brothers to a [[HollywoodVoodoo fake Voodoo ceremony]] and chloroform them, yet the Hardys only wake up the next morning in coffins next to the bayou. Untouched, unhurt, and definitely un-dead (though confused and freaked-out). Y'know, Mr. Villains, coffins work so much better if the heroes are '''dead''' when you put them in.
* WitnessProtection: "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" revolves around a secret installation of the Federal Witness Protection Program, where protected folks get [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery]] to totally change their looks. The Hardys and the suspicious girlfriend of one of the witnesses soon blow all that out of the water, endangering quite a few people, and barely get off with a lecture at the end -- though in the course of the episode, the Hardys get ''three'' "back-off" speeches, ''including one from TheVillain trying to track a witness down.''
* YouWakeUpInARoom: "Sole Survivor", where Joe wakes up in a hospital room with no clue where he is or how he got there, only to be told that he's not only been in a coma for a year, but that his father and brother are dead. [[FakedRipVanWinkle Cue fake newspapers, fake newscasts, and forged letters from all his surviving relatives and friends.]] Of course, [[spoiler: Frank and Fenton are very much alive, and the whole thing is a MindScrew to get Joe to reveal information on a defection attempt.]]