The Nancy Drew series on Hulu has very little to do with the Nancy Drew books I read as a little girl. The mysteries are there, but this series is so much better because it has modernized the stories. The Nancy Drew books were written in the 30s and rewritten in the late 50s, so they’ve been through iterations. Each time this happens things are better, I think, because the rewrites make the characters stronger and help to repair the implicit racism.

Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Leah Lewis as George and Tunji Kasim as Nick
Pictured (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Leah Lewis as George and Tunji Kasim as Nick — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — (C) 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

I have to say that I have been joying the series. I love the paranormal twists because that’s totally my thing, but it is the social justice storylines that keep me coming back. I appreciate the storylines about how crimes against black women are under-reported and under-investigated. I appreciate that they have multiple LGBTQ characters. It means something to me when I see that writers are inclusive. And it has been this way since the beginning of the series.

So many superficial shows are out there right now. They are predictable and hold little value, but they are popular because they are “mainstream comfortable.”

It’s time to make sure more programs shake people up. I applaud the CW writers and I applaud Hulu for streaming the series.

I hope the series stay on-air. Viewers need more Nancy Drew.