The CW was certainly onto something with Riverdale. The series took classic Archie comics characters and twisted them into sexy, dark counterparts. It was so successful that a darker take on Nancy Drew soon followed. And now, Hulu is getting in on the action with a fresh new take on The Hardy Boys. It doesn’t look quite as twisted as those aforementioned CW titles, but it’s easy to clock the similarities. This is another new spin on a classic kids series. Check out the trailer below.
The Hardy Boys were created by Edward Stratemeyer in 1926, with the first three books in the series released in 1927—each written by ghostwriters. The stories follow Frank and Joe Hardy, a pair of brothers who are also amateur sleuths. The books were so popular that they actually inspired Nancy Drew, a female counterpart. They continue in different iterations and reboots to this day.
In the new Hardy Boys TV series, Rohan Campbell and Alexander Elliot play Frank and Joe, respectively. The 16 and 12-year-old brothers move from the big city to their parents home of Bridgeport for the summer. But they soon learn things in Bridgeport are not as they appear, and that their parents may be involved in a conspiracy. Their father, detective Fenton Hardy (James Tupper) is working on a secret investigation, and everyone in the town is a suspect.
“The Hardy Boys is a mix of a bunch of different genres,” Alexander Elliot told People in an exclusive interview. “But the main aspect of the show is a classic whodunit, so just when you think you’ve got it figured out, there’s a twist. There’s also a lot of comedy and action, but at times it can get dark and dramatic. So it’s pretty much a blend of everything you would want in one show.”
The Hardy Boys premieres on Hulu on December 4.
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