Hardy Boys, The
Canadian author Leslie McFarlane, under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon, wrote 60 books about two teenaged brother crime stoppers, Joe and Frank, a high school junior and senior who find answers to problems which trouble themselves and their peers. The exploits of Joe and Frank became so popular that The Hardy Boys mysteries were instrumental in getting millions of young North Americans hooked on reading.
In this updated live-action version, the brothers are older: Joe (played by Paul Popowich) studied criminology, while Frank (Colin Gray) was a newspaper reporter. Together they tackled problems of modern times, such as drugs, violence, homelessness, disease, the environment, national and international politics, sex and the media. The Hardy Boys ran alternate weeks with Nancy Drew.
Production Company: Nelvana Limited (Toronto), in association with the Global Television Network
Executive Producers: Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert
Producer: John Ryan
Running time: 30 minutes
Written by Joanne Ingrassia - June, 2002