Nancy Drew: Mystery of the Fallen Angels

Nancy Drew 1My wife and I recently watched an episode of the old Nancy Drew television show on Netflix. (It left Netflix at the end of last month.)

We chose the episode (1977’s “Mystery of the Fallen Angels”) basically at random and loved the fact that it featured a number of stars who would go on to greater acclaim later in their careers.


A Martinez, who’s probably best known for his work on Longmire and the soap opera Santa Barbara.

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Robert Englund, who’s definitely best known as Freddie Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies (but has also done a lot of other work).

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And Jamie Lee Curtis, who went on to fame in films like Halloween, Trading Places, True Lies, and The Tailor of Panama.

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3 Netflix Recommendations

Here’s a quick look at a movie and two television shows Beth and I watched on Netflix (and enjoyed!) recently.

Swerve, an Australian crime film:

Halt and Catch Fire, an AMC show about creating computers in the early to mid 1980s.

The Lava Field, a show about an apparent suicide in Iceland. (Although the only trailer I could find is subtitled in Dutch, the U.S. Netflix version is subtitled in English. Also, it looks like this is called The Cliff in some places — and the four episodes currently on Netflix appear to be season two, although they tell a self-contained story.)

Sherlock Season 2 Starts Sunday

Season 2 of the BBC-produced Sherlock opens Sunday night on PBS here in the States, and the only thing I’m not looking forward to is the fact that there are only three new episodes. (The too-short-season was also true the first time around.) Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as the title character, a modern version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. As Dr. Watson, Martin Freeman is the perfect sidekick.

I can’t give Sherlock a higher recommendation. Beth and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment in the first season, and ever since it ended we’ve been looking forward to season 2.

More about the series, including a terrific batch of video previews (two of which are embedded below), is available on the PBS Sherlock webpage.