ABC Family's Mystery Girls: Will You Remain On the Case?

Mystery Girls Series Premiere

ABC Family’s new comedy Mystery Girls, which premiered Wednesday, is almost too meta to handle.

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Former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling play two washed-up ’90s TV actresses, best remembered for their roles on a cheesy action show called Mystery Girls. But while Garth’s Charlie has acclimated to life out of the spotlight — she’s literally living in Borington with a hunky husband and a teenage daughter — Spelling’s Holly is desperately clinging to what remains of her fame.

The two are reluctantly reunited when a Mystery Girls superfan (Law & Order: SVU‘s Miguel Pinzon) witnesses a real-life crime and refuses to give his statement to anyone other than the stars of his favorite show. This minor taste of the action is enough to thrust Charlie and Holly back into the crime-solving game — but for real, this time.

On Wednesday’s outing, originally intended as the series’ third episode, rumors of Holly’s untimely demise inspire the Girls to stage a fake funeral in order to catch a man peddling a supposed sex tape of the “deceased.” What could possibly go wrong? (Everything, obviously.)

Ultimately, the Girls discover that it’s not even Holly on the tape at all, but rather her uptight co-star! Needless to say, that’s all the ladies at the next Borington High School PTA meeting will be talking about.

Obviously, this show is ridiculous, but everyone — including Garth and Spelling — is aware of that, which is what makes Mystery Girls work. Though a few background characters feel superfluous, nearly everything about ABC Family’s new comedy screams “guilty pleasure.”

(Like, really guilty.)

So the question is: Will you remain hot on the Mystery Girls‘ trail, or is are you already to close this case for good? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with your review of the premiere.

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49 Comments
  1. amyche8 says:

    Are the episodes being aired out of order or did I miss an episode??? The one is about holly dying!!! And they are already P.I.s

    • ... says:

      Yeah, the actual pilot is supposed to air July 16th.

    • Angel says:

      ABC Family announced the pilot episode won’t air until July 16. It sounds like TVLine recapped a screener they had and not the actual episode that aired, which was the second of the series.

    • Nicole says:

      I honestly don’t know how Tori’s acting was so good on True Tori but on this show just awful. Ugh poor Jenny Garth relying on Tori to bring back her career.

  2. Kim says:

    I just watched it. I thought it was funny. I’ll keep watching.

  3. E. D. says:

    So painful, embarrassed for everyone involved… but that sums up live action programming on ABC Family, they’d be better of simply re-running Pixar movies all the time.

    • KevinK says:

      Painful and embarrassed ..perfect words. I watched because I like Jennie Garth but I don’t know if I can even watch again for her.

      • Saabgirlatx says:

        Agree-recorded it and deleted it about 7 min in. Kind if wish they’d started with the pilot. I may have watched the whole show. Fail.

    • Liz says:

      Switched at Birth and The Fosters are two of the most compelling, well written and nuanced tv dramas on tv right now. And they belong to ABC Family. So I wouldn’t throw all their shows into the same basket. Though their comedies all tend to feel very Disney.

      • Amanda says:

        A show about a sex tape is not Disney. They need to change the name of this network. Many of the programs are not family friendly.

        • Brandy says:

          The word Family must stay in the name network as stated in a contract

        • Kristoffer says:

          There are many – many – networks that would have to change their name if their shows are supposed to relate to the channel name…. The Learning Channel, Discovery, The History Channel, A&E, etc.

  4. Jay says:

    Cute show with appealing stars. I’ll be watching

  5. Linda says:

    No, I probably won’t continue to watch.

    And why the heck would they not show the pilot first?

    • Joey says:

      That usually indicates the pilot was incredibly weak and something that would turn away viewers. When networks don’t air the pilot first, they usually just make it disappear, or if the show already seems doomed they’ll air it later on, in the hopes that the episodes that air first manage to grab an audience.

  6. Jared says:

    Terrible episode to start the series but ill atleast give it another try because I like Jennie and Tori.

  7. Adam says:

    I loved it because it made me laughed alot plus I love Jennie and Tori.

  8. Andy Swift says:

    Attention all: The recap has been updated with the correct episode. Now, let’s talk about the show. Do you love it? Hate it? Hate how much you love it? Go on, comment away!

  9. Brenjes says:

    I liked the show it was funny enough but I don’t know if I can handle Tori every week. She just looks off to me. I will give this show a chance but it will definitely be a multitasker show, i.e. Playing on my iPad and listening to the show.

  10. Karen says:

    If I hadn’t read somewhere about them being former TV investigators I wouldn’t have understood that part. They never established that and after reading this I understand why. You can’t start in the middle and not let people know who is who. the show was terrible and showing it out of order is only going to make people not go back for the next episode.

  11. Et al. says:

    ABC Family must want this show dead for airing the 3rd episode first. They didn’t explain the premise at all. Most viewers will probably be turned off by that random launch. I think Tori will be out of work again soon. I guess Dean will have to “hook up” with “Emily Goodmouth” (or whatever they named her) once more.

  12. Mark says:

    I wanted to like it. I might give it another week, but I might not. That was just painful. Jennie was okay, but Tori was over acting something awful and most of the lines fell flat. The idea should have been so much funnier.

  13. MP says:

    I watched this show mostly for nostalgia, since I grew up with the original 90210. I don’t think I’ll be watching another episode, it was just not good. I enjoyed Young and Hungry much more than I thought I would.

  14. DavidSask says:

    This was so shockingly bad, how did it get green-lit even for ABC Family a new low! Their scary faces hurt my eyeballs and the gay guy makes my ears bleed! Trainweck of the year award for TV!

  15. scorpo says:

    Why are they being aired out of order? I didn’t understand the concept until I read this article. I was so lost watching it.

  16. pamela says:

    didn’t like it but i like jennie and tori so i will give it another few episodes.

  17. christopher bee says:

    Terrible staging, likeable Actors, not so much their chliche characters. Won´t watch again.

  18. Leah says:

    why oh why did they are this out of order!!?? No wonder I was lost! I thought to myself, this feels like an episode from the middle of the season, turns out I was right. How stupid of abc family

  19. Amanda says:

    PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW!!! So that Tori Spelling isn’t forced to pimp her family problems on a reality show for money!!!! That was too painful to watch….

  20. JC says:

    Premiering this episode first made it feel disjointed. They would mention things like the show they were supposed to be on like we were already supposed to know about it since it wasn’t meant to be the first episode. This is probably not a good sign that ABC Family didn’t think the pilot was strong enough to air first. Jennie Garth is definitely the saving grace of the show. Tori and the guy playing their assistant person are both a little over the top.

  21. Alex M. says:

    Ya know, I don’t hate it. Garth and Spelling are just too cute together, even after all these years! But it was an extremely manic episode. They really need to take everyone down a notch or five, especially that guy (I assume he’s their assistant?). His opening dialogue where he just screamed for three minutes actually gave me a headache. Mystery Girls definitely has potential!

  22. Mel says:

    “Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling play two washed-up ’90s TV actresses…”

    Not much of an acting stretch for them, I see.

  23. Kay says:

    Since this aired first, does that mean they thought this was stronger than the first two episodes? Because that concerns me.

  24. Regina says:

    I don’t understand why any network would think that it’s a good idea to not air the pilot first or air any episodes out of order for that matter. It doesn’t make any sense! Has any show actually succeeded that’s done that? You think ABC would’ve learned their lesson with Happy Endings. I think I’ll wait to watch this until the pilot airs.

  25. Ruth says:

    It would be so much better if it wasn’t filmed in front of a live audience! Ugh!

  26. Stephanie says:

    Love love this show I am so happy to see these girls back together :) awesome show! Good job

  27. Jill Stewart says:

    I get this isn’t supposed to be the next “Big Bang Theory” but really? I’m a fan of both of these women, but Tori needs to go back to Dean (or not) and work on her home improvement projects. Kudos to Jennie Garth who manages to rise about this drivel. She should definitely be scouting for a better show.

  28. liane says:

    Really like Jennie & Tori,
    hoped I’d like the show too but probably wont watch again.

  29. HBH says:

    I wanted to watch it for Garth but I couldn’t take Tori’s acting. It was too much and annoying for me. The first like 10 minutes I watched wasn’t even funny enough for me to continue.

  30. Everton says:

    I really liked the episode, even not being the pilot. I can’t wait to watch it.

  31. DJ says:

    starting with the third episode! what a huge load of BS.

  32. Emily says:

    I feel like I might have liked this show, if I had a clue what was going on. No point in continuing watching it. They way they are airing it just shows that they don’t care and know they aren’t going to keep it.

  33. christina says:

    Seriously disappointed. Jeannie Garth as always funny Tori Spelling horrible actress her character is so annoying it is difficult to watch. I would rather watch re runs of 90210

  34. MK says:

    Probably one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen. The fact that they put the episodes out of order is retarded. I thought I missed an episode. There’s no flow to this show, which I hate. Also, Tori Spelling’s character is so annoying. They try to hard for her to be funny. It’s just embarrassing. First episode I watched I got bored 5 minutes into the show. This show can’t keep me interested at all.

  35. YourKidsAreSmarterThanYouThink97' says:

    Spelling’s character to me, is a complete miss. Quite frankly, I think ABC Family is definitely above the stereotypical and materialistic blonde who’s only goals are popularity and men. For a 40+ year old woman Spelling does not need to be playing the preppy little high school girl. I’m 16 and I don’t know anyone who acts like that ..

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