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Mystery Girls - S01E05


Holly’s high-school principal Mr. Frost hires the Mystery Girls to make sure he does not become the target of the senior prank before he retires. When the detectives go undercover at West Beverly in order to stop the culprit, Holly realizes this job is her chance to have the normal high school experience she never had but always wanted. Desperate to fit in, Holly becomes obsessed with being popular and momentarily forgets about their case while Charlie takes her role as a gym teacher a little too seriously.

Episode Title: High School Mystery
Airs: 2014-07-23 at 08:30 pm
  • Mary McNamara

    We have a hollow, laugh-enhanced comedy in which the biggest draw is Tori Spelling proving she will do anything to remain on television.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Ultimately, the show is a silly, flimsy, and occasionally fun summer diversion for Spelling-Garth fans. Everyone else can pass on solving this Mystery.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    A few more stabs at 1990s pop culture would go a long way in making this better.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Mystery Girls has some fun with viewer knowledge of rumors of disharmony on the “90210” set (yes, Shannen Doherty gets a shout-out) even if it all plays to cat-fighting women stereotype. Spelling comes off both worse (she’s mistaken for a prostitute twice in the first 10 minutes) and funnier (she gets the best lines; Ms. Garth plays the straight woman).

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The show (co-created by Spelling) is standard-issue cable sitcom, with acting that's too broad (Garth is the exception here) and a laugh track that's loud and awkward.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tim Stack

    There is some joy in seeing Spelling and Garth together again, and in some decent bitchy lines (Garth to Spelling: "I see you're still using more makeup than a geisha"). But the only mystery worth investigating is why the series isn't better.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Mystery Girls is silly, tongue-in-cheek fun where we’re all in on the gag. How long it can be sustained is the question. But for now, at the very least, it’s a much better look for Tori Spelling.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Genevieve Valentine

    Most of the show’s meta so far is an expected but amusing sketch of celebrity has-been-ism.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Spelling and Garth were and are [a real team]. Mystery Girls is silly, with broad humor, but the nostalgic appeal of these two broads being back together is no mystery.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The pilot is itself uneven, with the go-for-bonkers impudence of a live-action "Family Guy." But without it, Mystery Girls might be just another ABC Family-com for viewers who have aged out of Disney Channel and silly situations with sentimental topping for studio audience uproar.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The writing is mostly painfully unfunny.

    The New York Times Full Review