The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo is a youth-oriented action mystery television series that ran on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 1998. A total of 41 episodes of 30 minutes each were produced. Episodes were taped at the now defunct Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
The series revolves around the adventures of a young teenage girl who lives with her innkeeper grandfather and works as a non-sworn intern at the local police department where she helps out with odds and ends around the office. Occasionally an intriguing case comes to Shelby's attention, prompting her to apply her unique insight and enlist the help of her friends to solve it. Her supervisors, however, do not appreciate her help, as she is only a teenager. Her grandfather also does not want her getting involved in cases, often reminding her, "We are not detectives with warrant badges, we are innkeepers with brooms." Many of the stories, with three clear suspects, keep the audience guessing until the truth is ultimately explained.
The show is set in the cities of Cocoa Beach, Florida (Season 1-3) and Boston, Massachusetts (Season 4).
- Irene Ng - Shelby Woo; Main protagonist of the show who solves mysteries and an overachiever. She lives in Florida in Seasons 1-3 and moved to Boston with her grandfather in Season 4. Despite Woo being portrayed as a teenager, Ng was 24 years old by the end of the series.
- Pat Morita - Mike 'Grandpa' Woo; Shelby's grandfather.
- Adam Busch - Noah Allen; Shelby's best friend and sidekick. Wasn't seen in Season 4 due to Shelby moving to Boston with her grandpa. He was replaced by Vince Rosania.
- Preslaysa Edwards - Cindy Ornette; Another one of Shelby's best friends. Wasn't seen in Season 4 due to Shelby moving to Boston with her grandpa. She was replaced by Angie Burns.
- Ellen David - Detective Sharon Delancey; Works at Boston Detective Agencies who replaced Detective Hineline.
- Steve Purnick - Detective Whit Hineline; Works at Florida Detective Agencies. Replaced by Detective Sharon Delancey in Season 4.
- Eleanor Noble - Angie Burns; Shelby's new friend from Boston who replaces Cindy.
- Marianne Stanicheva - Agent Koznetova
- Noah Klar - Vince Rosania; Shelby's new friend from Boston who replaces Noah.
- → Main article: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo episode list
- Nickelodeon (original run, March 16, 1996-October 25, 1998; reruns, October 26, 1998-July 15, 2001)
- The N/TeenNick (2002-2003, 2011)
Nickelodeon released fifteen chapter books spun off from the series, written by a variety of writers such as Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games trilogy.
|A Slash in the Night||Alan Goodman||July 1, 1997|
|Takeout Stakeout||Diana G. Gallagher||July 1, 1997|
|Hot Rock||John Peel||September 1, 1997|
|Rock 'n' Roll Robbery||Lydia C. Marano and David Cody Weiss||November 1, 1997|
|Cut and Run||Diana G. Gallagher||March 1, 1998|
|House Arrest||Lydia C. Marano||May 1, 1998|
|Comic Book Criminal||Cathy West||July 1, 1998|
|Frame-Up||Brad and Barbara Strickland||September 1, 1998|
|History Mystery||October 1, 1998|
|High Wire||Cathy West and Jim Durk||December 1, 1998|
|Fire Proof||Suzanne Collins||February 1, 1999|
|The Green Monster||Jamie Ponti||April 1, 1999|
|Friends in Need||Jamie Ponti||August 1, 1999|
|Man Overboard||Brad Strickland||October 1, 1999|
|Ski-Slope Sabotage||Vicki Berger Erwin||October 1, 1999|
A manufacture-on-demand DVD set of the complete series was made available on November 24, 2014.
|1992-1994||Clarissa Explains It All • Roundhouse • The Ren & Stimpy Show • Are You Afraid of the Dark?|
|1994-1996||The Secret World of Alex Mack • All That • Space Cases • Kenan and Kel• The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo • KaBlam!|
|1997-1999||Rugrats • The Journey of Allen Strange • Animorphs • Cousin Skeeter|
|1999-2002||SpongeBob SquarePants • The Amanda Show • 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd • The Nick Cannon Show • Taina|