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I first discovered this show back in the early `90s when TNT had a
time slot, with the creation of Cartoon Network this is no longer the
Scooby-Doo, Where are You! premiered on CBS in 1969 and in my opinion it is the best. Hanna-Barbera really out did themselves with this series. What I find fascinating about this show is that when you're a kid the show is basically about four friends and there dog solving spooky mysteries.
You have the leader, Fred, the danger prone Daphne, the brains of the group Velma, and the two scary cats Scooby and Shaggy. Most of the shows humor comes from Shaggy and Scooby escaping the ghost, zombie, etc. that's chasing them.
However, once you grow up this is an entirely different show. What the show is really about is four hippies and there talking dog (?) solving mysteries. We have Fred and Daphne the lovers of the group (or Free Love as hippies call it.) When Fred tells the group to split up he usually goes off with Daphne and we never see what they're up to (The S-E-X!) Then you have Velma, the lesbian. Sometimes she goes with Fred and Daphne (maybe to observe?) but she usually ends up with Shaggy and Scooby and serves as the straight person in there comic duo. Finally, there's Shaggy and Scooby. Shaggy is obviously the biggest stoner in the group and the only one who has "real" in-depth conversations with Scooby.
Now the biggest question one can ask when watching this show is: Are they really solving mysteries or is it all an illusion?!
Some people would ask if this show saved the Scooby-Doo franchise. The answer is no! Sure this show is cute and marks the end of the Dark Ages. The problem with the show is that it's too childish. The first three Scooby-Doo shows were the type of programming kids and adults could laugh at for two different reasons. This show is mainly for kids. While this show is a turning point it's not what ultimately led to Scooby's comeback.
This is the first Scooby-Doo series since "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and
the show before it, it's Scrappy Free! That's the highlight of the new
However, I neither like or hate this new show. What disappoints me is that
the humor that the first three shows had is missing. In addition to the
action/adventure that the recent animated films had is also no where to be
found. The show has the potential to be better, but for the 9th Scooby-Doo
television series it's actually pretty entertaining.
The series currently is doing great in the ratings and that's a good thing since the live-action film was such a piece of garbage. We wouldn't want Scooby-Doo to make another comeback!
After three horrible shows (Or the Dark Ages as I call it) Hanna-Barbera
attempted to rescue the series from ultimate destruction. The first
being this show FAILED.
I will agree that the premise for this show is great! It adds a sense of action and adventure that would later save the franchise. This show unlike it's predecessor relies more on adventure and spookiness then on humor. This time the ghosts are real!
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (Or the new Scooby and Scappy Show?) reintroduced the character of Daphne. This time Daphne had a new `80s look to her and no longer was danger prone (something else that would later save the series.) The addition of Vincent Price was very effective and added to the new mood Hanna-Barber wanted.
But with some many positive elements how did the show fail? Two names come up to mind: Scrappy-Doo and Flim Flam. If these two characters would not have been on the show it would have survived.
Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, and Vincent alongside this new premise would have made for a terrific comeback. To bad Scrappy and Flim Flam had to ruin everything.
Intelligently enough the producers of the show returned Scooby-Doo to his roots and had him solving mysteries. Where they flawed was in not bringing back the gang and getting rid of Scrappy. The mystery and villains are the lamest in the entire franchise and in my opinion an unnecessary show.
After the series was brutally murdered with the introduction of Scooby's
nephew Scrappy they actually continued to make shows and began to make
This show deliberately began what I like to call "The Dark Ages of Scooby-Doo"
This is the show that finally killed the Scooby-Doo series. I'll be
and say that I enjoyed the first season of the show. For one thing the
addition of Scrappy was something new and fresh to the series and it was
funny when Scrappy would say "da, da, da, daa, PUPPY POWER!" and run of
fight the villain. Forcing Scooby to go save him. The show was doing good
with the gang still solving mysteries and all. The show had some major
in it's first season with the hidden jokes out the window and the
being the worst in the series. Still I guess the familiarity with the
characters made the show watchable and a bit enjoyable.
Then the unthinkable happened! The gang suddenly disappeared, there were no more solving mysteries and it was just Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy (The Three "S") just wandering around. That's when everything went downhill. The show became extremely lame and unwatchable, above all Scrappy became the certain of attention. Thus making him the most annoying character ever to be conceived.
He worked in the first season because like Scooby-Dum in The Scooby-Doo show he wasn't the focus but once Scrappy became the focus the series came to a sudden end.
The third installment in the series returned to the premise of the
show and improved with it's villains like in the case of Jaguaroo but
it improved on one aspect it declined on another. Like the show before it
the hidden jokes were toned down. However, still managed to be
What is sad and best remembered about this show is that it's the last good Scooby-Doo series before the infamous Scrappy makes his big debut.
The second installment in the Scooby-Doo franchise is a bit weaker then
predecessor but being that this is an hour show with hilarious guest
like Don Knotts and the Harlem Globetrotters it makes up for a lot of
The only let down this show had was that the hidden jokes were toned down to accommodate for the guest stars.
What went through the heads of Executive Producer Peter Engel and director
Don Barnhart when they conceived this concept. After the success of the
original show there were a string of imitators and this show seems to be
of them. It is like a self-parody with a cast who's chemistry are no where
near the excellence of the original. And why is Screech an assistant
What a sad show this was!
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