“Scooby Doo, where are you?”
Scooby Doo is one of the most popular dogs of all time—animated or otherwise! The popularity of Scooby Doo can be traced back to the 1960s; since his first TV series debut in 1969, Scooby Doo has remained a mainstay on the television screens of children everywhere. When most people think of Scooby Doo, they probabl y think of the classic, iconic original series—but did you know that that Scooby Doo has had numerous television series throughout the years? The following is a quick, easy to understand guide to the TV incarnations of Scooby Doo from the 1960s to 1980.
Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
The original Scooby Doo television series came in the form of Scooby-Doo, Where are You! This CBS-owned show ran from 1969 to 1975. Every episode ran with more or less the same formula–the “Mystery Gang” encountered some kind of supernatural creature, investigated, split up and got into shenanigans, and eventually solves the mystery which would have remained a mystery… if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids!
The Scooby-Doo Show
The shrot-lived Scooby-Doo Show ran from 1976 to 1977, for 16 episodes, as part of the “Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour.” It more or less followed the same format of the original Scooby Doo, although Nicole Jaffe, who had retired from voice acting in 1973, did not return as the voice of Velma.
Scooby’s All-Star Laff-a-Lympics
In 1977-1978 a new Scooby Doo show–Scooby’s All-Star Laff-a-Lympics–premired as part of a two hour animated programming block on ABC. This new show featured 45 different popular hanna-Barbera characters competing in Olympic events; essentially, it was an animated version of Battle of the Network Stars.
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
In 1979-1980, the Scooby Doo Show was retitled Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo; the new half-hour show featured the new character of Scrappy Doo, who was introduced in order to boost declining ratings. Although Scrappy is not quite so fondly remembered, his introduction was a major success for the franchise.
The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo
The show was once more renovated in 1980, this time removing Velma, Daphne and Fred and instead focusing on the comedy adventures of Shaggy, Scrappy and Scooby. This show was the greatest departure from the original, as it mostly scrapped the “mystery solving” aspect for wacky antics, jokes and puns.