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The Scooby-Doo Show
Premiere September 13, 1969
Finale November 30, 1985
Creator Joe Ruby & Ken Spears
Network/Provider CBS (season 1-4)
ABC (season 5-14)
Style 30-minute (season 1-2 & 5-7, 10-14)
60-minute (season 3-4, 7-8)
animated comedy
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Seasons 14
Episodes 177 + 5 telefilms
Origin USA

The Scooby-Doo Show (over the course of its run also airing as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and from time to time as the anchor segments in larger program blocks, including The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics, Scooby's All-Stars, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, and The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour) is a long running Saturday morning cartoon show, airing on CBS for seven seasons (3 of which did not include any new episodes) and on ABC for another ten seasons.

During the 1980s ABC aired repacked episodes of the show, using several different titles: Scooby-Doo Classics (1981), The Best of Scooby-Doo (1983-1984), Scary Scooby Funnies (1984-1985) and Scooby's Mystery Funhouse (1985-1986).

The show had its first spinoff series in 1976: Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and then in 1988-1991, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo aired. Additionally, Scooby also appeared as a main character in Laff-a-Lympics. Beginning in 1998, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation revived the franchise with movies and specials, as well as new series What's New Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? , Velma, and the forthcoming Go-Go Mystery Machine.



The show originally centers around four teenagers, unofficially called "Mystery Inc.", whose hobby was mystery solving. The basic premise remained unchanged through the many series of the franchise: Criminal activities were covered up as faux supernatural events with red herrings and clues leading up to the eventual denoument. The kids were patterned after the characters of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Fred Jones is the stocky, straight-laced member; Daphne Blake, beautiful but accident-prone red-head; Velma Dinkley, the pudgy, bespectacled brains of the outfit; Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, the pencil-thin chow hound; and the star of the show, the gangly, bow-legged Great Dane Scooby Doo.

Kids immediately embraced Scooby because he's been funny to them, and he's true to himself—a craven coward, and he's not afraid to admit it, although he's been known to set his cowardice aside for the common good, or at least a Scooby Snack.

The show's very beginnings had creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears (who did double duty as story writers for The Perils of Penelope Pitstop) harkening back to old radio shows like I Love A Mystery and Hardy Boys novels. Under the original designs, the kids were nothing like what they became, and the dog was originally meant to be a sheepdog named Too Much. However, The Archie Show (also on CBS) already had a sheepdog named Hot Dog, so taking a cue from a Hanna-Barbera staffer who raised Great Danes as a hobby, the dog was turned into a Great Dane. This presented a secondary problem: The comics section of the newspaper had a Great Dane named Marmaduke. H-B character designer Iwao Takamoto gave this TV dog a bulging chin, a slanted back, and bow legs. He still didn't have a name, as the kids were the stars. The show had Mysteries Five (the five being the kids, who were originally named Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda and W.W.) and Who's Scared? as working titles, but CBS rejected the presentation art as too scary. They had to have a show for the cornerstone 10:30 a.m. spot. Otherwise, the schedule would have fallen apart.

Fred Silverman, head of CBS daytime and children's programming, was on a flight to New York when he heard Frank Sinatra singing "Strangers In The Night" on his in-flight radio. The ending tag, "Scooby-dooby-doo", caught his fancy. Once in New York, Silverman called Joe Barbera and told him to give the show a comedy slant, make the dog the star and call him Scooby-Doo. The rest is cartoon history.

The show originally aired as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! for two seasons from September 13, 1969 to October 31, 1970, when it was replaced by reruns during the following two years. Then, on September 9, 1972, new episodes returned, now in a 1 hour telefilms format, The New Scooby-Doo Movies. The show lasted another two seasons, before the production was halted once again, and the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! returned to the CBS schedule, where they remained until the Summer of 1976; it ended in August 1976, as the network replaced it with Clue Club, a Scooby clone that they hoped would be as successful.

Thus: in the Fall of 1976, Scooby-Doo moved to ABC, where it initially anchored the 1-hour programming block The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. The following years new episodes kept being produced, each season paired with new shows. In September 1979, the series was back on its own feet, new called Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, due to the addition of Scooby's nephew. The following year, Daphne, Velma and Fred, disappeared from the show, which also went back to lead one hour blocks for another three years.

For the last three years of the series, 1983-1985, the series was once again on its own, albeit under slightly different names each season. Daphne returned full time, while Fred and Velma made only occasional guest appearance during the 1984 episodes. For the final season, the show was titled The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and featured an ongoing story arch, as well as new characters Vincent Van Ghoul (inspired and voiced by Vincent Price), Flim Flam, Weerd, and Bogel. The final episode aired on November 30, 1985.


Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Don Messick Scooby-Doo * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Scrappy-Doo * * * * * *
Yabba-Doo *
Mumsy-Doo o o o
Dada-Doo o o o
Casey Kasem Norville "Shaggy" Rogers * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake *
Heather North * * * * * * * * * *
Frank Welker Fred Jones * * * * * * * * o
Deputy Dusty *
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley * * * *
Patricia Stevens * * * *
Marla Frumkin * o
Lennie Weinrib Scrappy-Doo *
Vincent Price Vincent Van Ghoul *
Susan Blu Flim-Flam *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Daws Butler Scooby-Dum * *
Arte Johnson Weerd *
Howard Morris Bogel *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! September 13, 1969 January 17, 1970 17
Season Two: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! September 12, 1970 October 31, 1970 8
Season Three: The New Scooby-Doo Movies September 9, 1972 December 30, 1972 16
Season Four: The New Scooby-Doo Movies September 8, 1973 October 27, 1973 8
Season Five: anchor of Dynomutt Hour September 11, 1976 December 18, 1976 16
Season Six: anchor of Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics September 10, 1977 October 22, 1977 8
Season Seven: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!/anchor of Scooby's All-Stars September 9, 1978 December 23, 1978 16
Season Eight: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo September 22, 1979 January 5, 1980 16
Season Nine: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo anchor of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show November 9, 1980 January 31, 1981 13
Season Ten: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo anchor of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show September 19, 1981 October 31, 1981 7
Season Eleven: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo anchor of Puppy Hour September 25, 1982 January 15, 1983 13
Season Twelve: The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show September 10, 1983 December 17, 1983 13
Season Thirteen: The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries September 8, 1984 December 2, 1984 13
Season Fourteen: The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo September 7, 1985 December 7, 1985 13


Title Network Airdate
Scooby Goes Hollywood ABC December 23, 1979
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers Syndication November 1, 1987
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Syndication February 1, 1988
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf Syndication November 1, 1988
Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights TBS September 3, 1994


DVD Releases


Title Release Discs
Multiple Season Sets  (Region A)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: The Complete Series: Limited Edition
Seasons One, Two and Six
September 3, 2019 purchase 4
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection
Seasons Three and Four (missing one episode)
June 4, 2019 purchase 2


Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons
Seasons One and Two
March 16, 2004 purchase 4
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series
Season Five
March 7, 2006 purchase 4
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: The Complete Third Season
Season Seven
April 10, 2007 purchase 2
Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo! The Complete Season 1
Season Eight
April 28, 2015 2
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series
Season Fourteen
June 29, 2010 purchase 2
Partial Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Most of Seasons Three and Four
March 22, 2005 purchase 4
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show: Volume One
First half of Season Nine
May 20, 2008 purchase 2
Multiple Season Sets  (Region 1)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: The Complete Series
Seasons One, Two and Six
November 9, 2010 purchase 8
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: Scooby-Doo's Original Mysteries March 14, 2000 1
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers June 4, 2002 1
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: Scooby-Doo's Greatest Mysteries May 6, 2003 1
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: Volume 1: A Monster Catch January 27, 2009 purchase 1
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: Volume 2: Bump in the Night May 5, 2009 purchase 1
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You: Volume 3: Hello Mummy September 1, 2009 purchase 1
Scooby-Doo Meets Batman / Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters August 11, 2009 purchase 1
Individual Episodes  (Region 1)
Scooby-Doo Meets Batman August 20, 2002 1
Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters May 6, 2003 1
Made-for-TV Movies  (Region 1)
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf March 5, 2002 1
Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood June 4, 2002 1
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School June 4, 2002 1
Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights May 6, 2003 1
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers June 1, 2004 1
Episode Collections - Various Series  (Region 1)
Cartoon Crack-ups July 3, 2001 1
Scooby-Doo's Spookiest Tales August 21, 2001 1
Scooby-Doo! Winter Wonderdog October 8, 2002 1
1970s Volume 1 May 26, 2009 purchase 2

External Links

The Scooby-Doo Franchise
Primary series

Original series (1969-1985) • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988-1991) • Specials & Movies (1998-present) • What's New Scooby-Doo? (2002-2006) • Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (2006-2008) • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013) • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015-2018) • Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (2019-2021) • Velma (2023-present) • Scooby-Doo! and the Mystery Pups (2024) •

Spinnoff series and guest appearances

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder (1976-1977) • Laff-a-Lympics (1977-1978) • Johnny Bravo - Bravo Dooby-Doo (1997) • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases! (2011)

Package shows

The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976) • Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics (1977) • Scooby's All-Stars (1978) • The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show (1980-1981) • The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour (1982-1983)