Written By: Armani Johnson
There’s nothing that makes you want to be a kid again more, than being an adult. Thinking back, being a kid was great, and the greatest part of it was probably my mornings and nights being filled with various Scooby-Doo television series. Nothing beat having a bowl of cereal, sitting in pajamas, and mindlessly staring at a television screen for hours. This Throwback Thursday I will be paying homage to the G.O.A.T. of children’s television shows.
You know a show is great when there are board games, novels, video games, comic books, computer games, and tons of movies dedicated to it. Since 1969 Scooby-Doo has been entertaining us, bringing a little mystery to our lives, the lives of our parents, and for some of you, even your grandparents. With being said, its important to note which Scooby-Doo we have all grown up with because not all shows were created equal. For me, my childhood consisted mostly of reruns of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo watched before school (in addition to Baby Looney Tunes) and What’s New Scooby Doo as a I got a little older. I remember watching the original series as a kid, and other series as I got older but some were definitely better than the others.
Of the 12 different television series under the Scooby-Doo franchise, the last of which still airing new episodes, the best series had one of the highest episode count, clearly showing its superiority. Here’s how I would rank the 12 series, and what I miss most about each of them.
#1 What’s New Scooby-Doo (2002-2006): The theme song
#2 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988-1991): Freddie always wrongly accusing Red Herring as the bad guy/kid
#3 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969-1978): A tie between the opening and watching Daphne “disappear” in the most outlandish ways
#4 The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-1973): Seeing characters like Batman and the Adam’s family
#5 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985): The focus on Scooby and Shaggy solving the problem (that they caused)
#6 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013): The background plot or mystery was amazing, probably the most amazing of the entire franchise
#7 The Scooby-Doo Show (1976-1978): The Dynomutt segments
#8 Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (2006-2008): Surprisingly enough, the animation
#9 and #10 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979-1980 & 1980-1982): The introduction of Scrappy-Doo to the franchise
#11 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (1983-1984): Daphne finally coming back
#12 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo (2015-present): Its impossible to miss something that is still going on, and honestly the animation makes me a little sad, but when it ends I will probably miss something about it.
I won’t go into detailed rankings of everything in the franchise because that is simply too much, but I do suggest revisiting your childhood (whenever that was), putting on your comfiest pajamas, grabbing some cereal, and just binge watching some form of Scooby-Doo.