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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
The first-season opening title from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Format Animated Series, Mystery, Comedy
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Iwao Takamoto
Fred Silverman
Voices of Don Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Indira Stefanianna Christopherson
Heather North
Theme music composer David Mook
Ben Raleigh
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 25
Running time 21 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original run September 13, 1969 – October 31, 1970
Followed by The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–1973)
External links
Official website

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. It premiered on September 13, 1969 at 10:30 a.m. EST and ran for two seasons on CBS as a half-hour long show. Twenty-five episodes were produced (seventeen in 1969-70 and eight more in 1970-71).



Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was the result of CBS and Hanna-Barbera's plans to create a non-violent Saturday morning program which would appease the parent watch groups that had protested the superhero-based programs of the mid-1960s. Originally titled Mysteries Five, and later Who's S-S-Scared?, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! underwent a number of changes from script to screen (the most notable of which was the downplaying of the musical group angle borrowed from The Archie Show). However, the basic concept—four teenagers (Freddie, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy) and a large goofy Great Dane dog (Scooby-Doo) solving supernatural-related mysteries—was always in place.

Scooby-Doo creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears served as the story supervisors on the series. Ruby, Spears, and Bill Lutz wrote all of the scripts for the seventeen first-season Scooby episodes, while Ruby, Spears, Lutz, Larz Bourne, and Tom Dagenais wrote the eight second-season episodes. The plot varied little from episode to episode. The main concept was as follows:

  1. The Mystery, Inc. gang turn up in the Mystery Machine, en route to or returning from a regular teenage function–a dance, a rock festival, etc., when their van develops engine trouble or breaks down for any of a variety of reasons (overheating, flat tire, etc.), in the immediate vicinity of a large, mostly-vacated property (ski lodge, hotel, factory, mansion etc).
  2. Their (unintended) destination turns out to be suffering from a "monster" problem (ghosts, Frankenstein, Yeti, etc.). The kids volunteer to investigate the case.
  3. The gang splits up to cover more ground, with Fred and Velma finding clues, Daphne finding danger, and Shaggy and Scooby finding food, fun, and the ghost/monster, who gives chase. Scooby and Shaggy in particular love to eat, including dog treats referred to as "Scooby Snacks" which are a favorite of both the dog and the teenage boy.
  4. Eventually, enough clues are found to convince the gang that the ghost/monster is a fake, and a trap is set to capture it.
  5. The trap may or may not work (more often than not, Scooby-Doo falls into the trap and they accidentally catch the monster another way, usually if the plan is explained in detail before attempted execution it fails). Invariably, the ghost/monster is apprehended and unmasked. The person in the ghost or monster suit turns out to be an apparently blameless authority figure or otherwise innocuous local who is using the disguise to cover up something akin to a real-estate scam (involving an attempt to buy the property at significantly reduced price–due to the "haunting" or "monster" depressing the market value of the property).
  6. After giving the parting shot of "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids" (sometimes adding "...and your stupid dog!"), the offender is then taken away to jail, and the gang is allowed to continue on their way to their destination.


Scooby-Doo features an emphasis placed on verbal rather than visual storytelling, and the work of the voice artists was particularly important. Don Messick, the voice of Astro the dog, Dr. Benton Quest, and Boo-Boo Bear—among others—provided the raspy, mumbling voice of Scooby-Doo. Radio dee jay Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy, young actor Frank Welker voiced Fred (which began Welker's long career in voice work), and actress Nicole Jaffe voiced Velma. Indira Stefanianna Christopherson voiced Daphne during the first season, and moved to New York City to marry and start a family before production began on the second season. As a result, Nicole Jaffe's roommate, Heather North, took over the role of Daphne.

Frank Welker and Nicole Jaffe also appeared together in the 1969 Elvis Presley film The Trouble with Girls.

The second season featured "chase scene" songs produced by La La Productions (which had originally been contracted to create the music for Josie and the Pussycats, the first of many shows made from the same mold as Scooby-Doo). These songs were written by Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts, and were performed by Roberts, who also made a new recording of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! theme song for the second season.

The first two episodes of the series ("What a Night for a Knight" and "A Clue for Scooby-Doo") both use unique title cards. Standardized title cards (featuring the oft-used run cycles for the Mystery, Inc. gang) are used for the other twenty-three episodes. Episodes from both seasons contained a laugh track, which was standard practice for American cartoon series during the 1960s and 1970s (a laugh track was even used in the main titles for "A Clue for Scooby-Doo"). It was removed for syndication in the 1980s. Not long after the Turner networks (TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network (United States)) began airing the show in 1994, the laugh track was reinstated in 1998.

Release and reception

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was a breakaway hit for Hanna-Barbera and CBS, who quickly introduced similar cartoons to accompany Scooby-Doo: Josie and the Pussycats, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Funky Phantom, Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and Fangface.

In 2005, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! came 49th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Cartoons[1], and was, more recently, voted the 8th greatest Kid's TV Show by viewers of the same channel.[2] As of April 2009, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! reruns are airing on the Boomerang channel.

DVD release

All 25 episodes were released on DVD in March 2004 by Warner Home Video as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete First and Second Seasons. A DVD entitled Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Third Season was released on April 10, 2007, made up of episodes produced in 1978, added to the Scooby's All-Stars package, and later syndicated as part of The Scooby-Doo Show. WHV announced the release of another DVD compilation, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Volume 1: A Monster Catch, boasting the first four episodes of the series remastered, on January 27, 2009.[3] Soon, more DVD compilations were released.


What a Night for a Knight (1969)

The team find that Professor Hyde White has disappeared, and the Black Knight has kidnapped him.

Hassle in the Castle (1969)

Scooby and the gang investigate a haunted isle where a Phantom lives. Professor Hyde White has disappeared, and the Black Knight has kidnapped him.

A Clue for Scooby Doo (1969)

Scooby and the gang find a mysterious diver.

Mine Your Own Business (1969)

Decoy for a Dognapper (1969)

What the Hex Going On? (1969)

Never Ape an Ape Man (1969)

Foul Play in Funland (1969)

The Backstage Rage (1969)

The gang investigate a puppet maker, who is responsible for evil incidents.

Bedlam in the Big Top (1969)

The Ghost clown has done very nasty things and he sends Scooby in a trance! Will the gang be able to stop him before it's too late?

A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts (1969)

Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too (1969)

The trouble starts when the 3000 year-old mummy of Anchor is replaced by an evil man who intends to get a coin key off Shaggy to steal a valuable diamond.

Which Witch Is Which? (1969)

A witch and zombie want to scare people away to find sackfuls of money.

Go Away Ghost Ship (1969)

A man hijacks his own boat to fool people it's a ghost ship and he steals many treasures.

Spooky Space Kook (1969)

A massive blue ghost who leaves eerie footprints freaks out the gang.

A Night of Fright Is No Delight (1970)

A phantom shadow kidnaps his own 'friends'.

That Snow Ghost (1970)

A snow ghost and his friend steal precious things.

Nowhere to Hyde (1970)

Mr. Hyde has an identical ghost, only it's not really a ghost, but a mad scientist who wants to steal valuable jewellery.

Mystery Mask Mix-Up (1970)

An evil person sends 2 zombies to steal a masks.

Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright (1970)

Jeepers, It's the Creeper (1970)

Haunted House Hang-Up (1970)

A Tiki Scare Is No Fair (1970)

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf? (1970)

Don't Fool with a Phantom (1970)

A wax phantom performs evil things.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!–The Complete First and Second Season 25 March 16, 2004
  • 2 featurettes
  • Music videos
  • DVD challenge

Airing history

Production credits

  • Produced and Directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
  • Associate Producer: Lew Marshall
  • Story: Ken Spears, Joe Ruby, Bill Lutz
  • Story Direction: Howard Swift
  • Voices: Nicole Jaffe, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Vic Perrin, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Jean Vander Pyl, Frank Welker, Stefanianna Christopherson
  • Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
  • Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
  • Layout: Bob Singer, Alvaro Arce, Mike Arens, Rick Gonzales, Paul Gruwell, Alex Ignatiev, Bill Lignante
  • Animation: Bill Keil, George Rowley, Oliver E. Callahan, Rudy Cataldi, Zdenko Gasparovic, Bob Goe, Hicks Lokey, Ed Love, Bill Nunes, Joan Orbison, Jay Sarbry, Ken Southworth, Lloyd Vaughan
  • Background Styling: Walt Peregoy
  • Backgrounds: Ron Dias, Daniela Bielecka, Gary Niblett, Rolly Oliva
  • Title Design: Bill Perez
  • Titles: Robert Schaefer
  • Music Director: Ted Nichols
  • Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
  • Ink & Paint Supervisor: Roberta Greutert
  • Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson
  • Film Editing: Gregory V. Watson, Jr., Ted Baker, Chip Varas
  • Camera: Dick Blundell, George Epperson, Charles Flekal, Bill Kotler, Cliff Shirpser, Roy Wade
    • A Hanna-Barbera Production
    • © 1969 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

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