A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
You won't find any curriculum or thoughtful lessons here, but it's very entertaining.
The gang values teamwork. perseverance and friendship, and Scooby and Shaggy usually manage to overcome their fears and stand up to the bad guys.
Positive Role Models
The members of the Scooby gang all have their flaws, but they work well togther as a team when it counts. Resourceful, smart Velma is a good role model for girls. Some now-dated ethnic stereotyping.
Violence & Scariness
Ghosts, mummies, and other supernatural baddies are often believed to be the villains -- which could spook very young or sensitive kids. There are plenty of chase scenes, but no violent acts are ever shown, only suggested (and usually they're not real).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is an innocent animated classic that doesn't offer much in the way of controversy. Although kids (and parents!) of all ages are guaranteed to find this series entertaining, younger children might lose interest after awhile because the segments in each episode tend to be longer than those in contemporary cartoons. Some sensitive kids might find the show's mysteries and spooky villains a bit scary -- until they learn that all of the ghosts and beasties are fakes.
Is It Any Good?
This is a smart, funny, adventurous series that will always be a classic. Some younger kids might not have the attention span to follow the story from start to finish. But Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a great pick for kids in elementary school who want to feel older by watching a program about teenagers.
Well-rounded humor is by far the show's best quality: There's a laugh for everyone, and kids will love how Scooby always runs away from trouble. What's more, the questionable boy-girl behavior often seen in other shows (especially when the characters are teens) doesn't exist in Scooby-Doo. It's implied that Daphne and Freddy are boyfriend and girlfriend, but beyond the occasional tilt of the head or hand on the shoulder, there's nothing sexual or even remotely romantic about their behavior. Overall, interaction between the sexes is strictly platonic.
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