Parents' Guide to

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo

By Audrey Shapiro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Meet the pre-Mystery Machine Scooby gang.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

Great show

My kids love it! It is an amazing adaptaion it’s not as good as scooby doo where are you but it’s less racist and so much better than the modern day ones. It is a little creepy and it’s good for kids.
age 18+

Please don't let your children watch this show.

On this show Freddy is rude, Daphne is a snob and Velma does not talk. None of this was the case on any of the other Scooby-Doo shows, where all the characters respected one another. Not only is A PUP NAMED SCOOBY-DOO an insult to the other Scooby-Doo shows, it is also the exact opposite of POPEYE AND SON (which, sad to say, got cancelled after only 1 year).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Arguably more irreverent than the original, this Scooby iteration gives the gang similar (if slightly exaggerated) roles as in the original, wrapped up in a comfortable, predictable formula meant to engage young viewers. Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem) and his beloved talking pup, Scooby-Doo (Don Messick, in his final performance as Scooby), are still easily frightened when they stumble upon the mystery, crime, or key clues. Freddy (Carl Stevens) tries to solve the mysteries and provides comic relief by always being wrong and always accusing Red Herring (Scott Menville), his nemesis (and a character unique to this series), of being the villain. Daphne (Kellie Martin) is the spoiled rich girl with a butler to bail her out of sticky situations, while Velma (Christine Lange), bookish and quiet, is the brains behind the entire operation and speaks only when she finds a clue and then solves the mystery.

As a tribute to the original series, about midway through each episode, a rock 'n' roll chase scene stops the action. The characters run and dance to music while being chased by the villain or monster. Young kids will appreciate a break in the story and might enjoy dancing and wiggling to the catchy tunes. If cartoons are the junk food of children's television, Scooby-Doo (in all its iterations) is the hot dog. Classic American fare, it's comfortable for parents who grew up consuming it -- harmless fun without much nutritional value.

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