Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Update of classic mystery show is targeted more at tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 52 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show aims to entertain more than to educate, but there are some take-aways about friendship, teamwork, and being true to yourself.

Positive Messages

The teens use good teamwork and critical-thinking skills to follow clues to their eventual conclusion. Overcoming fears is another common theme, as Shaggy and Scooby learn to face down monsters rather than running from them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The friends demonstrate good problem-solving and teamwork skills, and they’re as devoted to solving their own problems (relationship woes and family struggles, for instance) as they are to solving mysteries. Still, despite their good intentions, the teens do engage in some iffy behavior in the name of sleuthing. They often skip school, steal evidence, and mislead their parents in order to solve a mystery. The teens’ parents make appearances in some stories and often encourage their kids to find more “worthwhile” hobbies than solving mysteries.

Violence & Scariness

Monsters of all shapes and sizes haunt the teens’ town, but they’re always revealed to be phonies.

Sexy Stuff

Budding relationships between Daphne and Fred and Shaggy and Velma make for some longing looks and flirting. In both cases, the girls take the lead, making references to their feelings for the guys and even leaning in for unexpected kisses.


No cursing, but some name-calling, like “idiot” and “stupid.”


The series is tied to a long-lived line of other TV series, movies, toys, games, and other merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this updated take on the classic mystery cartoon has some obvious changes that make it more relevant to today's tween audiences (as well as all the faux ghosts and monsters you'd expect from a Scooby series). The teen gumshoes now have parents, they go to school (although they do skip out when a mystery is looming), and they wrestle with “normal” troubles like disagreements among friends. What’s more, developing love interests are forefront to the storyline, with Daphne and Velma taking the lead in their attempts to woo Fred and Shaggy. Bottom line? The Scooby Gang's sleuthing is still fun for kids, but the show’s modern feel makes it more targeted at tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byWalt L January 13, 2015

A great new take on a classic.

They're never going to remake the original show so they did the smart thing and went in a different direction. The animation style takes a few episodes to... Continue reading
Adult Written byll2 September 30, 2010

More appropriate for Tweens, younger kids could be upset

I'm disappointed that this show, because it's "Scooby Doo," gives the wrong impression that it's okay for younger children to watch it.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDisneyFan-Reliable April 25, 2015

Awesome New Take On SCOOBY DOO- Why are there haters?

I get that this show isn't exactly age appropriate for the little ones, it would probably be to scary. This take is WAY more relatable for this generation... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byScoobyfan June 2, 2011

Not for babies, but for everyone else

FINALLY!! A decent Scooby Doo reboot! After that god-awful "Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get a Clue" we return to normality with a great reboot of the origi... Continue reading

What's the story?

SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED follows the famous gang of teen gumshoes and their not-so-fearless canine companion on mysterious new adventures. Fred (voiced by Frank Welker), Daphne (Grey DeLisle), Velma (Mindy Cohn), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and, of course, Scooby (Welker again) live in Crystal Cove, a quaint little town renowned for its history of spooky happenings. The town’s reputation makes it a tourist trap for curious travelers, and the Crystal Cove folks get mighty upset when the talented young sleuths cut into tourism profits by revealing the very ordinary explanations for the town's unusual goings-on.

Is it any good?

It’s tough to tweak a beloved classic without annoying longtime fans, and Mystery Incorporated has enough alterations that adults who cut their teeth on the original Scooby adventures may find it tough to love. The teens have parents now, they stay within their town’s limits (no more long drives on damp, dark nights), and the pieces are falling into place for their romantic relationships -- all of which eats away at the intrigue of the “free spirit” existence that surrounded them in the franchise's early days. Now with school, family drama, and relationship woes, the gang comes across as less edgy and (dare we say it?) a little dull.

But it’s obvious that this new series isn’t out to win over middle-aged Scooby fans, and the good news is that the same changes that might grate on grown-ups will appeal to modern tweens. The existence of parents and school scenarios makes the characters more relevant to today’s kids, and they'll relate to the gang’s issues with relationships and other struggles. The show’s focus is still on fun, but the modern content does tout some feel-good messages about teamwork, communication, and friendship.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving problems. Who do you turn to when you need help? How do you face your problems? Did the characters’ actions give you any ideas you can use in your own life?

  • Tweens: What fears do you have a hard time facing? Have you ever overcome an intense fear? How does it feel? How do our fears change as we get older?

  • How does this series compare to the original show? What changes did you notice in the characters? Why do you think those changes were made?

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For kids who love gentle scares

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