Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Common Sense Media says

Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

You won't find any curriculum or thoughtful lessons here, but it's very entertaining.

Positive messages

The gang values teamwork 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).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Just "zoinks."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this innocent animated classic 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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! originally aired from 1969-1972 and has been on TV virtually non-stop ever since, entertaining generations of kid fans. The series follows the adventures of teen mystery solvers Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem), Daphne (Stefanianna Christopherson and later Heather North), Freddy (Frank Welker), Velma (Nicole Jaffe), and, of course, Shaggy's dog Scooby-Doo (Don Messick). Whether it's tracking down a missing museum curator or catching a dog-napper, the team always gets to the bottom of things.

Is it any good?

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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 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about problem-solving techniques. How can kids apply the characters' ideas and solutions to their own lives, at home and at school? How do Scooby and his friends use clues to solve a problem?

  • Why is it important to stick together in strange places? What would you

  • do if you stumbled upon a mystery? Would you try to solve it yourself?

TV details

Cast:Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Frank Welker
Network:Boomerang
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byfierce_mink_2000 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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My kid loves Scooby Doo!

My only real problem (and it isn't enough to make my son stop watching) is a fairly high level of sexism in the shows. For example, Fred is constantly giving Daphne grief for being "danger-prone Daphne" whenever she falls into some trap. But he falls into traps as often as she does, and no one says a word to him about it. I know this is pretty much a reflection of the general attitude from the 70's, but if you watch more modern shows, there are more strong and stronger female parts. Even the more recent Scooby shows have less verbal sexism and Daphne and Velma stronger. Otherwise, we love the show. My kid likes more involved plots and he loves spooky stuff, but I refuse to let him watch most of the stuff he would prefer because of violence or bad social situations like drunkenness or smoking. Scooby fits the bill perfectly.
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bymamawannaknow April 9, 2010
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5
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I just, like, wish Shaggy, like, didn't have to, like, say, "like" all the time... Because now my 5 year old is, like, saying that all the time. Definitely too much for my 3 year old though he tries to convince me otherwise! I do think it provides positive examples of facing one's fears and challenging authority in useful ways.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bytvzillia March 12, 2013
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2
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one classic was the start of many movies and shows

i have only seen this show a few times, but I have seen alot of the scooby doo movies and shows after this but considering scooby-doo it's pretty good

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