Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 39 reviews

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Educational Value

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Just "zoinks."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 5-year-old Written bymamawannaknow April 9, 2010
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.... Continue reading
Parent Written byJ J. January 18, 2018

It's awesome as long as your kid can handle the monsters.

I waited a long time (age 6) to allow my daughter to watch this series. She is mildly sensitive to scary stuff and I thought this would be too much until then.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe Liberator August 16, 2009

Why does Common sense think this is 5+ ?

This is a nice very simple and age appropriate for just about anyone tv series (although some people think that the fake monsters are scary they are actually no... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 5, 2020

Scooby-Doo is a very good cartoon!!!!

One of the best classic cartoons of all time

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about problem-solving techniques in . 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?

  • How do the characters in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! demonstrate perseverance and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

TV details

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For kids who love mild spooky stuff

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