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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!



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

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

Just "zoinks."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Premiere date:September 13, 1969
Cast:Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Frank Welker
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Character strengths:Perseverance, Teamwork
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 4 and 8 year old Written bykaloren November 12, 2009

Great way to have a laugh and relax after the stress of a day at school

Although it may be too scary for some kids, my kids are loving watching an old childhood favorite. I love that there is no sexual content and it still seems grown up to my 8-year-old. Plus, I think she is figuring out how to battle her own nightmare monsters after just afew episodes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Parent of a 12 year old Written bySuperadult8181 September 16, 2009
Very scary, even for my 12 year old (some episodes). we only watch them during the day, but it is good fun and we love watching classics
What other families should know
Too much violence
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. 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