Parents' Guide to

The Scooby-Doo Show

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun classic compilation has some dated tropes, stereotypes.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Anyone who claims the Shaggy or anyone else in the shows smokes marijuana is a moron.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Between positive messages about teamwork and facing fears, Shaggy and Scooby's eye-roll but giggle-inducing humor, the kid-appropriate scariness, and comforting predictability (the baddies get caught every time), this series will always be a classic. The Scooby-Doo Show's evergreen appeal for kids -- and adults who grew up on these cartoons -- comes down to the humor, and this will keep kids coming back to the show.

Parents will likely find that many of the episodes rely on problematic character tropes and reflect cultural ignorance. Daphne as the beautiful damsel-in-distress, Velma as the unattractive, bookishly-smart girl, Fred as the ideal man, and Shaggy as the cowardly, disheveled boy-man, are tiresome and limiting gender stereotypes. Characters mock other languages (as in the episode "Scooby's Chinese Kooky Fortune Caper") and cultural histories and practices (see "The Fiesta Ghost is an Aztec Ghost") in ways that border on racism. For families who decide to share this show with their children, it offers an opportunity to discuss how biases have historically influenced our media as they enjoy the otherwise smart humor and hilarious hijinks of this beloved cartoon.

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