What's New, Scooby-Doo?

Common Sense Media says

Silly mysteries with harmless mayhem.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's main characters are all white, with the exception of Scooby, a canine. Although the girls on the show exhibit "typical" girl behavior, they are also crucial to solving the mysteries, more so than the boys.

Violence & scariness

There are some very cartoony fights and chases.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there aren't many life lessons to be learned from an episode of this show, kids will enjoy the antics of the Scooby gang as they stumble upon and solve mysteries. Only very young children might find the show's puzzles and monsters frightening.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO?, the Scooby gang travels the world encountering strange creatures with mild evil on their minds. Each week they manage to solve the mystery, with the help of the ever-hungry and ever-frightened Great Dane, Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). Most of the actual sleuthing comes from Velma (Mindy Cohn), the sensible girl with glasses, and Daphne (Grey DeLisle), the pretty and smart girl. Freddy and Shaggy (Casey Kasem), the boys in the gang, are much less helpful at the mystery business than their female counterparts, though they do provide substantial comic relief.

Is it any good?


Scooby-Doo is silly and harmless. The most risqué moment in one episode set in Paris, for example, was a "wee wee" ("oui, oui") joke. (One nice touch in this episode was the use of French pop songs in the action sequences.) Although there are some scary situations -- a model is kidnapped by a gargoyle, a wrestler is challenged by a monster -- they're quickly resolved, and the scariness quotient is low. Some episodes have cliffhanger endings, which are quickly resolved at the start of the next week's episode.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fears, friendship, and risk-taking, as well as male/female roles and abilities.

TV details

Cast:Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008
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I really like this show! 5 stars! But minus ONE star 'cause all the members in "The Gang" are white. Seems a bit rascist to me. (Scooby is an exception)
Teen, 14 years old Written bySimple_Plan_Gurl933 April 9, 2008
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The Best Combo

I have ALWAYS loved scooby doo. Litterly my whole room is scooby doo. I am also a huge fan of Simple Plan. I think that having your favorite icon(Scooby Doobey Doo) and my favorite band( Simple Plan) together is awesome. For those of you who don't know, not only does Simple Plan sing the theme, but they were in an episode!!! I hope that this one stays on for a loooooong time.
Adult Written byhdofu December 8, 2009

Here's whats new, Scooby Doo

I was a big fan of the classic scooby doo series as a child, thogh for most of the reasons parents would find it inappropriate today. Truth is it deals with most of the problems parents would have with the classic series, like suggestions to drug use, pro unhealthy eating (Scooby and Shaggy are vegans now which blows my mind). There still are some semi scary scenes I guess, nothing as traumatizing in my opinion as some of the earlier series though, like that freaky mad doctor with the dancing Dobermans in the sanitarium episode (which still give me chills to think about) Anyway there are plenty of educational moments now too. An ok choice for parents
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value


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