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
Not applicable
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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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Parent Written byRoznar July 27, 2012

The new classic cartoon

A kid from the 21th century will enjoy this version of Scooby-Doo more, than the original "Scooby-Doo! Where Are You!", because he/she can understand it better, than SDWRU. They don't live in the 70s.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byUSCTrojan July 3, 2012

Perfect for kids, iffy for older kids, but not for Tweens or Teens

OK for kids 4+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byJoseph Rock March 7, 2012


This is a pretty good Scooby-Doo Cartoon.Scooy Doo Where Are You is better,BUT this show is a lot better than that horrible show Shaggy & Scooby Doo:Get A Clue (which is the WORST Scooby-Doo cartoon).The animation is good and the theme song is awesome! Just like A Pup Named Scooby-Doo,some episodes are bad but most are good.The characters are very interesting.Lets face it,many other great Hanna Barbana cartoons have adaptions:like The Flintstones (The Flinstone Kids),Tom & Jerry (Tom & Jerry Kids,Tom & Jerry Tales),even Looney Tunes (Baby Looney Tunes,The Looney Tunes Show,ect.)So overall:Great show.


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