YMMV: A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
- Anvilicious: The Very Special Episode about drugs. "Rhugs? Rhuck! Rhtooie!"
- Ass Pull: In "Night of the Living Burger" the gang are able to simply order a Bucket O' Clues. What makes this worse is the guy who served them was the culprit!
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Scooby and Velma's hug in "The Computer Walks Among Us." Scooby adores Velma, and he's the only member of the gang who never once doubted her innocence (she was accused of having her computer commit thefts at school and was subsequently suspended). Velma gets her face licked by Scooby almost about as much as Shaggy does.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Scooby Dude" the gang busted a drug dealer. Freddie's voice actor Carl Steven would later become a drug addict and was found dead from a heroin overdose.
- Memetic Mutation: "The monster is... Red Herring!"
- She Is All Grown Up: Wow! Fred was a dork with a crew-cut! Shaggy was a cute kid before puberty smacked him! Scooby was a growing pup! Daphne is quite a fine wine, age-wise! And how did a tiny little girl like Velma grow up and fill out...a lot?
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The show's use of Better Than a Bare Bulb, No Fourth Wall, and Rule of Funny make it a very different show that is better than the original.
- Vindicated by History: This show was lambasted back in its day for its repetitive animation (especially seen in its dance montages), formulaic nature and for contributing to the trend of "babyfication"note that was going on for cartoon franchises in the 80s. Nowadays it's fondly remembered for being the first Scooby-Doo series to not take itself seriously by frequently lampshading and parodying the cliches and tropes of the original formula, paving the way for later incarnations.
- Although part of that is a Critical Research Failure, as the first not to take itself seriously was the previous show. And even before that there was Scooby Goes Hollywood.