This series offered a fresh take on the franchise that could be best described as a bizarre meta-parody/deconstruction of Scooby-Doo. A Darker and Edgier approach aimed at an older audience than usual, Mystery Incorporated was prone to Lampshade Hanging and hosted a more tongue-in-cheek, sardonic sense of humor that poked fun at not only the Scooby-Doo franchise and other characters from the Hanna-Barbera library, but also other works of horror fiction, covering a wide range of film, TV and literature Shout Outs.
After Scooby and friends have solved many of the mysteries around their hometown of Crystal Covenote , the town decides it's had enough of them debunking all their prospective tourist attractions and cracks down on Mystery Inc.'s mystery solving. But no one, not overbearing parents, nor an obnoxiously obstructive sheriff, nor a mayor who's more interested in tourism than solving crimes (and also an overbearing parent), nor the mysterious Mr. E and the supposed curse of Crystal Cove, can stop Mystery Inc.! As such, Hilarity Ensues... at least, at first.
While featuring a typical Scooby-Doo formula of Monster of the Week that is unmasked at the end, the series also contains a Myth Arc revolving around a cursed treasure buried under the town which slowly and steadily pours on the Nightmare Fuel. Vote here for your favorite episode.
The series' entire distinctive premise of an overarching Myth Arc along with Monsters of the Week and secrets and conspiracies, all within a single town, were likely inspired from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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