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We've got here all together for a brand new show
Scooby-Doo is here again, away we go!

Shaggy: While Scooby-Doo is runnin' from a spooky ghost
Shaggy is-a doing what he does the most.
Hey! Come and get involved till the mystery is solved

Shaggy: Hang around for Scooby-Doo!
Syndicated theme song excerpt

The Scooby-Doo Show is a popular sequel animated television series created by Hanna-Barbera. This is the second spinoff of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!; this returned the show to half-hour mysteries without weekly guest stars.

This show's history is a turbulent one: It was shifted into block shows throughout the 1970s, but since then the 1976–78 episodes, originally paired with Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, have been known as The Scooby-Doo Show.

Thematically, the show's evolution is summed up with the fact that this is the first show to work in Scooby's relatives. Scooby-Dum appears in four episodes and Scooby-Dee in one. Also carrying on from the previous series, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, the gang travels a lot more around the world than the more basic local adventures of the first incarnation.

The Scooby Doo Show provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • '70s Hair: The characters were designed in 1969, but close enough.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: As a possible paint cost cutting measure, Velma sports noticeably lighter hair than in Where Are You! and New Movies throughout the full run of the show.
  • Always Night: Most of the monsters continue the trend of only striking at night.
  • Art Evolution: Some closeups give Daphne pupils.
  • Big Eater: Scooby and Shaggy, obviously. Scooby-Dum too.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Velma Dinkley has short hair that reaches up to her chin.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brunette Velma is portrayed as a highly intelligent young woman.
  • Cartoony Tail: Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane and has a tail like one, but it often curls and waves like that of a cat.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: As usual for the series.
  • Character Catchphrase:
    • Shaggy: Zoinks!
    • Velma: Jinkies!
    • Daphne: Jeepers!
    • Scooby: Scooby Dooby Doo!
      • By this point, all the catchphrases were firmly established, with Daphne and Velma's having made only sparing appearances in the two previous shows, and Shaggy's "ZOINKS!" especially turned up in usage.
  • Chase Scene: Still very frequent, but no music in this series.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: In August 1977, Marvel Comics started publishing the Hanna-Barbera line (following Gold Key and Charlton). Issue #1 of Scooby-Doo had a truncated adaptation of "The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man" as its lead story (under the title "Three Phantoms Too Many"). The other stories were written specifically for the comic (with teasers in issues of Dynomutt).
  • Complexity Addiction/Revealing Cover Up: Quite a few of the villains' schemes really don't seem to warrant the presence of the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax.
  • Darker and Edgier: In comparison to most of the other Scooby-Doo series, yes. The show's theme, also unlike many of the others, doesn't lighten this feeling one bit.
  • Dramatic Unmask: At the end of every episode.
  • Episode Title Card: Absent from the 1976 season, but brought back for the five '77 episodes and all sixteen from '78. Somewhat of a spin on the classic episode titles from the bulk of Where Are You!, with the gang in the distance disembarking from the Mystery Machine into a creepy mansion.
    • Oddly, the last four episodes of the 1978 season do not show the gang.
  • The Eponymous Show: Made up of the forty episodes spanning between The Dynomutt Hour, Laff-A-Lympics, and All-Stars, The Scooby-Doo Show is a reasonable choice in name, as the segments themselves are still just the same old Scooby, and outside of their original broadcast years, may seem like unusual titles.
  • Evil Laugh: The Ghostly Gondolier in "A Menace in Venice".
  • Expy: Many of the designs of villains from Where Are You! made their way into The Scooby-Doo Show, including the zombie (Mamba Wamba's henchman), and the green ghosts (now technicolor phantoms).
  • Karloff Kopy: "The Headless Horseman of Halloween" has a butler named Tarloff whose name, appearance and voice invoke Boris Karloff.
  • Large Ham: Scooby-Doo. "What a ham," indeed.
  • Laugh Track
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Fred often suggests splitting up while trying to find clues or the villain of the week. During one episode, Shaggy asks if it wouldn't be safer to stay together.
  • Lovable Coward: Shaggy and Scooby, as usual.
  • Nerd Glasses: Velma still wears them, but no longer has them knocked off her face.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite occasionally mocking Shaggy and Scooby's reactions to the mystery, the monsters and locations they go to have scared Fred, Velma, and Daphne on occasion as well.
  • Occult Detective: Same as usual.
  • Oddball Doppelgänger: Scooby has one in his cousin Scooby-Dum, who is rather dimwitted.
  • Odd Name Out: Most episodes follow zany rhyming schemes and the like, making a simple title like "The Tar Monster" stand out even more.
  • Paranormal Investigation
  • Parental Abandonment: While not yet firmly established how rich the gang was, this show includes plenty of globetrotting for young people.
  • Real After All: During "Hang in There, Scooby-Doo" Shaggy meet a real monster in the form of living skeleton. Fortunately it was a scared off easily.
  • Recut: Two episodes from the 1977 season, "The Curse of Viking Lake" and "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats", strangely managed to reach completed film in both work-in-progress and finished forms, with dozens of visual and audible differences. The latter's WIP cut was rather infamously included on the Scooby-Doo's Spookiest Tales VHS in 2001, after the regular, finished version had aired on cable for years. The two WIP episodes have still aired as late as 2017 on Teletoon.
  • Recycled Animation: Inevitable as it's a cheaply-produced Saturday morning cartoon from The '70s.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: The show has different song lyrics used for syndication, even though it had different titles when the show was in different group shows.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Several villains are believed to be ghosts of dead people.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Once again, the Trope Namer.
  • Shout-Out: In one episode, Shaggy calls Scooby "Sherlock Bones".
  • Signature Team Transport: The Mystery Machine is still rolling.
  • Security Cling: Scooby often jumps into Shaggy's arms.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "Scooby-Dooby-Doo!"
  • Skintone Sclerae: Unchanged, but oddly, Daphne is drawn with white sclerae in the majority of her closeups.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Scooby Doo.
  • Standardized Leader: Fred.
  • Strictly Formula: The Scooby-Doo Show sits in an interesting place here - it's at the point where the series' formula really became iconic, but was also at a point where they would occasionally play around while still doing it straight (such as in "To Switch A Witch").
  • The Summation: Every time the monster is revealed to be fake, the gang explains why the masked man went through all the trouble he did, how he did it and how the gang managed to piece the clues together.
  • Syndication Title: The show first started playing in syndication under the page title around 1980, when Hanna-Barbera started preparing all of their previous shows for the jump from 16mm to tape in TV broadcast usage.
  • Talking Animal: Scooby and at least some of his relatives talk.
  • Tangled Family Tree: This show expands out relatives for Daphne, Velma and Shaggy. And for the first time, Scooby's relatives first show up with Scooby Dum and Scooby Dee.
  • Toon Physics: Used somewhat by Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Scooby-Dum.
  • Vague Age: Going forward, this may be considered their college years.
  • Walking the Earth: Or driving it, anyway.
  • Wraparound Background: Still a production mainstay. Interestingly, a particular wraparound backdrop was used in both syndicated intros for The Scooby-Doo Show and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, as a leftover from the original Dynomutt Hour assets.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Invoked verbatim on more than a few occasions.
  • You Meddling Kids: And they would've gotten away with it, too.

Hey! Come and get involved till the mystery is solved
Shaggy: Hang around for Scooby-Doo! [Beat] That's my pal!
Scooby: Scooby-Dooby-Doo!


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Scooby looking for Professor

From The Scooby-Doo Show 2x07, "The Creepy Cruise"; Scooby searches for the missing professor, ostensibly kidnapped by the monster of the week.

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