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While Scooby-Doo is running from a spooky ghost.
Shaggy is-a doing what he does the most.
Hey! Come on get involved till the mystery is solved.
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.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: "The Ozark Witch Switch" has Scooby get unwanted admiration from the Hatfields' mangy-looking dog.
  • Accidental Hero: In "There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark", the whole purpose of the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax is because the villain's plans have been thwarted by the parks manager refusing to sign a shipping order which inadvertently keeps stolen pearls from being smuggled out of the country.
  • 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.
  • Animation Bump: The opening scene of "The Diabolical Disc Demon" is noticeably more dynamic and fluid than the rest of the episode or the entire show for that matter.
    • The same goes for the elevator scene in "Make a Beeline Away from That Feline." At times it feels similar to the early Scooby-Doo direct-to-video movies by Warner Bros. Animation.
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  • Art Evolution: Some closeups give Daphne pupils.
  • Artifact of Doom: The staff of the warlock Anthos.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • In "The Spirits of '76" the John André ghost is dressed like an American soldier, when André was a British officer.
    • There are many, many inaccuracies in "To Switch a Witch." For starters, there were no burnings in Salem. Secondly, 1778 is far too late for any official witchcraft executions. The last person executed for witchcraft in the British Isles, for example, was executed in 1727. The practice was already dying by the time of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: The Technicolor Phantoms have this look. Shaggy gets mistaken for the Chocolate one at one point, too.
  • The Bermuda Triangle: "A Creepy Tangle in the Bermuda Triangle" takes place there.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The opening scene of The Frightened Hound Meets Demons Underground has a crane operator seeing a fellow construction worker menaced by the titular monster swing down the beam attached to his crane, allowing his coworker to grab it and then be yanked to safety.
  • Big Eater: Scooby and Shaggy, obviously. Dum also smacks away on a fair amount of hamburgers in Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats.
  • Bland-Name Product: "The Gruesome Game of the Gator Ghoul" features a popular soft drink entitled "Kookie" Cola. Oddly averted later in the same episode when Shaggy, Scooby, and Scooby-Dum, while making a recipe, directly reference Tabasco Hot Sauce by name.
  • Border Patrol: The Harum Scarum Sanitarium and The Beast is Awake at Bottomless Lake both have cops patrolling the Canadian-American border stop the gang at the beginning of the episode, while on the lookout for some kind of fugitive robber and also first informing them of the recent monster sighting. The One in The Harum-Scarum Sanitarium is an imposter and the bad guy though.
  • 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.
  • Canada, Eh?: The only part of "The Beast Is Awake in Bottomless Lake" that comes close to pulling off The Theme Park Version of Canada is the mountie, and the fact that he and a shopkeep share a slight French accent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: As usual for the series.
  • Chase Scene: Still very frequent, but no music in this series.
  • Coffin Contraband: Subversion in "The Harum-Scarum Sanitarium": Doctor Coffin is smuggling gold as fake cadavers with wigs and sheets with gold to simulate the body shape.
  • 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).
  • Color-Coded Characters: Take one guess what colors the Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate Phantoms are.
  • 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.
  • Crusty Caretaker: Harry Keeble in "The Creepy Creature of Vulture's Claw" has been working at the gardens for most of his life, has mixed feelings about their new owner, doesn't run away when a monster is haunting the place and is constantly gruff to visitors.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Arlene Wilcox's sister goes through a lot of trouble against her, all for being left out of the family will. To the point that Arlene would have been sentenced as a witch. (Doubly so since Arlene didn’t even know the sister existed, thus she couldn’t have known about her absence from the will.)
  • Dramatic Unmask/The Reveal: At the end of every episode.
  • Either/Or Title: "Make a Beeline Away From That Feline", also goes by the less popular name, "Who Was That Cat Creature I Saw You With Last Night?".
  • Episode Title Card: Absent from the 1976 season, but brought back for the five '77 episodes and all sixteen from '78. Somewhat of 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.
  • Evil Uncle: Leon in "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats" and Chin Wong Sing in "Scooby's Chinese Fortune Kooky Caper".
  • 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).
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "The Harum-Scarum Sanitarium" has guard dogs named Cuddles and Schoonkums.
  • Ghost Town: Old Seattle underneath the new one in "The Frightened Hound Meets Demons Underground".
  • Giant Footprint Reveal: Early in the episode "The Fiesta Host Is an Aztec Ghost", the Mystery Machine falls into what Velma thinks is a giant chuckhole. Shaggy points out that the chuckhole is actually a giant footprint, but Fred tells him that nobody is tall enough to make a footprint that size.
  • Haunted Castle:
    • In "Scared a Lot in Camelot", Shaggy's Uncle Shagworthy has imported one to the States.
    • Also in "A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing"
    • Plus a Haunted Chinese Palace in "Scooby's Chinese Fortune Kooky Caper"
  • Headless Horseman: Who do you think is the bad guy in "The Headless Horseman of Halloween"?
  • Heavy Sleeper: A mysteriously absent suspect Dr. Tewksberry in "The Harum-Scarum Sanitarium" turns out to have been trying to sleep through it all.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing", the Ghost of Finnian McDuff literally is snatched up by his own fake Loch Ness Monster.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Mamba Wamba and the Voodoo Hoodoo, in spades. note 
  • The Igor: Dr. Tewksberry might have been one in The Harum Scarum Sanitarium, being a bald, hunchbacked man who was the assistant of a doctor with some strange experiments, although Tewksberry has outlived his employer and comes across as a gracious host and harmless presence.
  • Inflating Body Gag: In "The Beast is Awake in Bottomless Lake", Shaggy and Scooby inflate themselves with an air hose to scare the Monster of the Week. This also enables them to float until they open their mouths and let the air out.
  • It Was Here, I Swear!: In "High Rise Hair Raiser", Shaggy at first doesn't see the "Recter! Recter!" on the building. But on the second time, Scooby tries to tie the Specter to the beams to be sure this trope doesn't strike twice.
  • Karma Houdini: In "The Creepy Case of Old Iron Face" the escaped convicts Mama Mione was harboring fled the area before the gang showed up, and there's no indication they were ever captured.
  • Kissing Cousins: "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller" featured Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Dum's cousin Scooby-Dee. Both Doo and Dum found her very attractive. Whether or not the fact that they're all dogs eases the weirdness is up to you.
  • 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.
  • Living Statue: King Katazuma brings one to life.
  • Lovable Coward: In addition to Shaggy and Scooby, there's Eric Arby from "The Creepy Creature of Vulture's Claw", a soft-spoken assistant botanist. He fled due to fear of the monster, but came back out of concern at Professor Greer being left alone (although he still bolts off again when he hears a distant roar).
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In "Jeepers! It's the Jaguaro", gorillas are shown living in the Amazon. Interestingly, while Jaguaro has the body of a gorilla, he also has the head of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon, which did live in South America.
    • Possibly an invoked example: The gorillas in question are shown sitting on a human-built treetop platform, and even have a hammock to sleep in. Given the local tribe's reverence for Jaguaro, the natives might conceivably have stolen the apes from a zoo because they resembled the creature they worship, at least from the neck down.
  • Nerd Glasses: Velma still wears them, but no longer has them knocked off her face.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Diabolical Disc Demon strongly resembles a Kiss member.
  • Not a Mask: In "The Headless Horseman of Halloween", Shaggy falsely thought the Headless Horsemen was wearing an Elwood Crane mask. Nope, it really was Elwood.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: In "The Tar Monster", Shaggy thinks that the Tar Monster got Scooby Doo and is fairly oblivious as the dog comes up.
    Shaggy: I'll never forget you, old buddy, old pal. (The real Scooby approaches. Casually) Oh hi, Scoob. Oh, he was like a brother to me!
  • Not Quite Dead: The 10,000 Volt Ghost is supposed to be the ghost of Mr. Voltner, except it's actually the not-so-dead Voltner in the disguise.
    • Also played with in "The Headless Horseman of Halloween", Cousin Elwood fakes his own death to make it look like the Horsemen took his head. But in this case he was the Horsemen.
  • 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.
  • Obfuscating Disability: In "The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man" the ice cream factory owner has a cast and crutches which he doesn't seem to need. He's hiding his money in the cast out of fear the Phantoms will steal it.
  • 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.
  • Ominous Fog: The demons in Seattle have it as their calling card.
    • Also plenty in "A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing"
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious:
    • Meet the Gator Ghoul, that's the ghost of a cryptid.
    • The giant owl, Willowaw, and his Owl Men
    • A Loch Ness Monster appears in this season, too.
    • The Snow Beast may be an Expy of the Partridge Creek Monster.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Daphne's Aunt Olivia believes that at night, she turns into a Cat Creature.
  • Paranormal Investigation
  • Parental Abandonment: While not yet firmly established how rich the gang was, this show includes plenty of globetrotting for young people.
  • Parental Bonus: As Shaggy tells Scooby, "Like, I told you not to accept gifts from strangers, especially cat creatures. Which is about as strange as you can get!"
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: "Mamba Wamba in the Voodoo Hoodoo" goes through a lot of trouble to introduce us to The Alex Super Experience and even features a new animal companion in a frog, this was either an aimed pilot or a recycling of an unsold meddling kids show.
  • Ptero Soarer: The Pterodactyl Ghost, which resembles a humanoid pterosaur. Justified in that it's not a real pterosaur.
  • Public Secret Message: Musical variant in "The Diabolical Disc Demon". When the Victim of the Week needs to reveal who is attempting to steal his music for their own without letting the person know, he conceals their name within his latest studio recording—not in the lyrics, but the actual musical notes, since their scale letters spell it out: A-C-E D-E-C-A-D-E. So only someone familiar with music and the scale would be able to figure out his message. Unfortunately for him, that includes the villain, which is why once he figures it out, he attempts to steal the recording and harasses anyone who has a copy of it in the costume of the titular demon.
  • Punny Name:
    • In The Tar Monster one of the local workers "Ben Gazi" seems to be named after the city Benghazi.
    • In "A Frightened Hound Meets Demons Underground," there is a sailor named Albert Tross (albatross), a pseudonym for Sam Crenshaw.
  • Pursued Protagonist: The Diabolical Disc Demon opens with songwriter Tony Symes being frantically chased by the demon through the studio.
  • Real After All: While the Specter was fake in "High Rise Hair Raiser", the supposed real house the criminals use seemed to have had a real spell book.
  • 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.
    • The zombie from "Mamba Wamba and the Voodoo Hoodoo" has the same character model as the famous one from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'s "Which Witch is Which?", except with different-colored eyes and clothes.
    • Aggie Wilkins in "The Ozark Witch Switch", likewise, has the same character model as Netty Crabb from "High Rise Hair-Raiser" but with different colored eyes and clothes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted with the Gator Ghoul's yellow eyes that are so powerful they change the tint of the screen when it's shown looking at something.
  • 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.
  • Robotic Reveal: The No-Face Zombie in the "No-Face Zombie Chase" episode turns out to be a robot controlled by Mr. Dilly.
  • Scarecrow Solution: Shaggy somehow finds the Future Creature Costume to fake out the real crooks.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Once again, the Trope Namer.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In "Scooby Doo Where's The Crew" the three crewmen of the ship announce their intention to head back to shore in the launch to get away from the monsters and Shaggy and Scooby very nearly accompany them. Of course, since those three crewmen are the culprits, they were staging the whole thing.
    • In "The Creepy Creature of Vulture's Claw" all of Professor Greer's employees besides Harry Keeble ran away from the creature (although Eric Arby came back).
    • All of the local workers besides Ben Gazi the foreman and several military guards ran away after the Tar Monster's first appearance in the titular episode.
  • Separated at Birth: Part of the explanation in "To Switch a Witch"; Arlene has a secret twin sister from whom she was separated early in life.
  • Shady Real Estate Agent: Clyde Dickerman from "The Creepy Creature of Vultures Claw" is a scowling man whose always snooping around, makes no secret about how he's confident the monster will force Professor Greer to sell him the gardens, and is speculated as wanting to tear the gardens down for something like a shopping center. Actually, it's because he knows there's oil there. That being said, he isn't the one dressing up as a monster in that episode and its actually Professor Greer whose trying to scare everyone away so he can get the oil.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Signature Team Transport: The Mystery Machine is still rolling.
  • Security Cling: Scooby often jumps into Shaggy's arms.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "Scooby-Doobie-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.
  • Stranger Behind the Mask: "To Switch a Witch" ends with the reveal that the witch is the previously unknown twin sister of the gang's friend.
    • The Strawberry and Chocolate Phantoms are unnamed henchmen for the main villain, who is the Vanilla Phantom.
    • The Mamba Zombie is also an unnamed henchman.
  • 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.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Either the Diabolical Disc Demon was on purpose stalking Shaggy and Scooby or else it's a odd coincidence the others don't see him until he's caught.
  • 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.
  • Taken for Granite: The Moon Ghost leaves at least one statue in its wake.
  • 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.
  • Telepathic Sprinklers: Happens in "The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man" when Shaggy and Scooby are trapped in a storage freezer and try building a bonfire to warm up. The flames trip one of the fire sprinklers, which causes all the sprinklers in the freezer to activate, and then the water freezes and becomes snow due to the cold temperatures.
  • Time Machine: Which sends back a creature from five thousand years into the future.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed, but Scooby-Dum comes across as a little more useful and less prone to mistakes in "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats".
  • Toon Physics: Used somewhat by Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Scooby-Dum.
  • T. Rexpy: The Snow Beast resembles a furry Tyrannosaurus. (Curiously, this was before the first discoveries of feathered dinosaurs.)
  • Vague Age: Going forward, this may be considered their college years.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: When one of the villains in "Jeepers, It's the Jaguaro" tries to escape in an airplane, Fred reveals he took the liberty of removing all the sparkplugs from the engines.
  • Walking the Earth: Or driving it, anyway.
  • Wild Wilderness: In "Jeepers, It's the Jaguaro".
  • Witch Doctor: One of the Native American design appears in "A Bum Steer for Scooby".
  • Witch Hunt: One is waged in "To Switch a Witch".
  • Worm in an Apple: At the end of "The Harum-Scarum Sanitarium", Scooby bites into an apple and encounters an angry worm. The worm then eats the whole apple.
  • 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.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: When Fred and the girls are cornered by the Technicolor Phantoms, Fred tells Daphne and Velma to run for it and he'll try to hold them off. Luckily, Shaggy and Scooby burst in and save the day.
  • Your Size May Vary: A particularly ridiculous example in "Jeepers, It's the Jaguaro": The titular monster was depicted as giant, up until the reveal of who it really is, when the normal-sized villain emerges from the waterfall without his suit, but still wearing the mask.