The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969. This Saturday morning cartoon series featured four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers— and their talking brown Great Dane dog named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and missteps.
Following the success of the original series, Hanna-Barbera and its successor Warner Bros. Animation have produced numerous follow-up and spin-off animated series and several related works, including television specials and telefilms, a line of direct-to-video films, and two Warner Bros.–produced theatrical feature films. Some versions of Scooby-Doo feature different variations on the show’s supernatural theme, and include characters such as Scooby’s cousin Scooby-Dum and nephew Scrappy-Doo in addition to or instead of some of the original characters.
Scooby-Doo was originally broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC. ABC aired the show until canceling it in 1986, and presented a spin-off featuring the characters as children, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, from 1988 until 1991. Two new Scooby-Doo series, What’s New, Scooby-Doo? and Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, aired as part of Kids WB on The WB network and its successor, The CW network, from 2002 until 2008. The most recent Scooby-Doo series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, aired on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013.Repeats of the various Scooby-Doo series are broadcast frequently on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the United States and other countries.
A 52-episode series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, premiered on Cartoon Network on April 5, 2010.The first Scooby series produced for cable television, Mystery Incorporated is a reboot of the franchise, re-establishing the characters’ relationships, personalities, and locations, and expanding their world to feature their parents, high school, and neighbors. The series also borrowed pieces from many parts of Scooby-Doo’s long history, as well as characters and elements of other Hanna-Barbera shows to form its backstory and the bases of some of its episodes. Matthew Lillard was brought over from the direct-to-video series as the new voice of Shaggy, while Welker, Cohn, and DeLisle continued in their respective roles. Patrick Warburton, Lewis Black, Vivica A. Fox, Gary Cole, Udo Kier, Tim Matheson, Tia Carrere and Kate Higgins were added as new semi-regular cast members. Casey Kasem appeared in a recurring role as Shaggy’s father.
The series, while still following the basic mystery-solving format of its predecessors, also added elements similar to live-action mystery/adventure shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayerand Lost. An overarching mystery surrounding the gang’s hometown of Crystal Cove, California became the series’ main story arc, with pieces to the mystery unfolding episode by episode. Also featured were romantic entanglements and interpersonal conflict between the lead characters. The series ran for 52 episodes over two seasons, with a two-part finale airing on April 5, 2013 – exactly three years from the debut.
Beginning in 2012, Warner Bros. Animation began producing direct-to-video special episodes in the style of the concurrently produced direct-to-video films, for inclusion on Scooby-Doo compilation DVD sets otherwise including episodes from previous Scooby series. These include Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games, included on the July 17, 2012 release Scooby-Doo! Laff-A-Lympics: Spooky Games,and Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, from the October 16, 2012 release Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills. Two future specials, Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow and Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace, are set for inclusion on two September 2013 DVD releases: Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for Your ‘Rife! set (September 10) and Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Ruh-Roh Robot! (September 24).