Scooby Doo: The Early Years – article

Scooby-Doo! How many of us actually weren’t fans of this iconic canine sleuth at one time or another over the nearly 50 years he has graced our TV screens? Or, in the case of myself, a fan ever since childhood, and never outgrowing the pop cultural fun he represents? This is not to mention the numerous TV and character tropes he has influenced since then. As such, I’m proud to re-blog this very excellent and informative article on the history of Scooby-Doo’s various TV incarnations from 1969-2015 that appeared today on the awesome Horrorpedia blog.

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Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the cartoon premiered on CBS September 13, 1969, and ran for two seasons for a total of twenty-five episodes. The punctuation-sensitive will note the early incarnations utilise neither a question mark nor a hyphen in the title!

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Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was the result of CBS and Hanna-Barbera’s plans to create a non-violent Saturday morning program that would appease the parent watch groups that had protested the superhero-based programs of the mid-1960s. Originally titled Mysteries Five (after the band the featured teenagers were a member of), and later Who’s S-S-Scared?, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! underwent a number of changes from script to screen, the most notable of which was the downplaying of the musical group angle borrowed from The Archie Show. However, the…

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