Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of Hanna-Barbera’s long-running Saturday morning cartoon series. On Saturday, September 13, 1969, it premiered on CBS. It ran for two seasons for a total of 25 episodes.
The plot varied little from episode to episode. The main concept was as follows:
- The gang is traveling usually in the Mystery Machine returning from or going to a regular teenage function, when their van develops engine trouble or breaks down for any of a variety of reasons overheating, flat tire, out of gas, in the immediate vicinity of a large mostly vacated property ski lodge, hotel, factory, mansion, cruise ship. Sometimes they may be partaking in an activity that may or may not relate with such a property.
- Their unintended destination turns out to be suffering from a monster problem ghosts, zombies, vampires, witches. The quintet volunteers to investigate the case.
- The quintet splits up to cover more ground, with Fred and Velma finding clues, Daphne finding danger, and Shaggy and Scooby finding food, fun and the ghost/monster – who chases them. Scooby and Shaggy love to eat, including dog treats called Scooby Snacks which are a favorite of both the dog and the teenage boy.
- Eventually, enough clues are found to convince the group that the ghost/monster is a fake, and a trap is set usually by Fred to capture it; or, they may occasionally call the local sheriff, only to get stopped by the villain half-way.
- If a trap is used, it may or may not work more often than not, Scooby-Doo and/or Shaggy falls into the trap and they unwittingly catch the monster another way. Invariably, the ghost/monster is apprehended and unmasked. The person in the ghost or monster suit turns out to be an apparently blameless authority figure or otherwise innocuous local who is using the disguise to cover up something such as a crime or a scam.
- The offender is then taken away to jail, sometimes calling the gang "blasted kids" or "meddling kids," and the gang is allowed to continue on the way to their destination or resume whatever activity they were doing.
TV Show Intro
- The Scooby-Doo Show (The third season of this show was originally aired as a third season of this show, using the same opening sequence.)