CBS (HBO Max)
September 13, 1969
Episode 1 – “What A Night For A Knight”
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are walking home from the movies. The first ever line of dialogue in this classic cartoon series is from Shaggy (voiced by American Bandstand’s Casey Kasem), “What a nervous night to be walking home from the movies, Scooby-Doo”
Scooby hears a sound rustling from the bushes and it turns out to be a frog. He runs after the frog and the two friends discover a deserted pick-up truck with knight. The head falls off it. They scram, scared, returning with the rest of the Mystery Incorporated team: Fred, Velma and Daphne.
Professor Hyde White has disappeared from the museum, leading the team to their first ever mystery.
The museum caretaker, Mr. Wickles, tells the team the legend of the Black Knight: whenever there is a full moon, the black knight comes out.
Now, it’s up to the gang to solve the mystery and unmask the villain.
Season 1 from 1969-1970 presented 17 total episodes, all written by the same team of Joe Ruby, Ken Spears and Bill Lutz. Ruby and Spears created the series and was produced and directed by the legendary Hanna-Barbera. Interestingly, the episodes first debuted on CBS, but the IP is owned by WarnerMedia and the series is available for streaming in 2020 on HBO Max.
The first episode presents many staples of the series like:
- Scooby and Shaggy’s insatiable appetite
- Scooby and Shaggy afraid of just about everything
- The flower painted Mystery Machine van that transports the team
- Velma as the bespectacled smart investigator and Fred as the leader
- Scooby snacks being offered to Scoob to do things he was scared to do (“would you do it for a Scooby snack?”)
- Unmasking the villain and solving a mystery
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️