TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E5 – Decoy For A Dognapper ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
October 11, 1969

Episode 5 – “Decoy For A Dognapper”

Scooby is walking around and encounters a woman walking her female dog. Shortly, thereafter someone attacks the woman and swipes her dog. Scooby returns to the gang who are partying on the beach and turns on a radio news report that has them all realize they have new mystery to solve.

They meet with Buck Masters, a dog owner who is offering a reward for the capture of the dognapper.

Buck Masters is offering a reward for the capture of the dognapper

They setup a trap to lure the dognapper by Shaggy taking Scoob on a walk. They put a transmitter on Scooby’s collar. Shag and Scoob run into a van that creates a huge cloud of smoke and during the commotion Scoob is dognapped.

The mystery gang follows the transmitter to solve the mystery and unmask the connection between the ghost of Geromino and the dognapper.

Summary

Good to see Scooby attracted to a female dog to start off this episode.

Had to rewatch this one to get the connection with the ghostly Indian. Dognapping and Indian ghosts, a bizarre connection, but yet it somehow works.

This is the strangest storyline so far, but it works because Scooby is seeking revenge for attacks against other dogs. The mystery, once resolved, is fairly well put together but, again, wish they would have released a few more potential suspects. More suspects could have been done with the 22 minutes of run time.

At the same time we get to see Velma losing her glasses — a staple of several episodes, since Velma is blind without them. We also get to see Shag and Scoob being spooked out by Gerimino’s ghost.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

I came across this interesting fact about how Scooby-Doo was created:

Silverman’s idea for the show changed somewhat while he was listening to music during a flight. He heard Frank Sinatra’s hit “Strangers in the Night.” Near the end of the song, Sinatra sings the nonsense phrase “dooby dooby doo.” Silverman misheard the phrase as “scooby dooby doo.” After that, he decided to name the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and centered the show around its canine character.

How Frank Sinatra’s Comeback Hit Inspired ‘Scooby-Doo’

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E4 – Mine Your Own Business ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
October 4, 1969

Episode 4 – “Mine Your Own Business”

Shaggy reads a map upside down, forcing the gang down the wrong road. The end up at Gold City, a ghost town where they decide to stay.

They run into the mystery of the Miner 49er, who is scaring those away from the mines where his gold is hidden.

Shaggy and Scooby enter a bar and ask for Sasparillas, but instead are served cups of cobwebs.

Shaggy has a funny moment where he tries to light sticks of dynamite as torches.

The secret to the Miner 49er is found deep in the mines and it will take Scooby and the gang to travel down the mine shaft and learn the answers.

Summary

The Miner 49er is a great villain name.

Scooby runs into the Miner 49er. This is but one of several haunting meetings.

Scoob gets a chance to make us laugh with his trademark scares, when he needs Scooby snacks to travel down in the mineshaft elevator.

It’s always great to hear his doggy voice say, “Scooby-Scooby-Doo!” once he’s devoured those tasty Scooby Snacks.

This episode offers up a scary, if cliched these days, backdrop: the deserted ghost town. The Miner 49er has a clever back story but as is the case with many of these mysteries, there isn’t enough time to show us multiple characters that could be the true villain, making it easy for adults to figure out who the villain is before she or he is unmasked.

As a young child, though, I don’t ever remember that being a big deal. I tuned in for Scooby and Shaggy’s antics and the mystery was less important. A very strong episode. Recommended.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E3 – Hassle In The Castle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
September 27, 1969

Episode 3 – “Hassle In The Castle”

The gang runs aground during a boating expedition and ends up, unfortunately on the abandoned Vasquez Island. They venture into the castle looking for help and encounter a mystery to be solved.

A ghost is floating around scaring all who enter the castle.

Scooby is tasked to go undercover as John Wayne, a funny little disguise that leads him into a run and catch routine with the ghost.

Summary

One of my favorite gag parts of this episode is Scooby going into magician mode. It’s little parts of these episodes in the writing that made Scoob so much fun to watch as a child.

This brought back fond memories.

The other humorous moment is when Scooby is asked to enter a room where the ghost might be waiting and, scared, he feigns illness.

The gang knows that Scooby will do almost anything … if enough Scooby Snacks are offered …

Ghosts were clearly the top choice at the start of this series. The mystery part of this episode is a little thin, but we get to see Scooby as John Wayne — the outfit that looks nothing like the famous Westerner, but hey.

The unmasking is ripe with exposition, which explains why the ghost is there, but not much chance to solve this kind of mystery. The episode is saved by Scooby’s antics, but the weakest of the three so far. Barely recommend this one.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E2 – A Clue For Scooby-Doo ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
September 20, 1969

Episode 2 – “A Clue For Scooby-Doo”

The gang is headed to Rocky Point Beach for some rest and relaxation when Scooby goes surfing and encounters the ghost of Captain Cutler. Cutler went down in the graveyard of ships.

Now boats are missing and the mystery gang are called into action to find out who is behind it. The gang visit a beach hermit that tells them he saw a ghostly glow moving through the fog and it was Cutler’s ghost. He explains how Cutler went down. Cutler’s boat collided with a “fancy yacht” and as he went down he vowed to get his revenge. The beach hermit tells the gang to check out with Cutler’s wife at the old lighthouse.

Scooby, Shaggy and Velma visit widow Cutler’s lighthouse. Velma realizes the creepy interior shows that widow Cutler practices witchcraft. Mrs. Cutler appears. She says she used witchcraft to summon her husband’s ghost from her watery grave, but would have left him under the sea had she known he’d enact revenge.

The find a clue with some glowing seaweed. Scooby goes into a drainpipe to swipe it from a mouse. He is against the idea, but does it for a Scooby snack.

They deduce the seaweed comes from the graveyard of ships, so that prompts the gang’s next destination. They travel in a boat and above water encounter a yacht running without anybody on board. They follow into a cove and the yacht disappears.

Now, they must go underwater with their own diving suits to find out what’s happening. Will they solve the mystery and unmask the diver? What’s happening with all those vanishing boats?

Summary

Didn’t fully remember this episode, but sure I saw it on Saturday morning cartoon day as a child. The ghostly glowing diving suit was familiar. It’s funny how all these years later, I’m rewatching these classic episodes and remembering all the things that made this series fun to watch.

The witchcraft backstory seems a bit weak, but that isn’t the important part of the story, it’s meant to be a supernatural angle to explain the appearance of the ghost — and to frighten away the teen sleuths from solving the mystery.

An entertaining episode, but I can see why it wasn’t that memorable, other than the ghostly diving suit. Still, it’s recommended. They don’t make many cartoons like this any more. That late 60s, early 70s groovy music, the creepy sounds, the mystery to solve all combine for a good time.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E1 – What A Night For A Knight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
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.

Summary

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:

  1. Scooby and Shaggy’s insatiable appetite
  2. Scooby and Shaggy afraid of just about everything
  3. The flower painted Mystery Machine van that transports the team
  4. Velma as the bespectacled smart investigator and Fred as the leader
  5. Scooby snacks being offered to Scoob to do things he was scared to do (“would you do it for a Scooby snack?”)
  6. Unmasking the villain and solving a mystery

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️