Charming, nostalgic to cartoons’ golden age, & macabre-moonlighting with clever mysteries, the original Scooby-Doo is one of the 70’s best cartoons. 8.9/10.
Plot Synopsis: Brainiac Velma, jock Fred, fashionista Daphne, hippie Shaggy, and Shaggy’s highstrung, talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, climb into their green van, the Mystery Machine, and hit the road in search of weird phenomena to solve. And even when Scooby and the gang aren’t actively searching for them, mysteries just have a way of falling into their laps. Ruh-roh!
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: Intricate and cleverly-designed mysteries with strong invocation of the macabre and scariest types of “ghost”-stories and great Halloween-like set pieces (haunted houses, old castles, ghost ships, etc.) and incredible villains, intensely lovable characters that compliment and play off each other beautifully – such a novelty in today’s cartoons but something they made sure to tackle right away when designing the show’s premise and it shows as each characters has their own pros and chemistry with the others especially the most iconic and lovable duo of Scooby and Shaggy, top-notch voice acting with now iconic and world known voices for each character, funny too with jokes, physical humor, and 70’s-isms that made it such a hit with kids and kids at heart alike in that time and still today, great soundtrack of creepy scores, great and involving mysteries that can even fool adult viewers to this day
Cons: Villains get more and more lazily and even just poorly designed in later episodes and seasons as it looks like the showrunners stopped caring/trying, episode structure ends up being awfully close to the same in parts,
Official CLC Score: 8.9/10