Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (TV series)

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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
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Season 1's on-screen title card.
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Iwao Takamoto
Network CBS
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Distributor Taft Broadcasting
Original release September 13, 1969October 31, 1970
Run time 22 minutes
Starring Don Messick
Casey Kasem
Stefanianna Christopherson
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Ted Nichols
Writer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Bill Lutz
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s) Charles A. Nichols
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Season 2's on-screen title card.
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Pre-release version.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is an American animated mystery comedy television series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. Every episode was produced and directed by Hanna-Barbera founders, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It ran from 1969 to 1970, airing 25 episodes that spanned two seasons. The name was brought back by ABC for eight episodes in 1978 (constituting a third season of sorts), although these are usually better known for being part of The Scooby-Doo Show. The series has been rerun on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and spawned several spin-offs, TV specials, and films.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is about the exploits of four teenagers (damsel in distress Daphne, brainy Velma, nervous hippie Shaggy, brave leader Fred Jones) and their Great Dane named Scooby-Doo who usually happen to walk into a mystery usually involving the exaggerated crime of a criminal (who can be anything between a real-estate developer or jewel thief), who tries to cover up his misdeeds by dressing up as a ghoulish monster. Clues are left in its wake, which the kids (dubbed Mystery Incorporated in later incarnations) find and put together, leading to the discovery of who the culprit is, which the local authorities are unable to do themselves. A large part of the premise of the series is the bungling of Scooby and his owner, Shaggy, who inevitably run into and accidentally capture the monster in one of Fred's intricately devised traps, despite trying to do everything to avoid it.

The entire series has been released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.



Fred Silverman, head of daytime/children's programming at CBS, was inspired by the 1940s radio show I Love a Mystery, and elements of the CBS sitcom The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.[1] Joseph Barbera also tried to do it as the 1934 film House of Mystery, but he felt that it was "too bland."[2]

Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, past editors at Hanna-Barbera, were tasked with creating the story for the show, while Iwao Takamoto designed how each character would look. The concept draft was that Geoff Jones, Mike Andrews, Kelly Summers, Linda Blake, and Linda's brother W.W. attend Laguna Beach High in Southern California. When not attending school, they are a band and mystery solvers called Mystery's Five, with the bongo-playing mascot Too Much, a big shaggy dog.[3]

Too Much was changed to a Great Dane called Scooby-Doo, to avoid comparisons to Marmaduke. "Scooby-Doo" apparently came from Silverman, who was on a plane one day listening to Frank Sinatra sing "Strangers in the Night," although according to Takamoto in his book My Life with a Thousand Characters, there was another dog called Scooby he saw in the Hanna-Barbera archives dating back to the early 1960s.[4]

W.W. was also removed, while Linda became Daphne, Kelly became Velma, Mike became Shaggy, and Geoff became Ronnie and finally Fred (at the behest of Silverman). The idea of them being in a band was removed as well as the high school setting, with only the implication that they still live in California. After the spookiness was ill-received, Scooby was put at the forefront, with the working title of Who's S-S-Scared? now called Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!


Frank Welker was doing a Friskies dog food commercial when he was informed by the casting agent's fiancé that she was casting for Scooby-Doo, Where Are You![5] He initially went in to read for Scooby-Doo,[6] but was told not to worry, as that would go to H-B veteran Don Messick.[5] He also wanted to audition for Shaggy Rogers, who he found more appealing than the "guy in an ascot." Casey Kasem also came into an audition for Fred, but Hanna-Barbera preferred the actors in the opposite roles.[5] Barbera advised Welker to just use his own voice because he and Fred were around the same age, and to think of Jack the All-American Boy.[6]

Kasem auditioned for Shaggy a few times, drawing inspiration from both KRLA disc jockey Dave Hull and Richard Crenna's performance as Walter Denton in the film Our Miss Brooks.[7]

Nicole Jaffe was spotted by Gordon Hunt when she was playing Peppermint Patty in a stage production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She had no aspirations in voice acting, simply taking the job because she needed to make a living.[8] She adlibbed Velma's catchphrase, "Jinkies."[6]

Stefanianna Christopherson was the first to voice Daphne, but left after the first season to get married. She was replaced with Heather North, who auditioned at the suggestion of her roommate at the time, who just happened to be none other than Jaffe.[9]


The theme song's lyrics were written by David Mook, while Ben Raleigh wrote the music, which was performed by Larry Marks in the first season, then by George A. Robertson, Jr. in the second. The music was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as the musical director. Also in the second season, La La Productions produced seven "chase songs" set to bubblegum pop genre, which were also performed by Robertson Jr., and written mainly by Danny Janssen, with contributions from both Robertson Jr. and Susan Steward.


Title Original air date
1x01 September 13, 1969
1x02 September 20, 1969
1x03 September 27, 1969
1x04 October 4, 1969
1x05 October 11, 1969
1x06 October 18, 1969
1x07 October 25, 1969
1x08 November 1, 1969
1x09 November 8, 1969
1x10 November 15, 1969
1x11 November 22, 1969
1x12 November 29, 1969
1x13 December 6, 1969
1x14 December 13, 1969
1x15 December 20, 1969
1x16 January 10, 1970
1x17 January 17, 1970
2x01 September 12, 1970
2x02 September 19, 1970
2x03 September 26, 1970
2x04 October 3, 1970
2x05 October 10, 1970
2x06 October 17, 1970
2x07 October 24, 1970
2x08 October 31, 1970


Dates are in order of release:



These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.

Season one

Season two


Title Number Original air date
Johnny Bravo: "Bravo Dooby-Doo" 1 July 21, 1997
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Shaggy Busted" 2 July 7, 2002
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Identity Theft" 3 October 23, 2005
Supernatural: "Scoobynatural" 4 March 29, 2019
Teen Titans Go!: "Cartoon Feud" 5 October 4, 2019
Teen Titans Go!: "Intro" 6 September 23, 2023


The formula of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! proved so popular that Hanna-Barbera repeated it ELEVEN times throughout the next decade: Josie and the Pussycats, The Funky Phantom, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Speed Buggy, Butch Cassidy, Super Friends, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Clue Club, Jabberjaw, Pebbles, Dino and Bamm-Bamm, as well as Ruby-Spears' Fangface.

Hanna-Barbera did its first extended-length episode with a TV special called Scooby Goes Hollywood, which retconned Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! as a TV series the characters filmed. It also included the origin of how Scooby was adopted from a pet store.

After the last spin-off, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, died out in 1991, the franchise laid pretty much dominant until 1998, when Hanna-Barbera revived it with the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, that had the gang grown out of their mystery solving phase and found real jobs as adults, only to get together again to solve a real supernatural mystery. The movie was successful in the video market, and Hanna-Barbera was able to produce three others, with Warner Bros. as their distributor. These first four dropped the signature outfits of Daphne and Fred, giving them a mature look.

When Hanna-Barbera ceased operations in 2001, Warner Bros. could officially use their own animation department, Warner Bros. Animation, and since 2003, have returned to the familiar nostalgic look presented in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! essentially continuing the series in movie form (similar to when feature-length films would continue where Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation left off).

These include:

In a similar fashion, there had also been several direct-to-DVD short films from 2012 to 2015.

In 2002, after being in several script stages since the 1990s, Warner Bros. Pictures released a big screen live-action adaptation called Scooby-Doo, followed by the 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. There were also two other live-action movies made for the DVD market and TV, with the first being the prequel Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins in 2009, which was followed by the next year with the sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. In 2018, there was another DVD origin story produced with the female-led Daphne & Velma. *cricket* What's notable about the movie is not just its emphasis on female empowerment (which happens to be during the Me Too movement), which nobody is saying is a bad thing, but had to do it without having Shaggy or Fred, or even Scooby-Doo. Oh, if only there was a way around having independent young women without losing the rest of the team.

In 2020, Warner Bros. Pictures rebooted Hanna-Barbera's properties into a unified cartoon universe called Scoob!, which presented a new take on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

There have also been television reboots in the form of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and the adult-oriented Velma, all firmly set in their own isolated universes as reboots usually are; although Mystery Incorporated made such a big impact on Warner Bros. Animation that the feature-length direct-to-DVD films have had several references, which evidently made the continuity of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo no longer possible. But then again...

When The Lego Group licensed the property to manufacture toys, they also collaborated with Warner Bros. Animation to release the TV special, Lego Scooby-Doo! Knight Time Terror (2015), and two DTVs, Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood (2016) and Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash (2017).

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was eventually continued in a loose way with Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, from 2015 to 2019.

In 2021, The CW aired a prime-time "reunion special" (despite never spending time apart, as pointed out by Velma) called Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!

Several Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios-related series have also referenced Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!:

In popular culture

WARNING: The following section contains content that may be seen as mature or offensive to some readers. Reader discretion is advised.
Main article: List of pop culture references to Scooby-Doo
  • In the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode "Don't Touch That Dial," Mighty Mouse gets caught in a cartoon apparently called Ring-A-Ding, Where Are You! The gang is made up of characters with poor imitations, different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They confuse Mighty Mouse for a monster and a song-filled chase ensues in a haunted mansion with a "Scooby-dooby-doors" moment and repeated use of background. This was written by Tom Minton, who later did a similar skit for Animaniacs, mentioned below.
  • In The Super Maro Bros. Show episode "20,000 Koopas Under the Sea," in true Mystery Inc. fashion, Mario and his friends discover that the sea monster is mechanical and being driven by Koopa Nemo, who was trying to scare the citizens of Happy Harbor into making them their king. Having failed, Koopa says, "And it would have worked if you 'buttinskis' hadn't messed things up!"
  • In the In Living Color episode "Krishna Cop," Kim Wayans sings a parody of Crystal Waters's "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" called "My Songs Are Mindless," in which Wayans points to a TV with Scooby on it and sings "Scooby-Doo, where are you?" to the match how the lyrics of "Gypsy Woman" sound. She also mentions Fred Flintstone of The Flintstones.
  • Wayne and Garth are unhappy about the ending to their film Wayne's World, so they redo it by doing the "Scooby-Doo ending," as Garth calls it. They transition back to Wayne's basement, where they unmask Benjamin to really be Old Man Withers, who runs the haunted amusement park. Angered by them, he declares, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you snooping kids!" Pleased with the outcome, Garth says to Wayne in a Scooby-like voice, "Good one, Shaggy," and Wayne replies that it was an "excellent Scooby-Doo ending."
  • In the Bonkers episode "Weather or Not," the Weather Toons staged their own disappearance and framed the TV station crew because they didn't need their help, but having been exposed, Toony Tornado cries, "Our scam woulda worked if those meddling cops hadn't stepped in!"
  • In the Full House episode "To Joey, With Love," Danny is unsure about Joey teaching his daughter's third grade class, as he is a "man who has every Scooby-Doo on tape."
  • In the video game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, when Dixie and Kiddy defeat KAOS, Baron K. Roolenstein reveals himself from behind the curtain (ala the Wizard from The Wizard of Oz), and states the line, "KAOS was my ticket to world domination, and I'd have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids."
  • In the Night Man episode "The House of Soul," Jessica believes the House of Soul may be haunted, but Raleigh just makes fun of her by comparing it to Scooby-Doo.
  • In the film Divorcing Jack, Dan wears a wavy blond wig as a disguise at the Dolphin Hotel, which only gets him more attention when the M.C. calls him out, by asking the audience, "Hey, did anyone watch Scooby-Doo? There's Shaggy at the bar."
  • In the film Can't Hardly Wait, Walter is told by another stoner that Velma from Scooby-Doo didn't get "much play."
  • In the Student Bodies episode "Snowed In," Mags finally finds Scooby-Doo to bond with Flash over, who describes it as "sheer brilliance." They then sing the theme song, when their friends come in, who are surprised the two are getting along, are asked what the nature of Scooby and Scrappy's relationship is, and why a hot girl like Daphne is hanging around a loser like Shaggy, but Romeo's answer is simply is that she is hot, before their friends leave them to sing the theme song again.
  • In the Rugrats episode "Runaway Reptar," Angelica's plan is thwarted when her robotic Reptar's synthetic skin peels off, so she declares, "I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling babies."
  • In the Spaced episode "Beginnings," Daisy wanders into Tim's bedroom after hearing a noise and is spooked by his alien mask. Tim finds her and she keeps on saying she heard a noise, so Tim says she was playing Scooby-Doo. She says she used to play as Daphne when she was little, as did Tim play as Freddie when he was younger, but now Tim and Daisy look more like Shaggy and Velma. When the scene transitions and the outside of their flat is shown, the music to the beginning of The New Scooby-Doo Movies plays, instead of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! As a final piece of trivia, in the last episode, "Leaves," Tim and Daisy also own toys of Shaggy and Velma.
  • In the Arthur segment "The Rat Who Came to Dinner," Mr. Ratburn shows Arthur one of his old tapes of Spooky-Poo, while staying at Arthur's house while his roof is repaired. The scene involves a group of anthropomorphic kids and their kangaroo mascot running from a sheet ghost, with music that sounds similar to the "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" theme song.
  • In "Summer," an episode of the British The Vicar of Dibley sitcom, when the main characters learn about Dibley being flooded, Alice freaks out and fears that it could happen one day while watching Scooby-Doo.
  • In the Recess episode "The Barnaby Boys," the caught janitor says, "And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for them meddling kids."
  • In the third episode of BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers, there is a sketch involving Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma solving a confusing mystery at a desert fairground, involving Prince William as the culprit.
  • In the Gimme Gimme Gimme episode "Glad to Be Gay?," Tom fumbles in thinking of a gorgeous lesbian to feel Linda better about the prospect of her change in sexual preference (which is ironic since she is not really that attractive), but he can only think of "Velma from Scooby-Doo."
  • In That 70s Show episode "Afterglow," Fez watches the end of an episode of "the Scooby-Doo," with a villain saying, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for those darn kids." Later, the guys get high, with Fez treating Kelso's sudden support of Eric as a mystery, "one suitable for Scooby-Doo and his gang of cartoon teenagers!" He then goes on to say how he wishes they were cartoon characters, with Fez imagining them in Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo-esque designs with Scooby-Doo-esque music playing as they talk to each other. Fez, the first one to talk, after the transformation, sarcastically says, "Zoinks. That'd be super, Fez."
  • In the Daria episode "I Loathe a Parade," the lion mascot who was harassing Daria and Tom collapses from wearing the suit for too long causing him to suffocate. They unmask him to reveal that the mascot is their teacher Mr. O'Neill. Tom snidely remarks, "And he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for us meddling kids."
  • In the Digimon: Digital Monsters episode "Iron Vegiemon," the Digimon Emperor reacts to the DigiDestined destroying a control spire by saying, "What?! A spire was destroyed? Must be those meddling kids."
  • In the House of Mouse episode "Donald's Pumbaa Prank," Donald saves the club from another one of Pete's schemes to get the club closed, which makes Pete say, "And I would've done it, too, if it weren't for that meddling duck!"
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "The Phantom of Retroland," Jimmy and his friends go to Retroland at night, which is haunted by a phantom, who turns out to be the disguise of several others.
  • In the DVD audio commentary for The Goonies, Kerri Green, who plays Andy, compares the film to Scooby-Doo, once the kids go underground.
  • In the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jay and Silent Bob aren't doing so well in getting hitchhiked, with Jay complaining that it works for other people while they get treated like they're in a cartoon, which is when a familiar looking van pulls up. Inside, they meet two guys, a pair of girls, and their dog, who are trying to find the hitchhiking ghouls, with Jay and Silent Bob matching the description. The gang ends up bickering, so Jay introduces them to "doobie snacks," leading to them acting wild. In reality, it is Jay and Silent Bob who have only got high and have fallen asleep. The gang wonders what to do with them when the Shaggy doppelganger suggests harvesting their kidneys and leaving putting them in a tub of ice at a seedy motel, which turns out to also be a dream of Jay's.
  • In the video game Final Fantasy X-2, Prophet, who is a pastiche of Shaggy, is one of the potential culprits depending on what path you go on in the Mi'ihen Highroad Mystery subquest. When caught, he says, "That's right. Like, it was me. And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!"
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Tick-Tick-Tick," Kim mocked Wade's haunted island info by saying "Keep out meddling kids."
  • In The Weekenders episode "Crushin' Roulette," Tish is so desperate to fall in love with someone she stares at Mr. Higginbotham, until he will love her back, but this just gets him nervous and causes him to reveal he is an international spy. By the end of the episode, the National Security Agency is taking him away, and he declares, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it had not been for those darned meddling kids!", even though he is quite happy to get it off his chest.
  • The Time Squad episode "White House Weirdness" is an homage to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, by using the musical cues of Ted Nichols and sound effects from the series. The Time Squad goes back in time to 1911 to make sure Woodrow Wilson beats Howard William Taft in the presidential election, which may not happen if he becomes a musician instead. But this is difficult when they discover that The White House looks like a haunted house that is being haunted by the deceased former Presidents of America, who have taken on the form of monsters, which includes Zachary Taylor as a zombie, Benjamin Harrison as a vampire, and James Buchanan as Frankenstein's monster. When all three are found, the Time Squad and the monsters run through the "Scooby-Dooby-doors." In the end, all of the monsters are captured with a single chandelier, and the Time Squad reveal that they are just the disguises of then current President William Howard Taft, Vice President James S. Sherman, and Secretary of State Philander C. Knox, who were working together to make sure Taft continued to be President unchallenged. Defeated, Taft says his own take on the immortal line, "And we would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling Time Squaders." Also, when the cop thanks the Time Squad for their work, he refers to them as the "gang."
  • In the Hey Arnold! The Movie, the main villain Scheck is arrested after Arnold and his friends uncover his scheme, leading him to utter the words, "I would've gotten away with it, if it wasn't for that meddling football head, the kid with the weird stack of hair, and that brat with one eyebrow!"
  • In The Berenstain Bears episode "The Haunted Lighthouse," Brother and Sister discovered that Captain Salt was pretending to be his own ghost to keep people away from his old lighthouse.
  • In the Justice League episode "Wild Cards Part I," the Joker responds to the government's failed control of the pre-Royal Flush Gang by saying, "And they would have gotten away with it, too, were it not for me meddling with the kids!"
  • In the Duck Dodgers episode "Surf the Stars," during the 60s-themed montage music of Brian Wilson's "Believe in Yourself" song, Mystery Inc. runs across the screen with Captain Cutler, Redbeard, the Witch, the Creeper, and the Green Ghosts chasing from behind them.
  • In the Baby Looney Tunes episode "The Wheel Deal," Bugs and his friends take their bikes apart to make a new one for Tweety, with the third choice being one that resembled the Mystery Machine, but the third time is not the charm, and a dissatisfied Bugs commentated, "I'm about to give up the ghost here."
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "The Million Dollar Ghost," the Groovy Gang and their tiger mascot try to catch Danny Phantom. They also owned a van with a similar paint scheme to the Mystery Machine.
  • In the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode "A-Bridged," the Power Rangers defeat and capture T-Top after they believe him to be a bank robber but he was really an undercover bounty hunter trying to catch the real bank robber. When T-Top complains about their interference, he says, "And if it wasn't for your meddling, I would've caught her, too."
  • In the House MD episode "Humpty Dumpty," House refers to his team as the Scooby Gang when looking for Alfredo since he could be at a warehouse or factory.
  • In the Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide episode "Guide to: Secrets and School Car Wash," the characters run around whimsically, Simon uses technology to make Ned look like a ghost to make Loomer confess to Suzie he kissed Missy, which leads to a chase between the two main boys and the bully (which includes them bumping into the bespectacled Lisa suddenly dressed like Velma), set to an ironically cheery pop song, and Suzie unmasking herself from the boy she was disguising herself as, saying, "And he would've gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids."
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode "Mr. Stein's Duel: Part II," when Viper sees Alexis's friends save her from drowning, Viper remarks, "I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those meddling kids."
  • In the Class of 300 episode "Prank Yankers," after Sunny reveals that Kaylie and Mackenzie are in fact not popular school girls, but intentional chalk thieves Gunther and Inga Gabinstad, Inga angrily announces, "Yah! And we would have, like, gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for these meddling kids!"
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward episode "Turtle X-Tinction," the Turtles have the exosuit thief who they're about to unmask, which Mikey gets carried away with and believes it's "the crooked developer who wanted to scare everyone away so he could build a shopping center. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for us meddling turtles." Disappointedly, Raphael tells him he watches too many cartoons.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Bounty," after the team foils Odai Ventrell's plans, Daniel throws in, "And you might have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for us meddling kids."
  • In the Total Drama Island episode "Camp Castaways," Duncan, Gwen, and Heather jump out of the shark infested water and temporarily run without moving with the same sound effect.
  • In the The Big Bang Theory episode "The Tangerine Factor," Leonard is worried he will ruin his date with Penny, so Sheldon makes the wild theory that if this is the case and Penny's the only woman for him, he could end up becoming a "lonely, bitter old man with no progeny. The image of any lighthouse keepers from Scooby-Doo cartoons comes to mind," indirectly referring to the episode "A Clue for Scooby-Doo."
  • In CollegeHumor's parody called CSI: Scooby-Doo, the gang investigates the rape and subsequent murder of Velma. Fred believes it to be a "two-man job" by Hanna-Barbera and the Warner Brothers. But it turns out to be Scrappy, who is shot to death by Scooby before he can kill Shaggy. Other tropes include Shaggy suspecting a cop to be fake and pulls off his mask, only to realise that it is his real face, the same ambient music, repeated use of the same background as characters run across the screen, and a laugh track. The short ends with the gang hearing about a major homicide involving the Harlem Globetrotters. The short's title card is also reminiscent of the official title card being placed in front of Kingston Mansion.
  • In the My Spy Family episode "The Batley's Got Talent Affair," when Des reveals that Spike has stolen his self-morphing mask and vocal unit, so he could pretend to be his mother, by ripping off his mask, Spike says, "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for those pesky primary and secondary systems failing." Later in the episode, when Spike continues to try and scam Des, he gets his friend to give Des a message by saying it's become a "craze like Pokémon or Scooby-Doo."
  • In the film The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, Jenna reveals herself to be the killer to her brother, Sam, which makes her giddily reflect, "This is so Scooby-Doo isn't it? 'I would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids."
  • In the Two and a Half Men episode "Above Exalted Cyclops," Alan sings the theme song while painting a toy model of Polar Light's Mystery Machine.
  • In The Garfield Show episode "Heir Apparent," Jon and his brother are both in line to inherit their cousin's mansion, if they can spend the night, which is haunted by a ghost, who turns out to be their cousin all along. Garfield deduces that the ghost isn't real from watching Saturday morning cartoons.
  • In "The Once and Future Ben" story of Cartoon Network Action Pack! #27, Jonah begins to say, "And I would'a got away with it, too--," after Ben and Gwen catch him, but Ben cuts him off by responding, "Yeah, yeah -- if it wasn't for us pesky kids..."
  • In the American Dad! episode "Wife Insurance," Wheels and the Legman, the detective alter egos of Steve and Roger, get way in over their heads when they see the bloody body of Jim, and opt out of this line of work, with Legman/Roger reflecting, "On our darkest day, we're Scooby-Doo."
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "One Hundred," realizing that their series has reached a hundred episodes, Master Shake demands the network put his team's show in syndication. But this leads to Hundred, a monster shaped like the number 100, on the warpath. In their escape, Master Shake takes the Aqua Teen Hunger Force to a place to hide that's a parody of the Scooby-Doo series called Aqua Unit Patrol Squad with the pilot called "The Bayou Boo-Ya!," which in reality, is what actor Dana Snyder is pitching to the network. It has all the tropes and conventions one would expect.
  • In the Big Time Rush episode "Big Time Terror," the boys go on a ghost chase and run comically as Mystery Incorporated does with a ghost, and when Stephanie is exposed as the culprit, she says, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling, cute, hot guys."
  • In the film Toy Story 3, Mr. Potato Head says "meddling toys" in the way a villain would say "meddling kids."
  • In the iCarly episode "IBelieve in Bigfoot," the kids capture Bigfoot who is really Dr. Van Gurbin trying to promote his Bigfoot book, which causes Freddie to comment on it being a Scooby-Doo moment.
  • In the Sonny with a Chance episode "Sonny with a Secret," Penelope is revealed to be the culprit, who says, "I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for these comfortable shoes."
  • In the video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man bemoans the idea of following Sandman into a mine, where he quips, "Ah, we're not going into the spooky old mine, are we? Will we have to solve a mystery and unmask someone dressed as a ghost, too? If so, my money's on Old Man Jenkins"
  • In the Psych episode "In Plain Fright," a haunted house, amusement park, and a comment Lassiter makes about how kids should be scared of the law instead of adults in costumes, after uncovering a dead guy, leads Shawn to argue that they've got "bona fide Scooby-Doo case". This is followed by Shawn wanting Gus to say, "Zoinks," who refuses, but says, "Jinkies," instead. The park's vice president comes in to tell them he knows who murdered the man, to which a satisfied Shawn wants the vice president to tell all the doubters and "Scooby-Don'ts" (referring to Lassiter) of the murderer, who then reveals to him that it was a ghost. Shawn, not having really expected to hear that, says, "Zoinks." Later, Lassiter describes Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! without knowing the name, by saying, "He [Shawn] and Gus think they're in some cartoon with a talking Great Dane and a psychedelically painted van" to which O'Hara responds correctly, "Scooby-Doo?" Making Lassiter realize why Shawn had been calling him Velma. When he says that the key to dealing with Shawn is to keep a psychological upper hand, she reminds him that Shawn calls him Velma.
  • In the Total Drama World Tour episode "I See London," when the Jack the Ripper-type is captured and unmasked, everyone gasps in unison, "Old Man Jenkins," an unfounded trope involving an old person being the culprit. When Old Man Jenkins is discovered to be Ezekial, everyone announces his name at the same time, too.
  • In the So Random! episode "Cole & Dylan Sprouse," there is a Sally Jensen, Kid Lawyer sketch, which features Sally sending Shaggy and Scooby to jail for 20 years after a girl tried to emulate them in finding her bike, which caused her to steal her neighbor's Great Dane, drive her mom's minivan, and feed the dog Scooby Bites all the while on the mystery, but this just led to a big pile of "Scooby doo-doo."
  • In the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode "The Mother of All Vreedles," Ma Vreedle has been betrayed and turned in by her own sons, to which she says, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for my meddling kids!"
  • The series is lampooned with analogs of Mystery Inc. in the independent horror film Saturday Morning Massacre, later retitled Saturday Morning Mystery, which may have come as a result of how the director originally wanted it to be a riff on Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but was convinced by the studio to turn it into more of a parody of Scooby-Doo.[10]
  • In the Horrible Histories sports special, South African Fika Motsoeneg cheated in his country's ultra-marathon by switching with his twin brother, Sergio. Fika blamed his brother for their failure, saying, "We would have got away with it, too, if idiot, here, hadn't worn his watch on the wrong wrist."
  • In the Comic Book Men episode "Ghostbusting in the Stash," Kevin Smith ends the show with "They would've gotten away with it, too."
  • In the film This Is the End, when Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson leave the house of James Franco to search for food in his neighbor's house, Baruchel asks if they should split up to cover more ground, to which Robinson flippantly responds, "Whaddaya think this is, Scooby-Doo?"
  • In the Grojband episode "A Knight to Remember," the band jump in the air with their legs stuck frantically spinning before they get away the second time they see Smasheus.
  • In the Lab Rats episode "The Haunting of Mission Creek High," Principal Perry, with help from a creepy-looking special effects guy, created a hologram of a dead janitor with the special effects guy's image, to scare the school kids, but are thwarted by the main characters who act like they're the Ghostbusters.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "Castle-mania" was a Scooby-Doo parody when the ponies investigated a spooky castle.[11]
  • In Cracked's parody called "Scooby Don't," the Mystery Squad is told off by the police after they tie up an innocent homeless old man at an abandoned carnival.
  • In the Ben 10: Omniverse episode "Mystery, Incorporeal," there are several references such as the "Scooby-Dooby-doors" trope and Gwen's reaction to discovering who the culprit was.
  • The series is parodied in the Austin & Ally episode "Mysteries & Meddling Kids," when while at a disco party, Dez and his friends dress up as his favorite characters from a 70s cartoon called Groovy Goat and the Mystery Bunch. While there, Ally's songbook is stolen and an investigation ensues just like an episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, with the old librarian being unmasked to reveal Ally's rival in disguise, who yells in defeat, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids...and your goat!"
  • In the online comic Girl Genius #15, Du Quay begins to say, "-And I would've got away with it, too, if it hadn't been for-", before he's told to shut up.
  • In the film Characterz, once the park director's scheme of setting up the mascots has been discovered, he says, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids."
  • In the Clarence episode "Spooky Boo," the kids check out a spooky house on Halloween, which old man Howard uses as an excuse to scare the kids while wearing a sheet and making eerie sound effects commonly heard in Hanna-Barbera cartoons, particularly Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! when the kids are running away from monsters.
  • In the Wander Over Yonder episode "The Cartoon," Dominator watches a cartoon called The Mystery Kids Mysteries (narrated by Frank Welker), which is a crossover between Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and Gravity Falls, set in the world of The Jetsons. Mavis and Skipper are driven by an old man in The Mystery Ship, who resemble Mabel, Dipper, and Grunkle Stan, respectively. When Mavis discovers her sweater is haunted, their green, talking dog, Soosy Du, pops up behind them. Soosy Du is a parody of Soos Ramirez, Dipper and Mabel's friend. The Mystery Kids Mysteries is designed to match the quality and budget of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and the outfits and Googie architecture are based on The Jetsons.
  • In the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode "Kimmy Goes Roller Skating!," Vonda compares Kimmy to Daphne by calling her a "goofy girl dressed like she's on Scooby damn Doo." Kimmy doesn't take it as an insult and happily thanks her, instead.
  • In the Regular Show episode "The Dream Warrior," Mordecai and Rigby try to settle Pops from his nightmare by watching Funkie Wunky and the Groovy Gang, which features parodies of Mystery Inc. called the Groovy Gang, Groovies for short, who own a dog called Funkie Wunky. They capture Old Crotchety Elmer, the lighthouse keeper, who was pretending to be a ghost haunting a pirate ship in Bluemont Cove. They stopped him from stealing the gold there and making millions. This makes Pops feel better, who has a dream replaying the episode with the characters being played by people he knows, but it once again turns into a nightmare.
  • In the final scene of the video game Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers, the heroes gather round the masked villain they have captured, and after several unmaskings, discover it is Uncle Grandpa who is the culprit, despite the fact that Uncle Grandpa is also among the good guys. The bad Uncle Grandpa moans, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling heroes." The good Uncle Grandpa responds joyously by declaring, "Another mystery solved. Great work, gang!"
  • In the Puppy Dog Pals episode "Bob Loves Mona," the old man who stole Mona Lisa is thwarted by Bingo and Rolly, making him say, "I would've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling puppies."
  • There are several allusions in the Ben 10 reboot episode "Scared Silly," which begins with the family visiting Harrowing Harbor, the most haunted town on the East Coast, and spending the night at a haunted hotel. Ben is scared like Scooby and Shaggy (even saying "Zoinks"), Gwen is a skeptic like Velma and believes it is Carl drumming up business for the hotel, and Grandpa Max is dumbfounded by the way Fred has been depicted since the early 2000s. When Carl is caught, who was actually trying to scare them away from his evil twin, but with his plan having failed, he says, "And I would've, too, if it wasn't for that kid turning into aliens."
  • For series 13, episode 8 of the BBC quiz show Only Connect, host Victoria Coren Mitchell begins by saying, "Good evening. Much of the key work debunking supernatural myths was carried out in the 1970s by American paranormalogists Norville Rogers, Frederick Jones, Daphne Blake, and Velma Dinkley. And if you didn't get that reference, then shame on you, Only Connect fans. You probably preferred the ones with Scooby-Dum and Scrappy-Doo."
  • In AOK's parody called "Scooby-Doo, Who Are You?," the gang's overzealousness in wanting to unmask monsters leads them to rip off a bad guy's real face, which leads to everyone's face being ripped off, except for Scooby who just laughs as everyone's face drip out blood.
  • In "The Spooky Badge," an episode of the preschool series Hey Duggee, the Squirrels play dress up as Mystery Inc., and right in time to earn their Spooky Badge from Duggee after seeing a ghost. During the mystery, there is a chase between the ghost and the Squirrels which is accompanied by an upbeat jingle. The ghost ends up being a sheep that accidentally got a sheet caught on top of it.
  • In Simpsons Comics #242, there is a story entitled "Scooby Don't!" (with the title card in the same font as the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! title card), in which Bart and his friends have taken on the roles of each member of Mystery Inc. (wearing similar clothes and stylized eyes like them, too), including Ralph Wiggum in a Scooby-like costume. They get free passes to Krustyland, but find out it is closed due to apparently being haunted by a ghost. When they reveal the faux ghost to be a rich Texan, he gets away with it, informing the kids, "And I got away with it, too! Because you're just kids and I can afford a lawyer!"
  • At the end of The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Spinoffs," Rob reads some text off of Timmy, the Internet, finding a show to replace Gumball that would be something akin to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, with a Great Dane and his "kooky friends" who solve mysteries in a van.
  • In the Blu-ray Disc audio commentary for the film Ant-Man and the Wasp, director Peyton Reed compares the arrival of Lang and his team at the Ghost's mansion hideout to something out of Scooby-Doo.
  • In the Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy episode "Tough Luck Chuck," Hot Shot and Whirl chase a malfunctioning Tough Luck Chuck through doors in their base, similarly to how the monsters chase the gang through doors.
  • In Harley Quinn #64, the Justice League Dark becomes a parody of Mystery Inc. in a homage to the episode "A Clue for Scooby-Doo."
  • In the film Spies in Disguise, Lance is believed to be making up a story about how he is being implicated, sounding a "little Scooby-Doo."
  • In the Fuller House episode "Five Dates with Kimmy Gibbler," Ethan uses the "meddling kids" line after Max, Steve, and Ramona have discovered that he and Rocki were hiding that they used to be Dungeon and Dragons nerds.
  • It is referenced in the name of the Harvey Girls Forever! episode "Crush 4U, Where RU?," which also begins with fictional anthropomorphic animals solving a supernatural mystery.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is parodied in the Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Go Team Roberts! episode "The Curse of the Miner's Ghost," when Barbie, her family, and her friends uncover the plot of Harry who tried to force Aunt Adele into selling her inn which was near a mine with a hidden deposit of gold, which Harry found out about and disguised himself as a ghostly miner so he could scare people off while he located it. When caught, Harry Harvati says, "Fine, fine! It's all true, and I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you lousy kids and your annoying dog [Taffy]." There is also a "Scooby-Dooby-doors" trope involving Barbie, Ken, and the miner in the mine.
  • In the Hawaii Five-0 episode "A'ohe Mea 'Imi a Ka Maka," Neolani dresses up as Velma for a costume party, but has to convince an unsure Jerry by acting like she's lost her glasses and says, "Jinkies," after he thinks she's Sadness from the Pixar film Inside Out, and then Barb from Netflix's TV series Stranger Things. He blames it on her headlights by saying, "And I would've gotten it, too, if it wasn't for your meddling headlights."
  • In the QI episode "Phenomena" (from series P, episode 13), Alan Davies' buzzer makes the sound of the theme song.
  • In the Talking Tom and Friends episode "The Mystery of the Pyramid," Tom and his friends go to a concert in Egypt, where they get involved in a mystery involving a mummy kidnapping the host and the MC, which causes Tom to tell everyone to split up, and Hank and Angela to say "Zoinks" and "Jeepers," respectively, as well as the villain's defeated finale line, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling people who I specifically invited here!"
  • In the Young Justice episode "First Impression," Intergang is caught when pretending to be aliens, with member Whisper uttering the line, "And we would've scored big time, if you heroes hadn't gotten in our way!"
  • In the Close Enough episode "Logan's Run'd," the Logan's bartender is discovered to be in his 50s instead of his 20s, so he says, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for you nosy thirty-five year olds!"
  • In the ninth and final episode of Son-In-Lockdown, Kevin Smith, his wife, and daughter catch his daughter's boyfriend, Austin, getting supplies from two people wearing black cloaks with hoods suppliers during the COVID-19 lockdown, who are actually Kevin's inlaws, who share the line of "And we would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids."
  • In Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four #1, Quoi says, "Everything would've gone perfectly if not for you annoying animals and your interfering little cubs."
  • In the Superstore episode "Biscuit," store manager Glenn tried to get Dana back to overseeing security (after she had filled in from him while he was self-isolating during a possible COVID-19 infection), by creating a poorly made threatening letter, causing Dana to scoff and say, "Cut out letters from a magazine? What is this, Scooby-Doo?"
  • In the Lego Ninjago episode "The Tooth of Wojira," when Ronin is imprisoned, he says, "And I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you ninja and your pesky friend," which Cole had a feeling he would say.

1000 Ways to Die

  • "Cure for the Common Death, Part II:" Luke Wiggins moved into the country for some peace, but didn't realize he had moved next to a state park with a popular jogging trail, so he dressed up as the sasquatch to scare away runners.
  • "Tweets from the Dead:" Two men sneak into a former brothel that is supposed to be haunted, so they can find the spirit of dead prostitutes to have sex with them. Having angered the owner, he dresses in a creepy costume to scare them away.

Animaniacs (1993)

  • "Scare-Happy Slappy:" While Slappy takes her nephew trick or treating, they spot a spooky house with bats flying out, so Slappy jokes that it's the opening out of Scooby-Doo.
  • "Back in Style:" The Warner Siblings were loaned off to other cartoon studios by a young Plotz as last-ditch efforts to save Warner Bros., including one run by Phil and Shmoe (parodies of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera). One of the shows parodied is a spoof of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, titled Uhuru, Where Are You! The sound effects are there and the Warners do an impromptu rock song. Due to the Warners' interference, it's inevitably one of several HB-like shows that fail in the ratings. Frank Welker provided the voice for the Fred and Scooby stand-ins.

Archie's Weird Mysteries

  • Issue #5: "Time / Space Conundrum, or, Stop This Time Machine--I Want to Get Off!!:" The end page sets up the next issue which is an all-out parody of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  • Issue #6: "A Familiar Haunt:" Archie and his friends, and their dog, Hot Dog, investigate a haunted farm with all the typical tropes that follow a mystery in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! In the first panel, Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead are dressed up like Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy, respectively, and while that is dropped for the rest of the story, their traits remain, including inexplicably repeating their catchphrases.

Big City Greens

  • "Times Circle:" The Croblins are unmasked by the superhero street performers to be a couple of teenagers and an old man, with the man responding with the line, "And I would've gotten away with it if it weren't for that meddling kid!"
  • "Gloria's Café:" Officer Keys uncovers Gloria's secret café because the ghosts that were supposed to have been haunting the place didn't say, "Boo," and adds, "And you would've gotten away with it, too, Gloria, if it hadn't been for a meddling Keys! And his partner, Officer Cuffy."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • Buffy and her friends' exploits in fighting monsters eventually led Xander to first officially coin the name the Scooby Gang in the season two episode "What's My Line? Part One." They've also had similar names such as "Scooby Corps" in "The I in Team," "Scooby Club" in "This Year's Girl," and "Scoobies" in "Fool for Love."
  • In the reboot by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the new incarnation of Buffy's team was also called the Scooby Gang.

Codename: Kids Next Door

  • "T.E.E.T.H.:" The kids believe that Knightbrace is Dr. Sigmund Teef, who turns up when they catch Knightbrace. Numbuh 1 then unmasks Knightbrace to reveal his true identity to be Mr. Jelly.
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation C.A.M.P.," Chester is defeated and angrily says, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling skunk!"

The Cleveland Show

  • "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at the Stool:" Cleveland and his friends frantically hover above the ground as they run scared of Dick Clark.
  • "Nightmare on Grace Street:" Cleveland and Rallo are forced to put an end to their feud by staying in a spooky mansion at night on Halloween. Rallo says it's nice, but Cleveland responded that it "seemed a little Scooby-Doo." He then says, "Zoinks," like Shaggy, and jumps on Rallo like Scooby would jump on Scooby, with appropriate sound effects. Rallo then feeds him a dog biscuit, with Cleveland responding in a happy Scooby-like tone.
  • "Die Semi-Hard:" In a Die Hard parody, Tim/Hans Gruber mocks Cleveland/John McClane, his "mystery man," for watching too many American TV mysteries, listing a bunch of them, but Cleveland is partial to cartoon dogs, ending the conversation with "Scooby-Dooby-Doo, motherfucker", although the swear word is bleeped out. The next time they speak on the walkie talkies, he addresses him as Scooby-Doo, and asks where he is in reference to the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Disney's Doug

  • "Doug's Bloody Buddy:" A fantasy in the teaser depicts Doug and his friends as the Scooby Gang, who are looking for the Bluffington Vampire.
  • "Quailman VII: Quail Dad:" Golden Salmon said, "I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for those Quails."

Doctor Who

  • The Crooked World: In the book, the Eighth Doctor travels to Zanytown on Crooked World, where the Skeleton Crew (Mike Leader, Harmony Looker, Thelma Brains, and Tim Coward) and their dog, Fearless, look for ghosts.
  • In the short story "Iris Wildthyme and the Unholy Ghost," which is part of the anthology book The Panda of Horror, Iris watches an episode of Scooby-Doo.
  • The tropes of Scooby-Doo are referred in the books Only Human, Forever Autumn, Heart of Stone, The Stone House, The Shining Man, and The Good Doctor, in the comic Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #4, and the audio books Phobos, Girl, Deconstructed.

Drawn Together

Main article: Drawn Together
  • "Hot Tub:" A deleted scene introduced Foxxy Love with a back story that parodied both Josie and the Pussycats and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, with Foxxy Love, the lead singer, singing and then unmasked an old guy.
  • "The One Wherein There's a Big Twist Part Two:" When Strawberry Sweetcake's plan is revealed, she yells "And I would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for that meddling schvoogie" referring to Foxxy, who exposed her plan to everyone else.
  • "Little Orphan Hero:" Foxxy and the other housemates get locked in place momentarily as they run away.

The Fairly OddParents

Main article: The Fairly OddParents
  • "Twistory:" The Founding Fathers are all astonished to discover that Benedict Arnold was disguising himself as George Washington, which is uncovered by Timmy, eliciting Benedict's angry remark, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling kid."
  • Channel Chasers (part 2): Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda travel into a parody of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! called Snooper Dawg and the Clue Crew. The Clue Crew arrive in their Clue Cruiser right after Timmy and the fairies enter, with the fairies going from parodies of Mystery Incorporated like Timmy to parodies of Scooby. Several tropes and conventions are followed, such as Snooper the dog's Shaggy-like friend jumping into his arms after they all spot a monster, and run into the nearby spooky mansion which has bats flying out of it. Inside, they participate in the Scooby-Dooby-doors (with an accompanying pop song), Snooper and his friend eat, and the Velma doppelganger loses her glasses. They catch the monster and unmask it. There seem to be references to Goober and the Ghost Chasers, too, as the dog is somewhat similar to Goober and the kids are made of five, instead of four.
  • "Dread 'n' Breakfast:" During Crocker, Tootie, and Dark Laser stay at the Turner Bed and Breakfast, they are out to get Timmy, who at one point asks Dark Laser what one of his buttons does which he says turns on his 70s chase music, which begins a Scooby-Dooby-doors chase. In the middle of the chase, parodies of Shaggy and Scooby appear, being chased by the Headless Horseman; the Shaggy parody says "Zinkies, Doob! Like, keep running man!"
  • "The Wand That Got Away:" While on the search for Cosmo's wand, the gang gets into Spark's "groovy" van (resembling the Mystery Machine) he won from a 1970s game show. This gives Cosmo the idea, with Wanda's wand, to turn them into Mystery Inc. When they track it down to Crocker's house, they split up and run into monsters (and Crocker's mother). Crocker thinks the wand is fake when he wishes to be a zillionaire, causing an oil spill outside, which he doesn't see as helpful, but when he realizes it was real he says to himself, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids." When the gang is back at Timmy's, Wanda is relieved they won't have to solve any more mysteries, which is followed by Sparky crying, "Rooby-Rooby-Roo!" But Sparky insists he says this right before seeing a giant pigeon smack into a window, such as the one Mr. Turner transformed into is about to do. Mr. Turner reacts by saying, "Zoinks! I broke my jinkies!"
  • "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie:" Sparky kept a DVD of his previous owners, which included a group of kids resembling Mystery Incorporated who solved mysteries. Thanks to the Mystery Mobile, they escaped from a castle haunted by a cloaked ghost. The Shaggy doppelganger commentated in fear, "Zoinks, Sparky."

Family Guy

  • "Chitty Chitty Death Bang:" With the television transmitter cut, Peter wonders what the Scooby gang is up to, with the scene then cutting to an adult spin-off spoof called The Scooby-Doo Murder Files, where Mystery Incorporated investigates and describes in detail how someone was killed, as well being able to curse, as Fred demonstrates by saying, "Son of a bitch." There's also a van with the words "Murder Machine" written on the side as a reference to The Mystery Machine.
  • "Family Guy Viewer Mail:" A segment parodies the Little Rascals with the adults as kids, which includes a portion of time at a spooky mansion, where the regressed boys also copy the hallway chase gag, featuring Mystery Incorporated in a cameo also running out of one door and into another.
  • "Deep Throats:" In a DVD-exclusive scene, when Brian and Stewie sneak into the town hall, they run into Mystery Incorporated, but Stewie gets rid of them by humming their own walk music against them.


Main article: Futurama
  • "I Dated a Robot:" When the Planet Express crew uncovers that Nappster is really Kidnappster who had been illegally holding Lucy Liu's head for 800 years, the CEO says to the CFO, "And we would've gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling adults."
  • "Bendless Love:" When the crew question who could've straitened the L-unit, when it was obviously Bender, who was bending and straitening it right in front of them, Zoidberg declares, "Well, gang, it looks like we have another mystery on our hands."
  • Futurama: Beast with a Billion Backs (part 4): Of the fake angels, Leela asks Yivo if they were "some kind of Scooby-Doo-esque flashlight projection?"
  • "Saturday Morning Fun Pit:" The head of Richard Nixon and the headless body of Spiro Agnew watch Bendee-Boo and the Mystery Crew on a Saturday morning. The episode is called "Bendee-Boo Meets the Spooky Kabuki," which is full of allusions to production limitations, canned laugh track, gags, tropes, assumed inside jokes, a 60s pop song during a Scooby-Dooby-doors moment, and Bender, Fry, Leela, Amy, and Hermes as parodies of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Fred, respectively, who drive the Planet Express ship in the shape and colors of The Mystery Machine. There are also celebrity guests in George Takei, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Larry Bird. Takei turns out to be the monster, who tells the gang, "And I would never have gotten away with it, regardless of you meddling kids," because according to himself, he is mentally ill. There is also an unmasking with Zoidberg, who they originally thought was the culprit, but Leela discovers he is innocent and wasn't wearing a mask when she accidentally ripped his head off.

The Goldbergs

  • "Big Orange:" Adam is desperate for him and his sister to solve one last case as the Goldberg Gang together, so he makes a suspect list of 36 people, even one of a seemingly abandoned chair, which apparently has a ghost sitting in it, ala a "classic Scooby-Doo villain." When Beverly is discovered to be the culprit, she says, "I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids.
  • "So Swayze, It's Crazy:" Erica describes his unrequited crush, Dave Kim, as looking like a "tiny freshman creeper who dresses as Velma from Scooby-Doo."

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

  • "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis:" The boys talk about their roles in the group, with Mac comparing them to filling out the typical roles as seen in The A-Team, Scooby-Doo, and Ghostbusters.
  • "The World Defense Series:" The guys find the linen closet while trying to sneak into the stands, where Charlie says they should search for secret tunnels behind shelves because it always happens in Scooby-Doo, but Dennis doesn't want to base their decisions on what may or may not happen in a cartoon such as Scooby-Doo.


Main article: Jeopardy!
  • November 24, 1999: In the "TV Detectives" category for $200, the question was, "Were it not for 4 meddling kids & this title dog, many a cartoon crime would be unsolved," with the answer being, "Who is a Scooby-Doo?"
  • December 14, 2000: In the "What's the Question" category for $400, the question was, "It's the question asked of Scooby Doo in the title & theme of his first TV series," with the answer being, "What is 'where are you?'"
  • April 16, 2003: In the "On the Phone" category for $600, the question was, "By our informal estimate, this question from the "Scooby-Doo" [Where Are You!] theme song also begins 70% of cell phone calls," with the answer being, "What is 'where are you'?"
  • April 4, 2005: In the "Toon Up" category for $400, the question was, "Zoinks! This TV cartoon dog celebrated his 35th anniversary in 2004 (that's his 245th in dog years)," with the answer being, "Who is Scooby-Doo?"
  • February 8, 2007: In the "I Still Like Cartoons" category for $400, the question was, "This Great Dane was introduced in 1969, & you'd have gotten away with $400 if it weren't for those meddling kids," with the answer being, "Who is Scooby-Doo?"
  • June 25, 2007: In the "Voices, I Hear Voices..." category for $1200, the question was, "He voiced Shaggy on the 1969-1972 TV series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!," with the answer being, "Who is Casey Kasem?"
  • July 23, 2012: In the "Classic Cartoons" category for $1000, the question was, "The theme to this cartoon says, "You're not fooling me 'cause I can see the way you shake and shiver"," with the answer being, "What is Scooby-Doo?"
  • In the October 3, 2017: In the "TV" category for $200, the question was, "He's the Loveable Great Dane who hangs out with Daphne, Freddy, Shaggy & Velma," with the answer being, "Who is Scooby-Doo?" (with Austin giving a bit of a voice).
  • May 22, 2018: In the "Questionable Television" category, the question for $400 was, "In the 1960s, N.Y. Police Car 54 & Scooby-Doo Were asked this question in show titles," with the answer being, "What is 'Where are you?'"
  • July 7, 2021: In the "TV Animation" category for $600, the question was, "Working names for this cartoon show were Mysteries Five & Who's S-S-Scared?" with the answer being, "What is Scooby-Doo?"

Johnny Test

  • "Johnny Dukey Doo:" The episode is a parody of the tropes and formula of Scooby-Doo, with Johnny, Dukey, Susan, Mary, and Gil teaming up and filling the roles of Mystery Inc. when they investigate an abandoned haunted mansion; Gil in particular also wears an outfit similar to Fred. At three points in the episode, Johnny asks Dukey, "Where have I seen this before?" Once when the group plan to separate in their case; a second time when they run away from the ghosts in a hallway of doors; and lastly when the identities of the ghosts are revealed, with Johnny recognizing that he has "seen this before." Johnny and Dukey disguise themselves as waiters to fool the ghosts, and there is an upbeat tempo when they get caught in a Scooby-Dooby-doors moment. One of the six ghosts is a glowing scuba diver similar to the Ghost of Captain Cutler from "A Clue for Scooby-Doo," while four of them are based on the Green Ghosts from "A Night of Fright is No Delight."
  • "Johnny Bee Good:" When Johnny, Dukey, Susan, and Mary foil the Beekeeper's evil plan to steal all the candy in Porkbelly, Johnny reveals his identity as Doc Beebles by unmasking him. In return, Beebles says, "I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for the flaming-headed kid in the bee suit, and those girls, and the hairy kid."
  • "Johnny's New Super Mega Villain:" Johnny and his friends foil the plot of the Super Mega Villain Man, who is really the Mayor, acting as a villain to stop them from ruining another Porkbelly celebration.

Looney Tunes

Main article: Looney Tunes
  • In Looney Tunes #74, there is a story entitled "Tazzy-Doo, Where Are You?," with several Looney Tunes stars acting as counterparts to Mystery Inc.; known here as Conundrum Co. It is discovered that the kitten, Pussyfoot, was trying to scare the employees away from the Acme Mask Factory to get some sleep, with Tazzy-Doo responding, "Kitty wanted nap. Kitty get one, too--in spite of meddling kids!"
  • In celebration of Warner Bros.' 100th anniversary, they celebrated by licensing a range of Looney Tunes Funko Pops with a Scooby-Doo motif. This was then shown in animated form with a special mashup short that featured the Looney Tunes cast as Mystery Incorporated who have caught the ghost of Mr. Hyde.

¡Mucha Lucha!

  • "Timmy of a Thousand Masks:" To reveal Timmy as the culprit, the kids take off many of his masks, with the kids announcing all those that they see in the same manner as Mystery Inc. does.
  • ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico: The way everyone announces the name of the culprit after unmasking El Maléfico is the same as what Mystery Inc. would do after unmasking a monster.

Phineas and Ferb

  • "Hawaiian Vacation:" There's a chase between several hotel doors between Phineas and Ferb and the Aqua Primates.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel: During the end credits, there is an unmasking where everybody reacts in unison to who the culprit is.


  • "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!:" In response to all the kids wanting to investigate Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Jughead warned them, "If we go in there with the entire Scooby Gang, forget it, we're compromised."
  • "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter:" In response to uncovering Clifford Blossom's scheme, Jughead types on his laptop, "And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for a group of pesky kids, who uncovered the truth."

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • "Operation Rich in Spirit:" In the last skit, "A Scooby Friday," Mystery Inc. goes sleuthing at Camp Crystal Lake where they all get killed by Jason Voorhies, except for Velma, as she is a virgin. Jason Voorhies, who's really an old man, rectifies this by sleeping with Velma. The voices of Mystery Inc. are provided by those who starred in the first two live-action movies, except for Dave Coulier as Scooby.
  • "Help Me:"
  • "Malcolm X: Fully Loaded:" Zune Man breaks the CD on CD's chest, responding with a mocking, "Ruh-roh."
  • "Punctured Jugular:"
  • "Cheese Puff Mountain:"
  • "Scoot to the Gute:"
  • "Jew #1 Opens a Treasure Chest:"
  • "Snoopy Camino Lindo in: Quick and Dirty Squirrel Shot:"
  • "May Cause the Need for Speed:"

Saturday Night Live

  • "Rob Lowe/Eminem:" In a skit about a fictional Crime TV program called Pros & Cons, it reports on Mr. Montgomery, a jailed felon, who allegedly dressed up as a ghost to scare people away from a run-down amusement park that had pirate treasure underneath. He was stopped by a group of "amateur detectives," who according to Warren "Shaggy" Shagowski, decided while in a malt shop that the law had gone soft and it was time to do something about it, especially after "dirtbags who get their jollies dressing as ape men or glowing deep sea divers." Mr. Montgomery's lawyer argues that their prior criminal activities for "meddling" on several occasions meant that they were looking for trouble and implicated that Mr. Montgomery was innocent. Shaggy simply counters with his patriotic American right to have the freedom to stop bad guys. The lawyer admires Shaggy's ethics, then bribes him to think differently with a box of Scooby Snacks.
  • "Margot Robbie/The Weeknd:" In a segment called The Hunch Bunch, where the cast is dressed like characters resembling Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, and Velma. They investigate a spooky castle haunted by a monster who is really Coggins, the groundskeeper.

Sugar and Toys

Main article: Sugar and Toys
  • "Cribfest:" In a segment called "The Scoobidy-Doobidy Basketball Variety Mystery Show," Lakers coach Luke Walton has hired the Scoobidy Gang to find LeBron James's missing hairline, which he claims the Barber Fairy took after a story that Kobe Bryant told him when joining the Lakers. After a short investigation, the gang discover that the Barber Fairy is really Kobe who didn't want LeBron to play better than him. Scooby and Shaggy's doppelgangers are called Scoobidy and Shaky, respectively.
  • "Burning Scouts:" In a segment called "Cartoon BFFs, See Each Other Naked for the First Time," Shaggy and Fred disrobe in the shower to see each other naked. Shaky is surprised to see an ascot on Fred's penis, too. Unlike the first episode, Shaky says, "Zoinkers," instead of "Zoinks." Fred also talks about sharing Deedee (Daphne), which may be a reference to when Shaggy and Daphne solved mysteries together with Scooby and Scrappy for three seasons in the 80s.
  • "Make Room for Roomie:" The gang investigate the disappearance of Shaky, and ask Scoobidy several questions until he confesses that he killed Shaky because Shaky kept on eating his Scoobidy Snacks and threatened to neuter him. Scoobidy then cut all of him up and turned him into "Shaky Snacks" to hide the body, which he the fed to the rest of his friends, who threw up after they discover the truth. Scoobidy winks at the camera.
  • "Revenge of the Nerfs:" In a segment called "The Scoobidy-Doobidy Cancel Culture Variety Mystery Show," the Scoobidy Gang (the first time they are called that) investigate Chris Brown's house to see why he is back in the spotlight again despite being "cancelled." Velma, in particular, is seething with hatred at the idea of Chris being popular again. Scoobidy drives the Mystery Machine. Fred mentions how he had a lot of fun the other night with Deedee and Velma. Velma and Shaky use their catchphrases.
  • "Love in the Time of Pandademic:" The Scoobidy Gang catch DJ Khaled disguised as a ghost chicken at a KFC-type restaurant. DJ Khaled was stealing the lemon pepper off Rick Ross's chicken wings.


  • "Prom Night!:" Alex said that when Kara was younger she and her boyfriend had appointed themselves Midvale's "Scooby-Duo" by all the rescues they had made.
  • "Welcome Back, Kara!:" Supergirl is so shaken from her time in the Phantom Zone, that she says couldn't even take an episode of Scooby-Doo.


  • "Playthings:" Dean is excited because he and his brother, Sam, get to investigate a haunted inn, which he describes as something akin to Scooby-Doo. He jokes that they might even find Fred and Daphne inside, before revealing his romantic interest in her.
  • "The Magnificent Seven:" Isaac mocks Sam and Dean's level of expertise in demon hunting by telling them "this ain't Scooby-Doo".
  • "The Great Escapist:" An ill Sam says he's going to check out the hotel manager Dr. Scowley, who likes like a villain out of Scooby-Doo.
  • "Thinman:" When Ed saves Harry from Thinman by pointing a gun at his head, he says, "It's Scooby-Doo time, douchebag. Take off the mask."
  • "Scoobynatural:" A haunted TV sucks Dean, Sam, and later Castiel into "A Night of Fright is No Delight," which corrupts the fictional world of Scooby-Doo due to the presence of them and a real ghost. When the boys escape into the real world, Sam remarks on how Velma was right about shady real estate developers after they capture Jay, who by chance happens to say, "I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Dean, already wearing an ascot like Fred, is overjoyed and proudly says, "Scooby-Dooby-Doo."
  • "Golden Time:" While Sam has been searching for God and Lilith, Sean has been eating and "marathoning Scooby-Doo."

Teen Titans Go!

Main article: Teen Titans Go!
  • "I See You:" During Beast Boy and Cyborg's stakeout song, they appear in the T-Car next to Scooby and Shaggy who are in The Mystery Machine.
  • "Costume Contest:" Robin draws the Teen Titans as Mystery Inc. characters for potential Halloween costumes.
  • Cartoon Network Edition: NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest 2023: Scooby-Doo and Velma were on the side reporters, but Velma kept on turning it into a mystery. She eventually found a basketball with a face on it which she tried to unmask, and although it seemed unlikely at first, the basketball was unmasked to reveal Raven. When caught, she says, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids and your dumb dog." Starfire is bemused by this comment.
  • "Intro:" Control Freak traps the Titans in the intros of other shows, so there's can never begin, which includes the theme song of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, where the Titans interfere with the natural flow of things.


  • "Meat:" Rhys suggests the team hides in his van to carry out a sting operation, to which his girlfriend on the team angrily retorts, "What is this, Scooby-Doo?"
  • Slow Decay: In the book, Owen considers himself a true fan, and the tropes and conventions are discussed, such as a ghost being a caretaker in disguise.

Total DramaRama

  • "That's a Wrap:" When Courtney tries to help her friends see that the mummy is Duncan in disguise, they seem to understand until Courtney says it was the groundskeeper, in the unfounded trope that the groundskeeper is the culprit.
  • "Duncan Carving:" On Halloween, Duncan dresses up as Carvin' Marvin (the Headless Horseman) to steal the other kids' candy. He is eventually caught in candy corn and unmasked, with everyone surprised to see him, including Owen's face suddenly resembling Scooby's. Duncan responds with the usual, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling classmates."


  • "Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler:" When one of the guards is discovered to be hiding the Golden Ruler under his bearskin hat, he cries out, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, but for my irresponsible love of Brie cheese and baguette bread.
  • "Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen:" When the Peaoni brothers' plans of crushing Xerxes with a grand piano are thwarted, Teresh Peaoni says, "And we could've taken over the kingdom, if it wasn't for that meddling queen," referring to Esther who warned Xerxes before it was too late.

The Venture Bros.

Main article: The Venture Bros.
  • "Ghosts of the Sargasso:" Dean unmasks a fake ghost pirate as if the latter was a Scooby-Doo villain.
  • "Return to Spider-Skull Island:" The opening of the episode begins with the team returning home after having been involved in a ghost case at a cineplex, which involved them wearing ridiculous disguises and tearing off the mask of a criminal.
  • "Twenty Years to Midnight:" Colonel Gentleman had made a list when he was an old man of toys he would've wanted when he was a kid, but hadn't been invented yet, which includes a Scooby-Doo monster game of some sort.
  • "¡Viva los Muertos!:" The gang is reenvisioned as middle-aged serial killers and radical figures: Fred is Ted (Ted Bundy), Shaggy is Sonny (David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz), Daphne is Patty (Patty Hearst), Velma is Val (Valerie Solanas), and Scooby is Groovy (Harvey, Berkowitz's neighbor's dog), who drive in a van reminiscent of The Mystery Machine. Ted bribes Sonny to get out of the van with pills called "Groovy treats," and there are comical sound effects when the characters run.
  • "The Buddy System:" The Pirate Captain offers an activity at Dr. Venture's boy adventurer day camp, which allows a camper to learn how to be, for example, the ghost Miner Forty-Niner to stop meddling kids from getting their gold.
  • "The Lepidopterists:" The Monarch was criticized for using the word "retard," but he wasn't going to say "bungling boobs" or "meddling kids."
  • "Self-Medication:" Action Johnny mocks the group after seeing a real snake, that it isn't an old lighthouse keeper in a rubber mask. Also, while on the car ride to Nightin' Ale's, Dr. Venture responds to a discussion on whether or not Daphne and Velma had sex, with him believing Daphne got around, while Velma didn't because she was a lesbian, although he never gets to finish the latter though. Jonny reveals that the herpes he got from her says otherwise.
  • "Sphinx Rising:" When Mrs. The Monarch asks the Monarch how exactly they're going to get into the Venture compound even with their disguises, he has no idea and simply responds, "With our Scooby-Dooby-Doo magic masks."

Young Justice (TV series)

  • "Independence Day:" Guardian tells Desmond that the Team is not "your typical meddling kids."
  • "First Impression:" Intergang is caught when pretending to be aliens, with member Whisper uttering the line, "And we would've scored big time, if you heroes hadn't gotten in our way!"


Home media

VHSes began in the 1980s, DVDs began in 2000, and Blu-ray Discs began in 2020.

Reading material

Comics have been published since 1970 by various comic book companies, including Gold Key Comics, Charlton Comics, Marvel Comics, Harvey Comics (reprinted from Charlton), Archie Comics, and currently DC Comics.

Between 2016 to 2019, DC Comics published a horror post-apocalyptic retelling called Scooby Apocalypse. They referred to it as their "crown jewel" among the other dramatic modern retellings of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but was canceled in 2019 when Warner Bros. reportedly no longer appreciated this darker version, ending the entire line-up. The cancellation did not interfere with the ending, however.


Toys of Scooby, Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, and Velma first popped up via Equity in 1999, when Warner Bros. knew Scooby-Doo was a goldmine in sales. In Europe, Character Toys were given the license.

As mentioned above, The Lego Group released minifigures and playsets inspired by episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Eventually, these were discontinued when Playmobil took over.

Since 2017, Figures Toy Company released action figures based on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, which included monsters with removable masks.

Board game mysteries

Milton Bradley released the first board game in 1973 entitled Scooby-Doo... Where Are You! Game.

Joystick mysteries

The first video game based on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was Mattel Electronic's Scooby-Doo's Maze Chase in 1983.

A reel good time

Viewmaster reels based on the episodes have been sold infrequently between 1972 to 1999, by companies such as GAF, Tyco, and Fisher-Price.


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