There have been a lot of flavors of Scooby-Doo over the year. Some of them are pretty fun. I’ve seen a couple of their Lego movies and they are charming and cool visually. The show most of us grew up on, probably in reruns if you’re reading this, is Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. That one isn’t very good. It’s repetitive and not terribly funny. The charms are mostly in the nostalgia of it all or whatever. Also, when they would hang out with the Harlem Globetrotters or Batman and Robin. However, what if I were to tell you that there’s a Scooby-Doo show that is genuinely, straight-up good. Let me introduce you to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
I just saw that on my Sling they have episodes of Mystery Incorporated on demand on the Cartoon Network channel. It definitely caught my eye, because I may just check back in on it again. Originally, I watched it on Netflix, where I binged the whole show. I threw the first one on as a whim, because I had heard it was actually good. Then, I ended up watching it all.
You know the general gist of a Scooby-Doo show. The Mystery Machine gang, Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and of course their talking Great Dane Scooby, go around solving mysteries. There’s a monster, then there isn’t. Mystery Incorporated takes the world of the show much more seriously, though. They actually care about the plots and the mysteries. Also, there are multiple overarching mysteries that run through the show. That’s right, it’s a Scooby-Doo show with ongoing storylines!
The characters have inner lives too. They aren’t one-dimensional. And yet, it’s also pretty funny at times. The action is genuinely gripping at times, and the mysteries are intriguing, but you still get some laughs along the way. It’s just a truly entertaining show. If you are familiar with old version of Scooby-Doo, it’s even better. I also like the way the show is animated. It doesn’t have the charm of some other versions, but it’s still quite enjoyable.
So if when you think of Scooby-Doo what comes to mind is teenagers running through doors from a spooky ghost while a bubblegum pop song plays, you will likely be pleasantly surprised by Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Also, since it has an ongoing story, it’s great for bingeing. Yes, you just may find yourself hooked on a Scooby-Doo show.