For me, the complete Scooby-Doo catalog consists of the various shows which aired from 1969 through 1991. This is the sweet spot that I find fills that nostalgic craving for myself, encompassing my entire childhood of Scooby and the gang. Granted, some iterations are definitely better than others.
As the age of DVD took over, Scooby-Doo was ushered into the era of home media. For the first times, fans were being offered a plethora of DVD options for bringing home their favorite Great Dane. However, a problem quickly ensued with the multiple of releases which hit store shelves. Some of these were clearly labeled as to what they were, while others left consumers confused.
Admittedly, today's post is certainly late to the party to help many buyers out there who already have piles upon piles of discs. Hopefully, though, this will still help to provide some relief as to just what is on all of those DVD's for any potential new buyers, or just for curiosity's sake, if you're just interested in the topic.
Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
The first, and primary series for Scooby-Doo was Scooby-Doo Where Are You? It originally aired between 1969 and 1970, and contained two seasons. Season one featured seventeen episodes, while season two had eight.
All of these were released together in 2004 as a single set entitled Scooby-Doo Where Are You?: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons. While this set has since gone out of pint, both seasons have been re-released multiple times as the complete series, which also contains season three. More on that final season will be addressed below.
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? was followed by The New Scooby-Doo Movies, which aired from 1972 to 1973. This series was re-tooled from it's predecessor in two distinct ways. The first was that the runtime was doubled, allowing for stories to be fleshed out. This was crucial, as the second biggest change was that of rotating guest stars which appeared in each episode. Some actors played themselves, while others took on the persona of their characters from popular television shows of the time.
The show ran for two seasons, with season one having sixteen episodes, and season two encompassing an additional eight. Due to rights issues, the series has never been released in its entirety. Of the twenty-four episodes, twenty-three can be found on the appropriately titled, The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection.
The missing episode is entitled, "Wednesday Is Missing," which features The Addams Family. To date, Warner Archives has been unable to secure the rights of the characters from Charles Addam's estate. For those wanting the episode, it was released on VHS in the UK in 1987 on a PAL cassette named The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
This is where things start to get muddy, both in terms of the actual series, and subsequent DVD releases. Though the show ran for three seasons across forty episodes, it can sometime get mixed up with other related titles that contained Scooby-Doo at the time, causing confusion.
Season one encompassed sixteen episodes of The Scooby-Doo / Dynomutt Hour which aired in 1976. Each episode contained two segments. The first featured Scooby-Doo and the gang, while the second featured Dynomutt and Blue Falcon. After two months, an additional half hour was added to the series, and the name changed to The Scooby-Doo / Dynomutt Show. However, this now ninety minute series was only extended to include an additional episode from the prior released two seasons of Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
The new segments of the season were released in their entirety on DVD in 2016 as The Scooby-Doo / Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series.
Season two contained eight episodes, and were under the title, Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics. However, this is where things can get confusing. Laff-A-Lympics, the segments, aren't considered to be part of the Scooby-Doo continuation.
There are two seasons of this show, but only the first, which aired from 1977 to 1978, have the eight The Scooby-Doo Show segments packed in the two hour run time. In addition, the show featured four additional segments, Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels, Laff-A-Lympics, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, and The Blue Falcon And Dynomutt.
Only four of these eight episodes were released on DVD, and they're spread out across multiple discs.
Scooby-Doo's Sppokiest Tales, released in 2001, contains the episode, "Vampire Bats And Scaredy Cats".
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Around the World, released in 2012, contains the episode, "The Ozark Witch Switch."
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for Your 'Rife, released in 2013, and Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Surf's Up Scooby-Doo, released in 2015 both contain the episode, "Hang In There, Scooby-Doo!"