TV Series | TV-G | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.
The vocal "Scooby-Doo Where Are You!" theme was not the original theme composed for this series. Musical director Ted Nichols had originally composed an instrumental theme for the show, which alternates with the more familiar David Mook/Ben Raleigh theme (which was recorded three days before the premiere of the show on September 13, 1969) on the original broadcast prints of the show. Nichols incorporated his tune as the main recurring theme for the incidental music score, and a truncated version of it underscores all the episode title cards for both this series and The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972). Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: What a Night for a Knight (1969) (September 13, 1969) used the Nichols instrumental theme under the opening credits sequence, with the Mook/Raleigh tune for the closing credits. Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: A Clue for Scooby Doo (1969) (September 20, 1969) was the only one to feature Nichols' theme for both opening and closing credits. The following episodes used the Mook/Raleigh theme for the opening credits and the Nichols instrumental theme under the closing credits sequence: Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: Hassle in the Castle (1969) (September 27, 1969), Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: Which Witch Is Which? (1969) (December 6, 1969), and Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: A Night of Fright Is No Delight (1970) (January 10, 1970). All other episodes used Mook and Raleigh's theme for both opening and closing credits.
The re-run prints that first aired on CBS in 1971 feature standardized opening title music for all first season episodes. A number of the first season episodes feature alternate opening (and/or closing) theme music (see trivia). Excepting prints aired on cable between between 1990 and 1998 (which were time-compressed copies of the original broadcast prints, all but the first two missing their laugh tracks), all re-runs of this show use the 1971 prints.
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