Scooby-Doo debuted on CBS-TV on September 13, 1969

Scooby-Doo debuted on CBS-TV on September 13, 1969 -- Here are some facts you might not know about Scooby-Doo's and his pals.
  • The cartoon debuted on CBS September 13, 1969, and new episodes still air in syndication, making it the longest-running animated series ever.
  • A CBS exec named the dog after hearing Frank Sinatra's nonsense line "Scooby-dooby-doo" in his hit song "Strangers in the Night."
  • Scooby's human co-stars Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy were inspired by the "I Love A Mystery" radio show and the sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."
  • The show was originally titled "Mysteries Five And Who's Scared?" before bigwigs settled on "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"
  • The dog breed was chosen by a show artist, who was friends with the owner of an award-winning Great Dane.
  • Scott Innes provided Scooby's voice for the movie. On TV, the talking Great Dane was voiced by Don Messick, who also provided the vocals for Bamm-Bamm of "The Flintstones" and Yogi Bear's buddy Boo-Boo.
  • The late Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy on the TV.
  • A young Dave Coulier was hired to supply various voices for the TV cartoon. Later, he starred with the Olsen twins on ABC's "Full House."
  • Brainy Velma has never piloted the four-wheel-drive Mystery Machine van. At 15, she's not old enough to have a driver's license.
  • In 1997, NASA scientists honored the series by dubbing a rock floating around Mars "Scooby-Doo."


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