When I was a child, I remember being very eager to visit my grandparents due to one thing: they had cable. Back before the age of the internet, cable was something of an elusive wonder. It had the one channel that I would actually devote myself to: Cartoon Network.
My favorite show to watch on that channel were classic episodes of Scooby Doo, but I never understood why I liked the show. I remember very specifically that I always watched Scooby Doo. But I couldn’t articulate the reasoning until now.
When I speak further, I am referring to the series that most of us are familiar with. As the series has grown over the years, it has gone through the hands of many writers in its various incarnations. In spin-offs, the rules often change. In some, there are supernatural elements that turn out to be true. In others, there’s the introduction of other characters (don’t get me started on Scrappy). For the purposes of this article, we are referring to the original series.