In the late 1970’s, the Scooby cartoon series became the number-one-rated network cartoon show. However, after 10 years, studio executives thought the Scooby formula was getting a little stale, as ratings weren’t as high as they once were. So they decided to inject Scrappy, a hyperactive puppy, into the mix to liven up the series, yet keep Scooby fans happy at the same time.
We still get Freddy, Daphne and Velma mixed into this season, which is a good thing. Although, with the addition of Scrappy, the rest of the gang has a lot less to do.
As a kid, I didn’t initially take to Scrappy, and later in to my teens, I downright despised that little pup. Upon watching the Scrappy years as a middle aged man, I’ve come to appreciate him a little more. Scrappy was a way of bringing a new audience in, and keeping Scooby-Doo on the air and profitable. All these years I thought Scrappy ruined the show, but his tiny paws kept it alive. How’s that for Puppy Power!
Premiered on ABC: September 22, 1979
Ran from Sept 22, 1979 – Dec 1979 on Saturdays from 11:30-12:00 AM
From Dec 1979 – Sept 1979 it was on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 AM.
And from Sept 1980 – Nov 1, 1980, it was on Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:00 AM.
The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show - 1979 - 1980
|Episode Number||Episode Name||Date Aired|
|79001||The Scarab Lives!||September 22, 1979|
|79002||The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld||September 29, 1979|
|79003||Strange Encounters of a Scooby Kind||October 6, 1979|
|79004||The Neon Phantom of the Roller Disco!||October 13, 1979|
|79005||Shiver and Shake,That Demon's a Snake||October 20, 1979|
|79006||The Scary Sky Skeleton||October 27, 1979|
|79007||The Demon of the Dugout||November 3, 1979|
|79008||The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear||November 10, 1979|
|79009||Twenty Thousand Screams Under the Sea||November 17, 1979|
|79010||I Left My Neck in San Francisco||November 24, 1979|
|79011||When You Wish Upon a Star Creature||December 1, 1979|
|79012||The Ghoul, the Bat and the Ugly||December 8, 1979|
|79013||Rocky Mountain Yiiii!||December 15, 1979|
|79014||The Sorcerer's a Menace||December 22, 1979|
|79015||Lock the Door, It's a Minotaur||December 29, 1979|
|79016||The Ransom of Scooby Chief||January 5, 1980|
Scooby-Doo: Don Messick
Scrappy-Doo: Lennie Weinrib
Velma: Pat Stevens, Maria Frumkin (replaced Pat later on)
Freddy: Frank Welker
Daphne: Heather North
Shaggy: Casey Kasem