Ranking the first episode of every Scooby-Doo series from worst to best

There are so many great Scooby-Doo series so let's rank the first episode of each.

Specials -- “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!” -- Image Number: SDRfg_0035 -- Pictured (L - R): Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma -- Photo: Abominable Pictures/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Specials -- “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!” -- Image Number: SDRfg_0035 -- Pictured (L - R): Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma -- Photo: Abominable Pictures/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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12. The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show "Scooby The Barbarian/No Sharking Zone"

Whether people like to admit it or not, everyone has an opinion on Scrappy-Doo. As Scooby-Doo's nephew, he's larger than life. Plus if you've watched any of the live-action movies, you know why. In doing this list, I knew I'd encounter him a lot and had to prepare myself.

With that being said, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show is the first of a few Scrappy-related series on this list. Released in 1983, this series ended up undergoing a name change likely due to people's dislike for Scrappy. Regardless, I was able to track down the first episode and give it a watch.

As one of a few two-part episodes on this list, these just feel too short to be significant. The mystery is solved quickly and there are no real stakes. In addition, this is another case of Mystery Incorporated being apart as we're following Scooby, Scrappy, Shaggy, and Daphne. Both of the villains were introduced too early and the episode lacked any of the fun, comic, or scary moments we've come to love and appreciate from the franchise.

11. Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo "A Close Encounter with a Strange Kind," "A Fit Night Out for Bats," and "The Chinese Food Factory"

Moving onto another Scooby and Scrappy show, this one is just weird. Let me start by saying that this is one you can find by many different names. This originally began as The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show which features episodes of both shows but of course, we're only going to be focusing on the Scooby-Doo segment.

Released in 1980, these were 3 shorts packaged into one episode. The first one followed Shaggy getting adducted by aliens which Scooby and Scrappy have to save him from. The second follows them as they meet a vampire and almost don't realize it until it's too late. The final episode focuses on the three getting a job at Chinese food factory and finding out things aren't what they appear.

As far as this series goes, these just felt incredibly unfinished. Maybe it was due to deadlines or something, but it felt like there was no effort put in. Each segment was around 7-8 minutes so by the time you were invested, it was done. Plus Scrappy-Doo can get annoying after hearing him talk for three episodes in a row so these episodes aren't horrible but just don't add anything to the franchise.