4. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo "A Bicycle Built for Boo!"
When most older millennials think of some early Scooby-Doo memories, one of the shows that comes to mind is easily A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. I recall watching this show as a kid and loving it so maybe I'm a bit biased here. Regardless, there was no way it was going any lower than the #4 spot on my list.
This first episode does an amazing job of setting up the characters for those who are likely new to the franchise, has a fun storyline, and sets up some of the gags early. Maybe it's just me but I think this episode was a lot of fun and had a surprisingly good mystery for a series catering to a younger demographic.
If you're looking to introduce Scooby-Doo to someone younger, then I feel like A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is a good one to start with and the episode does an excellent job of describing the group's dynamic to a first-time viewer. Maybe it's just the nostalgia talking but "A Bicycle Built for Boo!" was just too cute to put any lower.
3. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated "Beware the Beast from Below"
Let me just say that picking my #3 and #2 spot was so difficult. As much as I adore Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, it ended up in my #3 spot. This is a show that I'm actively watching and am right in the midst of Season 2 so if you have thoughts, make sure to share them below.
We're not here to talk about Season 2, though. No, we're talking about the premiere of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and what a way to start things off. We're following our favorite group of teenage detectives and Scooby in Crystal Cove. The episode introduces us to the characters and gives them a refreshed look but not in a bad way.
The episode does feature the typical Scooby-Doo format aside from a few moments that are too good to spoil. On the whole, this episode does an amazing job of paying homage to the shows before it while also creating something new. If you've watched Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. This show remains one of the great ones within the Scooby-Doo canon so if you haven't watched, you need to start now.