2. What's New, Scooby-Doo? "There's No Creature Like Snow Creature"
Coming in at the #2 spot is none other than What's New, Scooby-Doo? This series premiered in 2002 and remains one of the modern classic Scooby-Doo series. When some fans think of Scooby-Doo, this is the first series that comes to mind, and with good reason.
Moving onto the first episode of the series, the title is "There's No Creature Like Snow Creature" and it follows the gang as they're headed to a ski resort to watch a snowboarding competition. The stage is set until they find out about a snow monster attacking everyone and the mystery goes from there.
When I think of great Scooby-Doo episodes, this is one that comes to mind. It's full of those classic funny moments along with being a great mystery. This was also the first time we heard Matthew Lillard voicing Shaggy which is bittersweet as Casey Kasem would eventually pass away.
On the whole, this is one of those episodes that hooks you right now and will make a first-time viewer a Scooby-Doo fan for life. Regardless if you're doing a rewatch, want to share the series with your littles, or just need something as background noise, What's New, Scooby-Doo? is a great one to try out.
1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? "What a Night for a Knight"
There was only one show that was going to take the cake aka the #1 spot and that's the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? I mean how could it not be? The series was not only the first of the entire franchise but set the blueprint for all future installments. I don't know about you, but that's something I can't overlook.
The first episode is "What a Night for a Knight" which features Shaggy and Scooby-Doo finding an abandoned truck with a knight in it. They tell Velma, Daphne, and Fred who all come along to help deliver it to their local museum. Eventually, they find out some haunting details about the knight and it ends up being a mystery based around that.
At the start of the series and the franchise as a whole, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? does an amazing job of not only putting the mystery in the forefront but also featuring some humor and setting up some gags early. I didn't realize that Scooby Snacks were introduced in the first episode and that is something that has never gone away.
Watching all of these first episodes proves to me that the Scooby-Doo franchise has a bit of something for everyone and each series caters to a different audience. Whether you're just getting into Scooby-Doo or want to see what else is out there, there are tons of different entry points and episodes to get you invested in no time.
What do you think of these Scooby-Doo first episodes ranking? Anything you would change?