On Scooby-Doo

We love playing with Scooby-Doo: Stickers with Sounds and in honor of the show, staff writer Chris Wrenn shares some thoughts on one of his all-time favorite programs.

At its heart, the Scooby-Doo cartoon is actually a sitcom, which is among the reasons the show remains popular with adults. Think about it in terms of Seinfeld: Fred is the Jerry of the group, Daphne (danger-prone Daphne, that is) is the George, Velma is a bit like Elaine, and clearly Shaggy is the Kramer of the gang. Scoob is always the wildcard. We can make the same connection with The Golden Girls, with Fred playing the role of Dorothy, Daphne as Blanche, Velma as Sophia, and Shaggy as Rose. Play around with other sitcoms - the system works.

There's even a laugh track.

If you watch sitcoms closely enough, you'll find they follow certain rules, and this is another way that the Scooby-Doo cartoon fits into the genre. Some people point out that the show is predictable, the scary mask always comes off at the end, and the villain complains about meddling kids and their dog. All sitcoms work this way, because any major changes or variations that might take place alter the entire program's dynamics; this fact is why we only see major alterations to structures or relationships at season finales. So Scooby-Doo fits the mold.

There's also a bit of a "will-they-or-won't-they" element.

Autumn is the perfect time to snuggle up and get to know the Wax Phantom, Spooky Space Kook, and the Miner 49er, and the Scooby-Doo: Stickers with Sounds app allows kids to construct their own situations and participate in a spooky story with the gang. Viewing the show as a sitcom gives grown-ups a new way to appreciate an old friend.