“Scooby Doo Where Are You?” premiered 50 years ago today, on September 13, 1969, with a creepy museum episode titled, “What a Night for a Knight”.
Yes, 50 YEARS. Scooby Doo is now 50 years old. Which is a LOT, especially in dog years — that would make Scooby 350! And I have a good feeling that he and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang will keep on sleuthing for another 50 more.
On the surface, Scooby Doo might not seem like a Mickey Mouse-level cartoon character (in terms of longevity and popularity), but think about it: Right now in 2019, 50 years after the show first premiered, there is a brand new series of Scooby Doo airing. There have been 14 different Scooby series produced since 1969. In effect, Scooby Doo has never really been off the air. I’m not sure even Mickey can boast that.