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5 Shows like Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: Famous Cartoon Pets

samar2“… and I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!” The unmasked villain always proclaims these familiar words at the end of the episode, when Scooby and the four teenage members of Mystery, Inc expose the supposed paranormal activities as an elaborate hoax staged by some crooked authority figure or another.

‘Scooby Doo’ was one of many Hanna Barbera animations, including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons and The Smurfs. Limited animation, the process of cutting cost and time by reducing the number of drawings, was paramount to the proliferation of these cartoons; in ‘Scooby Doo’ stock footage was used and Scooby’s head, for example, often doesn’t move while he’s in action. But these techniques don’t necessarily imply lower quality, they actually improve the flow and contribute to the development of an artistic style that we see in TV shows like ‘Scooby Doo’.

Here are the very best of Hanna Barbera animations and more, all featuring a Scooby-like character or two! ~ Samar N

Shows Similar to ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You!’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘Garfield and Friends’ (CBS, 1988 – 1995)

This series similar to ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You?”” was based on the original comics by Jim Davis. Episodes also included characters from the U.S. Acres strip that Davis was working on during ‘Garfield’s original run.

Like Scooby, who will relinquish all pursuits if he’s either threatened by something scary or offered a scooby snack, Garfield similarly loves to eat and doesn’t like to be inconvenienced. But Garfield clearly possesses the superior intellect.

Fat, lazy and lovable with a scorching sense of humour, Garfield loves to kick back and watch sports on TV while eating lasagna. His other hobbies include pushing his dog companion Odie off the table. His owner, cartoonist and hopeless bachelor Jon Arbuckle, never gives up on trying to tame the hedonist in Garfield!


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This fat and lazy feline never fails to amuse!



‘The Flintstones’ (ABC, 1960 – 1966)

Inventive and ironic, this stone-age cartoon is known for its pre-industrial technology, powered through the use of extinct animals and unbelievable manpower. Cars are made out of stone, wood and animal skins, and run with the passengers’ feet!
‘The Flintstones’ would go on to become Hanna Barbera’s most popular TV show, but in the beginning, they settled on the idea because, according to an interview with Barbera, “you could take anything that was current, and convert it to stone-age”.
‘The Flintstones’ pet dinosaur, ‘Dino’ barks and acts like a dog, not unlike Scooby Doo!


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Yabba Dabba Doo!



‘Top Cat’ (ABC, 1961 – 1962)

‘Top Cat’ is an underrated gem of a Hanna Barbera cartoon inspired by 1940s B movies featuring ‘The East Side Kids’ and maybe even the ‘Rat Pack’.

A group of smooth-talking Manhattan alley cats lead by Top Cat pull tricks to earn a quick buck. These con artists have more in common with the villains in ‘Scooby Doo’, though they’re infinitely more charming.


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A gang of alley cats emulating the East Side Kids pull tricks.



‘Wishbone’ (PBS, 1995-1999)

Wishbone is a dreamy Jack Russell terrier who imagines himself as various heroes from classic works of literature. Proud, courageous and well-read, Wishbone is a far cry from Scoobs! But I love them both.

This educational kids programme is the only non-animated show on the list, but Wishbone’s adorable period costumes could be seen as a kind of imaginative illustration; in one episode he dons a dinner jacket and cravat to dress as Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’.


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Classic literature gets an update with this Jack Russell Terrier.


If You Like ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You!’, You Will Like

‘The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show’ (CBS, 1983 – 1986)

The Charles M. Schulz comic strip ‘Peanuts’ enjoyed a short run as an animated TV series. Snoopy is every bit as creative and good-natured as Scooby Doo is meekish and only thinks of his stomach. But this beagle and the great dane share a trademark loyalty that pleases dog-lovers alike!

Snoopy is perhaps best known in alternate persona, wearing goggles, a scarf and an aviator’s helmet.


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The Peanuts gang brought to life with a jazz piano score.


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