Scooby-Doo: Why the ghosts-and-Great-Dane TV classic is still loved by kids of all ages

New episodes of the Mystery Inc. gang's adventures are airing on Boomerang, and include a guest appearance from Ricky Gervais.

Scooby-Doo has been keeping children and parents entertained for over 50 years.

Supernatural spookiness, a lovable Great Dane and a whole load of Scooby Snacks have made the cartoon one of the most recognisable TV shows of all time.

New series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? on Boomerang (BT TV channel 487) is the latest incarnation of the Mystery Inc. gang. Whether you've got young children or not, you’ll love revisiting Scooby's world for this latest batch of hilarious and mysterious adventures.

Here are three reasons Scooby-Doo remains a kids' classic…

1. It’s a time-honoured formula

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

Why has Scooby Doo endured for 50 years? One of the primary reasons is that it’s never messed with a classic formula.

Kids and adults love a whodunit mystery, they love slapstick and they love Scooby’s gang of familiar heroes.

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? features all your beloved Mystery Inc. favourites, and although it has some 2019 twists such as special celebrity guests and fictional characters such as The Flash and Sherlock Holmes, the magical essence of the series remains the same.

Big mysteries and bigger laughs.

2. It's got incredible guest stars

Ricky Gervais in Scooby-Doo

When you’re a TV institution like Scooby Doo, you get celebrity guests jumping at the opportunity to join the Mystery Inc team.

The latest series is jam-packed with incredible cameos including Sia, Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Nye, Penn & Teller, Wanda Sykes, Kenan Thompson and Weird Al Yankovic.

Oh, and there's an appearance from a certain British comedian…

3. Ricky Gervais explains all...

Scooby Doo and Guess Who

The Office and After Life star plays himself in the episode Ollie Ollie In-Come Free – where he ropes the Mystery Inc. gang into helping with a haunted Egyptian statue of a cat.

"I love being able to play an exaggerated or twisted version of myself and I’ve always liked Scooby-Doo," said Gervais.

"It's smart and there’s lots of different elements that make it clever. It’s very flattering to be approached to play yourself in an iconic cartoon."

Hit play below to hear Ricky explain why Scooby Doo holds a special place in his TV memories...

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New episodes of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? air at 5pm on Boomerang.

Watch Boomerang on BT TV channel 487.

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