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The Best Way to Introduce Your Kid to Scooby-Doo is On Twitter

Your amateur sleuth will fall in love with the entire Mystery Gang.

As a parent, you want nothing more than to show your kids all the TV shows you loved growing up but that’s rarely how things work out. Take Scooby Doo. You know your kid would be enthralled watching these amateur sleuths solve mysteries but getting them to actually sit down in front of a television to pay attention is a pipe dream. It may seem tempting to just give up and let them rewatch Paw Patrol for the hundredth time, however, there be an alternative strategy: a Twitter account called Scooby-Doo! Out of Context that might be the perfect way for your kid to get to know Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the Mystery Gang.

So what exactly is Scooby-Doo! Out of Context? Well, it’s a fan account that, as the name suggests, simply posts short clips from the show without any explanation of the plot or character motivations behind any of the statements. These clips can take place from any era of the show — including a “real-life” Scooby riding bumper cars with Weird Al — which allows you to see how the show has changed over the years while remaining true to the core of what made it such a cultural phenomenon in the first place. The extremely short length of the clips also makes it easy for you to get your kid to understand the feel of the show without having to commit to a full 22 minutes of action.

Now, the idea of taking a popular property and reframing it sans context is not a new concept but that doesn’t make it any less funny to get to watch one of the characters spout a goofy one-liner about a costumed villain or Shaggy and Scooby inevitably getting themselves into some insane situation that leads to hilarious slap-stick.  The appeal is simple: Scooby-Doo is a really great show and even without the broader context of the episode, it’s always a treat to watch, even in miniature doses. For example, what’s not to love about Fred and Daphne accidentally walking in on a skeleton playing another skeleton like a xylophone?

Or watch with delight as the Curly and Larry of the Three Stooges do their best cat imitations with Shaggy and Scooby without any explanation of why.

Good luck explaining this one.

And finally, Fred having what appears to be some sort of existential crisis without realizing that the rest of the Gang can clearly hear him.

It’s all gold and it has clearly resonated with the world wide web, as the account has accumulated nearly 40,000 followers despite following no one. So don’t worry about teaching your kid Scooby’s origin story or showing them the Doo family tree (which is surprisingly robust). Instead, just let them fall in love with Scooby’s adorable speech impediment and penchant for scarfing down comically-large sandwiches online, where they can watch countless hours of clips without ever actually watching a whole episode. And who knows? You may even find the Twitter account makes it so they want to start watching the actual show.