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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is the seventh incarnation of the Scooby-Doo franchise. It originally aired on ABC between September 7, 1985 and December 7, 1985. This series, with only 13 episodes, is known as the shortest running series in the franchise, with a follow-up film appearing 34 years later.

Plot

In the initial episode, the gang are thrown off course on a trip to Honolulu in Daphne's plane, landing instead in the Himalayas. While inside an ancient temple, Scooby and Shaggy are tricked by two bumbling ghosts named Weerd and Bogel into opening the Chest of Demons, a magical artifact which houses the 13 most terrifying and powerful ghosts and demons ever to walk the face of the Earth. As the ghosts can only be returned to the chest by those who originally set them free, Scooby and Shaggy, accompanied by Daphne, Scrappy-Doo, and a young con artist named Flim-Flam, embark on a worldwide quest to recapture them before they wreak irreversible havoc upon the world.

Assisting them is Flim-Flam's friend, a warlock named Vincent Van Ghoul (based upon and voiced by Vincent Price), who contacts the gang using his crystal ball and often employs magic and witchcraft to assist them. The 13 escaped ghosts, meanwhile, each attempt to do away with the gang lest they are returned to the chest, often employing Weerd and Bogel as lackeys.

Episodes

  1. To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before
  2. Scoobra Kadoobra
  3. Me and My Shadow Demon
  4. Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye
  5. That's Monstertainment
  6. Ship of Ghouls
  7. A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You
  8. When You Witch Upon a Star
  9. It's a Wonderful Scoob
  10. Scooby in Kwackyland
  11. Coast-to-Ghost
  12. The Ghouliest Show on Earth
  13. Horror-Scope Scoob

Trivia

  • In 2019, 34 years after the show ended, a direct-to-video film called Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost was released and resolved the open ending of the series by featuring the gang helping Vincent Van Ghoul capture the last ghost.
  • 25 to 28 years later after the show ended, Flim-Flam makes an appearance as a figure in the Coolsville wax museum in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporate, and Fred explains that Flim-Flam's con-artistry finally caught up with him and landed him in prison.
  • At the time the show was canceled, only 11 of the 13 ghosts were captured, with only two remaining at large. However, the antagonist of the episode "Ship of Ghouls", Captain Ferguson, who wasn't originally considered one of the 13 ghosts, was confirmed as the twelfth ghost when the series first appeared on iTunes.
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