Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Season 1 Episode 10

Bedlam in the Big Top

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 15, 1969 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • OK episode.....Great Monster!


    As an episode I thought this was all and all pretty weak. It seemed quite baron to me with a slow paced plot. I didn't like the plot at all. I thought it was a pointless scheme that "Harry the Hypnotist" was up to. There are a few other things about the episode in which I deeply dislike but I've got to say...this has my very favorite monster out of season 1 and one of my favorite settings too. For me "The Ghost Clown" was ingenious, he wasn't your average day to day Scooby-Doo monster. He wasn't dumb and never chased them around like an idiot, instead he played tricks on them and confused them. The "Big-Top" was a fantastic setting also with a lot of variety. To sum up, it is not all that great an episode all together but it has a lot of great things in it! 8/10 :D

  • The first cartoon to have a clown as a creep! :idea:

    Before this episode of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You" aired, the only thing that clowns had been in T.V. shows were happy, funny, lovable jokers who played around. But William Hanna and Joseph Barbera saw the darker side, and realized the important fact, that if done incorrectly (or correctly, in this case;) clowns could be absolutely terrifying! (Or in this case, moderately creepy and scary!) In 1969, while Hanna-Barbera Productions had been and was a successful company that produced/producing great cartoons, their popularity sky-rocketed with the creation of the canine mega-star, Scooby-Doo! Back then, no other cartoon company had ever thought to do a cartoon revolving around the mystery genre, and have characters solve mysteries and catch villains on a daily basis. Not only did Hanna-Barbera do this first, they practically created the entire genre of cartoon capers! Ironically enough today, while the genre is filled with endless cliche's of tricks and stunts that have been played out endlessly by countless imitators trying to cash in on success (and ironically, sometimes by Hanna-Barbera trying to duplicate their success) the story elements in the first two seasons of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?!" Were completely brand-new, refreshing, and unseen in the cartoon world at the time! With a winning formula and great characters with distinct attitudes and personality, it's no small wonder how the star character, Scooby-Doo has become a cultural cartoon icon who's instantly recognized and loved the world over. Even when the situation gets spooky and a little scary, Scooby-Doo always finds the courage to do the right thing, and helps the Mystery Inc. gang put the bad crooks and criminals in their place, which is often straight to jail! And this episode was no exception as in this episode, Scooby-Doo and crew had to capture one of their more exceptional crooks, Harry the Hypnotist! Scooby-Doo and his human friends prove that even the powers of hypnosis, are no match for the powers of 5 dedicated sleuths! This was a great episode for a great show, which is why I enjoy watching it whenever it comes on. :idea: Enough said! ;)