It's that time of year once again where I love to snuggle up with a good winter Scooby-Doo episode as the weather's getting a bit colder. Since we did the Christmas specials last week, so I won't be including those episodes again, but I will include a list at the end combining my rankings of the winter and Christmas episodes. It's worth mentioning that I did previously review these back in 2016, but a few episodes have come out since then, and I didn't specifically rank the episodes in my original post. Given there are 25 episodes here, this is going to be a very long list, so here we go!
25. Scooby's Swiss Miss
You may remember this one from being on my worst of the franchise list. This is the only winter episode I outright dislike. Even if they are weird, the other ones at least have some level of charm, whereas this one doesn't really have anything going for it. Not only are the antics are very Tom and Jerry like, but the poodle's relationship with the bulldog kinda creeps me out. I won't go into the whole explanation again since I just mentioned it in the Worst Scooby Content post, but the poodle saying "at least he can't run away!" to the bulldog as she's attempting to marry him while he's in crutches leaves me feeling very uncomfortable. I'm sure the writers thought it was funny, but ultimately it comes off as emotionally abusive and for that reason, I don't enjoy this episode.
24. Snow Job Too Small
I love inheritance plotlines and this one works well, but this one has soured on me a bit since my last review of it. The Abominable Snowman has a super cool design, but his voice/roar...is not so cool haha. It sounds as if he's in some sort of pain lol. I felt while the episode had an excellent plot, there wasn't enough time to execute it. It's a bit rushed and I think it would have been a lot better had there been time to develop some of the elements of the mystery. The kid that they are helping with the inheritance, Wilbur, is also very annoying with how entitled he is.
23. Alaskan King Coward
This is about the same level as the last short with me, since it's just them running away from some sort of prehistoric-looking ice monster for the whole episode. However, nostalgia elevates this one a little bit for me, because I have fond memories of watching it as a kid on my Nutcracker Scoob VHS tape. Actually, fun fact, this is the first Scrappy short I ever watched.
22. South Pole Vault
I like this episode for how bizarre it is. The villain is an insane sea lion out for revenge, and some of the antics with the sea lions are truly hilarious. Dr. Carlin with his constant repetition of "millions and billions" is interesting to say the least haha. I really love the reveal as well, where the culprit says "let me out of here!" in a goofy voice while still wearing the sea lion costume. Despite that it's not winter-themed, I also will sometimes watch "Night of the Living Toys" with this one, since it deals with an elf and toys, so it feels somewhat related to Christmas.
21. Scooby-Doo and the Sky Town Cool School!
This was a pretty average episode. Billy Dee's "Cool School" was a cute idea, but the villain was just alright. I felt the pterodactyl was much better done in "Scary Christmas" and "Hang in There, Scooby-Doo." The culprit was also extremely easy to figure out.
20. Caveman on the Half Pipe!
I would say this episode is pretty middle of the road for Guess Who and I like the Where Are You episode that this reimagines ("Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright"). I like the episode well enough and Chloe was a good guest star, but I like the caveman in Where Are You a bit better. This episode was pretty average for Guess Who, and I didn't find it particularly memorable in any way.
19. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!
I enjoy this episode, although I would say "The Ghost of Bigfoot" does this concept a bit better. I thought the Ghost of Jeremiah Pratt was a decent villain, and I liked the setting of the ski lodge. This is one of the more middling winter episodes for me, but it's good for what it is and I still find myself watching it every year.
18. Scooby on Ice!
I liked Tara quite a bit as a guest star. It was interesting that Simone appeared again for the fifth time, but I was surprised that this was her last appearance. I was a bit surprised that they chose to redesign two Where Are You villains for the two Guess Who winter episodes in a row. The old woman's Snow Devil legend seemed like a reimagining of Fu Lan Chi's legend, and I thought they did it well. I was surprised that they referenced Flim-Flam and the 13th ghosts in this episode. My only real complaint about this episode is that the trap scene went on for too long. It started near the 14 minute mark of the episode and went on for nearly five minutes before concluding.
17. Doom Service
I really enjoyed this episode, although it doesn't particularly stick out as a winter episode to me. The Ghost of Ebenezer Overview was an interesting villain, in the sense that he just looked like a regular human. The setting of the hotel gave the episode a very creepy vibe. I enjoy how weird and quirky this episode is, especially with the lady walking her invisible dog.
16. More Fondue for Scooby-Doo
This is an enjoyable Get a Clue episode. I enjoyed the plot of Shaggy and Scooby having to stop Phibes from attacking a global warming conference, while they have to flee from trained assassins. Misty's attack dog, Carla, is adorable lol. I don't really have a lot to say about this episode since it's pretty simplistic, but it's a lot of fun for what it is and I enjoy watching it every year.
15. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
This is my favorite of the Guess Who Winter episodes. Whoopi is such a great guest star and seems really into her role. The creepy atmosphere of the gang being in an isolated mansion surrounded by a snowstorm really creates a spooky vibe here. The Nightmare Ghost is also one of my favorite villains of the series. He reminds me a lot of Slenderman, and even with that aside, his super long legs and arms still make him look terrifying. There were a lot of cute moments in this episode, and overall I find it to be very heartwarming.
14. A Scary Night with a Snow Beast Fright
Of the ones I consider to be classic Scooby-Doo winter episodes, I would say this is my least favorite one. The plot is a bit less exciting than a lot of other Scooby-Doo Show episodes, although the scene in the caves and the dark atmosphere of the village is good. The Snow Beast's design is quite interesting and creative.
13. Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!
I really enjoyed this episode. While I can't say I liked it quite as much as the Headless Snowman, Mr. Roundy was still a very cool villain. The repeated slapstick humor of the gang falling on the ice got a little old after a while, but otherwise, I thought the humor here was good as usual. Being a Boy Meets World fan, it was cool to see Will Friedle voice two characters, Dr. Mason and Eric. I thought it was really fun they named his character at the beginning Eric, given Eric is the name of the character he plays on Boy Meets World.
12. Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
Like I mentioned in my recent movie rankings, I've got a soft spot for this film. It was fun seeing Shaggy and Scooby have an adventure on their own here. Of Abominable Snowmen we've gotten, this is by far my favorite. The reference of Shaggy doing his "DJ voice" always makes me smile as well, given this was one of the final times Casey would voice Shaggy.
11. Naughty or Ice
Some might not consider this episode to be winter-themed, but I count this as a winter episode since it takes place in an Ice Hotel. On the other hand, I do not count "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright" as a winter episode, since the lakes are shown to be open lol. In my original review, I said I didn't really like Daphne's quirk of the week, but it's definitely grown on me, as has the whole episode. I really like this caveman, just as much as I like the caveman in "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright." The scene where Shaggy and Scooby teach him how to speak English and he excitedly exclaims "My name is Ice Man!" is so cute haha. It makes me genuinely feel a little bad for him when it's revealed to all be a trick lol.
10. Uncle Scooby and Antarctica
This episode has continued to grown on me over the years. The fish fiend is such a cool looking villain, and the idea of the gang being trapped in Antarctica is so cool. This is perhaps a hot take, but I would argue this is one of the darkest episodes of What's New, Scooby-Doo? Scooby helping out Little Pete the penguin was so cute, and I think Little Pete is one of my favorite animals that has followed Scooby around (since there's been a lot of them, between the frog from "Mamba Wamba and the Voodoo Hoodoo," the chick from "Jeepers, It's the Creeper," etc. lol). The idea of Dr. Zola freezing himself so he could see the future was also an interesting plot point.
9. Watt a Shocking Ghost!
My favorite part of this episode was the 10,000 Volt Ghost himself, of course! He's arguably one of the coolest and most creative Scooby villains out there, and definitely deserves all the love he gets. I also really enjoy the darker atmosphere of this episode. This is another episode that has really grown on me in recent years.
8. Snow Place Like Home
This episode is just good, silly fun and feels like a great representation of what A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is as a series. The gang staying at a haunted lodge was a fun plot, and I wish they would have spent a little more time in the lodge rather than half of the episode in the mines, but this episode is still a lot of fun for what it is. I also love the Ice Demon as a villain.
7. That's Snow Ghost
I'm sure many of you are thinking that this is super low, and I agree lol. I wish I could have put this higher, because it's such a classic, but I like the other five a little bit better. It's interesting how so many of these winter episodes revolve around ski lodges, but I guess it's the most logical winter destination for teenagers haha. The Snow Ghost remains a classic among classics in terms of villains, and for very good reason. I would also argue that this is the first episode that sees the gang in life-threatening danger, as Velma nearly is sawed in half by the Snow Ghost when he ties her to a piece of wood that is heading towards a gigantic saw.
6. Doo Not Disturb
This is an amazing episode! I love how this episode still had the trademark Be Cool humor, yet was able to create such a creepy, dark atmosphere. The Ghost of Mother is one of my favorite villains of the franchise for what a creepy idea it is. The setting of the gang being trapped in haunted hotel during a snowstorm only made it creepier. This episode is easily interchangeable with "Some Fred Time" as my favorite from Be Cool, Scooby-Doo depending on the day.
5. Night Terrors
This is likely not one most people consider a winter episode, but there's snow here and I really like this episode, so I always make a point to watch this every year around Christmas. I've never seen The Shining, which this parodies, but I absolutely love this episode. I'll admit it took a little while to grow on me, as I found the episode extremely weird upon first watch, but after watching it a few times, I warmed up to it and I feel like the fantastical elements of the plot make it even better. The wolf (credited as "Fiend" in the end sequence) is such a creepy-looking villain, and I love the banshee's design as well. The whole idea of the gang being trapped in a creepy library with supernatural creatures is an immaculate Scooby plot. It makes me wish we had more episodes in creepy libraries lol.
4. Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend
This remains one of my favorite winter episodes, mainly because I love the twist of Fred having the idea to set a trap immediately rather than waste time looking for clues. It's such an ingenious idea, because it actually kinda makes sense to just capture the person right away, rather than looking for clues and allowing them time to cause more trouble lol. Besides that, this is one of my favorite sports episodes, because it has an amazing villain and I feel the setting of the hockey arena is really well utilized.
3. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature
This is an extremely hot take, but this sticks out to me more as a winter episode than "That's Snow Ghost" does. Despite being the season premiere, this episode perfectly captures the essence of What's New, Scooby-Doo? imo and starts the series off with an amazing plot and villain. It was a neat plot twist to have Fred unable to solve the mystery, which requires the others to step up and take initiative without their leader. Moreover, the Snow Creature is an amazing villain and arguably has the coolest design of any winter villains.
2. Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman
I already loved this episode, but in recent years, this has grown on me even more and has become my favorite episode of the show. Simple Plan flawlessly fits into the gang and I really like how the plot is centered around them exploring this creepy, nearly-abandoned town. It's amazing to think that an Invisible Man had never been a villain before in Scooby, with the exception of the brief appearance of one in "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle," although he only appears for a few brief scenes that are less than 30 seconds. A truly flawless episode is that is a must-add to any winter episode list.
1. The Ghost of Bigfoot
Although "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman" is flawless, I've got to go with a stone cold classic here from my favorite series, The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Ever since I was a kid, the first half of this episode with the gang running around in the middle of the night to escape Bigfoot is one of the most memorable scenes of this entire series for me. It's just such a fun, creepy plot to have the gang trying to escape a monster in an abandoned hotel in the middle of the night. Laurel and Hardy make great guest stars as well, and the fact that half of Fred's dialogue in this episode is reminding the gang to go skiing is really amusing to me lol. The only thing I dislike about this episode is Fred telling the girls that it's "too dangerous" for them to solve the mystery and abandoning them in the snow outside the mill.
As promised, here's my combined list of the Christmas and winter episodes. You'll probably notice I like a lot of the Christmas episodes better than the winter episodes.
30. Scooby's Swiss Miss
29. Snow Job Too Small
28. Alaskan King Coward
27. South Pole Vault
26. Scooby-Doo and the Sky Town Cool School!
25. Caveman on the Half-Pipe!
24. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!
23. Scooby on Ice!
22. Doom Service
21. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
20. More Fondue for Scooby-Doo
19. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
18. A Scary Night with a Snow Beast Fright
17. Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!
16. Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
15. Scary Christmas
14. Naughty or Ice
13. Uncle Scooby and Antarctica
12. Watt a Shocking Ghost
11. Snow Place Like Home
10. That's Snow Ghost
9. Scroogey Doo
8. Doo Not Disturb
7. Night Terrors
6. Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend
5. A Scooby-Doo Christmas
4. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature
3. Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman
2. The Ghost of Bigfoot
1. The Nutcracker Scoob
I hope you enjoyed this list, and if you want to share your personal rankings, I'd love to see them!
12/14/2022 07:08:29 am
An intriguing list.
12/14/2022 08:30:56 am
12/14/2022 07:42:34 am
I can't rank them cause i don't remember some of them and there are a couple of them i haven't seen yet.
12/14/2022 08:32:28 am
I really appreciate Chill Out too, so I'm glad to know someone else appreciates it! :) Totally agreed about "Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!" being the funniest of the episodes. I also love "Naughty or Ice" a lot.
12/14/2022 04:56:55 pm
Hey, speaking of Chill Out, do you remember the ending where Fred is lost in the Amazon Jungle?
12/14/2022 08:13:38 pm
Yes! That could have made another neat movie.
12/14/2022 07:48:06 am
I think Skytown Cool School is missing from the ranking list.
12/14/2022 08:33:15 am
You're right! I totally forgot about that one, and I didn't include it in my Scooby marathon for December either! I'll quick write up a review for that one and add it :) Thanks for pointing that out!
12/14/2022 09:28:38 am
I just added my review of it to the article. It's #19.
12/14/2022 10:56:11 am
Bottom half mostly comprised of Scrappy shorts and Guess Who – you love to see it. Lol
12/14/2022 08:01:55 pm
Haha yeah, those tend to be the less memorable ones lol. I figure Simple Plan is probably most people's favorite. #11 and #12 were quite close to making my top 10; both are really solid episodes.
12/14/2022 11:47:27 am
I'd argue that Doo Not Disturb is technically a winter episode too, anyway cool ranking, I agree with most of it, apart from how naughty or ice is higher than Be Cold, and also I really really love your top 2 episodes, I agree that they're fantastic!
12/14/2022 08:22:55 pm
I've never really thought of this as a winter episode personally since most it takes place in the hotel, but you're absolutely right that if "Night Terrors" counts as a winter episode, this one should too. I added it to my rankings, which shook them up a little bit since this came in as my #6 episodes, and it bumped "Naughty or Ice" out of the top 10.
12/14/2022 10:11:00 pm
And for that matter, I guess Doom Service could count as well
12/15/2022 10:30:26 am
I hadn't ever thought of that one as a winter episode, but I think it definitely fits the bill if "Night Terrors" and "Doo Not Disturb" count! I just updated the post and added it to my rankings at #17.
12/14/2022 05:27:49 pm
Let’s do this thing
12/14/2022 08:11:59 pm
12/14/2022 10:15:39 pm
Of course for Diamonds, I meant NOT putting it in my top 5 lol
12/15/2022 10:25:03 am
Yeah, I didn't think of "Doo Not Disturb" or "Doom Service" as winter episodes either.
12/15/2022 07:42:29 am
Watt A Shocking Ghost:
12/15/2022 10:24:31 am
I really enjoyed this episode. The 10,000 Volt Ghost was an incredible villain. The backstory about how Voltner became a ghost was very creepy, and I agree with you that the 10,000 Volt Ghost looked even scarier in the flashback. Yeah, I think this is the first time someone other than Shaggy and Scooby were the bait. I was also surprised by the culprits.
12/15/2022 08:38:58 am
A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright:
12/15/2022 10:23:12 am
That's cool that this was the first Scooby-Doo Show episode you ever watched! I liked the villain and agree that the shadow scene was creepy. I also found the culprit pretty obvious. This is one of the less exciting Scooby-Doo Show episodes IMO, but it's by no means a bad episode. I agree that Scooby and the sled dog were cute!
12/15/2022 07:51:10 pm
1.That's Snow Ghost (Great)
12/16/2022 07:26:01 am
Great rankings! I've never thought of "Curse of Viking Lake" as a winter episode, but I guess we do see the gang in their winter gear.
12/15/2022 08:37:07 pm
Yo! you better watch out
12/15/2022 08:39:36 pm
I mean And they are checking them twice!...
12/16/2022 07:25:05 am
That's an awesome song, Jakob! Thanks for sharing!
12/16/2022 06:12:32 pm
Alaskan King Coward:
12/17/2022 10:19:19 am
That's awesome that this was the first Scrappy episode you watched too! I liked the design of the prehistoric monster as well.
12/16/2022 06:12:59 pm
Scooby’s Swiss Miss:
12/17/2022 10:18:48 am
Yep, agreed. It's the only winter episode I don't watch every year.
12/16/2022 06:13:37 pm
Snow Job To Small:
12/17/2022 10:19:43 am
I liked that too! I agree on the length. I liked the Snowman's design as well.
12/16/2022 06:14:03 pm
South Pole Vault:
12/17/2022 10:20:04 am
I appreciate how weird and wacky this episode is too haha.
12/16/2022 06:14:32 pm
Uncle Scooby and Antarctica:
12/17/2022 10:17:02 am
This episode felt a lot darker than some of the other WNSD episodes. The Fish Fiend was a super creepy villain, especially during the scene he tried to pull Scooby down in the depths of the water with him.
12/17/2022 12:34:21 am
My Top 5
12/17/2022 10:18:18 am
Great list! I'm happy to see "More Fondue for Scooby-Doo" make your list! Definitely a very underrated episode. Yeah, I know Wilbur was intended to be a spoiled brat, I guess I just still didn't like him as a character. I do like the premise of the episode, though.
12/18/2022 03:58:11 am
More Fondue Scooby Doo:
12/18/2022 08:41:04 am
One of my favorite Get a Clue episodes. Shaggy and Scooby trying to find the secret agent was really funny. I liked Misty Swiss and Carla as characters quite a bit.
12/18/2022 03:59:06 am
Chill Out Scooby Doo:
12/18/2022 08:57:49 am
I really like this movie. Yeah, I find it really interesting too that they referenced skiing in the Himalayas in Pirates Ahoy. I wonder if it was an intentional reference or not.
12/18/2022 04:41:18 am
12/18/2022 09:02:18 am
This is one of the best SDMI episodes. I really liked how dark it was. The Fiend was a super creepy villain! The scene where he impersonated Scooby was terrifying. Medusa was my other favorite villain from this episode. She was really creepy looking. I thought the Burlington Library was a super creepy and dark setting.
12/18/2022 04:45:47 am
Be Cold Scooby Doo:
12/18/2022 09:03:26 am
I really liked this episode too! The opening was funny. I really liked Mr. Roundy's design. He was quite creepy. The danger radar stuff was funny. I also found the gang slipping on ice to get old quickly. I feel that would have been better as a one-time joke. Yeah, it was obvious Heidi Ho was the culprit. The snowboard language stuff was funny.
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