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- [Mark] If there's something strange in the neighborhood,

- Who you gonna call?

- [Mark] Well, with all due respect to the Ghostbusters,

if I'm being attacked by a spook, specter, ghost,

or a free-floating, full-torsoed, vaporous apparition,

I'm not calling four graduate school dropouts.

No, I'm either dialing up the Winchester brothers

or I'm gassing up The Mystery Machine.

- Scooby and the gang.

These guys, they're our freaking role models, man,

except Fred, he's a wad.

Today it's "Scooby-Doo" versus "Supernatural"

for the crown of the all-time best battlers

of the bellowing blight.

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and the gang

have been a worldwide institution for generations of fans.

Meanwhile, Sam and Dean Winchester have cultivated

an impressive 15-year run,

thanks to a legion of die-hard supporters.

Whether the enemy du jour is ghosts, werewolves,

or Mr. Withers, who runs the old amusement park,

these two teams of lovable underdogs

always get the job done.

But what happens when they face off against each other?


Here's how we'll determine a winner.

Round one, Tomatometer.

Round two, popularity.

Round three, characters.

And then we'll do a wild card round

to settle the score once and for all.

I'll then say goodnight, then it's up to you,

the home viewer, to cast your vote.

The mystery gang is taking on the Winchester family

and a whole box of Scooby Snacks are on the line.

I once ate a Milk-Bone on a dare.

Let's get it on!

- The most beautiful words in the world!

All you can eat.

- Clear eyes and the clogged arteries, can't lose.

- [Mark] Round one: Tomatometer.

Everyone, and their mother, and their grandmother,

and their great-grandma's ghost has heard of "Scooby-Doo,"

and "Supernatural" has enough hardcore fans

to populate an entire country.

But how do the critics feel

about these celebrated franchises?

- Pull my finger, uh-oh, too late!

- [Mark] Okay, Winchesters, y'all wanna take a crack

at this one first?

The boys and their gaggle of relatives, friends,

and spooky enemies appear to be BFFS with the Tomatometer.

But whether you've never heard of "Supernatural"

or you're a hardcore fan,

you're gonna need to brace yourself

because the show has an overall average of 93 percent.

- What?

- [Mark] And that's not like out of a thousand,

that's out of a hundred, that's an A average, kids!

The show's lowest season was scored at 63 percent,

which is still Fresh, and the show can boast

multiple perfect seasons at 100 percent,

including its currently ongoing 15th season.

Wait, so the current season is still perfect?

Okay, nobody talk to it in the dugout.

Leave it alone, do not jinx this.

- We got work to do.

- [Mark] You may be saying to yourself,

"Okay, Mark, you handsome hunk of granite,

"93 percent is good, but 'Scooby-Doo' is beloved."


Well, not necessarily by the critics.

So we don't have Tomatometer scores

for the original CBS or ABC runs of the show,

but we do have them for the more recent live-action

and animated features, and it only averages 50 percent.

50 percent?

In what twisted world could you possibly rate

a ghost-fighting dog Rotten?

Despite sizeable box office success,

it appears the live-action films

starring Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini,

Sarah Michelle Gellar, and my close personal friend,

Freddie Prinze Jr, are considered Rotten!

They average just 26 percent.

However, a handful of the animated films are Fresh,

with "Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island"

taking the top franchise score at 86 percent.

And that movie came out, like, a decade

before "The Walking Dead," so Scooby,

you were ahead of the curve.

Do you hear the screeching of an owl

Do you hear the wind begin

- [Mark] So despite the mystery gang's good looks

and sense of humor, it's the other sect

of funny hunks that's gonna take round number one.

"Supernatural" has a good enough Tomatometer score

to get into an Ivy League school,

and that's why it's going up one-nothing on Scooby.

Eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight

Rising up

- [Mark] Round two: popularity.

To all the kids out there watching,

being popular, it's not a big deal.

Follow your own path, march to the beat of your own drummer.

Unless, of course, you're trying to win a round

of this show, then being cool and lovable really helps.

- Keeping it real.

- [Mark] I mentioned the mystery team's foibles

as it pertains to critics on the Tomatometer,

but Scooby does rebound

when it comes to the audience score.

Him and the gang make it into Fresh territory, barely,

at 62 percent.

However, "Supernatural" continues its sterling Fresh record

with a healthy B average of 86 percent.

And, according to the audience, between seasons three

and five of the show, "Supernatural" enjoyed

a three-year high of 95 percent.

Meanwhile, the two series, "What's New, Scooby-Doo?"

and "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!"

each have a perfect 100 percent,

although 2018's "Daphne & Velma" only garnered 37 percent.

Why is that so low?

I like "Daphne & Velma," did Scrappy-Doo show up

and ruin it?

More on you in the next round, ugh.

- People adore me!

- Popularity can also be determined by a question

as simple as, "Does anyone watch your show?"

Sam, Dean, and the gang certainly have solid ratings

that strengthen their case.

For the first 14 seasons of "Supernatural,"

it averaged 2.35 million viewers per episode,

and that's all the more impressive considering

it originally aired on The CW,

and not one of the major networks.

Fans were onboard with the brothers from the start

as season one set a show record of 3.81 million viewers

per week.

However, many more fans, like yours truly,

didn't really discover the greatness of "Supernatural"

until it was available on streaming platforms like Netflix.

As a matter of fact, I think the first time I saw it,

I had a DVD mailed to me by Netflix.

I miss the medieval times.

- Our one chance!

- Isn't that the speech from--

- It's the only one he knows.

- [Mark] "Scooby-Doo" obviously goes way further back

into human and dog history.

The show debuted in 1969

and has been in the public consciousness ever since.

And even though the ratings

for all the various incarnations of "Scooby"

are murky at best,

I can report that in 1969, 65 percent of households

were tuned into CBS on Saturday morning,

where it originally aired.

That's gonna sell a lot of Anacin and talcum powder.

- Scooby-Doo!

- [Mark] "Scooby" does have the advantage

of having been on the big screen,

churning out two live-action hits early on

in this millennium.

"Scooby-Doo" and its sequel, "Monsters Unleashed,"

combined for an impressive 384 million dollars domestically

and 740 million dollars worldwide.

Apparently people love dogs and their stoned owners.

Furthering the case for The Mystery Machine

is the Cartoon Network phenomenon.

Check this, "Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins" premiered

in 2009 and broke virtually every record that channel had.

It got 6 million viewers!

Then, the next year, its follow-up,

"Curse of the Lake Monster," garnered 5 million views.

Both were good for the number one telecast of the year

on Cartoon Network.

Sure, it's a bit of a lopsided battle,

having a TV show battle another TV show

that also has movies, but maybe there is a reason

"Scooby" got to be on the silver screen in the first place.

But before I give up on the Winchesters in this round,

let's see how many episodes they've made.

Uh, wow, really?

327 "Supernatural" shows will have been made

by the end of the run.

I've never done 327 of anything in my life.

Well, that one thing.

- Dude.

Were you on my computer?

- Other than that, but look,

"Scooby-Doo" can even top that gaudy number,

because his gang has 376 episodes over 16 different shows,

five animated TV films, two theatrically released movies,

42 animated direct-to-DVD films, six direct-to-DVD specials,

three direct-to-DVD live-action movies, 35 web shorts,

537 comic book issues,



We get the point.

Scooby's popular, and he gets a snack,

because his squad wins round number two.




- [Mark] Round three: characters.

So many legendary starred characters and role-players

to consider here, I might need more time to think.

- I don't know, gang.

Sounds like this could be the start of a mystery.

- [Mark] Okay, so where do we begin?

Let's get the core starters involved first.

Sam, Dean, you guys are up.

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

have the kind of chemistry that scientists

in lab coats crave.

They play off each other so well

even when they're having fun introducing themselves

under any of their myriad pseudonyms.

- I'm Dean Winchester, I'm looking for the Devil's son,

this badge is fake.

- [Mark] They even used fake monikers

referencing Van Halen and Metallica,

so you know that's an easy early point for "Supernatural"

in this round.

Whether it's their powerful bro-hugs,

their willingness to sacrifice themselves for each other,

or just karaoke perfection,

Straightenin' the curves

- [Mark] Sam and Dean make for amazingly sturdy anchors

of the show.

I'm wanted


- [Mark] But Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are icons.

They debuted in the Summer of Love,

and audiences all over the world

have been swooned ever since.

Scooby's plucky optimism meshes so well

with Shaggy's fearful reluctance,

and the two always meet in the middle

with their common love of food.

(quirky music) (sniffing)


But let's not forget the other trio

who spent decades in the hallowed Mystery Machine:

Fred, Velma, and Daphne.

Fred takes his role of being a nerd do-good-er

dressed like a preppy frat boy in stride,

and he loves splitting up.

It's like his favorite pastime.

Daphne and Velma, when their unique abilities

as amateur detectives, and, all told,

the gang has rounded up a grand total of 392 villains.

Yeah, I counted.

I, I have that kind of free time these days.

"Supernatural" has also had a blast introducing characters

who expanded from becoming mere role-players

into regularly occurring cast members.

How about Castiel's entrance in season four?

- Hey, ass-butt.

- [Mark] Mary Winchester and John Winchester

also factor prominently, and the show is further bolstered

by memorable turns from famous people like Felicia Day

and Sterling K. Brown.

Then you have the characters that surround the mystery gang.

(sighs) Okay, here's the good news, first.

Memorable cameos had been a staple of "Scooby-Doo"

since the beginning.

Everyone from The Monkees to Mama Cass

to the Harlem Globetrotters have enjoyed the company

of Scooby and Norville.

Did you know that was, that was Shaggy's real name, was,

was Norville?

I'd probably go by Shaggy too.

But look, I can't let the mystery gang off the hook

that easy, there's an elephant in the room,

and it's Scooby's nephew.

- Scrappy dappy doo!

- [Mark] To put it gently,

not well-liked.

I myself have a confounding relationship with Scrappy

because, as a kid, I thought he was great,

he was maybe my favorite character on the show.

And then, you know, I became an adult,

and, the thing is, seeing "Scooby-Doo" as an adult,

I watched the show and I was saying,

"Scrappy is the most annoying character

"I've ever seen in my life."

It's hard to make me not like a dog!

It's like Scrappy-Doo and what other hated dog

is there, ever?

I was even cool with Poochie from "The Simpsons."

The Taco Bell chihuahua, sure.

Scrappy-Doo, no thank you.

There was also a Scooby-Dum and a Dooby-Doo,

which I'm pretty sure Shaggy tried to smoke.

Overall, it's a tough call here,

but there's no contest in terms of role-players.

"Supernatural" has solid contributors coming off the bench

every season, and they never had a Scrappy-Doo.

I'm trying to think of any other dog that I disliked.

Even the replacement Brian on "Family Guy"

at least had a funny line here or there.

But if we're looking at a truly iconic core cast,

you can't ignore the staying power

of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and, of course, Scooby.

They're underrated as detectives,

and even if they aren't as cool as Sam and Dean,

they're endlessly entertaining to watch.

In the tightest round yet, I'm gonna give the win

to Scooby and the gang, and they're up two to one.

This is how we solve the mystery


- [Mark] Wild card round: villains.

Okay, I know what you're thinking,

Mark, don't villains just count as characters?

Technically yes, but the big baddies

are such an integral part of both shows

that they deserve their own category.


- That was scary!

- [Mark] The name of the show "Supernatural"

says it all.

You got your classic ghosts and ghouls, vampires,

werewolves, but there's also really freaky stuff

that I'm glad I never heard of when I was a child.

How about the darkness?

No, this is not "The Thing Called Love,"

in fact, it's the older sister of God.

Yeah, of God!

And she ain't happy her little bro gets all the credit.

You got the horsemen of the apocalypse,

leviathans, djinns, who I actually had heard of

thanks to Magic: The Gathering.

What's really cool about each villain that they take on

is the backstory that we get.

The nod to mythology is one of the most intriguing aspects

of "Supernatural."

You get the siren or the crocotta,

which mimics human voices to draw in its prey.

And this isn't to mention all the other demons,

you got your changelings, you got your hell hounds,

the Winchesters have had to deal with these things

on a regular basis.

- Listen, Velma, this isn't the Scooby gang.

- [Mark] So how does "Scooby-Doo" answer?

Well, look, you may think "Scooby-Doo"

is just a kid-friendly show,

but listen to this roster of baddies.

Apeman, viking ghost, no-faced zombie, phantom virus!

Hey, that's topical.

And you also had your sillier variety like Catman,

ghost clown, the Loch Ness Monster,

which actually turned out to be a vehicle, eh.

The big obstacle the mystery gang faces in this round

is the lack of a recurring threat.

"Supernatural" had some all-time baddies

coming back for more.

Crowley vacillated between villain and anti-hero

but was always a captivating watch.

And Lilith eventually reached her goal

of destroying the 66 locks keeping Lucifer at bay.

And Lucifer himself, well, as you might imagine,

he tortured poor Sam so much,

he had to go to the psych ward!

The only real counter "Scooby" has in this round

is if we, the audience, can consider Scrappy-Doo a villain.

I think a lot of people out there would.

He's certainly a show ruiner, but he did try his best.

Okay, fine, Scrappy, you're not a villain,

but you're just super annoying.

The reason I respect both squads

of demon-deflecting detectives is their continued ability

to take on cases no one else would.

Most humans and-or canines would be too afraid

to battle any of these creatures,

and that's only if they even believed in them at all.

- I'm gonna go stop the big bad wolf,

which is the weirdest thing I've ever said.

- [Mark] The mystery gang and the Winchesters had the faith

to fight the scariest things on Earth or elsewhere.

The big difference is that Scooby's team

usually found out the big scary thing they were facing

was just some old town kook,

some older fella who didn't like

the last meal government cheese the city served him

and so he decided to get revenge,

and he would have gotten away with it,

if it wasn't for you meddling kids!

- Hey, we're not kids!

- The meddlesome kids named Sam and Dean, on the other hand,

they fought the scariest actual villains imaginable,

and that's why they get the win in the wild card round.

The Winchesters take it, and it's all tied up at two.

- You know what?

You're awesome.

- And now we're at the point in the show where I,

your fearless host, has to render a verdict

and break this tie.

But first, did you know

about the legendary cross-over-ish episode of "Supernatural"

that involves Scooby-Doo and his team?


- You're a cartoon! - You're a cartoon!

- I'm a cartoon! - I'm a cartoon!

- [Mark] They call it the "Scoobynatural" episode

and one of the many highlights is that we get to see

sort of a showdown between two celebrated vehicles.

So the Winchesters, they have their '67 Chevelle,

it's a classic, and if you're a gear-head,

you know that thing can pack some serious punch.

But it actually gets outran by The Mystery Machine

in that episode.

So maybe the van was powered by unwavering optimism

or a nitrous oxide boost, but it did win the race.

So is that enough to give "Scooby-Doo" the win today?

Okay, look, both teams deserve our respect.

They've outlasted countless witches and ghosts

and the most ridiculous monsters you could think of.

And they managed to entertain us consistently

in the process.

They're both titans of the world of the supernatural,

but only one can be called truly iconic.

Scooby-Doo and his pals have been crushing the game

for more than 50 years,

and they've entertained us all

from the time we were wee little tykes,

all the way through our adult years.

In a recent survey, Ranker listed Scooby-Doo

as the number one greatest cartoon character in history!

Now, I'm a fan of Sam and Dean,

but could they have taken down the likes of Bugs Bunny

or Homer Simpson?

I don't think so.

I think even hardcore defenders of "Supernatural"

will admit that we all owe a tip of the cap

or a tug of the ascot to the mystery gang.

- Take a bullet for that dog.

- Without them, generations of kids

may never have gotten as invested in supernatural lore,

and who knows if any of these other shows or movies

that we take for granted today

would have gotten made.

- Hey, did you believe me when I said

I thought we could win this thing?


- Hold the phone.

- Jeepers.

- Jinkies.

- Zoinks?

- Okay, so "Scooby-Doo" gets the win,

but that's just our opinion, now it's your turn,

head to the comments right now and vote for who you think

is the best supernatural poltergeist babblers of all time.

Okay, we're gonna say goodnight to everybody.

Keep wearing those ascots.

Somebody wants a Scooby Snack.

We'll see you next time here on the show.

Like, zoinks, Scoob!

(upbeat music)

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