When Hanna-Barbera put all the Scooby-Doo television shows produced from 1969 to 1979 up for broadcast syndication through Worldvision Enterprises in 1980, they removed the artificial laugh tracks from all the episodes that were present in the network versions.
These laugh-free versions became the dominant version on television for almost two decades, until the Warner/Turner merger in 1996. After Cartoon Network became the primary dumping ground for H-B’s back catalog, they had all the episodes remastered with the laugh track reinstated, thus restoring and presenting only the original network versions for the foreseeable future.
Josie and the Pussycats, the first of many H-B shows cast from the same mold as Scooby, has the opposite dilemma, with the current home video releases lacking the original network laugh tracks.
I’m undertaking a project to preserve the syndicated laughless versions and the experience of Scooby-Doo on television for almost two decades, with a high priority for the original Where Are You!, as the franchise’s 50th anniversary approaches.
I’m syncing whatever broadcast audio I can find to the 2004 HD masters of the show via the Amazon 1080p releases.
Current project status:
SDWAY S01E01: What a Knight for a Knight - 17 minutes from 1983 local syndication airing. Recording begins abruptly with Velma’s “Very funny…” I’ve restored the original Ted Nichols opening and closing to this episode.
SDWAY S01E02: A Clue for Scooby Doo - Nothing yet. A tricky episode. When Turner started airing the show on its cable networks, episodes 1 and 2 did air with the network laugh track intact, for some reason, so the copy will have to come from an '80s syndication airing.
SDWAY S01E03: Hassle in the Castle - Whole episode from 1995 TNT airing. I’ve restored the original Ted Nichols closing to this episode.
SDWAY S01E04: Mine Your Own Business - Whole episode from 1995 TBS airing.
SDWAY S01E05: Decoy For a Dognapper - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E06: What the Hex Going On? - Whole episode from 1995 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E07: Never Ape an Ape Man - Whole episode from 1995 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E08: Foul Play in Funland - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E09: The Backstage Rage - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E10: Bedlam in the Big Top - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E11: A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E12: Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E13: Which Witch is Which? - Whole episode from 1995 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E14: Go Away Ghost Ship - Nothing yet. (Boomerang still used the laugh track-free Turner master for some reason in the mid-2000s)
SDWAY S01E15: Spooky Space Kook - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E16: A Night of Fright is No Delight - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E17: That’s Snow Ghost - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S02E01: Nowhere to Hyde - 1995 Cartoon Network airing. Still leeching this, so I haven’t synced it.
SDWAY S02E02: Mystery Mask Mix-Up - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S02E03: Scooby’s Night with a Frozen Fright - Whole episode from 2000 UK VHS.
SDWAY S02E04: Jeepers, It’s the Creeper - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S02E05: Haunted House Hang-Up - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S02E06: A Tiki Scare is No Fair - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S02E07: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf - Whole episode from 1983 syndication airing.
SDWAY S02E08: Don’t Fool with a Phantom - Nothing yet.
I also have a handful of The New Scooby-Doo Movies episodes and a good deal of The Scooby-Doo Show season 2. Any help in hunting down more cable and syndication airings is deeply appreciated.