LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Shaggy, Scooby and the gang beat out "The Simpsons" for the most prolific cartoon, with "Scooby Doo" racking up 350 episodes.
"Scooby Doo," which first aired in 1969, is the new Guinness Book of World Records title holder for the cartoon comedy series with the most episodes, Sky News reported Monday.
Scooby's honor will be recorded in the 2006 edition of the record holders' book, knocking Fox TV's "The Simpsons" from its top ranking with 335 episodes, to second place.
Hanna-Barbera originally intended to call the animated series either "Mysteries Five" or "Who's Scared with Scooby," with the Great Dane having only a minor role.
TV executives, however, were worried the series would be too scary for children, so they made Scooby the star and renamed the series.
Scooby's feisty nephew Scrappy joined the gang in 1979.
"Tom and Jerry" rated third with 209 episodes, followed by "The Flintstones'" 166 shows and "Mickey Mouse's" 120 episodes for fourth and fifth place, respectively.