“Velma,” a spin-off of the Scooby-Doo universe in adult animation format, premiered on HBO Max on January 12 to mostly negative reception.
The show stars executive producer Mindy Kaling as the voice of the character Velma Dinkley, the smartest member of the amateur crime-solving group Mystery Inc. The star-studded cast includes Constance Wu as Daphne, Sam Richardson as Shaggy, and Glenn Howerton as Fred.
Serving as an alternate universe origin story for Mystery Inc., the series marks the first time in the franchise’s history not to feature a Scooby-Doo character. The show primarily focuses on Velma Dinkley as she tries to “solve a mystery surrounding the disappearance of her mother as well as multiple murders of local teenage girls.”
The modern take on the beloved animated franchise has been panned by both critics and general audiences alike.
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As of this writing, the show’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is below 7 percent, while the critics’ score has held steady with a 55 percent rating.
Candice Frederick of the Huffington Post praised the writing of the showAcknowledging its flaws: “Teenage and genre lore permeates every line of dialogue in “Velma” so much that it’s impossible not to enjoy it despite its shortcomings.”
Similarly Saloni Gajjar of AV Club enjoyed the showpraised it for its “well-structured narrative with jokes, suspense, interconnected storylines, and developing relationships rather than a case-of-the-week format and various monster antics.”
Meanwhile, Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly thought Velma was a wasted opportunity Because it “replaces the old silly sensibility with crass name-droppy absurdity.”
Also Brian Lowry of CNN writing deficitcalling the show “sporadically funny but ultimately tiresome”.
rotten tomatoes user review page There were mostly scathing comments, with many saying that watching the show was a waste of time.
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One user wrote, “One of the worst TV shows ever.”
“Forget race and sexuality swapping, Mindy needs to learn that GROSS ≠ FUNNY,” commented another. “Dragonball Evolution has been dethroned.”
“Love the original.” wrote a fan. “Love this take. Sure – it’s not Scooby Doo as we know it – but a wonderfully modern take on a classic.
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The other positive comment said, “Funny, clever and campy.” “Reminds me a little bit like a Scream Queen comic.”
Kaling herself faced criticism for her portrayal of Velma, with many Twitter users pointing out a recurring theme in her show featuring the “loser Indian girl” stereotype.
“Velma” became HBO Max’s most-watched animated series debut after its first two episodes premiered on the platform on January 12. movieweb,
Kaling confirmed the news in a tweet and also thanked the viewers for watching the show.