The Tar Monster (episode)

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The Tar Monster (episode)
[[File:The Tar Monster title card|290px]]
The Scooby-Doo Show
US Air date October 7, 1978
Previous episode

To Switch a Witch

Next episode

A Highland Fling With a Monstrous Thing

The Tar Monster is the fifth episode of the third season of The Scooby-Doo Show, and the twenty-ninth episode overall in the series. It originally aired reusing the opening of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in a sense making it the thirtieth episode of that series.


The gang encounters a tar monster on a visit to an underground city in Turkey.


The gang heads to Turkey to visit their friend, Dr. Brixton, who has discovered a buried city that has remained untouched for thousands of years. Dr. Brixton informs the gang that his workers were all frightened off by a tar monster, meaning the digging had be postponed. The underground city was said to be guarded by the monster, who protected the ancient treasure. The professor's assistant, Stoner, was kidnapped by the monster.

Tar Monster

Tar Monster

After a brief encounter with the tar monster, the gang follows his tracks to a nearby tar pool. There they find an ancient piece of pottery. The next day, they head down to the ancient city with Dr. Brixton, who discovers that the ancient treasure has been stolen. The gang searches for clues, and find pottery similar to the one found the night before, as well as another tar pool. The monster gives chase to Shaggy and Scooby while they search. Fred, Velma and Daphne find the final clue when they discover a map of the underground city. They trap the monster, who turns out to be Stoner.

He used an air compressor and a scuba suit to swim through the tar pools so he could steal the treasure. After he was arrested, the gang uses the map to find the missing treasure. They locate it behind a hidden wall in the inner sanctum.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Mr. Stoner
Heather North Daphne Blake
Patricia Stevens Velma Dinkley
Michael Bell Tar Monster
Henry Corden Guard chief
John Stephenson Professor Brixton
Non-speaking roles
Ben Gazi


  • Tar Monster/Stoner


Suspect Motive/reason
Guard chief He looked in a very suspicious manner after the gang arrived.
Ben Gazi His creepy behavior and frightening appearance.
Mr. Stoner His mysterious disappearance. His portrait was streaked with tar.


Culprit Motive/reason
Stoner as the Tar Monster To loot the lost city.



Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Brixton is referred to both as a "Professor" and a "Doctor."
  • Brixton's watch disappears after the first scene of the episode.
  • It would be impossible for anyone to "swim" within a pool of tar.

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