The Scooby-Doo series is not only the most well-known and well-liked of all the Hannah-Barbera library’s works, but it has also established itself as one of the most classic. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Incorporated crew have seen countless variations since the original series debuted in 1969, with several episodes, games, movies, and more published over time, each with a distinct spin on the cast and a new mystery to solve.
The new version, as the title suggests, will center on the series’ famed brain, Velma Dinkley, who will be voiced by Kaling herself. Though narrative details on this daring animated remake are scarce, Kaling will be joined by a star-studded cast, some of whom will no doubt be familiar faces to fans. Before Velma hits our screens, here’s everything you need to know about the series.
When is Velma releasing online?
HBO Max is the primary way to view Velma online. The show will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT. Two episodes will be released in the first week, followed by two episodes every Thursday thereafter. The series will contain ten episodes and will conclude on February 9, 2023. You can also check when the show releases according to your time zones here.
Can you watch Velma for free?
Unfortunately, HBO Max does not offer free trail at this time. HBO Max subscriptions cost $14.99 per month for ad-free plan and $9.99 per month for ad-supported plan. You can register here. HBO Max is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Playstation, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more devices. Additionally Amazon Prime subscribers may subscribe to HBO Max for $14.99 per month, the same price as on other platforms, via the Prime Video app or by visiting amazon.com/channels/hbomax.
However, there are workarounds to watch your favorite HBO Max movies/shows for free. All you need to do is opt-in for a 30-day trial with Hulu. Once you have received your free one-month subscription, you can watch all the HBO Max content with your Hulu account. But be warned: if you want to extend your subscription, it will cost you $14.99/month.
Everything you need to know
The official Velma poster and plot summary both confirm that the show will take place before Velma joined Mystery Incorporated, which reads as follows:
Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under-appreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.
Obviously, the presence of an actual serial murderer implies that this plot will be more darker, with greater, bloodier stakes, but it will still place a strong emphasis on solving a mystery, which will most likely involve Velma’s family member Diya, as previously revealed.
In addition to Kaling, Velma stars Constance Wu as Daphne, Sam Richardson as Shaggy, and Glenn Howerton as Fred. Additional cast also includes Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, Ken Leung, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Fortune Feimster, Yvonne Orji, Sarayu Blue, Nicole Byer, Ming-Na Wen, Shay Mitchell, Debby Ryan, Kulap Vilaysak, among many.
Velma premieres on HBO Max on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT.