How to watch Velma online right now with HBO Max — release date and time

(L to R) Velma (voiced by Mindy Kaling) is shocked, while Daphne (voiced by Constance Wu) looks at her with an annoyed expression in Velma, on HBO Max.
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Right now, you can watch Velma on HBO Max, and decide for yourself if you think Mindy Kaling's reimagining of the Scooby-Doo characters is a ScoobySnack or a Scooby-don't. The internet seems to fall into the latter category, as Velma's got a 6% Rotten Tomatoes Audience score.

Velma HBO Max release date, time

U.S. date and time: Velma debuted on Thursday, Jan. 12. at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on HBO Max (opens in new tab).
Currently the first four episodes are available.

And, yes, Velma Dinkley's getting an origin story where multiple members of the Scooby gang will not look like what you remember. That's primarily because Scooby-Doo isn't here (yet).

The gang has been tweaked across the board. Take Shaggy, for example. Here, he's Black, going by his government name of Norville Rogers and trying to data Velma. Most importantly, he's voiced by Sam Richardson (The Afterparty, Hocus Pocus 2), an excellent choice.

And Velma? Kaling's Velma is East Asian and possibly not the canonically-queer version we met in the recent HBO Max Scooby Doo Halloween movie. A tweet (opens in new tab) from the show's official account (written in the voice of its titular character) suggests that Velma has the hots for Fred. That said, there's supposedly a blink-and-you-missed-it moment of pondered possibility between her and Daphne.

Also, Daphne (voiced by Constance Wu) and Fred (voiced by Glenn Howerton) apparently get some of the best material in this iteration. Daph's trying to find her birth parents while Fred ... well, Fred goes to jail.  And now that I've watched Velma on HBO Max, I can report that it's not for everyone.

Check out the teaser below along with everything you need to watch Velma online.

How to watch Velma online in the US

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HBO Max (opens in new tab) is the primary way to watch Velma online in the U.S. The show will debut at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on Thursday (Jan. 12).

Two episodes will drop in this first week, and then two more episodes per Thursday thereafter. The series is set to have 10 episodes in total — concluding on February 9, 2023.

HBO Max (opens in new tab)

HBO Max (opens in new tab) offers an exceptional library, including all of HBO's prestige series, like Game of Thrones, Succession, The Sopranos and The Wire. Plus, the service has its own originals like Hacks and The Flight Attendant. HBO Max costs $15 per month (or $10 for the ad-supported tier).

Can you watch Velma online in the UK?

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We're having trouble figuring out if Sky Atlantic (opens in new tab) (the normal home for HBO and HBO Max Originals in the UK) or Prime Video (opens in new tab) (which had Black Adam) will have Velma. 

Visiting the UK and can't find it either? Try one of the best VPNs to log in back home to use the apps you prefer.

How to watch Velma online in Canada

Crave (opens in new tab) will be the home of Velma in Canada. We just don't know when. We'd bet it arrives in tandem with its Jan. 12 U.S. release, though.

Of course, those on vacation in Canada who stream live with their friends in the U.S. or U.K. will need a VPN service to log in back home to use Sling, fubo or BBC iPlayer.

How to watch Velma online in Australia

We've seen reports that Binge is the place you want to go to watch Velma online in Australia before anyone else. The series should debut on January 12, alongside the U.S. date. There's also a chance that Foxtel will also get episodes, just three days later on Sundays.

Binge (opens in new tab) is free for the first 14 days, and starts at $10 per month for 1 screen and SD viewing.

Of course, those on vacation in Australia who stream live with their friends in the U.S. or U.K. will need a VPN service to log in back home to use Sling, fubo or BBC iPlayer.

Velma's cast

As mentioned, It's Always Sunny's Glenn Howerton as Fred is sublime casting. That said? ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is in Velma, which will make it a must-watch for some.

  • Mindy Kaling voicing Velma Dinkley
  • Sam Richardson voicing Norville Rogers (aka Shaggy)
  • Constance Wu voicing Daphne Blake
  • Glenn Howerton voicing Fred Jones
  • Gary Cole voicing Lamont Rogers, Shaggy's dad, who is a therapist
  • Jane Lynch voicing Donna Blake, one of Daphne's moms, who is a cop
  • Wanda Sykes voicing Linda Blake, Daphne's other mom
  • Sarayu Blue voicing Diya, Velma's absentee mother
  • ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic voicing Dandruff Tuba
  • Frank Welker voicing William Jones, Fred's father
  • Cherry Jones voicing Victoria Jones, Fred's mother
Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.