Top Cat (TV series)
- This article is about the TV series. For the main title character, see Top Cat (character). For other uses, see Top Cat.
On-screen title card.
|Created by:||William Hanna|
|Original release:||September 27, 1961—April 18, 1962|
Leo De Lyon
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
Top Cat is an American animated television sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC. It ran from 1961 to 1962, airing 30 episodes. It was a prime-time animated series geared towards adults, although its accessibility for the whole family allowed it to be aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays.
While the series proved to be a ratings failure, it found better success in Saturday morning television, and all or some of the characters appeared in crossover productions of H-B, such as Yogi's Ark Lark and Yogi's Treasure Hunt. They also starred in their own 1988 TV movie, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats.
Top Cat also proved to be a big hit in Mexico, and two official theatrical films were animated in the country, later translated and dubbed into the English-language films Top Cat: The Movie and Top Cat Begins.
The entire series has been released on DVD.
In the 1990s, Turner Entertainment commissioned a 20-part talk show hosted by Top Cat in the form of interstitials for Cartoon Network's international market. Top Cat's first two guests were David Hasselhoff and Carl Lewis. Sadly, all 20 seem to have not survived for the internet to watch.
In the 2000s, Top Cat and his gang had a guest appearance in the Adult Swim spoof, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and there was also a failed attempt by Warner Bros. Animation to do a new Top Cat TV series. The main characters looked the same except for wardrobe changes, except for Officer Dibble who was given a radically new design, and there was also a new girl in Top Cat's gang called Roxy.
The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.
|"Hawaii, Here We Come"||1x01||September 27, 1961|
|"The Maharajah of Pookajee"||1x02||October 4, 1961|
|"All That Jazz"||1x03||October 11, 1961|
|"The $1,000,000 Derby"||1x04||October 18, 1961|
|"The Violin Player"||1x05||October 25, 1961|
|"The Missing Heir"||1x06||November 1, 1961|
|"Top Cat Falls in Love"||1x07||November 8, 1961|
|"A Visit from Mother"||1x08||November 15, 1961|
|"Naked Town"||1x09||November 22, 1961|
|"Sergeant Top Cat"||1x10||November 29, 1961|
|"Choo-Choo's Romance"||1x11||December 6, 1961|
|"The Unscratchables"||1x12||December 13, 1961|
|"Rafeefleas"||1x13||December 20, 1961|
|"The Tycoon"||1x14||December 27, 1961|
|"The Long Hot Winter"||1x15||January 3, 1962|
|"The Case of the Absent Anteater"||1x16||January 10, 1962|
|"T.C. Minds the Baby"||1x17||January 17, 1962|
|"Farewell, Mr. Dibble"||1x18||January 24, 1962|
|"The Grand Tour"||1x19||January 31, 1962|
|"The Golden Fleecing"||1x20||February 7, 1962|
|"Space Monkey"||1x21||February 14, 1962|
|"The Late T.C."||1x22||February 21, 1962|
|"Dibble's Birthday"||1x23||February 28, 1962|
|"Choo-Choo Goes Ga-Ga"||1x24||March 7, 1962|
|"King for a Day"||1x25||March 14, 1962|
|"The Con Men"||1x26||March 21, 1962|
|"Dibble Breaks the Record"||1x27||March 28, 1962|
|"Dibble Sings Again"||1x28||April 4, 1962|
|"Griswald"||1x29||April 11, 1962|
|"Dibble's Double"||1x30||April 18, 1962|
- Arnold Stang as Top Cat
- Maurice Gosfield as Benny the Ball
- Allen Jenkins as Officer Dibble
- Marvin Kaplan as Choo Choo
- Leo De Lyon as Brain and Spook
- John Stephenson as Fancy Fancy