Top Cat (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For the main title character, see Top Cat (character). For other uses, see Top Cat.
Top Cat
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On-screen title card.
Created by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Screen Gems
Original release: September 27, 1961—April 18, 1962
Starring: Arnold Stang
Maurice Gosfield
Allen Jenkins
Marvin Kaplan
Leo De Lyon
John Stephenson
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Barry Blitzer
Harvey Bullock
Kin Platt
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

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.

An anthropomorphic group of alley cats led by Top Cat try and get by in life by regularly scamming the citizens of Manhattan. Acting as a foil to their schemes is beat cop Officer Dibble.

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.

In 2021, Top Cat, Benny the Ball, Choo Choo, Brain, Spook and Fancy Fancy have also made several guest appearances in the HBO Max web TV series, Jellystone!

The entire series has been released on DVD.

Production

Development

Aftermath

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.[1] 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.[2]

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"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

Cast

References

  1. ^ (1996). "MIP TV ISSUE". Television Business International. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Kupcyzk, Dave (January 11, 2008). "Top Cat Remake". Dave's blog. Retrieved August 1, 2021.