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Top Cat
Top Cat and the gang. Left to right: Benny the Ball (foreground); Officer Dibble (Behind fence); Brain; Fancy-Fancy; Top Cat; Spook (foreground); Choo-Choo
Genre Animation
Written by Kin Platt
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Arnold Stang
Allen Jenkins
Maurice Gosfield
Leo DeLyon
Marvin Kaplan
John Stephenson
Opening theme "The Most Effectual Top Cat"
Ending theme "The Most Effectual Top Cat"
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time Between 24 and 27 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Screen Gems
Original network ABC
Picture format Color (initially telecast in black and white)
Audio format Mono
Original release September 27, 1961 (1961-09-27) – April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)

Top Cat is an animated television series made by the Hanna-Barbera studios which ran from September 27, 1961, to April 18, 1962, for a run of 30 episodes on the ABC network.


Originally broadcast on Wednesdays (8:30–9pm Eastern), Top Cat was co-sponsored by Kellogg's and Bristol-Myers (Bufferin). The central character, Top Cat – called T.C. by close friends, "pro-vid-ing it's with dignity" according to the lyrics of the theme song – is the leader of a gang of Manhattan alley cats: Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Benny the Ball, Brain, and Choo Choo, living in Hoagy's Alley.[1]

Top Cat and his gang were inspired by characters from the popular 1940s B movies, "The East Side Kids", but many suggest it derived from a later 1950s military comedy whose lead was a crafty con-man (The Phil Silvers Show). Maurice Gosfield, who played Private Duane Doberman on The Phil Silvers Show, also provided the voice for Benny the Ball in Top Cat (Benny's rotund appearance was based on Gosfield too).

Even Arnold Stang's voicing of Top Cat strongly resembled Phil Silvers' voice. Other possible sources cited have been Guys and Dolls where actor Stubby Kaye played a short, stout street-wise gambler and a virtual Benny the Ball prototype. Lastly, an unlikely contender (as it also came from Hanna Barbera) was the character Hokey Wolf, from a segment on The Huckleberry Hound Show, which also had parallels to The Phil Silvers Show.[2][3]

A frequent plot-line revolved around the local beat cop Charles "Charlie" Dibble, NYPD, and his ineffective attempts to evict the gang from the alley due to them constantly attempting to earn a quick dollar — usually through an illegal scam. Dibble's appearance was modeled on Allen Jenkins, who voiced the part. The word dibble, previously used only for an implement for making holes to plant seeds, acquired a second meaning in the vernacular as slang for police officers.[4]


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  1. Top Cat/Thomas
  2. Top Cat/TUGS
  3. Top Cat/The Simpsons
  4. Top Cat/Family Guy
  5. Top Cat/Futurama
  6. Top Cat/South Park
  7. Top Cat/Amercian Dad
  8. Top Cat/King of the Hill
  9. Top Cat/Zoboomafoo
  10. Top Cat/Winnie The Pooh
  11. Top Cat/Mickey Mouse
  12. Top Cat/The Little Engine That Could
  13. Top Cat/The Land Before Time
  14. Top Cat/An Amercian Tail
  15. Top Cat/Cyberchase
  16. Top Cat/Thunderbirds
  17. Top Cat/Mario
  18. Top Cat/Sonic
  19. Top Cat/Toy Story
  20. Top Cat/A Bug's Life
  21. Top Cat/Wild Kratts
  22. Top Cat/Spongebob
  23. Top Cat/Shrek
  24. Top Cat/Ice Age
  25. Top Cat/Madagascar
  26. Top Cat/Sooty
  27. Top Cat/Phineas and Ferb
  28. Top Cat/The Little Mermaid
  29. Top Cat/Fanboy and Chum Chum
  30. Top Cat/The Jungle Book
  31. Top Cat/The Lion King
  32. Top Cat/Codename: Kids Next Door
  33. Top Cat/Wallace and Gromit
  34. Top Cat/Pinocchio
  35. Top Cat/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  36. Top Cat/Mr Bean
  37. Top Cat/Jellikins
  38. Top Cat/Barney
  39. top cat/rio (2011)
  40. Top Cat/Sesame Street
  41. Top Cat/The Iron Giant
  42. top cat/the adventures of elmo in grouchland
  43. top cat/Thomas and The Magic RailRoad
  44. top cat/Dexter's Laboratory
  45. top cat/teletubbies
  46. Top Cat/Noddy's Toyland Adventures
  47. top cat/mrs doubtfire
  48. top cat/muppets
  49. Top Cat/Cars
  50. top cat/marmaduke
  51. Top Cat/Rainbow
  52. Top Cat/PowerPuff Girls
  53. top cat/baby's day out
  54. Top Cat/Camp Lazlo
  55. Top Cat/The BFG
  56. Top Cat/Wreck-It Ralph
  57. Top Cat/Bolt
  58. Top Cat/Pingu
  59. Top Cat/Shining Time Station
  60. Top Cat/The Fairly Oddparents
  61. Top Cat/Fireman Sam
  62. Top Cat/Postman Pat
  63. Top Cat/Harry Potter
  64. Top Cat/Budgie the Little Helicopter
  65. Top Cat/Hey Arnold
  66. Top Cat/Rocko's Morden Life
  67. Top Cat/Mr. Meaty
  68. Top Cat/The Mighty B!
  69. Top Cat/Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  70. Top Cat/Toby
  71. Top Cat/Percy
  72. Top Cat/James
  73. Top Cat/Edward
  74. Top Cat/Gordon
  75. Top Cat/Henry
  76. Top Cat/Duck
  77. Top Cat/Diesel
  78. Top Cat/Donald
  79. Top Cat/Douglas
  80. Top Cat/Diesel 10
  81. Top Cat/Splatter
  82. Top Cat/Dodge
  83. Top Cat/Arry
  84. Top Cat/Bert
  85. Top Cat/Terence
  86. Top Cat/Elizabeth
  87. Top Cat/Mega Man X
  88. Top Cat/The Wind in The Willows
  89. Top Cat/Dora the Explorer
  90. Top Cat/The Wizard of OZ
  91. Top Cat/Cars 2
  92. Top Cat/Planes
  93. Top Cat/Mater's Tall Tales
  94. Top Cat/Ted (2012)
  95. Top Cat/Batman
  96. Top Cat/Rosie & Jim
  97. Top Cat/Tots TV
  98. Top Cat/Young Ones
  99. Top Cat/Are You Being Served?
  100. Top Cat/Matilda
  101. Top Cat/Charlie Brown
  102. Top Cat/Batman
  103. Top Cat/Oakie Doke
  104. Top Cat/The Animal Shelf
  105. Top Cat/Teletubbies
  106. Top Cat/Tweenies
  107. Top Cat/How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  108. Top Cat/Bob the Builder
  109. Top Cat/Noddy's Toyland Adventures
  110. Top Cat/Joshua Jones
  111. Top Cat/Brum
  112. Top Cat/Snow White
  113. Top Cat/In the Night Garden
  114. Top Cat/Pokemon
  115. Top Cat/Charlie Chalk
  116. Top Cat/Grease
  117. Top Cat/Muppets From Space
  118. Top Cat/Tiny Toon Adventures
  119. Top Cat/Turbo (2013)
  120. Top Cat/Aladdin
  121. Top Cat/Handy Manny
  122. Top Cat/The LEGO Movie
  123. Top Cat/The Angry Beavers
  124. Top Cat/Caillou
  125. Top Cat/Chalk Zone
  126. Top Cat/My Life as A Teenage Robot
  127. Top Cat/Catdog
  128. Top Cat/Rocket Power
  129. Top Cat/Kipper the Dog
  130. Top Cat/Beavis & Butthead
  131. Top Cat/Rescue Heroes
  132. Top Cat/Clifford the Big Red Dog
  133. Top Cat/Wild Kratts
  134. Top Cat/Shining Time Station
  135. Top Cat/Evil Con Carne
  136. Top Cat/Camp Lazlo
  137. Top Cat/Time Squad
  138. Top Cat/Robot Chicken
  139. Top Cat/Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  140. Top Cat/The Wild Thornberrys
  141. Top Cat/As Told By Ginger
  142. Top Cat/Courage the Cowardly Dog
  143. Top Cat/Squirrel Boy
  144. Top Cat/Bear in The Big Blue House
  145. Top Cat/Recess
  146. Top Cat/Casper
  147. Top Cat/Waynehead
  148. Top Cat/Air Bud
  149. Top Cat/The Nightmare before Christmas
  150. Top Cat/Who framed Roger Rabbit
  151. Top Cat/Stuart Little
  152. Top Cat/South Park:Bigger Longer & Uncut
  153. Top Cat/Rayman
  154. Top Cat/Dr. Seuss
  155. Top Cat/Danger Mouse
  156. Top Cat/Count Duckula
  157. Top Cat/Bananaman
  158. Top Cat/Madeline
  159. Top Cat/Chowder
  160. Top Cat/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald Mcdonald
  161. Top Cat/The Thief & The Cobbler
  162. Top Cat/Paulie
  163. Top Cat/Alice in Wonderland
  164. Top Cat/The Jungle Book
  165. Top Cat/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  166. Top Cat/Pocahontas
  167. Top Cat/Hercules
  168. Top Cat/Tarzan
  169. Top Cat/Mighty Joe Young
  170. Top Cat/Rugrats In Paris
  171. Top Cat/Shrek
  172. Top Cat/The Big Comfy Couch
  173. Top Cat/Finding Nemo
  174. Top Cat/Bolt
  175. Top Cat/Cars
  176. Top Cat/Total Drama
  177. Top Cat/Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
  178. Top Cat/Ed, Edd & Eddy
  179. Top Cat/Father Ted
  180. Top Cat/Regular Show
  181. Top Cat/The Amazing World of Gumball
  182. Top Cat/Flubber
  183. Top Cat/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald Mcdonald
  184. Top Cat/Bob the Builder
  185. Top Cat/Rolie Polie Olie
  186. Top Cat/South Park :Bigger Longer & Uncut
  187. Top Cat/Shark Tale
  188. Top Cat/Robots
  189. Top Cat/The Nightmare Before Christmas
  190. Top Cat/Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  191. Top Cat/Budgie the Little Helicopter
  192. Top Cat/The Pink Panther
  193. Top Cat/Uncle Grandpa
  194. Top Cat/Bee Movie
  195. Top Cat/Mumfie
  196. Top Cat/The Nightmare Before Christmas
  197. Top Cat/Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  198. Top Cat/Annoying Orange
  199. Top Cat/PB&J Otter
  200. Top Cat/Garfield
  201. Top Cat/Darkwing Duck
  202. Top Cat/Crash Bandicoot
  203. Top Cat/Ed Edd 'N' Eddy
  204. Top Cat/Chowder
  205. Top Cat/Regular Show
  206. Top Cat/The Amazing World Of Gumball
  207. Top Cat/The Thief and The Cobbler
  208. Top Cat/Paulie
  209. Top Cat/The Ant Bully
  210. Top Cat/South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut
  211. Top Cat/Monster House
  212. Top Cat/Austin Powers
  213. Top Cat/The Cat in The Hat
  214. Top Cat/Maya & Miguel
  215. Top Cat/The Amazing World Of Gumball
  216. Top Cat/Regular Show
  217. Top Cat/Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
  218. Top Cat/Ed, Edd ,N, Eddy
  219. Top Cat/Cars
  220. Top Cat/Mater's Tall Tales
  221. Top Cat/Paulie
  222. Top Cat/The Big Bang Theory
  223. Top Cat/Breadwinners
  224. Top Cat/The Nut Job (2014)
  225. Top Cat/Rick & Morty
  226. Top Cat/How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  227. Top Cat/Muppets Most Wanted
  228. Top Cat/Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
  229. Top Cat/Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
  230. Top Cat/Beethoven
  231. Top Cat/Animaniacs
  232. Top Cat/Bear in the Big Blue House
  233. Top Cat/T.U.F.F. Puppy
  234. Top Cat/My Gym Partner's a Monkey
  235. Top Cat/Veggietales
  236. Top Cat/Tekken
  237. Top Cat/Street Fighter
  238. Top Cat/The Legend Of Zelda
  239. Top Cat/Mater's Tall Tales
  240. Top Cat/The Pink Panther
  241. Top Cat/The Berenstain Bears
  242. Top Cat/Sheep in the Big City
  243. Top Cat/Whatever Happened To Robot Jones?
  244. Top Cat/Mater's Tall Tales
  245. Top Cat/Fat Dog Mendoza
  246. Top Cat/Sanjay and Craig
  247. Top Cat/Harvey Beaks
  248. Top Cat/Doug
  249. Top Cat/Catscratch
  250. Top Cat/Captain Underpants
  251. Top Cat/F-Zero
  252. Top Cat/The Great Mouse Detective
  253. Top Cat/Epic (2013)
  254. Top Cat/Skunk Fu
  255. Top Cat/Osmosis Jones
  256. Top Cat/Hotel Transylvania
  257. Top Cat/Super Mario Bros. Z
  258. Top Cat/Angry Birds
  259. Top Cat/Fraggle Rock
  260. Top Cat/Seinfeld
  261. Top Cat/Kiki's Delivery Service
  262. Top Cat/Boohbah
  263. Top Cat/Underground Ernie
  264. Top Cat/Boohbah
  265. Top Cat/Mater's Tall Tales
  266. Top Cat/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
  267. Top Cat/Mater's Tall Tales
  268. Top Cat/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
  269. Top Cat/Big Hero 6 (2014)
  270. Top Cat/The Boxtrolls (2014)
  271. Top Cat/South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut
  272. Top Cat/Bonkers
  273. Top Cat/Judge Judy
  274. Top Cat/The Secret of Nimh
  275. Top Cat/Jojo's Circus
  276. Top Cat/PAW Patrol
  277. Top Cat/Balamory
  278. Top Cat/Mister Maker
  279. Top Cat/Higglytown Heroes

See also


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  1. "Top Cat – The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  2. "Voice of Top Cat dies – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". December 24, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  3. "Arnold Stang, Milquetoast Actor, Dies at 91". Retrieved on 2012-10-20. 
  4. "dibble". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. .