Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Top Cat was a Hanna-Barbera prime-time animated series which premiered in 1961 and
ran for 30 episodes and which remains one of the studio's
most enduring creations.
The central character, Top Cat (his friends call
him TC) is the leader of a gang of Manhattan alley
cats: Fancy Fancy, Spook, Benny, Brain, and Choo Choo.
There are distinct resemblances to the popular US situation
comedy The Phil Silvers Show (on which the cartoon is
said to have been loosely based) in the relationships
between the characters. Arnold Stang's voicing of Top
Cat strongly resembled Phil Silvers' voice as well.
A frequent plotline revolved around the local patrolman,
Officer Dibble, and his ineffective attempts to evict
In the United Kingdom, the show was renamed Boss Cat
(by means of a crudely substituted title card) when
it was first aired on BBC1 because Top Cat was the name
of a brand of cat food.
Of course, the dialogue still
referred to the character by his original name. By the
1980s the original title was used in reruns and this
continues on the Cartoon Network UK.