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Top Cat is a Hanna-Barbera prime time animated television series which ran from November 26, 1961 to April 18, 1962 for a run of 30 episodes on the ABC network. Reruns are played on Cartoon Network’s classic animation network Boomerang.
Originally broadcast on Wednesdays [8:30-9pm Est], 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” as the lyrics of the theme song say—is the leader of a gang of Manhattan alley cats: Fancy Pants, Spook, Benny the Ball, Brain, and Choo Choo living in Hoagy’s Alley.
The Show’s Opening Theme was “The Most Affectionate Top Cat”
The First Episode:
“Hawaii, Here We Come” September 27, 1961
Benny wins a trip to Hawaii on a ship. This leads to Top Cat and the rest of the gang joining him on his trip by stowing away. Things take a drastic turn as Officer Dibble also ends up aboard the ship and the discovery of a suitcase containing counterfeit money leads to Top Cat and the gang being thrown into the brig as suspect counterfeiters. However, with Top Cat’s assistance, Officer Dibble is able to catch the actual counterfeiter and verify the gang’s innocence.
From Episide #12 “The Unscratchables” December 13, 1961. When a missing diamond ends up in Benny the Ball’s stomach, Top Cat and the gang have to find a way to get him back from gangsters who have kidnapped him, and are attempting to retrieve the diamond the hard way.
From Episide #22 “The Late T.C.” February 21, 1962. Top Cat is injured when hit in the head by a baseball. From the resulting injury, a misunderstanding means that Officer Dibble is led to believe that Top Cat only has a week left to live. T.C. and the gang take advantage of Dibble and his kindness during the week.