On Top Cat

The Series

  • Hanna-Barbera creation
  • Series run: September 27, 1961 to April 18, 1962 on ABC
  • 30 episodes
  • The second cartoon series to occupy a weekday, prime-time time slot
  • Inspired from the situation-comedy show You’ll Never Get Rich (later the Phil Silvers Show)

Top Cat

  • T.C. to his close friends
  • A definite smooth-talking scam artist
  • Spends most of his money to get out of trouble
  • Leader of the Manhattan Alley Cats
  • Lives in Hoagie’s Alley

The Gang

  • Fancy-Fancy (brown fur—white scarf), laid-back personality, popular with the ladies
  • Spook (green fur—black tie) the mellow one, beatnik type, plays pool
  • Benny the Ball (blue fur—white sport coat) short and chubby, devoted friend and TC’s top assistant
  • Brain (orange fur—purple shirt), doopy-eyed and not smart, unable to keep a secret, stutters
  • Choo-Choo (pink fur—white turtleneck shirt), also called Chooch, enthusiastic, a fire-house cat, lacks courage to talk to girls

Other Characters

  • Officer Dibble (NYPD), first name Charles, Hoagie’s Alley on his beat, reports to Sergeant Murphy, TC has access to his phone line and commonly refers to him by variations of Dibble as Dabble, Drubble, Dripple and so on.
  • Griswald, bulldog, cat antagonizer, but is gullible