Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone.
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Complete series cast summary:
Leo DeLyon ...
 Spook / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 Officer Charlie Dibble / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 Top Cat (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maurice Gosfield ...
 Benny the Ball (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 Choo Choo / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Stephenson ...
 Fancy-Fancy / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)


Set in the Alleys of New York, "Top Cat" tells the story of a gang of low-life cats with their charismatic Leader, Top Cat. With ability and mischief, Top Cat will always try to get rich gambling, to eat for free, or to play jokes on someone, but he is always being watched by Officer Dibble, who is very strict and fierce with them, but in fact is a friend to all of them. Written by Tato

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He's the most tip-top!


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Release Date:

27 September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don Gato y Su Pandilla  »

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(30 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hanna-Barbara sold the cartoon to ABC based on a drawing of the main character. See more »


In the opening title song "Top Cat" (seen in every episode) the waiter should be shown in front of the lunch box on the table. His torso is behind the box until Top Cat jumps up and runs for the taxi. At that point the waiter "pops" fully in front of the lunch box. This was related by Arnold Stang on the DVD commentary and he was very annoyed (even years later!) that the studio would let such an error occur every week. See more »


Professor Zimbach: [admiring a contemporary painting] This man has artistic temperament, like Van Gogh. You know, the painter who cut off his ear and sent it to his girlfriend.
Top Cat: Oh, yeah, to ask her why he hadn't heard from her.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature Top Cat returning to his alley and going to bed. The series title also appears on a billboard above the alley. See more »


Referenced in Citizen Khan: Naani's Return (2014) See more »

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Classic cartoon from the days when they really cared.
26 February 2004 | by (cramlington u.k.) – See all my reviews

Based on "The Phil Silvers show",this cartoon translates army capers into the adventures of a bunch of cats in a rundown New York alley.They are led by Top Cat,a conniver who could even teach Bilko a thing or two!Their nemesis and sometime victim is policeman Charlie Dibble.Each of the cats has his own very distinct character.I especially like Spook with his beatnik "hep cat" language. The show is full of humor,wit and charm.The voice actors are superb-including Bilko regular Maurice Gosfield("Benny").Fortunately Hanna-Barbera haven't revived the show;the result would undoubtedly be of much lower standard than the 30 original gems from 1961-2

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