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27 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone. Full summary »
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Thank the Lord T.C. is FINALLY on DVD! See more (18 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 10)
Leo DeLyon ... Spook / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Allen Jenkins ... Officer Charlie Dibble / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Arnold Stang ... Top Cat (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maurice Gosfield ... Benny the Ball (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Marvin Kaplan ... Choo Choo / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Stephenson ... Fancy-Fancy / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
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Series Directed by
Joseph Barbera (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Hanna (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Writing credits
Barry E. Blitzer (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
Tony Benedict (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joanna Lee (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Larry Markes (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
R.S. Allen (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harvey Bullock (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kin Platt (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Michael Maltese (3 episodes, 1961)

Series Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Dinehart .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Hanna .... producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin (14 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Film Editing by
Warner E. Leighton (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Greg Watson (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Production Management
Howard Hanson .... production supervisor (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Flekal .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Paiker .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Norman Stainback .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Roy Wade .... camera operator (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Animation Department
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Huber .... layout artist (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Dan Noonan .... layout artist (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Bickenbach .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Neenah Maxwell .... background artist (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Walt Clinton .... layout artist (21 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Gentle .... background artist (20 episodes, 1961-1962)
Art Lozzi .... background artist (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Fernando Montealegre .... background artist (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist (18 episodes, 1961-1962)
Anthony Rizzo .... background artist (17 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (13 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (10 episodes, 1961-1962)
Carlo Vinci .... animator (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ed Love .... animator (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Edwin Aardal .... animator (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Goepper .... animator (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harry Holt .... animator (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Irven Spence .... animator (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Tony Love .... animator (3 episodes, 1962)
Dick Lundy .... animator (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Don Williams .... animator (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Ray Patterson .... animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Hoyt Curtin .... musical director / composer: stock music (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Other crew
Lawrence Goble .... titles (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Lewis Marshall .... story director (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Paul Sommer .... story director (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alex Lovy .... story director (20 episodes, 1961-1962)
 

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30 min (30 episodes)
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Color | Black and White (original broadcasts)
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Trivia:
When the cartoon was shown on British television in the 1960s and 1970s the title was changed to Boss Cat because there was a brand of cat food named Top Cat. However, the theme song and show's dialogue remained unchanged and contained countless mentions of "Top Cat", making the title change pointless.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Thank the Lord T.C. is FINALLY on DVD!, 30 January 2006
Author: Moax429 from United States

I first remember seeing "Top Cat" when it was part of NBC's Saturday morning lineup in the late 60's (I was born on April 29, 1962, when the show was halfway through its first - and only - prime-time season on ABC).

Whoever said, "You don't really appreciate something until after it's gone," was right - once "Top Cat" left NBC in 1969, all I had were comic books of the show to enjoy, as well as a coloring book of when T.C. and the gang went to the local zoo. When "T.C." was first syndicated in 1969, no stations here in Detroit (or around Lansing, Michigan, where I moved to in 1971 and lived until 1978) decided to purchase the reruns and show them (apparently the program directors of said stations didn't know a good cartoon series when they saw one); until 1996, when Cartoon Network reran "T.C." for the first time in ages, it would be a miracle (such as when I visited my relatives near Pittsburgh or my grandparents in California) before I ever saw any episodes of the show again.

About two weeks ago (January 14), I FINALLY purchased the entire 30-episode DVD box set of "Top Cat." It was such a treat to see all the episodes again, as well as the shorts with the actors who voiced the characters (my favorite "Top Cat" episodes have to be "All That Jazz," about the "diamond mine in Diambodi," and "The Golden Fleecing," about the female cat Honeydew Melon). And the best part is: Now I DON'T have to wait until if and when Boomerang decides to rerun "T.C." in the future; I can watch the show again any time I want!

(I also recently tracked down a copy of the 1962 TV soundtrack album on vinyl, so now I have another "T.C." collectible to enjoy. I hope to have one of my friends dub it onto a CD for me.)

So thanks, Warner Home Video, for helping revive an old, enjoyable childhood memory. It was certainly $45 well spent! (Now would you PLEASE see about putting another one of my all-time favorite, and seldom-seen, Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, "The Roman Holidays," on DVD soon? I know that would also be worth paying good money for!)

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