Top CatTop Cat (also known for a while as Boss Cat in the United Kingdom) was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon which premiered in 1961 and ran for 30 episodes.
The show remains one of the studio's most enduring creations.
Its 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 sit-com The Phil Silvers Show (on which the cartoon is said to have been loosely based) in the relationships between the characters.
A frequent plotline revolved around the local patrolman, Officer Dibble, and his ineffective attempts to evict the gang.
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.
Lyrics to opening theme
See also: Cartoon Tunes Songbook