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Timeless TV

Toon Tunes

April 24, 2007 6:56 PM

Everybody remembers “The Flintstones,” the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series loosely based on “The Honeymooners” that initially ran in ABC prime time starting in the fall of 1960.

But far fewer remember Hanna-Barbera’s immediate, less celebrated follow-up: “Top Cat,” a prime-time animated series about a bunch of alley cats, loosely based on “The Phil Silvers Show.” It debuted on ABC in September 1962, a full year before the better-known “The Jetsons.”


The theme song may jog your memory.

As a matter of fact, check out the whole theme song section of Toon Tracker, a great site that has the title songs for just about every cartoon from the ’30s through the ’90s.


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Choo Choo:

Officer Dibble, here.

Wasn't quite sure of the editorial quality of TelevisionWeek until I read this. Outstanding!
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