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The Greatest TV Shows About Cats 

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Updated June 16, 2020 263 votes 44 voters 1.9k views 25 items

List Rules The best shows about, or starring, cats, both scripted and reality.

Chances are you're either a dog person or a cat person, and if you're a dog person it means you probably strongly dislike cats. But even the most vocal dog person can't resist the charms of some of the best cat shows on TV. That's because, whether you associate these shows with the love 'em or hate 'em creatures that think they're better than us, these shows about cats have been on our televisions since the very beginning, and they've provided us with some of the most entertaining and enjoyable content around. 

There's no shortage of shows about cats that have pulled us into their world and proven just how funny and bizarre a world filled with cats really is. Whether they're cartoons for kids, adults, or cats to watch while their humans are off at work, there are TV shows about cats for everyone. 

The series on this list, all of which feature a cat of one kind or another as the star - from silly mangy little runts to majestic, annoying show cats - are all here to stoke our love of the cat world, while reminding us exactly why they've been man's (second) best friend since the beginning. So let's chase around a ball of yarn, go to the bathroom in a box of sand, yowl loudly in the middle of the night, and rank this list of shows about cats from best to worst.

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Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

Premiered: 1988

Garfield and Friends is an American animated television series based on the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis. The show was produced by Film Roman, in association with United Feature Syndicate ...more
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Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

Premiered: 1940

Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two main characters, Tom Cat and Jerry ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
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Heathcliff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, June Foray

Premiered: 1980

Heathcliff is an animated TV series that debuted on October 4, 1980. It was the first series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It ran until ...more
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The Sylvester & Twee... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Joe Alaskey, June Foray, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1995

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, is an animated television series which aired from 1995 to 2002 on Kids' WB.
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CatDog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui
CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers, with one half being a cat and the other a dog. ...more
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My Cat from Hell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
My Cat from Hell

Premiered: 2011

My Cat from Hell is an American reality television series that airs on Animal Planet and premiered in May 2011. It stars Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist by morning — and a musician by night — ...more
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Sagwa The Chinese Siames... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat Khaira Ledeyo, Holly G. Frankel, Carrie Finlay

Premiered: 2001

Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was a PBS animated program aired in 2001, adapted from Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat books by Amy Tan.
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Must Love Cats is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Must Love Cats

Premiered: 2011

Must Love Cats is an Animal Planet television series hosted by John Fulton which premiered in the United States in February 2011. In each episode, he travels through different parts of the ...more
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The Adventures of Puss i... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Eric Bauza, Jayma Mays, Joshua Rush

Premiered: 2015

The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Netflix, 2018) is an American computer-animated web television series based on the character Puss In Boots from the Shrek franchise. The series follows the ...more
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Cats 101 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Cats 101

Premiered: 2009

Cats 101 is a show that airs on Animal Planet.
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The Pink Panther Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
comicspies1 added Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry

Premiered: 1969

The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of cartoon shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng between 1969 and 1979, starring the animated Pink Panther character from the opening credits ...more
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Snagglepuss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Snagglepuss Don Messick, Daws Butler

Premiered: 1959

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Pixie and Dixie and Mr. ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks Don Messick, Daws Butler

Premiered: 1958

Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that featured as a regular segment of the television series The Huckleberry Hound Show from 1958 to 1961.
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Motormouse and Autocat ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
comicspies1 added Marty Ingels, Dick Curtis

Premiered: 1970

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SWAT Kats: The Radical S... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Barry Gordon, Charles Adler, Gary Owens

Premiered: 1993

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron was an animated television series created by Christian Tremblay and Yvon Tremblay and produced by Hanna-Barbera and Turner Program Services. The series takes ...more
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Peg + Cat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Dwayne Hill, Hayley Faith Negrin
Peg + Cat is an American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the children's book "The Chicken Problem", which was published in 2012. The series is created by Billy ...more
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Bagpuss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Oliver Postgate, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner

Premiered: 1974

Bagpuss is a UK children's television series, made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. The series of 13 episodes was first broadcast from 12 February 1974 to 7 May 1974 through their company ...more
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Heathcliff & the Cat... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats Mel Blanc, Donna Christie, Roger Carel

Premiered: 1984

Heathcliff is an animated television series that debuted on September 5, 1984. It was the second series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by DIC Entertainment. It ran in ...more
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The Lion Guard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Max Charles, Joshua Rush, Dusan Brown
The Lion Guard (Disney Junior, 2016) is an American animated television series developed by Ford Riley, based on the 1994 Disney film. Simba's son Kion, along with his friends Bunga the honey ...more
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Top Cat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Leo DeLyon, Allen Jenkins, Arnold Stang

Premiered: 1961

Top Cat is an animated television series made by the Hanna-Barbera studios which ran from September 27, 1961 to April 18, 1962 for a run of 30 episodes on the ABC network.
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Courageous Cat and Minut... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse Dal McKennon

Premiered: 1960

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse is a children's cartoon television show that was produced by Trans-Artists Productions and syndicated by Tele Features Inc. in 1960. The characters were created ...more
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Eek! The Cat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Tawny Kitaen, Elizabeth Daily, Bill Kopp

Premiered: 1992

Eek! The Cat is an American-Canadian animated series, created by Savage Steve Holland and Bill Kopp and produced by Fox Kids and Savage Studios with animation by Nelvana, that ran from 1992 to ...more
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Lippy the Lion & Har... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har Mel Blanc, Daws Butler

Premiered: 1962

Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har (1962) is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera. The episodes revolved around ever-hopeful lion Lippy (Daws Butler) attempting to get rich ...more
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Nature Cat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Cats
Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon

Premiered: 2015

Nature Cat (PBS, 2015) is an American-Canadian educational animated children's television series. Once his family leaves for the day, Fred, a house cat with dreams of exploring outside, ...more