TV Guide Magazine's 60 Greatest TV Animals of All Time

Lassie | Photo Credits: Paramount Pictures

Turns out, it really is a dog's life. Canines dominate the latest list in TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary celebration, taking three of the top five spots and 20 places overall. But there's still room for cats, birds and barnyard critters, not to mention a dinosaur (sorry, Barney didn't make the cut!). We limited our picks to one animal per show so Looney Tunes, Muppets and Disney characters wouldn't hog all the attention.

1. Lassie (dog), Lassie The beloved collie enjoyed a 19-year TV run — and not in dog years. Who but Lassie could let us know every time little Timmy fell down a well?

2. Mister Ed (horse), Mister Ed When this palomino started talking to his befuddled owner, Wil-burrr (Alan Young), we laughed ourselves hoarse!

3. Eddie (dog), Frasier The adorably precocious Jack Russell terrier always had a leg up on his costars, even if Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce won more Emmys.

4. J. Fred Muggs (chimp), Today Monkeyshines were the order of the day on NBC's morning show from 1953 to 1957, when the temperamental chimp upstaged host Dave Garroway. TV Guide Magazine honored him for many years with an annual list: the J. Fred Muggs Awards for Distinguished Foolishness.

5. Scooby-Doo (dog), Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Ruh-roh! Any number of phony ghosts would've gotten away with it if it weren't for this meddling pooch.

The Other 55 (Alphabetically)

Arnold (pig), Green Acres

Babar (elephant), Babar

Bear (chimp), BJ and the Bear

Brian (dog), Family Guy

Buck (dog), Married...With Children

Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes

Chim Chim (monkey), Speed Racer

Curious George (monkey), Curious George

Dino (dinosaur), The Flintstones

Doc (dog), Grey's Anatomy

Elvis (gator), Miami Vice

Felix (cat), Felix the Cat

Flipper (dolphin), Flipper

Fred (cockatoo), Baretta

Geico Gecko, Geico commercials

Gentle Ben (bear), Gentle Ben

Happy (dog), 7th Heaven

Itchy and Scratchy (mouse and cat), The Simpsons

Kermit (frog), Sesame Street

Kitty (lion), The Addams Family

K-9 (dog), Doctor Who

Krypto (dog), Smallville

Lancelot Link (chimp), Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

Marcel (monkey), Friends

Mickey Mouse, The Mickey Mouse Club

Mighty Mouse, Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Miss Piggy, The Muppet Show

Murray (dog), Mad About You

Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Show

Pokey (horse), Gumby

Ren and Stimpy (dog and cat), The Ren & Stimpy Show

Rin Tin Tin (dog), The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

Rocky and Bullwinkle (squirrel and moose), The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Salem (cat), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Silver (horse), The Lone Ranger

Smokey (bear), The Smokey Bear Show

Snoopy (dog), Charlie Brown specials

Spuds MacKenzie (dog), Budweiser commercials

Tiger (dog), The Brady Bunch

Tom and Jerry (cat and mouse), Tom and Jerry

Tony the Tiger, Frosted Flakes commercials

Topo Gigio (mouse), The Ed Sullivan Show

Trigger (horse), The Roy Rogers Show

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Late Night With Conan O'Brien

Underdog (dog), Underdog

Vincent (dog), Lost

Wilfred (dog), Wilfred

Winnie the Pooh (bear), Welcome to Pooh Corner

Wishbone (dog), Wishbone

Woody Woodpecker, The Woody Woodpecker Show

Yogi Bear, The Yogi Bear Show

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