Everyone loves animals. Oh, you don’t? That’s right, you prefer watching television and reading snarky lists on the internet. Well just because you don’t have a real life furry friend doesn’t mean you can’t like the ones that appear on your shiny screen. Here are some of our favourite television pets.
5. Salem Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003)
What happens if you’re a bad warlock? Well you get turned into a cat – a talking, wisecracking cat, as was the case in this magic based teen sitcom. While real cats were used for any movement sequences, any shots of Salem talking were played by an animatronic puppet. Unfortunately, the puppet had somewhat limited movement, so it looked like a stuffed animal had become possessed. Salem was voiced by Nick Bakay for all 163 episodes.
4. K-9 Doctor Who (1977-1981)
Yes, it’s a robot but it was pretty much a pet. Lots of pets are mobile alien computers with lasers on their nose. K-9 first appeared in Doctor Who in 1977 and remained until 1981 when the character was given his own unsuccessful spin-off pilot – K-9 and Company, which featured the greatest opening titles of all time. As the old saying goes, you can’t keep a good dog down – the metal mutt reappeared in Doctor Who in 2006 and had a recurring role in spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures. A new “regenerated” version of K-9 also stars in an Australian produced spin-off series.
3. Mister Ed Mister Ed (1961-1966)
This is the show that proves that any idea would fly in the sixties. You just couldn’t have a show about a talking horse in the current television climate – unless the talking horse could solve crimes, then it would be a sure fire hit. Mr Ed followed the adventures of Mister Ed and his eccentric owner, Wilbur Post. Over six seasons Ed would perform many amazing feats including driving a truck, flying a plane, riding a surfboard and generally getting Wilbur into trouble.
2. Lassie Lassie (1954 -1973)
If you’re in trouble; if no one else can help; and if you can find her maybe you should call – Lassie. The ever-young collie dog first appeared in the novel Lassie Come Home in 1943 and has featured in virtually all forms of media including 11 films, most recently in 2005. Perhaps the world’s most helpful dog is most famous for the television series which ran from 1954 until 1973. The show began with Lassie living with a family in a rural community but after 10 years Lassie went on live with forest rangers, then wandered the wilderness alone before settling in a children’s home for her final two seasons.
1. Seymour Futurama (2002)
Seymour appeared in just one episode of Futurama but deserves a place on the list for pure heartbreak. When Fry finds the fossilised remains of the dog he lost 1000 years ago, the Professor believes he can make a clone. Upon discovering Seymour was 15 when he died, Fry backs out of the plan believing his pet would have moved on and found a new owner as he was just 3 when Fry disappeared. Flashbacks reveal his loyal companion spent his whole life waiting for his master to return.
Are there any small screen animals that you love? We’d love to know all about them – seriously, we have loads of free time. Add your comments below.
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