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