In its two-hour special, 50 Greatest TV Animals, Animal Planet profiled a plethora of pets and animal icons that have appeared in commercials, television and film in recent history. The show was sponsored in part by Universal Studios, which may explain the Universal slant on Animal Planet's selections. Choices were made based on popularity of the animal character, running time of the show and/or commercial and the opinions of the show's producers.

Below is the list, in order of popularity. See if any of these match up with your own top 50 memorable mammals directory:

1. Lassie
2. Kermit the Frog
3. Flipper
4. Mr. Ed
5. Eddie the Dog (Frasier)
6. Snoopy
7. Arnold the Pig (Green Acres)
8. Trigger (Roy Rogers's horse)
9. Morris the Cat (of 9 Lives cat food commercial fame)
10. Gentle Ben
11. Bugs Bunny
12. Silver (The Lone Ranger's trusty horse)
13. Scooby Doo
14. Rin Tin Tin
15. Rocky and Bullwinkle
16. Big Bird (who, upon hearing of his nomination, was surprised to learn that he was considered an "animal)
17. Salem the Cat (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
18. Lancelot Link (Secret Chimp)
19. Tony the Tiger
20. Max the Dog (of How the Grinch Stole Christmas fame)
21. Woody Woodpecker
22. Duke and the Critters (Beverly Hillbillies)
23. Topo (The Ed Sullivan Show)
24. Triumph the Dog
25. Fred the Cockatoo (Beretta)
26. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
27. Santa's Little Helper (The Simpsons)
28. The Taco Bell Chihuahua
29. Buck the Dog
30. Spot (The Munsters)
31. Charlie the Tuna
32. Mighty Mouse
33. Aflac Duck
34. Bruce (Honey West)
35. Nestle Quik Bunny
36. Higgins the Dog (Petticoat Junction, later known as Benji)
37. Yogi Bear
38. The Coca Cola Polar Bears
39. Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion
40. Debbie the Bloop (Lost in Space)
41. Tom and Jerry
42. Itchy and Scratchy (The Simpsons)
43. Champion (Gene Autry's horse)
44. Chipper the Dog (Land of the Giants)
45. The Fancy Feast Cat
46. Felix the Cat
47. Smokey the Bear
48. J. Fred Muggs (The Today Show chimp
49. Flicka the Horse
50. Tiger the Dog (The Brady Bunch)

Be sure to check your local listings or http://animal.discovery.com to find out when 50 Greatest TV Animals will re-air.
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