Six TV shows where a live animal was inexplicably the star

Six TV shows where a live animal was inexplicably the star BLOG Monday 14th January 2022


Six TV shows where a live animal was inexplicably the star

As told by THE DAILY MASH!!!

IN the past there was no CGI and actors were off their faces on booze and drugs, meaning animals had to step up and star in these classics:

Mister Ed, 1961-1966

An American show starring a talking horse and his owner Wilbur. The duo formed a comedy partnership with Mister Ed lip-syncing to a voiceover and only audible to Wilbur, a situation understood by modern-day middle-class princesses and their ponies.

Lassie, 1943-ongoing

A Rough Collie hangs around with kids who have lost all sense of risk and consequently stumble down wells on a weekly basis. Lassie then goes and wearily barks at an adult ‘The dumbshit’s hanging off the edge of a f**king cliff again’ to an adult, who repeats a censored version out loud.

Flipper, 1963-1996

A bottle-nosed dolphin who acted as a hairless, clicky, wet Lassie, perpetually saving his young friend and acting as emergency services for a US marine park. Billed as the King of the Sea but would have been seriously f**ked up if the emergency had ever been a killer whale.

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, 1967-1969

A third iteration of the same idea, this time with a kangaroo supposedly giving a shit about children stumbling into the deadly hazards littering the Australian outback. Kangaroos make little sound, so Skippy communicated a child’s location, the type and severity of his injuries and which venomous snake was approaching by smacking his lips.

Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, Daktari, 1965-1969

A lion that couldn’t talk to humans but had ophthalmic issues. Rode in a jeep frequently. Miraculously the show was cancelled because of low ratings, not because Clarence killed a junior co-star.


Hammy Hamster, Tales of the Riverbank, 1960-1992

The breakout star of a BBC kids show, in which actual rodents had adventures on jam-smeared boats and aeroplanes. Shown late at night in America, it made Hammy a cult star among weedhead freaks and got him his own spin-off. It’s reasonable to assume he met the most sordid possible end.


As featured on the Daily Mash Website.



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A time to watch Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, Daktari…A time to play Monopoly.



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