The premise of The Phil Silvers Show was the basis for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Top Cat, for which Arnold Stang moderately imitated Phil Silvers' voice for the title character. The main character, Top Cat — called T.C. by close friends, is the leader of a gang of New York alley cats: Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Benny the Ball, The Brain, and Choo Choo. Top Cat and his gang were inspired by characters from the The Phil Silvers Show. It has also been said that the Bowery Boys influenced the show. Maurice Gosfield, who played Private Duane Doberman on The Phil Silvers Show, also provided the voice for Benny the Ball in Top Cat (Benny's rotund appearance was based on Maurice too by all accounts). Choo-Choo (Chooch) could obviously pass for, Corporal Steve Henshaw and Fancy (voice based on Cary Grant)  could easily be, Corporal Rocco Barbella.

One of the makers, Joe Barbera, describes his cartoon: "Top Cat lives in an alley behind a bowling centre and next to a policeman's call box. The policeman is Officer Dibble who is always admonishing him for using the phone. We see Top Cat as a kind of Sergeant Bilko; he's always dreaming up outlandish schemes for his fellow cats." 

Top Cat theme
  1. Top Cat!
    Top Cat!
Renowned voice actor Daws Butler employed an impression of Phil Silvers as the voice of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Hokey Wolf and also used the same voice in numerous cartoons for Jay Ward.  Hokey Wolf is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that appeared on The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1960, filling the slot left by Yogi Bear. 

Hokey Wolf con artist wolf, much like Ernie Bilko, who is always trying to cheat his way to the simple life. He is accompanied in this by his diminutive, bowlerhat-wearing sidekick, Ding-a-Ling Wolf (voiced by Doug Young impersonating Buddy Hackett). Hokey and Ding-a-Ling appeared in 29 seven-minute cartoons on the third and fourth seasons (1960-1961) of The Huckleberry Hound Show

Hokey Wolf appeared in four other Hanna-Barbera cartoon series: Yogi's Gang (1973-1975) - Hokey was a member of the crew. Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1979) - Hokey was a member of the Yogi Yahooeys. Yogi’s Treasure Hunt (1985) - Hokey was a regular guest star. Yo Yogi! (1991-1992) - Hokey (voiced this time by Matt Hurtwitz) was the mayor of Jellystone Town. 


In The FlintstonesThe Astr'nuts (1961) Fred and Barney end up in the army for a three-year hitch. Somehow or other they also "volunteer" as astronauts for the first guided-missile trip to the moon (quite an accomplishment for a pair of stoneagers). Voice actor Jerry Mann again performs his Phil Silvers impersonation as (what else?) an army sergeant, and there's a cute verbal gag involving the international arms race: It seems that the slingshot has made the bow and arrow obsolete!

The 1993 cartoon series The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, featured a character called Wes Weasley, who had a very similar appearance and voice to Phil Silvers. Furthermore, his job was as a Mobius's number one salesman/con-artist /narrator/announcer/dog show judge/real estate agent, etc. Wes Weasley is often recognized for his yellow suit and his merchandise of questionable quality. Being a salesman, Wes doesn't really care who's buying from him, so long as he gets his pay. He's quick to leave if things start going wrong however. 

  1. Hokey Wolf
    Hokey Wolf
  2. The Astr'nuts
    The Astr'nuts
  3. Wes Weasley
    Wes Weasley
Wes was a very rich man who more than usually made deals with Dr. Robotnik to catch Sonic the Hedgehog. In an episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog like Hero of the Year, Wes Weasley pretended to be car/limo-jacked by Scratch and Grounder and hosted a Hero of the Year ceremony for Sonic so that Dr. Robotnik could capture him, all for a Shopping Channel.  Wes Weasely wears a plaid brown and tan suit, tan floating hat w/red stripe, glasses, red bow tie, tan pants, or sometimes just in his light green, green striped boxers with a cigar, and the floating tan hat.  

Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! is also an offspring of a bygone television era. The story format is similar to that of the live-action Bilko show.

  1. Hair Bear Bunch!
    Hair Bear Bunch!
Daws Butler, again based his voice as to that of Phil Silvers when playing the role of 'Hair Bear', the mastermind behind all the schemes. Hanna-Barbera even tried to make the cartoon appeal to younger ones by dressing the bears in counterculture gear, a lot of which had become fashionable by 1971. 

The series didn't appeal to the younger cartoon viewers born after The Phil Silvers Show ended its network television run.  And it only lasted one year on saturday morning TV. Incidentally, Wonderland Zoo Superintendent,  Lionel J. Botch was voiced by Joe E. Ross (aka Sergeant Rupert Ritzik in the Bilko show).


In 2015 there was a new Flintstones cartoon made by Warner Bros. Animation and WWE Studios. It was the first new Flintstones production in over 14 years since On the Rocks, 55 years after the original 1960s series and also the first Flintstones film without the original creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Check out the character below and tell me it's not Phil Silvers....
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Phil Silvers himself has been parodied. During the 1950s Phil was front man for Post Cereal. Below is a beautifully hand-outlined and hand-painted image of Phil Silvers as the 1st Post Cereal Alpha Bits Postman.

  1. 1st Post Cereal Alpha Bits Postman
    1st Post Cereal Alpha Bits Postman