Whether they were one of the leading characters in a hit series or appeared only in a few episodes, television pets have always won over our hearts. Some had the ability to talk and some didn’t, but they were a part of the casts we know and love. Here are some of the best TV pets:
Happy from ‘7th Heaven’
There’s no way you missed Happy throughout the 11-year span of 7th Heaven — she was right there at the end of the opening credits. The real pup who played Happy was also named Happy. She had been rescued from a California dog pound by animal trainer Shawn Weber. The writers weaved Happy into the script, making her a part of the Camden family. She even had a few episodes named after her.
Comet from ‘Full House’
This golden retriever starred alongside the other Tanners, such as D.J., Stephanie and Michelle; he even matched the girls’ golden locks. Comet’s mother, Minnie, ran away from her home and somehow ended up in the Tanners’ backyard while pregnant. After being taken in, she gave birth to a litter of puppies and the girls convinced their dad to keep one. The dog, actually named Buddy, played Comet from 1989 to 1995, but that wasn’t his only role. Buddy also starred in the hit film Air Bud in 1997 as the title character.
Salem from ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’
This black cat was more than a household pet. Salem was a talking black cat known for his sassy one-liners. According to the Archie Comic series from which the show was adapted, Salem was a former witch who was sentenced by the Witch’s Council to spend an indefinite amount of time as a cat as punishment for trying to take over the world. Sabrina, Salem and Sabrina’s 600-year-old witch aunts all lived under the same roof in fictional Westbridge, Massachusetts.
Marcel from ‘Friends’
Marcel might have strayed from the traditional idea of a household pet, but he was loved by all of the Friends cast. Marcel was Ross’s pet capuchin monkey throughout Season 1. He was most memorable for his fondness of the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” However, Ross later found out that harboring a monkey in New York City was illegal, and Marcel was taken to the San Diego Zoo. The monkey was still referenced throughout the sitcom, and Ross even visited him later in the show.
Pancakes from ‘The O.C.’
Pancakes came late into the four-year run of The O.C., but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have an impact. Summer became an animal activist during her time at Brown University, where she protested lab testing by setting bunnies free. She even took one home with her and named her Pancakes. Spoiler alert: In the series finale, Pancakes had bunny babies beneath Summer’s dorm room bed. Ryan ended up taking one home and naming it Flapjack.
Paul Anka from ‘Gilmore Girls’
During her estrangement from her daughter, Rory, Lorelai adopts a dog she names Paul Anka. The dog has some idiosyncrasies: He’s scared of peas, he doesn’t like when someone wearing a watch approaches him and he doesn’t like normal dog toys.