The best TV dogs: Our favorites
They don't always get top billing, but it's the four-legged stars who often steal the show.
Jim(Credit: CBS / Ron P. Jaffe)
Not since Eddie on "Frasier" has a dog stolen as many scenes as Jim, a Brussels griffon, does on CBS' "Mike ... Molly."
Played by Moose the Jack Russell terrier, super-smart Eddie was a great foil to the uptight title character, played by Kelsey Grammer, on the long-running NBC sitcom "Frasier."
Smart, sassy Snoopy the beagle gives the Peanuts Gang cool points in its many TV specials, including the Emmy Award-winning "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Rin Tin Tin(Credit: AP)
Rin Tin Tin IV, the German Shepherd star of "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" in the 1950s, sits before a painting of his illustrious forebear.
Stan(Credit: Disney Channel / Tony Rivetti)
As voiced by actor-comedian Stephen Full, Stan, the star of "Dog with a Blog," is hilariously deadpan and, often, quite wise as he guides those humans who can hear him talk (the kids) in the sitcom that debuted in 2012.
Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane was rarely without trusty companion Flash the basset hound on CBS' "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Lassie the majestic, and so very helpful, collie has popped up in a variety of media, including books and film, but it was the popular dramatic TV show on CBS, from 1954 to the early 1970s, that made the pooch a household name.
Wishbone(Credit: Big Feats Entertainment)
Wishbone, PBS' literature-loving Jack Russell terrier, imagined himself as a number of characters from famous stories. He embodied Ichabod Crane for "Halloween Hound: The Legend of the Creepy Collars," based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Buck & Lucky(Credit: Handout, AP)
Much like Charlie Brown, Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) didn't get much love from family dog Buck (a Briard, left) on "Married ... with Children." After Buck, Lucky joined the family.
Murray(Credit: NBC / Michael Tighe)
NBC's 1900s sitcom, "Mad About You," centered around upwardly mobile New York-based couple Paul (Paul Reiser, center) and Jamie (Helen Hunt, second from left) and their lovable collie mix Murray (Maui).
The happy family on The WB show, "7th Heaven," had to have a dog named Happy, right?
Boomer(Credit: AP / Carlos Rene Perez)
For those who loved the "Benji" movies of the 1970s and '80s, Boomer filled TV viewers' needs for a lovable mutt on "Here's Boomer," which ran on NBC in the early '80s.
Though she didn't have her own TV show, Gidget the Chihuahua might as well have, she was so ubiquitous on commercials as Taco Bell's mascot.
Santa's Little Helper(Credit: AP)
Santa's Little Helper (with feline buddy Snowball II) is a retired racing greyhound and a key member of "The Simpsons" clan.
The lead character of "Pushing Daises," Ned (Lee Pace), was able to bring his childhood dog Digby, a golden retriever, back to life. The show debuted on ABC in 2007.
One of the most well-known TV dogs of all time, Petey of "The Little Rascals" was an American Staffordshire terrier. In the 1994 "Little Rascals" film, however, he was played by an American bulldog (pictured).