44 Cats
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Created byIginio Straffi
Voices of
Country of originItaly
Original languagesItalian
English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes89
Production
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesRainbow S.p.A.
Antoniano
Rai Ragazzi
DistributorRainbow S.p.A. (ViacomCBS)
Release
Original networkRai YoYo
Nick Jr. Italy[1]
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release11 December 2018 (2018-12-11) –
present

44 Cats (Italian: 44 Gatti) is an Italian animated children's television series created by Iginio Straffi. Co-produced with Antoniano di Bologna in collaboration with Rai Ragazzi, the series is produced and distributed by the Rainbow studio (co-owned by ViacomCBS). Viacom's Nickelodeon channels broadcast 44 Cats worldwide,[2] while both RAI's YoYo network and Nick Jr. Italy air the series in Italy. The series follows the adventures of four kittens who make up a musical group called the Buffycats. The series premiered on Rai YoYo in Italy on 11 December 2018.

The series was inspired by a song from the 1968 Zecchino d'Oro competition called "Quarantaquattro gatti".[3]

The series was renewed for a second season, which began airing in Italy in March 2020. It aired internationally later in the year.[4]

Characters

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Main

Supporting

Episodes

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
13711 December 2018 (2018-12-11)29 December 2019 (2019-12-29)
252[4]15 February 2020 (2020-02-15)TBA

Season 1 (2018–19)

No.Title [5][6]Italian air dateU.S. air date [5][6]Prod.
code [5]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Buffycats on a Mission"11 December 2018 (2018-12-11)25 May 2019101A0.68[7]

The Buffycats set out to retrieve the deed to their house when Boss steals it for Winston.

Song: "44 Cats," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
2"A Puppy to Save"11 December 2018 (2018-12-11)25 May 2019101B0.43[7]
The sleep-deprived Buffycats help a lost puppy find his way home after he gets harassed by Boss and his gang.
3"The Astronaut Cat"
"Cat Traps"
11 December 2018 (2018-12-11)10 June 20191020.60[8]

"The Astronaut Cat": Cosmo dreams of becoming the first astro-cat in history, and for his birthday, the Buffycats decide to make his dream come true.

"Cat Traps": Winston's garden is full of cat traps.

Song: "The Noodles of Granny Pina," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
4"Gaby, The Reporter Cat"
"Gas, The Stinky Cat"
TBA11 June 20191030.61[9]

"Gaby, The Reporter Cat": When snoopy Gaby is caught by Brutus the cat catcher, the Buffycats run to help.

"Gas, The Stinky Cat": Every cat escapes when Gas is around because he's the smelliest cat.

Song: "The Stinky Cat," performed by Elisabeth Tsong, Natalie Rarick, Piccola Coro, and Samuel Vincent
5"Granny Pina's Secret Recipe"
"Neko, The Lucky Cat"
TBA12 June 20191040.63[10]

"Granny Pina's Secret Recipe": Lampo wants to prepare Granny's noodles to give a boost of energy to his friends, but the recipe slips out of his paws and flies away in the wind.

"Neko, The Lucky Cat": Once the luckiest cat in town, Neko loses his luck.
6"A Dog as a Friend"
"Lampo and the Crazy Race"
TBA13 June 20191050.67[11]

"A Dog as a Friend": Terry, the neighbor's dog, loves cats and wants to be one, so the Buffycats teach him how.

Song: "Puppy Kitten," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Natalie Rarick

"Lampo and the Crazy Race": Lampo wants to join the motorbike race, so mechanic cat Wrench builds him a bike.
7"Cat Fever"TBA17 June 2019106A0.63[12]
Lampo is terrified of Fisby, the doctor cat, but must recover if he doesn't want stinky Gas to sing with the Buffycats.
8"The Dance Contest"TBA18 June 2019106B0.63[13]

Ginny dreams of winning a famous dance competition, but lacks self-confidence.

Song: "The Sunflower Dance," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
9"Milady and the Cat-Fu Master"TBA19 June 2019107A0.60[14]
Milady takes clumsy Meatball to Cato, who can teach him Cat-fu and prevent him from being the perfect target for Blister and Scab.
10"Milky & Chock's Circus"TBA20 June 2019107B0.66[15]
The Buffycats are charmed by a clown cat's skills.
11"Dogsitter Mission"TBA21 June 2019108A0.71[16]

The Buffycats offer to help take care of puppies Zoe and Bucky for a day and try and teach the pair to get along.

Song: "Naughty Pesky Rascal Mood," performed by Brittney Pressly
12"Underwater Mission"
"Piperita, The Chef Cat"
TBA29 June 20191090.52[17]

"Underwater Mission": When the Buffycats forget Granny's birthday, they look for a gift for her under the sea.

"Piperita, The Chef Cat": Piperita dreams of becoming a master chef, but her recipes are not very successful.

Song: "A Tasty Paella," performed by Elisabeth Tsong
13"Snobine, The Snobbish Cat"
"Four Cats and a Camel"
TBA6 July 20191100.47[18]

"Snobine, The Snobbish Cat": Gas gets a crush on the new kitten, Snobine, but he doesn't know how to win her heart.

"Four Cats and a Camel": Winston is determined to keep Kataly, a fast baby camel, but the Buffycats don't like the idea.

Song: "Kataly the Camel," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
14"Detective Pilou"
"A Game for the Buffycats"
TBA13 July 20191110.51[19]

"Detective Pilou": Pilou enjoys playing detective and is thrilled when Fleur asks the Buffycats to help find her missing flower.

"A Game for the Buffycats": The Buffycats plan a treasure hunt to have fun.
15"The Superhero Cat"
"Lampo at the Buffolympics"
TBA20 July 20191120.37[20]

"The Superhero Cat": The Buffycats must become heroes when their favorite superhero becomes trapped.

Song: "The Secret of The Masked Cat," performed by Elisabeth Tsong

"Lampo at the Buffolympics": Lampo is determined to win the Buffolympics.
16"Ambrogio, the Stylist Cat"
"A New Friend for Pilou"
TBA3 August 20191130.45[21]

"Ambrogio, the Stylist Cat": Everyone is thrilled because Ambrogio, the stylist cat, comes to town, but as he arrives, he immediately acts shy and surly; the truth is, he totally lost his inspiration.

"A New Friend for Pilou": Since the other Buffycats are all busy, Pilou is looking for someone else to play with.

Song: "The Brat Cat," performed by Piccola Coro
17"Cats in Black"
"The Art of LaPalette"
TBA17 August 20191140.38[22]

"Cats in Black": The Buffycats play space battles when an alien cat's spaceship lands in Granny's garden.

"The Art of LaPalette": Boss and the Buffycats challenge each other to win Monsieur LaPalette's art contest.
18"The Flying Cat"
"Tutankatmon's Treasure"
TBA26 August 20191160.41[23]

"The Flying Cat": Meatball helps Edison with his flying invention.

"Tutankatmon's Treasure": The Buffycats assist Quatermain in searching for the treasure of Tutankatmon.

Song: "Tutankatmon," performed by Natalie Rarick
19"The Great Robin Rescue"
"May the Best Cat Win"
TBA27 August 20191170.46[24]

"The Great Robin Rescue": Robin panics when she discovers her egg is missing.

"May the Best Cat Win": Meatball and Pilou hold the ultimate competition for rivals Lampo and Milady.
20"Jungle Cats"
"Police Cat in Action"
TBA28 August 20191180.56[25]

"Jungle Cats": The Buffycats visit a botanical garden and see a wild feline living there.

Song: "A Song for Jungle," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Samuel Vincent

"Police Cat in Action": The Buffycats meet Police Cat named Cop, who assist in finding a gold statue stolen from LaPalette’s gallery.
21"Sir Archibald, Gentlecat"
"Pilou and the Scooter Chase"
TBA29 August 20191190.41[26]

"Sir Archibald, Gentlecat": Archibald, Lampo's uncle, comes to visit and decides to spend the day teaching Lampo good manners.

"Pilou and the Scooter Chase": The Buffycats surprise Pilou with a scooter for her birthday, but the cat catchers trap her furry fellows.

Song: "Scooter so Meow-Wow!," performed by Elisabeth Tsong, Natalie Rarick, and Samuel Vincent
22"The Tailoff Games"
"Pilou-saurus Rex"
TBA30 August 20191200.39[27]

"The Tailoff Games": When Boss, Blister and Scab play pranks on the Buffycats, Lampo decides to challenge them to a Tailoff match to solve the situation.

"Pilou-saurus Rex": The Buffycats find a toy dinosaur in the garden.

Song: "My Plasticy Dinosaur," performed by Piccola Coro and Kid Chorus
23"Meatball's Secret Move"TBA15 September 2019108B0.40[28]
Granny Pina loses her precious lucky locket near the river and the Buffycats rush there to find it.
24"Meatball's Lucky Day"TBA22 September 2019122A0.32[29]
Learning that it is his lucky day, Meatball challenges the lucky cat Neko to a game of chance.
25"All Meow for Ice Cream"TBA29 September 2019122B0.29[30]

The ice cream maker cat's machine doesn't work on a hot day.

Song: "A World Made of Ice Cream," performed by Elisabeth Tsong and Kid Chorus
26"Campfire Cat Tails"TBA6 October 2019123A0.32[31]
27"Pinky Paws Rock!"TBA13 October 2019123B0.39[32]
28"Scaredy Cats"TBA20 October 2019115A0.33[33]
29"Attic Mission"TBA27 October 2019115B0.31[34]
30"Meatball the Sleepwalker"TBA3 November 2019124A0.55[35]
31"Bongo on Stage"TBA17 November 2019124B0.37[36]
32"Farmer Cats for a Day"TBA24 November 2019125A0.35[37]
33"Santa's Little Helper"TBA1 December 2019121B0.36[38]
34"The Rolling Pin Quest"TBA8 December 2019125B0.36[39]
35"Recycling Romp"TBA15 December 2019121A0.35[40]
36"Pilou the Kitten Sitter"TBA22 December 2019126A0.35[41]
37"44 Cats - The Musical"TBA29 December 2019126B0.33[42]

Season 2 (2020–21)

No.Title [43][44]Original air dateItaly viewers
(millions)
1"A Cat-tastic Work of Art!"15 February 2020 (2020-02-15)N/A
2"Peppy's True Talent"TBATBD
3"Terry, The Firefighter Cat"TBATBD
4"A Very Special Girl!"TBATBD
5"The Mystery of the Ghost Cat"TBATBD
6"The Flying Treasure Hunt"TBATBD
7"Sir Lamp, The Great Golfer"TBATBD
8"Pilou And Her Loose Tooth"TBATBD
9"Scribbly, The Stray Kitten"TBATBD
10"The Great Scooter Race"TBATBD
11"The Upside Down World"TBATBD
12"The Cat Color Game"TBATBD
13"Sushi, the Globetrotting Puppy"TBATBD
14"The Best Dog Challenge"TBATBD
15"A Rainy Day"TBATBD
16"Aida, the Robot Cat"TBATBD
17"Meatball, the Mail Delivery Cat"TBATBD
18"The Basketfur Game"TBATBD
19"A Day Trip With Uncle Greg"TBATBD
20"A Fistful of Cat Treats"TBATBD
21"The Treasure of Catbeard"TBATBD
22"Mice on the Run!"TBATBD
23"Mara, the Hippo"TBATBD
24"The Halloween Monster"TBATBD
25"Granny Pina's Birthday"TBATBD
26"The Cat-fu Show"TBATBD
27"Whisker Twister"TBATBD
28"Three Cats and a Kitten"TBATBD
29"Charlie the Cat"TBATBD
30"The Kite Contest"TBATBD
31"A Stinky Mission"TBATBD
32"Christmas Cat-tastrophe"TBATBD
33"Blondie the Spy-cat"TBATBD
34"Wild and Brave"TBATBD
35"The Winter Buffolympics"TBATBD
36"Underwater Cleanup"TBATBD
37"Snack Time at the Farm"TBATBD
38"The Space Rescue"TBATBD
39"Winston's Anti-Cat Wall"TBATBD
40"Terry & Cop, Police Cats"TBATBD
41"The Easter Games"TBATBD
42"Isotta's Surprise Party"TBATBD
43"Cats on Ice"TBATBD
44"Super Cat Mission"TBATBD
45"The Case of the Secret Ingredient"TBATBD
46"Mice on Bikes"TBATBD
47"Lampo, the Puss in Boots"TBATBD
48"The Ghost Train"TBATBD
49"Return to the Upside Down World"TBATBD
50"Choo Choo the Donkey"TBATBD
51"The Hula Hoop Contest"TBATBD
52"The World's Tallest Hamburger"TBATBD

Broadcast

In September 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on Rai YoYo in Italy on November 12, 2018.[45] The Rai YoYo debut set a ratings record for the channel, exceeding 520,000 viewers with a 2.7% share.[3] In May 2018, it was announced that the show would air on Nickelodeon's various international channels in countries outside of Italy.[2] In the United States, the series previewed on Nickelodeon on May 25, 2019,[5] followed by the official premiere on June 10.[46] The May 25 preview of the show was the highest-rated children's premiere of the day.[7] The first season was added to Netflix on May 1, 2020.[47]

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