A Dog Named Dog: Live-Action TV

  • Inspector Columbo has a basset hound named Dog.
  • In Breaking Bad, Jesse's drawings feature a baby kangaroo named "Joey".
  • On The Closer, Brenda simply calls her inherited cat Kitty.
  • The Polka Dot Door: Most of the toys have real names, but the teddy bear is just called Bear. The Polkaroo is either this or Pokémon Speak.
  • ALF's real name is Gordon Shumway, but his Earth name ALF is actually an abbreviation of Alien Life Form.
  • Doctor Who has a Robot Dog named K9, overlapping with Robot Names.
  • The robot in Lost in Space answers to "Robot", even among those who consider it family and best friend.
  • The Emergency Medical Hologram in Star Trek: Voyager never found a better name than "Doctor". That's not just Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: being a Doctor is more than what the EMH does, it's what he is (though he eventually learns to transcend his programming).
  • "Horse" from Monkey. "Horse" is really a dragon named Yu Lung, but everyone just calls him "Horse".
  • Boss and Secretary (as well as Oobi's workplace, the aptly-named Work Building) in Oobi At Work.
  • "Cat" from Red Dwarf. Played with as Cat is actually a Human Alien that evolved from domestic housecats.
  • The small terrier with apparantly human intellect from Petticoat Junction was called just "The Dog". During a courtroom scene, he took the bench (seriously!) after being referred to as "John Doe Dog".
  • Played with in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Willow and Tara's cat is named "Miss Kitty Fantastico".
  • Somehow comically averted in Gossip Girl, since Chuck's dog gets named Monkey".
  • The Lass family in Dead Like Me adopts J.D. without knowing the meaning of his initials. Reggie decides it's "Just Dog".
  • Played with in one episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. They get a dog named Dragon, but it's actually a dragon magically disguised as a dog.
  • In the premiere episode of the final season of 24, Jack Bauer asks his granddaughter if she's given a name to the stuffed bear he got her at the zoo - she says that he's "Bear."
  • JAG: The dog Admiral Chegwidden adopts in the season nine episode "Empty Quiver" is named Dammit, because that was the only expression to which it would pay attention.
  • He's eventually re-named to Riot, but the Australian Shepherd Sam hits with the Impala in Season 8 of Supernatural is initially just called Dog.
  • Power Rangers S.P.D. has Kat Manx, Fowler Birdie, and Sergeant Silverback, who are both aliens that resemble anthropomorphic animals that match their names. Anubis Cruger, who looks like a dog, is also called by the nickname "Doggie" (in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, he actually was named Doggie Kruger.) Piggy, however, is a subversion; he doesn't really look like a pig.