|The Pink Panther Show|
Title card from the 1980 syndicated version of The Pink Panther Show
|Created by||David H. DePatie|
Pat Harrington, Jr.
Larry D. Mann
|Narrated by||Marvin Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||Three 6-minute shorts + bumpers per half-hour|
|David H. DePatie|
|Running time||6-7 minutes|
|Distributor||United Artists Television|
MGM/UA Entertainment Co. Television Distribution
|Original network||NBC (1969-1978)|
|Original release||September 6, 1969 -|
September 1, 1979
|Followed by||Pink Panther and Sons|
The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of animated shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng between 1969 and 1978, starring the animated Pink Panther character from the opening credits of the live-action films. The series was produced by Mirisch Films and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and was broadcast on two American television networks: from September 6, 1969, to September 2, 1978, on NBC; and from September 9, 1978, to September 1, 1979, on ABC (as The All New Pink Panther Show).
When The Pink Panther Show first aired in 1969, it consisted of one cartoon featuring The Inspector, sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. (Because of the number of shorts produced, two episodes feature a Pink Panther cartoon sandwiched by two Inspector entries.) The 30-minute show was then connected via bumper sequences featuring both the panther and Inspector together, with announcer Marvin Miller acting as an off-camera narrator talking to the panther. Bumper sequences consisted of newly animated segments as well as recycled footage from existing cartoons We Give Pink Stamps, Reel Pink, Pink Outs and Super Pink, fitted with new incidental music and voice-over work from Miller.
Pink Panther shorts produced after 1969 (starting with A Fly in the Pink) when The Pink Panther Show began airing were produced for both broadcast and theatrical release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theaters by United Artists. A number of new series were created, including the very popular The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads (a.k.a. Texas Toads), Hoot Kloot, Misterjaw, Roland and Rattfink, The Dogfather and two Tijuana Toads spinoffs: The Blue Racer and Crazylegs Crane. The New Pink Panther Show and later shows featured newly animated bumper segments involving the Panther, the Ant and the Aardvark, Misterjaw, and the Texas Toads.
In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as It's the All New Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Introducing Misterjaw; this version included a live-action segment, where comedian Lenny Schultz would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version performed poorly and eventually reverted to the original 30-minute version in 1977 as Think Pink Panther.
After nine years on NBC, the Pink Panther moved to ABC in 1978 and was retitled The All New Pink Panther Show, where it lasted one season before leaving the network realm entirely. The ABC version of the series featured 16 episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons, and 16 featuring Crazylegs Crane: no bumpers were produced for The All New Pink Panther Show, but 10 second "Stay tuned..." bumpers explaining an upcoming entry were produced for the first several episodes. The 32 All New Pink Panther Show entries were eventually released to theaters by United Artists.
Henry Mancini composed "The Pink Panther Theme" for the live action films, which would be used extensively in the cartoon series as well. Doug Goodwin composed the show's opening title music while William Lava and Walter Greene composed music scores heard throughout the cartoons, many of which were variations on Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme".
By the time of the show's 1969 debut, fitting cartoon and children shows with a laugh track was standard practice. In keeping with this standard, NBC added a laugh track to all seasons of The Pink Panther Show, marking the first time in history that theatrical films were fitted with a laugh track for television broadcast (Season 2 utilized an inferior laugh track, utilizing isolated laugh clips from Season 1). This was an anomaly, as other theatrical cartoon series' that were aired successfully on television (i.e. Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, Looney Tunes, Popeye) did not receive this addition.
The soundtracks were restored to their original theatrical form in 1982 when the DFE theatrical package went into syndication. Repackaging over the years has resulted in both theatrical and television versions of the entries being available. The exceptions were Misterjaw and Crazylegs Crane, which were produced specifically for television and never re-released theatrically, resulting in laughter-only versions. The U.S.-based Boomerang occasionally airs versions with the laugh track intact, though these versions are more commonly found outside of the U.S. The Spanish language Boomerang requires that MGM/UA supply them with laugh track-only versions of all shorts. The Portuguese language Boomerang, France-based Gulli, and Poland channels TV 4 and TV6 also broadcast certain entries utilizing laugh track versions.
Over its 10 years on various television networks, The Pink Panther Show had a variety of names:
United Artists Television syndicated The Pink Panther Show in 1980, complete with bumpers and laugh-tracked versions of the shorts. By 1982, MGM/UA Television began syndicating some individual cartoons to local stations to air them as they saw fit. This format did not contain the series' bumpers nor the laugh track.
The following series were included in MGM/UA Television's syndication package:
Most television stations aired the later package released in 1982, featuring the cartoon shorts by themselves, ostracized from the show's original bumpers sequences. The laugh track was also silenced on all entries except for Misterjaw. Chicago-based WGN-TV was one of the few stations to air the 1980 The Pink Panther Show syndication package. Conversely, New York City-based WPIX featured a stripped-down version of the shorts, airing the entries without the laugh track, bumpers, or theatrical opening/closing credits.
The Pink Panther Show (1969-1971) and The New Pink Panther Show (1971-1974) has been remastered in its original format, and currently airs in its entirety (including bumpers and laugh track) on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. It was previously shown on UK Gold, BBC One, Boomerang (2000-2009) and Cartoon Network (1993-2002). In the late 2000s, it aired in Canada on Teletoon Retro weekday mornings at 8:00 AM. Teletoon Retro showed all 32 episodes of The Pink Panther Show with the panther and the Inspector, all 17 episodes of The New Pink Panther Show with the panther and the Ant and the Aardvark, and select episodes of the first syndicated Pink Panther Show series (only those episodes with the middle cartoon being an Ant and Aardvark). Teletoon Retro then showed all 16 episodes of The All New Pink Panther Show, with the panther and Crazylegs Crane. The laugh track is muted for most entries.
The episodes shown on Teletoon Retro also featured remastered versions, while the wrap-around content was in rougher condition. The Inspector cartoon, Tour de Farce, had the wrong title card, that for Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat.
Cartoon Network reran The Pink Panther Show from 1992 to 2004, and intermittently in 2006, 2009, and 2012. A "no-frills" version aired on Boomerang five days a week at 5:30 AM, 10 AM and 2:30 PM; the Boomerang version included four shorts and no bumpers, in the style of its other theatrical-short compilation shows. Until August 2009, Boomerang only featured shorts from The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark and The Inspector. The laugh track was present on several entries. Currently, the show remains intact on the Spanish Language Boomerang TV channel with most entries containing their original laugh track.
The show also previously aired in its original format on This TV on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 AM Eastern time (as part of its Cookie Jar Toons programming block) until September 22, 2011. The digital broadcast network Light TV has run the series since the network's launch Christmas weekend 2016. Currently, the show airs at 10:00 AM ET/PT on Saturdays and Sundays; their broadcasts consist of two back-to-back airings of the original half-hour series, with the 10:30 AM Saturday program repeating the next day at 10:00 AM and the 10:30 AM Sunday episode repeating the following Saturday at 10:00 AM.Light TV also airs The New Pink Panther Show, The All-New Pink Panther Show, and Pink Panther and Pals in the same time slot.
The first season of The Pink Panther Show (1969-1971) consisted of one The Inspector entry sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. The show was "hosted" by The Pink Panther and The Inspector, seen during the opening sequence, which showed a boy driving the Panthermobile from the countryside to Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. During the journey, images of animals mentioned in the song (rhinoceros, tiger, cats, American mink) are seen alongside clips of the panther from Reel Pink, Come On In! The Water's Pink and Put Put Pink. Upon arrival, the Pink Panther and the Inspector then disembark from the Panthermobile and enter the famous theatre. In the ending credits, the Inspector climbs back into the Panthermobile, but leaves the Pink Panther behind, who is seen chasing after the car.
The show's title song, "Panther Pink Panther From Head To Toes", was written by Doug Goodwin and played over the opening and closing sequence.
The entries utilized for the second season featured complete original theatrical titles. With only two exceptions, the first and third cartoons of each episode were Pink Panthers, and second was an Inspector. In the two exceptions, the first and third cartoons were Inspectors, and the middle one was a Pink Panther. Unlike Season 1, a full laugh track was not used but rather an abridged version using isolated laughs from Season 1 edited onto the soundtrack by DFE (these inferior versions currently in circulation are marked with +). Seasons 1 and 2 were repackaged as a single Season 1 in the 2000s.
|Episode No.||1st cartoon||2nd cartoon||3rd cartoon||Original Air Date|
|#01||The Pink Blueprint||Bomb Voyage||The Pink Tail Fly||September 6, 1969|
|#02||Pinto Pink||Le Pig-Al Patrol||In the Pink||September 13, 1969|
|#03||Jet Pink||The Pique Poquette of Paris||Tickled Pink||September 20, 1969|
|#04||The Pink Pill||Plastered in Paris||Pink Pistons (mistitled Pink Piston)||September 27, 1969|
|#05||Rock A Bye Pinky||Toulouse La Trick||Sink Pink||October 4, 1969|
|#06||Prehistoric Pink||Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat||Come On In! The Water's Pink||October 11, 1969|
|#07||Pink Pest Control||Tour de Farce||Pink-A-Boo||October 18, 1969|
|#08||Pink Panic||Transylvania Mania||An Ounce of Pink||October 25, 1969|
|#09||Prefabricated Pink||Le Bowser Bagger||Sky Blue Pink||November 1, 1969|
|#10||Dial "P" for Pink||Napoleon Blown-Aparte||Bully for Pink||November 8, 1969|
|#11||Pink Sphinx (mistitled The Pink Sphinx)||Cock-a-Doodle Deux Deux||The Pink Phink||November 15, 1969|
|#12||Pink of the Litter||The Great De Gaulle Stone Operation||Shocking Pink||November 22, 1969|
|#13||Pink Valiant||Le Quiet Squad||The Hand Is Pinker Than the Eye||November 29, 1969|
|#14||Reel Pink||Les Miserobots||Smile Pretty, Say Pink||December 6, 1969|
|#15||Put-Put, Pink||French Freud||Pink is a Many Splintered Thing||December 13, 1969|
|#16||Extinct Pink||Le Great Dane Robbery||The Pink Quarterback||December 20, 1969|
|#17||Genie with the Light Pink Fur||Cherche Le Phantom||Pinknic||December 27, 1969|
|Episode No.||1st cartoon||2nd cartoon||3rd cartoon||Original Air Date|
|#01||G.I. Pink+||Carte Blanched||Pinkadilly Circus||September 12, 1970|
|#02||Lucky Pink||The Shooting of Caribou Lou||Pink in the Clink+||September 19, 1970|
|#03||Little Beaux Pink||Bear de Guerre||The Pink Package Plot||September 26, 1970|
|#04||Pierre and Cottage Cheese||Pinkcome Tax||Cirrhosis of the Louvre||October 3, 1970|
|#05||Pink Pajamas||Sicque! Sicque! Sicque!||Pink Ice||October 10, 1970|
|#06||Pickled Pink||Ape Suzette+||Pinkfinger||October 17, 1970|
|#07||Pink Punch||Unsafe and Seine||Vitamin Pink||October 24, 1970|
|#08||Pink, Plunk, Plink||That's No Lady -- That's Notre Dame!||Pink Outs||October 31, 1970|
|#09||Pink Paradise||Sacre Bleu Cross||Congratulations It's Pink||November 7, 1970|
|#10||Psychedelic Pink||Le Escape Goat||Pink Posies||November 14, 1970|
|#11||Super Pink||Le Cop on Le Rocks||Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Pink||November 21, 1970|
|#12||Slink Pink||Canadian Can-Can||Pink-A-Rella||November 28, 1970|
|#13||In the Pink of the Night||London Derriere||Think Before You Pink||December 5, 1970|
|#14||Pink Panzer||La Feet's Defeat||Pink on the Cob||December 12, 1970|
|#15||Le Ball and Chain Gang||We Give Pink Stamps||Crow de Guerre||December 19, 1970|
The New Pink Panther Show (1971-1974) featured a new opening and closing sequence and theme song, pitting the attention-seeking Aardvark against the panther. The show's new title song, "Pantherly Pride", was written by Doug Goodwin and played over the opening sequence.
This incarnation aired The Ant and the Aardvark during the 1971-1972 season. Later seasons swapped The Ant and the Aardvark with theatrical series' Roland and Rattfink, Hoot Kloot or The Blue Racer, as well as reruns of The Inspector. Only eight new Pink Panther cartoons were produced over this three-year period (in Bold).
|Episode No.||The Pink Panther
|The Ant and the Aardvark||The Pink Panther
|Original Air Date|
|#01||In the Pink of the Night||Technology, Phooey||Super Pink||September 11, 1971|
|#02||Think Before You Pink||Ants in the Pantry||Pink-a-Rella||September 18, 1971|
|#03||Twinkle Twinkle Little Pink||Isle of Caprice||Pink Punch||September 25, 1971|
|#04||Pink on the Cob||Rough Brunch||Congratulations It's Pink||October 2, 1971|
|#05||Pink Outs||Scratch a Tiger||Pink, Plunk, Plink||October 9, 1971|
|#06||Extinct Pink||Science Friction||Pink Paradise||October 16, 1971|
|#07||A Fly in the Pink||The Ant From Uncle||Pinkfinger||October 23, 1971|
|#08||Pink Blue Plate||The Froze Nose Knows||Little Beaux Pink||October 30, 1971|
|#09||Pink Tuba-Dore||Dune Bug||Sink Pink||November 6, 1971|
|#10||Pink-In||Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle +||The Pink Tail Fly||November 13, 1971|
|#11||Psst Pink||Never Bug an Ant||The Pink Blueprint||November 20, 1971|
|#12||Psychedelic Pink*||The Ant and the Aardvark||Gong with the Pink||November 27, 1971|
|#13||Pink Pranks||Hasty But Tasty||In the Pink||December 4, 1971|
|#14||The Pink Flea||I've Got Ants in My Plans||Pinto Pink||December 11, 1971|
|#15||Slink Pink||Odd Ant Out||Tickled Pink||December 18, 1971|
|#16||Pinkadilly Circus||From Bed to Worse||Pinkcome Tax||December 25, 1971|
|#17||We Give Pink Stamps||Mumbo Jumbo||Lucky Pink||January 1, 1972|
The Pink Panther and Friends (1974-1976) followed the same format as The New Pink Panther Show. The first Pink Panther entry was a new episode, while the second was a repeat of an old entry. Bumpers featuring The Inspector and The Ant and the Aardvark connected the three entries. New series The Dogfather (originally produced for theatrical release) was also added to broadcasts, in addition to The Blue Racer or Hoot Kloot.
|Episode No.||The Pink Panther
|The Ant and the Aardvark
|The Pink Panther|
|#01||Salmon Pink||The Ant and the Aardvark||The Pink Phink|
|#02||Pink Streaker||Never Bug an Ant||Reel Pink|
|#03||Pink Plasma||The Ant from Uncle||The Pink Tail Fly|
|#04||Pink Campaign||Technology Phooey||Smile Pretty Say Pink|
|#05||Pink Piper||Hasty But Tasty||The Pink Blueprint|
|#06||Bobolink Pink||Isle of Caprice||Pink-a-Boo|
|#07||Trail of the Lonesome Pink||Dune Bug||Pink, Plunk, Plink|
|#08||Pink Aye||Ants in the Pantry||Rock-a-Bye Pinky|
|#09||Keep Our Forests Pink||Science Friction||Pinknic|
|#10||Pink DaVinci||Odd Ant Out||Prefabricated Pink|
|#11||Forty Pink Winks||Rough Brunch||Sky Blue Pink|
|#12||Sherlock Pink||I've Got Ants in My Plans||Come On In The Water's Pink!|
|#13||Therapeutic Pink||Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle||Pink Sphinx|
|#14||Pink Elephant||Scratch a Tiger||Pink Is a Many Splintered Thing|
|#15||It's Pink But Is It Mink?||The Froze Nose Knows||Pink Valiant|
|#16||The Scarlet Pinkernel||Mumbo Jumbo||Slink Pink|
|#17||Mystic Pink||From Bed to Worse||In the Pink of the Night|
It's the All New Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Introducing Misterjaw (also commonly known as The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show) was an attempt by DFE to revamp the traditional format of three entries airing in a 30-minute format. The show was expanded to 90 minutes, and included a live-action segment featuring comedian Lenny Schultz reading letters and jokes from viewers. The show also featured two new made-for-television series, a first for the franchise: the Texas Toads (a redubbed version of the theatrical Tijuana Toads series), and Misterjaw. New bumper sequences featuring both the Texas Toads and Misterjaw were created for the series. These new entries were aired in combination with repeats of The Pink Panther, The Inspector and The Ant and the Aardvark.
The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show did not do well in the ratings, and lasted only one season.
The final series broadcast on NBC, Think Pink Panther reverted to the traditional 30-minute format and consisted of repeats. No new cartoons were created for this show.
The All New Pink Panther Show (1978-1979) was a new version of the series commenced after NBC ended its nine-year run. For its tenth and final season, ABC-TV picked up the series and requested 32 new made-for-television Pink Panther shorts, along with 16 entries for the new Crazylegs Crane segment. A disco-flavored rendition of Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" was used for the opening and closing credits, with the closing credits featuring a disco-dancing panther. "Stay Tuned" bumpers were produced for seven episodes as well.
|Episode No.||The Pink Panther
|Crazylegs Crane||The Pink Panther
|Original Air Date|
|#01||Pink Bananas||Crane Brained||Pinktails for Two||September 9, 1978|
|#02||Pink Arcade||Life With Feather||Pink S.W.A.T.||September 16, 1978|
|#03||Pink Suds||King of the Swamp||Pink Pull||September 23, 1978|
|#04||Toro Pink||Winter Blunderland||Pink in the Woods||September 30, 1978|
|#05||Spark Plug Pink||Sonic Broom||Pink Breakfast||October 7, 1978|
|#06||Pink Lightning||Storky and Hatch||Pink in the Drink||October 14, 1978|
|#07||Doctor Pink||Bug Off||Pink Pictures||October 21, 1978|
|#08||Supermarket Pink||Animal Crackups||String Along in Pink||October 28, 1978|
|#09||Pink Lemonade||Fly-by-Knight||Pink Trumpet||November 4, 1978|
|#10||Dietetic Pink||Sneaker Snack||Sprinkle Me Pink||November 11, 1978|
|#11||Pink Daddy||Barnacle Bird||Cat and the Pinkstalk||November 18, 1978|
|#12||Pink Quackers||Jet Feathers||Pink and Shovel||November 25, 1978|
|#13||Yankee Doodle Pink||Beach Bummer||Pinkologist||December 2, 1978|
|#14||Pet Pink Pebbles||Nest Quest||The Pink of Bagdad||December 9, 1978|
|#15||Pink Press||Flower Power||Pink U.F.O.||December 16, 1978|
|#16||Pink Z-Z-Z||Trail of the Lonesome Mine||Star Pink||December 23, 1978|
MGM/UA Television syndicated a weekday 30-minute Pink Panther show in 1980, complete with bumpers and laugh-tracked versions of the shorts. A new opening sequence preceding the show featured Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" played under a segment from Pink Outs featuring the Pink Panther folding the backdrop into a square to be eaten. The closer featured the last few seconds of the theme played under a scene from Reel Pink featuring the panther water skiing.
MGM/UA created two versions of the syndication package. The first consisted of The Pink Panther, Inspector, The Ant and the Aardvark and Texas Toads entries sourced from film elements utilized during the program's original network run.
The second version consisted of The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark and Misterjaw entries sourced from new prints of the original film negatives and transferred to videotape, resulting in sharper images. As The Pink Panther and The Ant and the Aardvark entries were sourced using theatrical prints (sans laugh track), a new, less invasive laugh track being employed on sitcoms at the time was added to the soundtrack for consistency to match the made-for-television Misterjaw entries and bumper sequences that retained their respective laugh-tracked soundtracks.
The second version also incorporated several of the made-for-television Pink Panther entries from The All New Pink Panther Show. Pre-1978 Pink Panther and Ant and the Aardvark entries featured shorter opening titles with introduction music from either The New Pink Panther Show (1971-1974) or The All New Pink Panther Show (1978-1979). Closing credits featuring the Pink Panther disco dancing from The All New Pink Panther Show closed out the episodes.
|The Pink Panther
The Ant and the Aardvark, or
|The Pink Panther
|Pink Plasma||Sicque! Sicque! Sicque!||Pink Pest Control|
|Pink-A-Rella||Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle||A Fly in the Pink|
|Rock a Bye Pinky||Cirrhosis of the Louvre||Pinto Pink|
|Tickled Pink||I've Got Ants in My Plans||Pink Outs|
|Pink Streaker||Le Pig-Al Patrol||Psychedelic Pink|
|The Hand is Pinker Than the Eye||Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat||Pink-In|
|Pink Aye||The Pique Poquette of Paris||Come on In! The Water's Pink|
|Pink Pranks||Scratch a Tiger||The Pink Quarterback|
|Trail of the Lonesome Pink||Ape Suzette||Gong With the Pink|
|Lucky Pink||Technology Phooey||In the Pink of the Night|
|The Pink Phink||Never Bug an Ant||Pink DaVinci|
|Prefabricated Pink||Cock-a-Doodle Deux Deux||Psst Pink|
|The Pink Panther
The Ant and the Aardvark
|The Pink Panther
|Pinkcome Tax||Little Red Riding Halibut||Pink Blue Plate|
|Pink Paradise||Dune Bug||Pink of the Litter|
|Pink on the Cob||The $6.95 Bionic Shark||The Pink Pro|
|Rocky Pinky||Moulin Rouges||Pink U.F.O.|
|Genie with the Light Pink Fur||Shopping Spree||Pink S.W.A.T.|
|We Give Pink Stamps||Showbiz Shark||Pink Panic|
|Sherlock Pink||To Catch a Halibut||Pink, Plunk, Plink|
|Pink Campaign||The Codfather||Pinkadilly Circus|
|Pinknic||The Ant From Uncle||Twinkle Twinkle Little Pink|
Other versions of The Pink Panther Show have been seen and aired only in Spanish.
|Episode No.||The Pink Panther
|Hoot Kloot||The Pink Panther
|#01||Pinky Doodle||Apache on the County Seat||Pink Pajamas|
|#02||Pink 8 Ball||Pay Your Buffalo Bill||The Pink Pro|
|#03||Bobolink Pink||The Badge and the Beautiful||Dial "P" for Pink|
|#04||Salmon Pink||Ten Miles to the Gallop||Pink Streaker|
|#05||Rocky Pink||As the Tumbleweed Turns||Pickled Pink|
|#06||Mystic Pink||By Hoot or by Crook||Pink Panzer|
|#07||Trail of the Lonesome Pink||Strange on the Range||Pink Aye|
|#08||The Scarlet Pinkernel||A Self-Winding Sidewinde||Vitamin Pink|
|#09||The Pink of Arabee||Stirrups and Hiccups||Rock A Bye Pinky|
|#10||Pink Campaign||Phony Express||The Hand Is Pinker Than the Eye|
|#11||Sherlock Pink||Kloot's Kounty (pilot)||G.I Pink|
|#12||Pink Piper||Giddy Up Woe||Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Pink|
|#13||Pink DaVinci||The Shoe Must Go On||Forty Pink Winks|
|#14||Therapeutic Pink||Mesa Trouble||Pink in the Clink|
|#15||Pink Elephant||Big Beef at the O.K. Corral||Pink Sphinx|
|#16||Pink Plasma||Gold Struck||Pink Pest Control|
|#17||It's Pink But Is It Mink?||Saddle Soap Opera||Extinct Pink|