In 1984, when asked to revive The Pink Panther, Hanna-Barbera wanted to bring the fuchsia feline back but they needed a hook, something new and inventive... so they gave him two sons.
Hanna-Barbera co-produced Pink Panther and Sons for NBC in 1984 with Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie-Freleng and MGM/UA Television. It was rerun on ABC in 1986. Friz Freleng served as creative producer for the series; his production company, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, existed as an in-name-only enterprise by this time, as its operations were absorbed by Marvel Productions in 1981.
Pink Panther and Sons, however, bore little resemblance to the original DePatie-Freleng Pink Panther cartoons. Most episodes centered on his cubs: Pinky, the pre-teen, and Panky, the toddler. The Pink Panther himself remained mute, and his role in the series amounted to little more than providing reactions to his sons.
In addition to the Pink Panther, the series' characters are Pinky and his brother Panky, the members of the Rainbow Panthers club — pretty Chatta, fighting Rocko, gibberish-talking Murfel, the annoying Liona, the girl genius Annie, and mixed-up-talking Punkin — and the evil Finko the Fang and his buddy Howl. Each episode consisted of three cartoons: two "Rainbow Panthers" cartoons and a solo Pink Panther cartoon that had him annoying the "little man" from the classic cartoons.
- Pinky (voiced by Billy Bowles) - Pinky is a very polite young panther. Pinky generally ends up getting in the most danger in various situations, such as shrinking to 6 inches tall in one episode, and is the one who comes up with most of the ideas. He is in love with Chatta, a purple panther in the group.
- Panky (voiced by B. J. Ward) – Panky is Pinky's little brother. His diaper is never tied correctly so he just holds it wherever he goes. Since he is still a toddler, he is considered very impressionable.
- Chatta (voiced by Sherry Lynn) – Chatta is a purple panther. She is in love with Pinky and often tries to impress him to win his affection.
- Murfel (voiced by Shane McCob) – Murfel is a green panther who wears an oversized knit cap. He muffles or mixes up everything that he says.
- Rocko (voiced by Frank Welker) – Rocko is an athletic yellow panther. He is always seen sporting boxing gloves.
- Annie O'Gizmo (voiced by Jeannie Elias) – Annie is an orange panther wearing overalls and is the most scientific of the group.
- Punkin (voiced by B. J. Ward) – Punkin is a blue panther who wears a baseball cap and a woolly jumper. He is rather dense.
- Pink Panther – He is the mute father of Pinky and Panky.
- Finko (voiced by Frank Welker) – Finko is the leader of the Howl Angels. He is a rival to Pinky and once was babysitter to Panky while Pinky and Chatta went on a date to the movies.
- Howl (voiced by Marshall Efron) – Howl is a right-hand man to Finko.
- Liona (voiced by Jeannie Elias) – Liona is a tough but pretty lioness. She has a crush on Pinky, the leader of the Rainbow Panthers club. She and Chatta fight for his affection.
- Bowlhead (voiced by Gregg Berger)
- Buckethead (voiced by Sonny Melendrez)
- Spinning Wheels
- Pinky at the Bat
- The Great Bumpo
- Take a Hike
- Haunted Howlers
- Traders of the Lost Bark
- Pink Enemy #1
- Pink Encounters of the Panky Kind
- Millionaire Murfel
- The Pursuit of Panky
- Sitter Jitters
- The Fix-Up Foul-Up
- Joking Genie
- Panky's Pet
- Punkin's Home Companion
- Insanity Claus
- Rocko's Last Round
- Sleeptalking Chatta
- Pink Shrink
- The Pink Link
- Annie's Invention
- Panky and the Angels
- Arabian Frights
- Brothers Are Special
- A Hard Day's Knight
- Mister Money
- In the NBC broadcasts, Casey Kasem's voice was heard after each commercial break prior to an 11-minute segment. When the show was rebroadcast on ABC in 1986, Casey's voice remained intact. It is unknown whether ABC was required to pay residuals for using Casey's voice work.
- Pink Panther and Sons at the Big Cartoon Database