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The Best Movies and Series in the Pink Panther Franchise, Ranked 

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Updated July 29, 2019 237 votes 45 voters 1.8k views 15 items

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The Pink Panther franchise has been entertaining audiences for almost five decades. The Pink Panther first came out in 1963 and delighted moviegoers with the antics of Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by Peter Sellers. All of these movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the funniest of The Pink Panther movies and animated series. Will it be the first Pink Panther film or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series such as A Shot in the Dark or Revenge of the Pink Panther that will make it to the top of the list? Or perhaps one of the animated TV shows will surpass them all.

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Pink Panther movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite bungling inspector listed with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies and series in The Pink Panther franchise. Vote up the movies and series you loved and vote down The Pink Panther films you didn't like to ensure the right movie makes it to the top of the list.

The Pink Panther Strikes... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies and Series in the Pink Panther Franchise, Ranked
Photo: The Pink Panther Strikes Again/United Artists

The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the fifth film in The Pink Panther series and picks up where The Return of the Pink Panther leaves off. Released in 1976, Strikes Again is the third entry to include the words "Pink Panther" in its title, despite the fact the story does not involve the Pink Panther diamond. Unused footage from the film was later included in Trail of the Pink Panther. ...more on Wikipedia

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A Shot in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies and Series in the Pink Panther Franchise, Ranked
Photo: A Shot in the Dark/United Artists

A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second installment in The Pink Panther series. Peter Sellers is featured again as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the French Sûreté. Clouseau's bungling personality is unchanged, but it was in this film that Sellers began to give him the idiosyncratically exaggerated French accent that was to become a hallmark of the character. The film also introduces Herbert Lom as his boss, Commissioner Dreyfus, and Burt Kwouk as his long-suffering servant, Cato, who would both become series regulars. Elke Sommer plays Maria Gambrelli. The film was not originally written to include Clouseau, but was an adaptation of a stage play ...more on Wikipedia

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The Return of the Pink P... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies and Series in the Pink Panther Franchise, Ranked
Photo: The Return of the Pink Panther/United Artists

The Return of the Pink Panther is the fourth film in The Pink Panther series, released in 1975. The film stars Peter Sellers in the role of Inspector Clouseau, returning to the part for the first time since A Shot in the Dark after having declined to reprise the role in Inspector Clouseau. The film was a commercial hit and revived a previously dormant series. Herbert Lom reprises his role as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus from A Shot in the Dark; he remained a regular thereafter. The character of Sir Charles Lytton, the notorious Phantom, is now played by Christopher Plummer rather than David Niven, who was unavailable. The Pink Panther diamond once again plays a central role in the plot. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies and Series in the Pink Panther Franchise, Ranked
Photo: The Pink Panther/United Artists

The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, and Claudia Cardinale. The film introduced the cartoon character of the same name, in an opening credits sequence animated by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. ...more on Wikipedia

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