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Batman (1966 TV Series)
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Batman was a thirty-minute prime time, live action television series broadcast by the ABC Network between 1966 and 1968. Premiering on January 12th, the series featured actor Adam West as the perennial character of Batman, while Burt Ward donned nylon stockings and fairy boots for his portrayal of the erstwhile sidekick, Robin.

The series took the tradition of Batman into uncharted territory, oftentimes mocking the character's heritage with trite dialogue and overly campy plot devices. The show was noteworthy for its memorable use of onomatopoeia during climactic fight scenes. Despite the clumsy nature of the series however, the show proved popular to many fans, and transformed Adam and Burt into modern pop culture icons.

When not fighting crime as Batman and Robin, the Dynamic Duo were often found at stately Wayne Manor in their respective identities as Bruce Wayne and his "youthful ward", Dick Grayson. Living alongside them in the vast mansion, was doddering old Aunt Harriet, and their mild-mannered butler, Alfred. Alfred possessed the good fortune of being the only other person to know Batman and Robin's secret identities.

Unlike the earlier movie serials of the 1940s, this was the first Batman project to feature Batman's rogues gallery of villains. Cesar Romero made numerous appearances as the Joker, while Burgess Meredith reinvented the image of the Penguin, with his crooked smile and trademark "squawk". Julie Newmar provided Catwoman's rolling "R"s, but was unavailable for the 1966 movie Batman and was replaced by Lee Meriwether. The part was recast a third time for season three when Newmar was committed workwise, with Eartha Kitt taking the role. Two men provided their talents to the role of the Riddler — Frank Gorshin for seasons one and three; and John Astin for season two, when Gorshin pulled out due to salary disputes.

By season three, declining ratings prompted the introduction of a third partner to the Batman Family, Barbara Gordon – aka Batgirl (played by Yvonne Craig). The pattern of the series also changed, being cut down from two episodes a week to one. The cliffhanger endings were eliminated, as it was felt these would be difficult to remember from week to week. Stand-alone episodes were introduced, with next week's villain being introduced at the end of a story.

Although Batgirl was an immensely popular character, her presence could not save the series, and it was cancelled by ABC in 1968. Two weeks after the cancellation, NBC offered to make a fourth season, providing the sets — the Batcave, Wayne Manor and Gotham City Police Headquarters — were still available. However, NBC's offer came a week too late, as the sets had already been demolished.

Principal Cast

Actor Character
Adam WestBatman
Burt WardRobin
Alan NapierAlfred
Neil HamiltonCommissioner Gordon
Stafford ReppChief O'Hara
Madge BlakeHarriet Cooper
Yvonne CraigBatgirl

Episodes

Season One

Episode # Title Airdate
01 "Hi Diddle Riddle" January 12, 1966
02 "Smack in the Middle" January 13, 1966
03 "Fine Feathered Finks" January 19, 1966
04 "The Penguin's a Jinx" January 20, 1966
05 "The Joker is Wild" January 26, 1966
06 "Batman Is Riled" January 27, 1966
07 "Instant Freeze" February 2, 1966
08 "Rats Like Cheese" February 3, 1966
09 "Zelda the Great" February 9, 1966
10 "A Death Worse than Fate" February 10, 1966
11 "A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away" February 16, 1966
12 "When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play" February 17, 1966
13 "The Thirteenth Hat" February 23, 1966
14 "Batman Stands Pat" February 24, 1966
15 "The Joker Goes to School" March 2, 1966
16 "He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul" March 3, 1966
17 "True or False Face" March 9, 1966
18 "Holy Rat Race" March 10, 1966
19 "The Purr-fect Crime" March 16, 1966
20 "Better Luck Next Time" March 17, 1966
21 "The Penguin Goes Straight" March 23, 1966
22 "Not Yet, He Ain't" March 24, 1966
23 "The Ring of Wax" March 30, 1966
24 "Give 'Em the Axe" March 31, 1966
25 "The Joker Trumps an Ace" April 6, 1966
26 "Batman Sets the Pace" April 7, 1966
27 "The Curse of Tut" April 13, 1966
28 "The Pharaoh's in a Rut" April 14, 1966
29 "The Bookworm Turns" April 20, 1966
30 "While Gotham City Burns" April 21, 1966
31 "Death in Slow Motion" April 27, 1966
32 "The Riddler's False Notion" April 28, 1966
33 "Fine Finny Fiends" May 4, 1966
34 "Batman Makes the Scenes" May 5, 1966

Season Two

Episode # Title Airdate
01 "Shoot a Crooked Arrow" September 7, 1966
02 "Walk the Straight and Narrow" September 8, 1966
03 "Hot Off the Griddle" September 14, 1966
04 "The Cat and the Fiddle" September 15, 1966
05 "The Minstrel's Shakedown" September 21, 1966
06 "Barbecued Batman?" September 22, 1966
07 "The Spell of Tut" September 28, 1966
08 "Tut's Case is Shut" September 29, 1966
09 "The Greatest Mother of Them All" October 5, 1966
10 "Ma Parker" October 6, 1966
11 "The Clock King's Crazy Crimes" October 12, 1966
12 "The Clock King Gets Crowned" October 13, 1966
13 "An Egg Grows in Gotham" October 19, 1966
14 "The Yegg Foes in Gotham" October 20, 1966
15 "The Devil's Fingers" October 26, 1966
16 "The Dead Ringers" October 27, 1966
17 "Hizzonner the Penguin" November 2, 1966
18 "Dizzoner the Penguin" November 3, 1966
19 "Green Ice" November 9, 1966
20 "Deep Freeze" November 10, 1966
21 "The Impractical Joker" November 16, 1966
22 "The Joker's Provokers" November 17, 1966
23 "Marsha, Queen of Diamonds" November 23, 1966
24 "Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds" November 24, 1966
25 "Come Back, Shame" November 30, 1966
26 "It's How You Play the Game" December 1, 1966
27 "The Penguin's Nest" December 7, 1966
28 "The Bird's Last Jest" December 8, 1966
29 "The Cat's Meow" December 14, 1966
30 "The Bat's Kow Tow" December 15, 1966
31 "The Puzzles Are Coming" December 21, 1966
32 "The Duo Is Slumming" December 22, 1966
33 "The Sandman Cometh" December 28, 1966
34 "The Catwoman Goeth" December 29, 1966
35 "The Contaminated Cowl" January 4, 1967
36 "The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul" January 5, 1967
37 "The Zodiac Crimes" January 11, 1967
38 "The Joker's Hard Times" January 12, 1967
39 "The Penguin Declines" January 18, 1967
40 "That Darn Catwoman" January 19, 1967
41 "Scat! Darn Catwoman" January 25, 1967
42 "Penguin Is a Girl's Best Friend" January 26, 1967
43 "Penguin Sets a Trend" February 1, 1967
44 "Penguin's Disastrous End" February 2, 1967
45 "Batman's Anniversary" February 8, 1967
46 "A Riddling Controversy" February 9, 1967
47 "The Joker's Last Laugh" February 15, 1967
48 "The Joker's Epitaph" February 16, 1967
49 "Catwoman Goes to College" February 22, 1967
50 "Batman Displays His Knowledge" February 23, 1967
51 "A Piece of the Action" March 1, 1967
52 "Batman's Satisfaction" March 2, 1967
53 "King Tut's Coup" March 8, 1967
54 "Batman's Waterloo" March 9, 1967
55 "Black Widow Strikes Again" March 15, 1967
56 "Caught in the Spider's Den" March 16, 1967
57 "Pop Goes the Joker" March 22, 1967
58 "Flop Goes the Joker" March 23, 1967
59 "Ice Spy" March 29, 1967
60 "The Duo Defy" March 30, 1967

Season Three

Episode # Title Airdate
01 "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin" September 14, 1967
02 "Ring Around the Riddler" September 21, 1967
03 "The Wail of the Siren" September 28, 1967
04 "The Sport of Penguins" October 5, 1967
05 "A Horse of Another Color" October 12, 1967
06 "The Unkindest Tut of All" October 19, 1967
07 "Louie, the Lilac" October 26, 1967
08 "The Ogg and I" November 2, 1967
09 "How to Hatch a Dinosaur" November 9, 1967
10 "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!" November 16, 1967
11 "The Londinium Larcenies" November 23, 1967
12 "The Foggiest Notion" November 30, 1967
13 "The Bloody Tower" December 7, 1967
14 "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill" December 14, 1967
15 "The Ogg Couple" December 21, 1967
16 "The Funny Feline Felonies" December 28, 1967
17 "The Joke's on Catwoman" January 4, 1968
18 "Louie's Lethal Lilac Time" January 11, 1968
19 "Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club" January 18, 1968
20 "Penguin's Clean Sweep" January 25, 1968
21 "The Great Escape" February 1, 1968
22 "The Great Train Robbery" February 8, 1968
23 "I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle" February 22, 1968
24 "The Joker's Flying Saucer" February 29, 1968
25 "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" March 7, 1968
26 "Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires" March 14, 1968

Notes

  • The theme song for the series was created by composer Neal Hefti, and remains one of the most memorable pieces of musical scoring to this day.

Trivia

  • For the first two seasons, Batman episodes were aired as two-part storylines, with the title of the second episode often rhyming with the title of the first episode.
  • The Batman series was famous for showcasing various celebrity talents including: Edward G. Robinson, Jerry Lewis, Art Linkletter, Roddy McDowell, Milton Berle, Dick Clark, Steve Allen, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others.
  • The Batman and Batgirl costumes from this series are featured in the Kingdom Come future era Planet Krypton restaurant in Kingdom Come #1 and the "One Year Later" epilogue following Kingdom Come #4 in the collected editions. The Batman costume is seen hanging in a display case, while a T-shirt salesgirl reading a Young Love comicbook wears the Batgirl costume.

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