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Batman
Batman (1966 TV series)
Information
Title: Batman
Format: Live-action
Running time: 30 min.
country: USA
Network: ABC
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 120
Production
Production company: 20th Century Fox Television
Greenway Productions
Executive producers: William Dozier
Producers: Howie Horwitz; William P. D'Angelo
Principal cast: Adam West; Burt Ward; Alan Napier; Neil Hamilton; Stafford Repp; Madge Blake; Yvonne Craig
Air dates
First aired: January 12th, 1966
Last aired: March 14th, 1968

Batman is 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 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 (a character exclusive to the television series), 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 rouges 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, only to be replaced later by Lee Meriwether, and again by Eartha Kitt. Two men provided their talents to the role of the Riddler - Frank Gorshin and John Astin.

By season three, declining ratings prompted the introduction of a third partner to the Bat Family, Barbara Gordon – aka Batgirl (played by Yvonne Craig). Although Batgirl was an immensely popular character, her presence could not save the series, and it was cancelled in 1968.

Episodes Edit

Season One Edit

Main article: Batman (1966 TV series)/Season 1
Episode Title Airdate
1x1 Hi Diddle Riddle January 12th, 1966
1x2 Smack in the Middle January 13th, 1966
1x3 Fine Feathered Finks January 19th, 1966
1x4 The Penguin's a Jax January 20th, 1966
1x5 The Joker is Wild January 26th, 1966
1x6 Batman is Riled January 27th, 1966
1x7 Instant Freeze February 2nd, 1966
1x8 Rats Like Cheese February 3rd, 1966
1x9 Zelda The Great February 9th, 1966
1x10 A Death Worse Than Fate February 10th, 1966
1x11 A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away February 16th, 1966
1x12 When the Rat's Away Mice will Play February 17th, 1966
1x13 The Thirteenth Hat February 23rd, 1966
1x14 Batman Stands Pat February 24th, 1966
1x15 The Joker Goes to School March 2nd, 1966
1x16 He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul March 3rd, 1966
1x17 True or False-Face March 9th, 1966
1x18 Holy Race March 10th, 1966
1x19 The Purr-fect Crime March 16th, 1966
1x20 Better Luck Next Time March 17th, 1966
1x21 The Penguin Goes Straight March 23rd, 1966
1x22 Not Yet, He Ain't March 24th, 1966
1x23 The Ring of Wax March 30th, 1966
1x24 Give 'Em the Axe March 31st, 1966
1x25 The Joker Trumps an Ace April 6th, 1966
1x26 Batman Sets the Pace April 7th, 1966
1x27 The Curse of Tut April 13th, 1966
1x28 The Pharaoh's in a Rut April 14th, 1966
1x29 The Bookworm Turnes April 20th, 1966
1x30 While Gotham City Burns April 21st, 1966
1x31 Death in Slow Motion April 27th, 1966
1x32 The Riddler's False Notion April 28th, 1966
1x33 Fine Finny Fiends May 4th, 1966
1x34 Batman Makes the Scenes May 5th, 1966

Season Two Edit

Main article: Batman (1966 TV series)/Season 2
Episode Title Airdate
2x1 Shoot a Crooked Arrow September 7th, 1966
2x2 Walk the Straight and Narrow September 8th, 1966
2x3 Hot Off the Griddle September 14th, 1966
2x4 The Cat and the Fiddle September 15th, 1966
2x5 The Minstrel's Shadedown September 21st, 1966
2x6 Barbecued Batman September 22nd, 1966
2x7 The Spell of Tut September 28th, 1966
2x8 Tut's Case is Shut September 29th, 1966
2x9 The Greatest Mother of Them All October 5th, 1966
2x10 Ma Parker October 6th, 1966
2x11 The Clock King's Crazy Crimes October 12th, 1966
2x12 The Clock King Gets Crowned October 13th, 1966
2x13 An Egg Grows in Gotham October 19th, 1966
2x14 The Yegg Foes in Gotham October 20th, 1966
2x15 The Devil's Fingers October 26th, 1966
2x16 The Dead Ringers October 27th, 1966
2x17 Hizzonner the Penguin November 2nd, 1966
2x18 Dizzoner the Penguin November 3rd, 1966
2x19 Green Ice November 9th, 1966
2x20 Deep Freeze November 10th, 1966
2x21 The Impractical Joker November 16th, 1966
2x22 The Joker's Provokers November 17th, 1966
2x23 Marsha, Queen of Diamonds November 23rd, 1966
2x24 Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds November 24th, 1966
2x25 Come Back, Shame November 30th, 1966
2x26 It's How You Play the Game December 1st, 1966
2x27 The Penguin's Nest December 7th, 1966
2x28 The Bird's Last Jest December 8th, 1966
2x29 The Cat's Meow December 14th, 1966
2x30 The Bat's Kow Tow December 15th, 1966
2x31 The Puzzles Are Coming December 21st, 1966
2x32 The Duo is Slumming December 22nd, 1966
2x33 The Sandman Cometh December 27th, 1966
2x34 The Catwoman Goeth December 28th, 1966
2x35 The Contaminated Cowl January 4th, 1967
2x36 The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul January 5th, 1967
2x37 The Zodiac Crimes January 11th, 1967
2x38 The Joker Hard Times January 12th, 1967
2x39 The Penguin Declines January 18th, 1967
2x40 That Darn Catwoman January 19th, 1967
2x41 Scat! Darn Catwoman January 25th, 1967
2x42 Penguin Is a Girl's Best Friends January 26th, 1967
2x43 Penguin Sets a Trend February 1st, 1967
2x44 Penguin's Disastrous End February 2nd, 1967
2x45 Batman's Anniversary February 8th, 1967
2x46 A Riddling Controversy February 9th, 1967
2x47 The Joker's Last Laugh February 15th, 1967
2x48 The Joker's Epitaph February 16th, 1967
2x49 Catwoman Goes to Collage February 22nd, 1967
2x50 Batman Displays His Knowledge February 23rd, 1967
2x51 A Piece of the Action March 1st, 1967
2x52 Batman's Satisfaction March 2nd, 1967
2x53 King Tut's Coup March 8th, 1967
2x54 Batman's Waterloo March 9th, 1967
2x55 Black Widow Strikes Again March 15th, 1967
2x56 Caught in the Spider's Den March 16th, 1967
2x57 Pop Goes the Joker March 22nd, 1967
2x58 Flop Goes the Joker March 23rd, 1967
2x59 Ice Spy March 23rd, 1967
2x60 The Duo Defy March 24th, 1967

Season Three Edit

Main article: Batman (1966 TV series)/Season 3
Episode Title Airdate
3x1 Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin September 14th, 1967
3x2 Ring around the Riddler September 21st, 1967
3x3 The Wail of the Siren September 28th, 1967
3x4 The Sport of Penguins October 5th, 1967
3x5 A Horse of Another Color October 12th, 1967
3x6 The Unkindest Tut of All October 19th, 1967
3x7 Louie, the Lilac October 26th, 1967
3x8 The Ogg and I November 2nd, 1967
3x9 How to Hatch a Dinosaur November 9th, 1967
3x10 Surf's Up Joker's Under! November 16th, 1967
3x11 The Londinium Larcenies November 23rd, 1967
3x12 The Foggiest Notion November 30th, 1967
3x13 The Bloody Tower December 7th, 1967
3x14 Catwoman's Dressed to Killed December 14th, 1967
3x15 The Ogg Couple December 21st, 1967
3x16 The Funny Felines Felonies December 28th, 1967
3x17 The Joke's on Catwoman January 4th, 1968
3x18 Louie's Lethal Lilac Time January 11th, 1968
3x19 Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club January 18th, 1968
3x20 Penguin's Clean Sweep January 25th, 1968
3x21 The Great Escape February 1st, 1968
3x22 The Great Train Robbery February 8th, 1968
3x23 I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle February 22nd, 1968
3x24 The Joker's Flying Saucer February 29th, 1968
3x25 The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra March 7th, 1968
3x26 Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires March 14th, 1968

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Producer/series creator William Dozier was also the narrator on the series and supplied the "cliffhanger" voiceover at the end of each episode.
  • The Moldavian Prime Minister is the first character featured on Batman. He is also the first character with speaking lines.
  • The Riddler is the first guest-villain featured on Batman.
  • Adam West wrote a piece about the history of Batman, which was included as an introduction in the Batman in the Sixties trade paperback.

See also Edit

Media

The World of Batman

Batman miscellaneous

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. Hollywood Reporter.com; "Adam West, Straight-Faced Star of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 88". Barnes, Mike (6-10-17).


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