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Batman (1966 TV Series)
This page contains a list of all episodes in the television series.
If you have found an episode that is not seen on this page, please add it to this list, and the appropriate Season's list.

See also Batman for a complete list of references to distinguish between these closely named or closely related articles.
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Developers
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Runtime
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30 min

Country of origin
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United States of America

Network
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ABC

First Aired
Last Aired

January 12th, 1966
March 14th, 1968


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 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, 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 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 they 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 too late, as the sets had already been demolished.

Principal CastEdit

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

EpisodesEdit

Season OneEdit

Title Airdate
"Hi Diddle Riddle" January 12, 1966
"Smack in the Middle" January 13, 1966
"Fine Feathered Finks" January 19, 1966
"The Penguin's a Jinx" January 20, 1966
"The Joker is Wild" January 26, 1966
"Batman Is Riled" January 27, 1966
"Instant Freeze" February 2, 1966
"Rats Like Cheese" February 3, 1966
"Zelda the Great" February 9, 1966
"A Death Worse than Fate" February 10, 1966
"A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away" February 16, 1966
"When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play" February 17, 1966
"The Thirteenth Hat" February 23, 1966
"Batman Stands Pat" February 24, 1966
"The Joker Goes to School" March 2, 1966
"He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul" March 3, 1966
"True or False Face" March 9, 1966
"Holy Rat Race" March 10, 1966
"The Purr-fect Crime" March 16, 1966
"Better Luck Next Time" March 17, 1966
"The Penguin Goes Straight" March 23, 1966
"Not Yet, He Ain't" March 24, 1966
"The Ring of Wax" March 30, 1966
"Give 'Em the Axe" March 31, 1966
"The Joker Trumps an Ace" April 6, 1966
"Batman Sets the Pace" April 7, 1966
"The Curse of Tut" April 13, 1966
"The Pharaoh's in a Rut" April 14, 1966
"The Bookworm Turns" April 20, 1966
"While Gotham City Burns" April 21, 1966
"Death in Slow Motion" April 27, 1966
"The Riddler's False Notion" April 28, 1966
"Fine Finny Fiends" May 4, 2966
"Batman Makes the Scenes" May 5, 2966

Season TwoEdit

Title Airdate
"Shoot a Crooked Arrow" September 7, 1966
"Walk the Straight and Narrow" September 8, 1966
"Hot Off the Griddle" September 14, 1966
"The Cat and the Fiddle" September 15, 1966
"The Minstrel's Shakedown" September 21, 1966
"Barbecued Batman?" September 22, 1966
"The Spell of Tut" September 28, 1966
"Tut's Case is Shut" September 29, 1966
"The Greatest Mother of Them All" October 5, 1966
"Ma Parker" October 6, 1966
"The Clock King's Crazy Crimes" October 12, 1966
"The Clock King Gets Crowned" October 13, 1966
"An Egg Grows in Gotham" October 19, 1966
"The Yegg Foes in Gotham" October 20, 1966
"The Devil's Fingers" October 26, 1966
"The Dead Ringers" October 27, 1966
"Hizzonner the Penguin" November 2, 1966
"Dizzoner the Penguin" November 3, 1966
"Green Ice" November 9, 1966
"Deep Freeze" November 10, 1966
"The Impractical Joker" November 16, 1966
"The Joker's Provokers" November 17, 1966
"Marsha, Queen of Diamonds" November 23, 1966
"Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds" November 24, 1966
"Come Back, Shame" November 30, 1966
"It's the Way You Play the Game" December 1, 1966
"The Penguin's Nest" December 7, 1996
"The Bird's Last Jest" December 8, 1996
"The Cat's Meow" December 14, 1996
"The Bat's Kow Tow" December 15, 1996
"The Puzzles Are Coming" December 21, 1996
"The Duo Is Slumming" December 22, 1996
"The Sandman Cometh" December 28, 1996
"The Catwoman Goeth" December 29, 1996
"The Contaminated Cowl" January 4, 1967
"The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul" January 5, 1967
"The Zodiac Crimes" January 11, 1967
"The Joker's Hard Times" January 12, 1967
"The Penguin Declines" January 18, 1967
"That Darn Catwoman" January 19, 1967
"Scat! Darn Catwoman" January 25, 1967
"Is a Girl's Best Friend" January 26, 1967
"Penguin Sets a Trend" February 1, 1967
"Penguin's Disastrous End" February 2, 1967
"Batman's Anniversary" February 8, 1967
"A Riddling Controversy" February 9, 1967
"The Joker's Last Laugh" February 15, 1967
"The Joker's Epitaph" February 16, 1967
"Catwoman Goes to College" February 22, 1967
"Batman Displays His Knowledge" February 23, 1967
"A Piece of the Action" March 1, 1967
"Batman's Satisfaction" March 2, 1967
"King Tut's Coup" March 8, 1967
"Batman's Waterloo" March 9, 1967
"Black Widow Strikes Again" March 15, 1967
"Caught in the Spider's Den" March 16, 1967
"Pop Goes the Joker" March 22, 1967
"Flop Goes the Joker" March 23, 1967
"Ice Spy" March 29, 1967
"The Duo Defy" March 30, 1967

Season ThreeEdit

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

NotesEdit

  • 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.

TriviaEdit

  • 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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