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Batman 

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The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.
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1968   1967   1966  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Adam West ...  Batman / ... 120 episodes, 1966-1968
Burt Ward ...  Robin / ... 120 episodes, 1966-1968
Alan Napier ...  Alfred / ... 120 episodes, 1966-1968
Neil Hamilton ...  Commissioner Gordon 120 episodes, 1966-1968
Stafford Repp ...  Chief O'Hara 120 episodes, 1966-1968
Madge Blake ...  Mrs. Cooper 96 episodes, 1966-1967
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Storyline

Wealthy entrepreneur Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson lead a double life: they are actually the crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin. A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave, where Police Commissioner Gordon summons the Dynamic Duo on the Batphone with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City. Racing to the scene of the crime in the jet-powered Batmobile, Batman and Robin must (with the help of their trusty utility-belts) thwart the efforts of a rogues gallery of flamboyant arch-villains, including the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Catwoman. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Batman comes to life tonight! Watch master criminals like The Riddler try to outwit those legendary crime fighters Batman and Robin in TWO spine-tingling episodes each week! (season 1)


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English

Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(120 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Madge Blake became seriously ill just before filming on the third and final season commenced, causing her to leave the series. However, she is briefly seen as Aunt Harriet Cooper in the Batman: Ring Around the Riddler (1967) and in Batman: The Bloody Tower (1967). Aunt Harriet was written out during season three for several reasons; one was declining health of Blake, who was also continually frustrating producers and directors with stammering or forgetting her lines. Blake was also let go due to the budgetary cutbacks that occurred for that season. For the most part, Aunt Harriet was said to be away on various overseas vacation trips during season three. See more »

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Gotham City is supposed to be its own fictional city. But often in rear-projected Batmobile footage, Jack Dempsey's Restaurant, a popular New York landmark of the day, can be seen. See more »

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[Repeated line]
Batman: Quick! To the Batmobile!
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Crazy Credits

The actor who played the villain would always be credited as the "Special Guest Villain" See more »

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In the late 1980s, original cast members reunited to film special introductions to be added to the start of each episode. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Batgirl Theme
Music by Billy May
Lyrics by Willy Mack
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Where Adam West Was the Glue, Criminals often the Stars
6 September 2006 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

Adam West not only was Batman, in this series he was straight man. His straight face was always what held thing together. No matter how outlandish Robin or a super criminal was, West would always appear to take things in stride & have a straight face when he would pull something out of his utility belt to handle the problem. Burt Ward's Robin was often reactive with many Holy Blanks!! & while he was mostly a sidekick for Batman, sometimes when the Caped Crusdaer was tied up, he & the faithful Alfred would manage things. To me the criminals were most often the stars of this. Burgess Meredith made a great Penguin - especially when he runs for mayor of Gotham City against Batman and proclaims "I should have gotten into politics sooner because in campaigns, all my dirty bird tricks are legal now!" Imagine that, & this is before Nixon got caught.

Frank Gorshin's Riddler has never been equaled. Ceasar Romero's Joker was so good that Jack Nicholson had to take the character in new directions in the film to avoid direct comparison. The amazing thing about this series was the amount of great actors & actresses they got to play the criminals. It is a who's who of character actors from that era. Alan Ladd, Vincent Price, Otto Preminger, Art Carney, Roddy Mcdowell to name a few villains.

This was an ABC series which would have lasted longer, but CBS had such a power house line-up, this was lucky to make it 3 seasons. At least they were 3 great seasons & all in color. The cliff hangers & fights from these are now classic, & some of the plots were pretty corny, while others showed imagination. Overall, just think of Robin saying "Support your police!" & Batman responding "Well said, Robin." and you get an idea that while the series was corny, it at least had a moral compass always. Holy establishment, Batman!


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