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1966 Batman titlecard.JPG
Title card for the Batman television series
Genre Action-adventure lampoon comedy
Created by Bob Kane and
Bill Finger (characters)
William Dozier (series)
Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (developer for television)
Starring Adam West
Burt Ward
Alan Napier
Neil Hamilton
Stafford Repp
Madge Blake
Yvonne Craig (Season 3)
Burgess Meredith
Cesar Romero
Julie Newmar (Seasons 1–2)
Eartha Kitt (Season 3)
Narrated by William Dozier
Opening theme "Batman Theme" by
Neal Hefti
Ending theme "Batman Theme" by
Neal Hefti
Composer(s) Nelson Riddle
Billy May
(incidental music)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) William Dozier
Producer(s) Howie Horwitz
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Greenway Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original channel ABC
Original run January 12, 1966 – March 14, 1968
Related shows Batman (1966 film) (spin-off)

Batman is a 1960s American television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name, which starred Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, two crime-fighting heroes who defended "Gotham City". It aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network for two and a half seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. Despite its short run, the show had a total of 120 episodes, having two weekly installments for most of its tenure.


Genesis of the series

In the early 1960s, Ed Graham Productions optioned the TV rights to the comic strip Batman, and planned a straightforward juvenile adventure show, much like Adventures of Superman and The Lone Ranger, for CBS on Saturday mornings. Mike Henry, who would later go on to star in the Tarzan franchise, and is best known for his portrayal of Jackie Gleason's not-too-bright son Buford T. Justice, Jr. in the Smokey and the Bandit movies, was set to star as Batman.

Reportedly, DC Comics commissioned publicity photos of Henry in a Batman costume. Around this same time, the Playboy Club in Chicago was screening the Batman serials (1943's Batman and 1949's Batman and Robin) on Saturday nights. It became very popular, as the hip partygoers would cheer and applaud the Dynamic Duo, and boo and hiss at the villains. East coast ABC executive Yale Udoff, a Batman fan in childhood, attended one of these parties at the Playboy Club and was impressed with the reaction the serials were getting. He contacted West Coast ABC executives Harve Bennett and Edgar J. Scherick, who were already considering developing a TV series based on a comic strip action hero, to suggest a prime time Batman series in the hip and fun style of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

When negotiations between CBS and Graham stalled, DC quickly re-obtained rights and made the deal with ABC. ABC farmed the rights out to 20th Century Fox to produce the series. Fox, in turn, handed the project to William Dozier and his Greenway Productions. ABC and Fox were expecting a hip and fun—yet still serious—adventure show. However, Dozier, who loathed comic books, concluded the only way to make the show work was to do it as a pop art camp comedy. Originally, espionage novelist Eric Ambler was to write the motion picture that would launch the TV series, but he dropped out after learning of Dozier's camp comedy approach.

By the time ABC pushed up the debut date to January 1966, thus foregoing the movie until the summer hiatus, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. had signed on as head script writer. He wrote the pilot script, and generally kept his scripts more on the side of pop art adventure. Stanley Ralph Ross, Stanford Sherman, and Charles Hoffman were script writers who generally leaned more toward camp comedy, and in Ross' case, sometimes outright slapstick and satire. Instead of producing a one-hour show, Dozier and Semple decided to have the show air twice a week in half-hour installments with a cliffhanger connecting the two episodes, echoing the old movie serials. Eventually, two sets of screen tests were filmed, one with Adam West and Burt Ward, the other with Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell, with West and Ward winning the roles.

Major Villains

The Penguin—Played by Burgess Meredith. The Penguin is an old arch enemy of the Caped Crusaders. He baffles them with his fishy clues as to what crime he is going to commit.

The Joker—Played by Cesar Romero. Also, an enemy of Batman and Robin. Joker has a habit of over powering the station in charge of the news, and gives the Dynamic Duo clues to his crimes.

The Riddler—Played by Frank Gorshin and John Astin. The Riddler has a way his twisted mind works. As Batman said in the first episode, "The Riddler's mind is like an artichoke. You have to rip off spiny leaves to reach the heart!"

Catwoman—Played by Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt. Catwoman secretly loves Batman, but she still likes to try to murder him and Robin.

Mr. Freeze—Played by George Sanders, Otto Preminger, and Eli Wallach. Mr. Freeze is forced to live in an environment 50 degrees below Zero.

King Tut—Played by Victor Buono. An obese Egyptologist who, after a blow to the head, believes he is a real pharaoh, with a gang of hoods who also believe the delusion.

The Mad Hatter-Played by David Wayne. An inventor who uses his many hats to hypnotize people.

Egghead-Played by Vincent Price.

Plot summary


The "teasers"

The typical story began with a villain (often one of a short list of recurring super-criminals) committing a crime, such as stealing a fabulous gem or taking over Gotham City. This was followed by a scene inside Police Commissioner Gordon's office where he and Chief O'Hara would deduce exactly which villain they were dealing with. Gordon would press a button on the Batphone, a bright red telephone located on a pedestal in his office. The scene then cut to stately Wayne Manor where Alfred the butler would answer the Batphone, which sat like a normal everyday telephone on the desk in Bruce Wayne's study. Frequently, Wayne and his ward, Dick Grayson, would be found talking with Dick's Aunt Harriet. Alfred would interrupt so they could excuse themselves and go to the Batphone. Upon learning which criminal he would face this time, Bruce would push a button concealed within a bust of Shakespeare that stood on his desk causing a bookcase to slide back and revealing two poles. "To the Batpoles!" Wayne would exclaim, at which he and Grayson would slide down to the Batcave, activating a mechanism on the way that dressed them as their alter egos. Often, at this point, the title sequence would begin.

The episodes proper

Similar in style and content to the 1940s serials, they would arrive in the Batcave in full costume and jump into the Batmobile, Batman in the driver's seat. Robin would say, "Atomic batteries to power...turbines to speed." Batman would respond, "Roger, ready to move out." And the two would race off out of the cave at high speed. As the Batmobile approached the mouth of the cave, actually a tunnel entrance in Los Angeles's Bronson Canyon, a hinged barrier dropped down to allow the car to exit onto the road. Scenes from the Dynamic Duo sliding down the batpoles in the Batcave, to the arrival at Commissioner Gordon's building via the Batmobile (while the episode credits are shown), are reused footage that is used in nearly all part 1 and single episodes.

After arriving at Commissioner Gordon's office, the initial discussion of the crime usually led to the Dynamic Duo conducting their investigation alone. During the investigation, a meeting with the villain would usually ensue, with the heroes getting involved in a fight and the villain getting away, leaving a series of unlikely clues for the Duo to investigate. Later, the Duo would face the villain again, and he or she would capture one or both of the heroes and place them in a deathtrap with a cliffhanger ending which was usually resolved in the first few minutes of the next episode.

After the cliff-hangers

The same pattern was repeated in the following episode until the villain was defeated in a major brawl where the action was punctuated by superimposed onomatopoeic words, as in comic book fight scenes ("POW!", "BAM!", "ZONK!", etc.). Not counting five of the Penguin's henchmen who disintegrate or get blown up in the associated Batman theatrical movie, only three criminal characters die during the series: the Riddler's moll Molly (played by Jill St. John in Episode 2) who accidentally falls into the Batcave's atomic pile, and two out-of-town gunmen who shoot at the Dynamic Duo toward the end of the "Zelda The Great/A Death Worse Than Fate" episode, but end up killing each other instead. In "Instant Freeze," Mr. Freeze freezes a butler solid and knocks him over, causing him to smash to pieces, although this is implied rather than seen, and there is a later reference suggesting the butler survived. In "Green Ice," Mr. Freeze freezes a policeman solid; it is left unclear whether he survived or not. In "The Penguin's Nest," a policeman suffers an electric shock at the hands of the Penguin's accomplices, but he apparently survived as he appeared in some later episodes. In "The Bookworm Turns," Commissioner Gordon appears to be shot and falls off a bridge to his death, but Batman deduces that this was actually an expert high diver in disguise, employed by The Bookworm as a ruse (implying that the diver survived the fall).

Robin, in particular, was especially well known for saying "Holy (insert), Batman!" whenever he encountered something startling.

The series utilized a narrator (producer William Dozier, uncredited) who parodied both the breathless narration style of the 1940s serials and Walter Winchell's narration of The Untouchables. He would end many of the cliffhanger episodes by intoning, "Tune in tomorrow — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!"

Only two of the series' guest villains ever discovered Batman's true identity: Egghead by deductive reasoning, and King Tut on two occasions (once with a bug on the Batmobile and once by accidentally mining into The Batcave). Egghead was tricked into disbelieving his discovery, as was Tut in the episode when he bugged the Batmobile. In the episode when Tut tunnelled into the Batcave, he was hit on the head by a rock which made him forget his discovery and jarred him back into his identity as a mild-mannered Professor of Egyptology at Yale University. (He didn't even recognize Batgirl, asking her, "Why are you wearing that purple mask, lady?")

Season 1

In Season 1, the dynamic duo, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward), are super crime-fighting heroes, contending with the villains of Gotham City. It begins with the two-parter, "Hi Diddle Riddle" and "Smack in the Middle".

Season 2

In Season 2, the show suffered from repetition of its characters and formula. In addition, critics noted that the series' delicate balance of drama and humor that the first season maintained was lost as the stories became increasingly farcical. This, combined with Lorenzo Semple Jr. contributing fewer scripts and having less of an influence on the series, caused viewers to tire of the show and for critics to complain, "If you've seen one episode of Batman, you've seen them all."

Season 3

By Season 3, ratings were falling and the future of the series seemed uncertain. A promotional short featuring Yvonne Craig as Batgirl and Tim Herbert as Killer Moth was produced. The short was convincing enough to pick up Batman for another season, and introduced Batgirl as a regular on the show in an attempt to attract more female viewers. Batgirl's alter ego was Barbara Gordon, a mild-mannered librarian at the Gotham Library and Commissioner Gordon's daughter.[1] The show was reduced to once a week, with mostly self-contained episodes, although the next week's villain would be in a tag at the end of the episode, similar to a soap opera. Accordingly, the narrator's cliffhanger phrases were eliminated, but most episodes would end with him saying something to the effect of "Watch the next episode!"

Aunt Harriet was reduced to just two cameo appearances during the third season, due to Madge Blake being in poor health. (Aunt Harriet was also mentioned in another episode, but was not seen; her absence was explained by her being in shock upstairs.) The nature of the scripts and acting started to enter into the realm of the surrealistic, specifically with the backgrounds, which became two-dimensional cut-outs against a stark black stage.


Near the end of the third season, ABC planned to cut the budget even further by eliminating Robin and Chief O'Hara, and making Batgirl Batman's full-time partner. Both Dozier and West vetoed this idea, and ABC cancelled the show. Weeks later, NBC offered to pick the show up for a fourth season and even restore it to its original twice-a-week format, if the sets were still available for use. However, NBC's offer came too late: Fox had already demolished the sets a week before. NBC didn't want to pay the $800,000 for the rebuild, so the offer was withdrawn. Batman was replaced on ABC by the sitcom The Second Hundred Years.


Regular cast

Several cast members recorded records tied in to the series. Adam West released a single titled "Miranda", a country-tinged pop song that he actually performed in costume during live appearances in the 1960s. Frank Gorshin released a song titled "The Riddler" which was composed and arranged by Mel Tormé. The track captures Gorshin's insane portrayal perfectly. Burgess Meredith recorded a spoken word single called "The Escape" backed with "The Capture", which was The Penguin narrating his recent crime spree to a jazz beat.

Guest appearances

Although dozens of actors portrayed villains and henchmen on Batman, four criminals appeared frequently (although they were sometimes played by different people):

Burgess Meredith told James H. Burns of Starlog Magazine, "On Batman, they ultimately kept a script always ready for me, so that when I would be in Los Angeles, they'd have a show all set to go."[2]

Other popular villains included Mr. Freeze (played variously by George Sanders, Otto Preminger, and Eli Wallach), Joan Collins as The Siren, David Wayne as The Mad Hatter, Victor Buono as King Tut, Roddy McDowall as The Bookworm, Walter Slezak as The Clock King, and Vincent Price as Egghead.

Tallulah Bankhead's role as the Black Widow turned out to be her final screen appearance. Three other actors also played their final parts on Batman: Francis X. Bushman as Mr. Van Jones in episodes 31–32, Reginald Denny as Commodore Schmidlapp (in the Batman movie), and Douglass Dumbrille who portrayed the Doctor in episode 10.

Aside from portraying super-criminals, another coveted spot was the Batclimb Cameo. Often, as the Dynamic Duo scaled a building using Batarangs and Bat-ropes (actually filmed on a horizontal surface, with their capes held up by strings from off-camera, and aired with the shot rotated 90 degrees), a window would swing open, a celebrity would pop their head out, and a short conversation would ensue. Batclimb cameo scenes were discontinued for the third season. The personages that did these scenes were:

Theme music


Many sports, music, and media personalities, and a number of Hollywood actors, looked forward to and enjoyed their appearances as villains on the Batman show. They were generally allowed to overact and enjoy themselves on a high-rated TV series, guaranteeing them considerable exposure (and thus boosting their careers). The most popular villains on the show included Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. Other famous names from the "rogues gallery" in the comic book series made appearances on the show (notably The Mad Hatter), and some were taken from other superheroes, such as The Puzzler (a Superman villain) and The Clock King (a Green Arrow villain, who was again portrayed as a Batman villain in the 1990s animated series). Many other villains were created especially for the TV show, and never did appear in the comic books (e.g., Shame, Lorelei "The Siren" Circe, Lee Chandell/Fingers, the Bookworm, Lord Marmaduke Ffogg, Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft, and Louie the Lilac), while some were hybrids. The comics' Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze, a name change that was copied in the comics with lasting effect, and the comics's Brainy Barrows was reworked as Egghead. A recent comic book featured the first appearance of a version of King Tut.[3]

A celebrity making a prominent appearance in another role was Lesley Gore, a popular singer of the 1960s, playing "Pussycat," an "apprentice" of Catwoman. On the January 19, 1967 episode, she sang her top 20 hit "California Nights." Gore was also the niece of Howie Horwitz, one of the show's producers.

Adam West enjoys the story that he was part of two of the three Big B's of the 1960s: Batman, The Beatles, and Bond,

A film titled Batman based on the TV show was released to in 1966, but it did not become a large box office hit. The movie continued to be profitably re-released to theaters, TV, and video for decades. Originally, the movie had been conceived to help sell the TV series abroad, but the success of the series in America sold itself, and the film was shot after season one was filmed. The movie's budget allowed for producers to build the Batboat and Batcopter, which were used in the second and third seasons of the TV show.

The live-action TV show was extraordinarily popular. At the height of its popularity, it was the only prime time TV show other than Peyton Place to be broadcast twice in one week as part of its regular schedule, airing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Episodes of the show were filmed as two-part cliffhangers, with each storyline beginning on Wednesday and ending on the Thursday night episode (in the second season, a pair of three-parters were also seen). At the very end of the Thursday night segment, a little tag featuring the next week's villain would be shown, such as, "Next week—Batman jousts with The Joker again!" (This started the third week of the series' run and continued until the end of season two.) The first episode of a storyline would typically end with Batman and Robin being trapped in a ridiculous deathtrap, while the narrator (Dozier) would tell viewers to watch the next night with the repeated phrase: "Tune in tomorrow — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!" Even many years after the show ceased production, this catch-phrase still remained a long-running punchline in popular culture.

Parodies in the series

  • The television show was famous for parodying names of many famous celebrities of the day. Among the most notable were newscasters Walter Cronkite, who was parodied as "Walter Klondike" on Batman, and Chet Huntley, who was known as "Chet Chumley" on the show. Steve Allen played a character called "Allen Stevens." J. Pauline Spaghetti, a woman who is almost tricked into giving up her fortune to the notorious European criminal "Sandman," played by Michael Rennie, is a parody on J. Paul Getty.
  • Gotham City's Mayor Linseed is a parody on John Lindsay, who served as Mayor of New York City from 1966 to 1973.
  • Commissioner Gordon would occasionally speak on the phone to the state's governor, Governor Stonefellow. This is a parody on Nelson Rockefeller, who served as governor of New York from 1959 to 1973.
  • The Catwoman is known to have an additional hideout, "Cat-Lair West", across the river from Gotham City in "New Guernsey," a parody on New Jersey. (Guernsey and Jersey are both islands in the English Channel and both breeds of cattle.)
  • Gotham's "Short Island" was a parody of New York's Long Island.
  • Gotham's "Phony Island" was a parody of New York's Coney Island
  • In the episode "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra," in which Ida Lupino appeared as the episode's title villain, Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft, the evil alchemist steals the Mope Diamond, a parody on the famous Hope Diamond, from Spiffany's Jewellers. Spiffany's is a parody on Tiffany & Co.
  • One of Woodrow Roosevelt High School's basketball rivals is "Disko Tech," a homophone of discotheque.
  • The three-part Londinium story arc during final season ("The Londinium Larcenies," "The Foggiest Notion," and "The Bloody Tower") was the series' tribute to the Swinging London period of the 1960s. At the time of the show, British pop culture was popular in North America. Many aspects of London were parodied during the three episodes. The city's name is changed to Londinium, which was the British capital's name during Roman times. Scotland Yard becomes "Ireland Yard" in the series. Carnaby Street becomes "Barnaby Street." Fleet Street, the city's press district, is changed to "Bleat Street."
  • Alan Hale Jr., who became best-known in America for portraying the Skipper of the S. S. Minnow on Gilligan's Island, appeared as Gilligan, the owner/cook of a diner, in "The Ogg And I." (The title itself is a parody of The Egg And I, the film comedy that introduced the characters of Ma and Pa Kettle, who maintained a chicken-and-egg farm.)

After the series run

1970s reunions

In 1972, Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig reunited as Robin and Batgirl, with Dick Gautier stepping in as Batman (Adam West was, at the time, trying to distance himself from the Batman role) for an Equal Pay public service announcement. In 1977, Adam West and Burt Ward returned to the Batman universe in animated form. West and Ward lent their voices to Batman and Robin respectively, on the Filmation-produced animated series, The New Adventures of Batman. West would once again reprise his role as Batman in animated form when he succeeded Olan Soule in the final two seasons of Super Friends. In 1979, West, Ward, and Frank Gorshin reunited on NBC for Hanna-Barbera's two Legends of the Superheroes TV specials. In the 1980s, several cast members would team up for a series of celebrity editions of Family Feud.


The series' stars, Adam West and Burt Ward, were typecast for decades afterwards, with West especially finding himself unable to escape the undeserved reputation the series gave him as a hammy, campy actor. However, years after the series' impact faded, West found fame and respect among comic book and animation fans, who appreciated his work on the TV series. An episode of Batman: The Animated Series paid tribute to West with an episode entitled "Beware The Grey Ghost." In this episode, West played the role of an aging star of a superhero TV series Bruce Wayne had watched as a child, and would be inspired by as a crimefighter, who found new popularity with the next generation of fans. He would also play Gotham City's Mayor Grange as a somewhat recurring role in The Batman. In addition, the most frequent visual influence is that later Batmobiles usually have a rear rocket thruster that usually fires as the car makes a fast start.

In 2003, West and Ward reunited for a tongue-in-cheek telefilm titled Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt which combined dramatized recreations of the filming of the original series (with younger actors standing in for the stars), with modern day footage of West and Ward searching for a stolen Batmobile. The film included cameo appearances by Newmar and Gorshin, as well as Lee Meriwether, who had played Catwoman in the 1966 film and Lyle Waggoner, who had been an early candidate for the role of Batman. Yvonne Craig did not appear in the movie — she reportedly disliked the script. The movie received high ratings and was released on DVD May 2005.

A line spoken by Robin (Chris O'Donnell) in Batman Forever is a homage to the TV Robin's catch-phrase. During the movie he says, "Holey rusted metal, Batman," (referring to the island's land-scape which is made from rusted metal and has holes in it) which sounds intentionally similar to lines spoken by Robin beginning with the word "Holy" and ending with "...Batman!" This can also be written as, "Holy (bad pun of the moment)!" The upcoming graphic novel Holy Terror, Batman! also references this catch-phrase.

The animated TV series Batman: The Brave and the Bold is influenced by the 1960s TV series. The opening credits feature Batman rope climbing up a building, something that Adam West often did in the show.[4] Several villains from the 1960s show including King Tut, Egghead, Mad Hatter, Archer, Bookworm, False Face, Black Widow, Siren, Marsha Queen of Diamonds, Louie the Lilac, Ma Parker, and Shame make cameo appearances as prisoners at Iron Heights prison in the episode "Day of the Dark Knight!". They are all captured by Batman and Green Arrow during a mass escape attempt. The episode "Game Over for Owlman!" shows a room in the Batcave containing "souvenirs" of deathtraps that the Joker employed in the 1960s series, with accompanying flashbacks: the giant key from the "Human Key Duplicator" from "The Impractical Joker", the slot-machine-controlled electric chair from "The Joker Goes to School", and the giant clam from "The Joker's Hard Times". The episode "The Color of Revenge!" begins with a flashback to the time of the 1960s TV series, using attributes such as the red hot-line phone, the bust of Shakespeare, the sliding bookcase, the bat-poles, Robin in his old TV-series costume, and the shot of Batman and Robin fastening their seat belts in the Batmobile.

Home video (non-) release

Despite considerable popular demand,[5] no official home entertainment release (VHS, laserdisc or DVD) of the series has occurred to date anywhere in the world, with the situation seemingly unlikely to be resolved in the near future.

Conflicting reports of the reasons behind the non-release of the series point to a number of different factors, some, none or all of which may indeed play a part. These include:

  • Disagreement between DC Comics, owners of the Batman character after DC's sister/parent company Warner Bros. took over DC in 1976, in which Warner Bros. could also be involved, and 20th Century Fox, owners of the program itself. Gord Lacey's influential TV/DVD website is often quoted in support of this much-discussed theory, after a story the website ran in December, 2005.[6]
    • Commentators have suggested that DC Comics itself is not involved, and that Warner and Fox are reluctant to work with each other. This was denied by a Warner spokesperson in 2005 during their semi-regular "Home Theater Forum" chat, where it was stated that the issues were between Fox and DC alone, with Warner playing no part in negotiations.[7]
    • The argument has been made that DC does not wish to distort the current image of the Dark Knight by having the overtly-campy 1960s series competing head-to-head with more modern takes, such as Tim Burton's Batman film and its sequels or Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. DC may indeed be distancing itself from the 1960s series. A solicited cover by Mike Allred for issue #7 of Solo—a 2005 DC Comics series—featured Batman doing the Batusi. The cover, based on Adam West and a memorably campy episode of the TV series, was replaced by the time of Solo #7's release. Allred explains that the cover was pulled by "higher ups" for reasons largely unknown.[8] Speculation over the reasons first intimated that potential infringement of rights were the issue, but this was soon replaced with suggestions that its "campy" nature was the real factor in its removal. At the time of the issue's release, DVDs of Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, and Batman Begins were also being promoted, and DC's chief editor Dan Didio reportedly does not like camp.[9]
  • Greenway/ABC/Fox rights issues. The Batman series was conceived as an equal partnership between William Dozier's Greenway Productions and Fox in 1964, before Fox entered into a separate agreement with ABC to produce the series in 1965. With three companies involved almost from the outset, there is some speculation that these rights are tangled even before the DC Comics character-ownership rights are to be considered. Moreover:
    • In 2006, Deborah Dozier Potter, "the successor-in-interest to Greenway Productions" sued Fox for allegedly withholding monies under the Fox/ABC agreement.[10][11] Dozier Potter further claimed that this came to her attention when, in March 2005: "she considered releasing the series on DVD," implying that (from her perspective at least) Greenway/Dozier Potter has some say in the matter of potentional DVD release of the series. (The case was resolved/dismissed in November, 2007, In February 2005 John Stacks had approached Deborah Dozier Potter to market the series on DVD. There were many offers and lots of interest in the release of the series, as can be read in Joel Eisner's The Official Batbook Revised Bat Edition 2008.[12])
  • Other complications/rights issues:
    • Christopher D Heer, writing at the "1966 Batman Message Board", clarified a quote by moderator Lee Kirkham, noting that there will likely be the need for complicated deals regarding cameos, since " least some of the cameos were done as uncredited, unpaid walk-ons – which means that Fox does NOT have home video clearances for them. Either those scenes would have to be cut or an agreement reached with the actors."[13]
    • Kirkham's initial quote also noted that, alongside music clearance issues, there could also be problems over some of the costumes, and the original Batmobile:
"It may surprise you, but then there are also rights issues concerning the design of the unique Batmobile design used in the show, and possible a separate issue regarding some of the costumes as well!"[14]

The series, under the Fox/ABC deal, is however still in syndication, and regularly shown on a number of channels around the world. Thus far, though, only the 1966 feature film is available on DVD for non-broadcast viewing in North America. This also affected the 2003 television movie reunion Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, also released to DVD, which was able to make use of footage only from the 1966 movie.

It is commonplace for DVD releases of TV series to include extra features, such as documentaries and commentaries. With Batman being unavailable for home-video release an unusual situation has occurred in which material that would be considered DVD featurettes has been released separately. In 2004, Image Entertainment released Holy Batmania, a two-DVD set that included documentaries on the making of the series, as well as rare footage such as the original screen tests of the cast and Lyle Waggoner.[15] And in 2008, Adam West released a privately issued DVD with the tongue-in-cheek title Adam West Naked for which he recorded anecdotes regarding all 120 episodes of the series.[16]


The episodes introducing Catwoman ("The Purr-fect Crime" / "Better Luck Next Time") were the subject of a View-Master reel & booklet set in 1966 (Sawyers Packet # B492). While the series was first-run on ABC, packet cover indicia reflected the "Bat Craze" cultural phenomenon by referring to the booklet as a "Batbooklet, Dynamically illustrated." By the time the TV series was cancelled in 1968, and GAF had taken over the View-Master product, "Batbooklet" was removed in favor of then-standard View-Master packaging for all future releases in the decades to follow, right up the period when the standard packet line was discontinued.

The first season's superimposed fight onomatopoeias were not used for the View-Master's scenes of fights. Instead, black-lined "blast" balloons (transparent inside), and series-like onomatopoeias were illustrated and superimposed over fight images.


  1. ^ Television Obscurities. "Batgirl Promotional Short", June 11, 2003. Accessed 2007-03-24.
  2. ^ Eisner, Joel. The Official Batman Batbook (1986), p. 151. ISBN 0-8092-5035-7
  3. ^ Batman Confidential #26, April 2009, DC Comics.
  4. ^
  5. ^ The program is perpetually highly ranked as a "Most Requested" unreleased show at Currently (April 2008) it is, and has been for some time, second only to The Wonder Years.
  6. ^ "Fox (who owns the footage) and DC Comics (owner of the characters, and sister company of Warner Bros.) are still deep in the process of sorting out the legalities and licensing situations for this release. There may be other licenses involved as well, such as music and so forth." "Batman – 1966 Batman Series Still Not Coming To DVD Yet," by David Lambert, December 5, 2005. Accessed 2008-04-05.
  7. ^ Warner Home Video representatives stated:
    "..we have no rights to '60s BATMAN... The BATMAN TV issue is between DC Comics and Fox. It doesn't involve Warner home video." Chat Transcript: Warner Home Video on HTF, March 29, 2005. Accessed 2008-04-05.
  8. ^ Mike Allred "Re: Did DC make Mike change his 'Solo' cover? YES! Now the truth can be told.", 2005-10-25.
  9. ^ Solo #7. Accessed 2008-04-05.
  10. ^ "Batman – New Lawsuit – Will We Ever See Batman on DVD?" by Gord Lacey, August 19, 2006. Accessed 2008-04-05.
  11. ^ "Fox Hit With Claim for Net Profits on 'Batman' Series", by Leslie Simmons, August 18, 2006. Accessed 2008-04-05.
  12. ^ The relevant passage reads: "The lawsuit filed by Debra Dozier Potter was dismissed with prejudice on 11/26/07. Furthermore, a notice of unconditional settlement was filed by the Plaintff on 11/19/07. For those who care to look, the case is DEBORAH DOZIER POTTER VS TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Case No BC357067." Accessed 2008-04-05.
  13. ^ "Re: Blog talks about Batman DVD ownership woes" Reply #42, January 25, 2008. Accessed 2008-04-05.
  14. ^ "A Few Non-Bionic Legal Issues Plaguing TV-DVD", by David Lambert, 2007-10-07.
  15. ^ listing for Holy Batmania
  16. ^ Adam West Gets Back in the Batmobile, Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, March 20, 2009, accessed Feb. 22, 2010.

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From Wikiquote

Batman (1966–1968) was a television series featuring Adam West as the eponymous Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as his faithful sidekick Robin. This version of the long-running DC Comics story was done in campy style, with extraordinarily (and literally) colorful characters and settings, dialog played for laughs, and fight scenes famous for their comic-book "Bam!", "Pow!", "Zap!", and other graphical exclamations.


Season 1

Hi Diddle Riddle [1.01]

Commissioner Gordon: I don't know who he is beneath that mask of his, but I know when we need him, and we need him now!

Robin: Gosh, if I could just figure out that riddle. Why can't I get it?
Batman: Maybe your mind's on that cute little teenager who waved to you on the way across town, eh?
Robin: Awww, come on, Batman.

Smack in the Middle [1.02]

Riddler: Did you hear about Greta Garbo? She dreamed one night she sprinkled 6 boxes of grass seed in her hair, and woke up moaning: "I vant to be a lawn!"

Batman: The joke's on you, Riddler!
Robin: When is a donkey spelled with 1 letter?! When it's "U"!

Fine Feathered Finks [1.03]

The Penguin's a Jinx [1.04]

The Joker Is Wild [1.05]

The Joker: [laughing] And now people of Gotham City, the moment you have all been waiting for. [Continuously Laughing] The grand finale!; The climax of my performance! The zenith of my career! The unmasking of Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder!

Batman Is Riled [1.06]

Instant Freeze [1.07]

Batman: Mr. Freeze, give yourself up. We can get help for you... medical help!
Mr. Freeze: In prison? This I do not believe. No, you must PAY for what you did to me, for forcing me to live like this: never again to know the warmth of a summer breeze, never to feel the heat of burning logs in vintertime! Revenge. That is what I need! Revenge! I will have revenge!

Batman: Poor devil...forced to live in an air-conditioned suit that keeps his body temperature down to 50 degrees below zero! No wonder his mind is warped.

Rats Like Cheese [1.08]

Zelda the Great [1.09]

A Death Worse Than Fate [1.10]

A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away [1.11]

Mousey: Gee, I've never met royalty before! It's pretty thrilling!
Riddler: Royalty? You've never met royalty? And just whom do you think stands before you, my cherub? I am The Prince Of Puzzlers, The Count Of Conundrums, The King Of Crime! I hold court here, no one else!!!

When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play [1.12]

Riddler: So many people have tried...The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Joker, all masters of their craft, granted, but I, only I have succeeded in ridding Gotham's criminal kingdom of The Dynamic Duo!

Riddler: Rats, I am a man of a few words, but a man of many Riddles, so riddle me this: what is it that is always coming, but never arrives?! [No one answers] Quickly, quickly!
Fangs: Uh, we ain't tuned in on the Riddle bit, chief!
Mousey: Yeah! We give up! What is it that is always coming, but never arrives?
Riddler: Tomorrow.
Whitey: Tomorrow?
Riddler: Tomorrow. For when it arrives, it is today, and today, my dear rodents, should prove to be most memorable!

The Thirteenth Hat [1.13]

Henchman: Many others have tried killing Batman.
Mad Hatter: Many others do not have the lethal equipment of my hat factory.

Batman Stands Pat [1.14]

The Joker Goes to School [1.15]

The Joker: Hello, kiddies! A-meet the Joker!

He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul [1.16]

Robin: Holy Benedict Arnold---Suzie! Chief cheerleader, a member of The Joker's criminal gang!

Joker: [laughing] Have a sneeze on me, Batman!
[Joker administers sneezing powder upon Batman, which has no effect.]
Batman: No use, Joker! I knew you'd employ your sneezing powder, so I took an Anti-Allergy Pill! Instead of a sneeze, I've caught you cold!

True or False-Face [1.17]

Henchman: Three cheers for False Face!
Henchmen: Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
False Face: Thanks. I know you didn't mean it.

False Face: The Express will be here inside of five minutes, Batman. Inside of six, no more Batman!
Robin: Fiend!!
Batman: False Face, you'll regret this!......eventually.

Holy Rat Race [1.18]

The Purr-Fect Crime [1.19]

Better Luck Next Time [1.20]

[Catwoman is about to feed Robin to a tiger.]
Robin: Catwoman, you are not a nice person.

The Penguin Goes Straight [1.21]

Robin: When we put the fake jewels in Miss Starr's safe and take the real ones out, we could be nailed as crooks.
Batman: That's a chance we have to take, Robin. In our well-ordered society, protection of private property is essential.
Robin: Yes, you're right, Batman. That's the keystone to all law and order.

Narrator: Great Scott, Alfred! Have you forgotten? Batman told you to switch cigarette holders with the Penguin! You're meant to palm off the trick one with the tiny super-powered transmitter inside! Quick, before it's too late! Create that diversion!

Not Yet, He Ain't [1.22]

[Batman and Robin jump into the Penguin Protection Agency, Batman growling]
Penguin: Well, the costumed crooks! The dressed-up desperadoes!
Batman: Your super-brain power has driven us *mad*, Penguin!
Robin: Something snapped!
Batman: We don't care if we go up the river for a hundred years, we're getting you first!!
Penguin: Quick, my finks! Self-defense! The dynamic duo has flipped their wings!

Penguin: Back from the grave, you tricksters, eh?!
Robin: Back to send you on a honeymoon cruise, Penguin...up the river to the pen!
Batman: "Gone straight," huh?!
Robin: We'll straighten you out!!

The Ring of Wax [1.23]

Riddler: If they want a life-like replica of their precious Batman for the Wax Museum, we'll give it to them. We'll even throw in a dividend. Robin!
Batman: You fiend!
Riddler: Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.

Riddler: For two people about to become human candles, you ask a lot of questions!
Batman: I'm always interested in the way of the criminal mind.

Give 'em the Axe [1.24]

Moth: Oh, Batman. Moth has learned her lesson, really she has. Crime doesn't pay!
Batman: Unfortunately you've learned your lesson too late, Moth. A moth who flies around candles is liable to get burned.

Bruce: Most Americans don't realize what we owe to the ancient Incas. Very few appreciate they gave us the white potato and many varieties of Indian corn.
Dick: Now whenever I eat mashed potatos, I for one will think of the Incas.

The Joker Trumps an Ace [1.25]

[Batman and Robin are on a golf course in the Batmobile.]
Robin: Let's get going and make an emergency bat-turn!
Batman: Not this time, old chum. Have to think of the golfers. The retro-rockets would burn up the course for a hundred yards.

Batman Sets the Pace [1.26]

The Curse of Tut [1.27]

King Tut: [to Nefertiti] How many times must I tell you?! Queens consume nectar and ambrosia, not hot dogs!

The Pharaoh's in a Rut [1.28]

The Bookworm Turns [1.29]

Dick [after seeing Commissioner Gordon apparently shot to death on TV]: Holy homicide! Tell me I'm having a nightmare!
Bruce: Steady, Dick. It happened all right.
Dick: Commissioner Gordon - killed!
Bruce: This is one time we don't wait for the Batphone!

Robin: [about Lydia Limpet] Gosh, Batman, those look like honest eyes.
Batman: Never trust the old chestnut, "Crooks have beady little eyes". It's false.

While Gotham City Burns [1.30]

Batman: Don't interrupt! I'm trying to fathom the sub-conscience of a deadly criminal!

Death in Slow Motion [1.31]

The Riddler's False Notion [1.32]

Robin: Holy molars! Am I ever glad I take good care of my teeth!
Batman: True. You owe your life to dental hygiene.

Riddler [holding up Van Jones]: Mr. Van Jones, why are you like a clock at midnight? Answer: because both your hands are goin' straight up right now!

Fine Finny Fiends [1.33]

Batman Makes the Scenes [1.34]

Batman: the Movie (1966)

Miss Kitka: When I close my eyes, I imagine a world at peace.
Bruce: That's strange... when I close my eyes, I imagine something quite astonishingly different.

Robin: A giant cake of foam rubber! What are the chances?
Batman: I'd say the odds against it would make even the most reckless gambler cringe!

Season 2

Shoot a Crooked Arrow [2.01]

Batman: He's from Philadelphia.
Dick Clark: How did you know?
Batman: You dipped your diphthong. People from Philidelphia are known for that.

Walk the Straight and Narrow [2.02]

Hot Off the Griddle [2.03]

Catwoman: I'm not just pussyfooting around this time, Batman!

The Cat and the Fiddle [2.04]

Jack O'Shea: Let's can the gab-a-thon and throw this rascal out!
Robin: I might've known you were involved! A person like you could give a bad name to gossip columnists!

Catwoman: Batman, you saved my life!
Batman: It was the least I could do.
Catwoman: How can I ever combat you again after all you've done for me?
Batman: Let's hope it never comes to that, Catwoman, because, in the end, veracity and rectitude always triumph.
Catwoman: Batman...are you spoken for?
Batman: Huh?
Catwoman: Married, engaged, or going steady?
Batman: My crimefighting leaves me little time for social engagements.
Catwoman: Boy...have I got a girl for you!

The Minstrel's Shakedown [2.05]

Barbecued Batman? [2.06]

The Spell of Tut [2.07]

Robin: But what is it?
Batman: Saribus Sacer. A species of ancient Egyptian beetle, sacred to the Sun God, Hymeopolos. And from which the term scarab is derived. But, you should know that, Robin, if you are up on your studies of Egyptology.
Robin: You're right.

Batman: I know. Hieroglyphics self-taught are a chore, Robin; but, it is a surefire way to unravel the secrets of the ancient mystics.

Tut's Case Is Shut [2.08]

[Chief O'Hara leads away King Tut, who is back in his persona of Professor McElroy]
King Tut: I'm a professor at Yale! You can't-! The PTA shall hear of this!....

The Greatest Mother of Them All [2.09]

Ma Parker [2.10]

Batman: Ma Parker's girl is more dangerous than her three boys.
Robin: Her legs sort of reminded me of Catwoman's.
Batman: You're growing up, Robin. Remember, in crime-fighting always keep your sights raised.

Dick: Gosh Bruce, Greek is still Greek to me.
Aunt Harriet: It's Greek to a lot of Greeks too. It's one of the world's oldest, most important, most beautiful languages.
Dick: It may be, Aunt Harriet, but can't we take a breather and work out in the gym for a while?
Aunt Harriet: But the mind needs excercise too, Dick.
Dick: Well, my mind is getting muscle-bound.
Bruce: Ahhh, there is an old saying, Dick. A sound mind and a sound body. A worthy goal.

The Clock King's Crazy Crimes [2.11]

Clock King: Some people kill time, but this time, time is going to kill you!

Robin: I am a little hungry.
Batman: Of course, Robin. Even crime-fighters must eat. And especially you. You're a growing boy and you need your nutrition.

The Clock King Gets Crowned [2.12]

Clock King: No! It can't be true! You're dead! You have to be dead!
Robin: Maybe we're living on borrowed time!

An Egg Grows in Gotham [2.13]

Robin: Prepare yourself for an eggs peditious defeat!
Batman: Very apt, Robin.
Robin: Oh. Glad you liked it.

Robin: "Ghoti" is "fish"?
Batman: See here. English phonetics. GH becomes F, as in "tough" or "laugh". O becomes I as in "women". TI becomes SH as in "ration" or the word "nation".
Robin: Holy semantics, Batman. You never cease to amaze me!
Batman: No time for compliments, Robin. We must thwart some criminals. To the Batmobile!

The Yegg Foes in Gotham [2.14]

Chief Screaming Chicken: My face is so red!

Egghead: Woe is me. My criminal career is now eggstinct!
Batman: Foolish, evil man!
Robin: You're going to go where all the broken eggshells end up: in the garbage!

The Devil's Fingers [2.15]

The Dead Ringers [2.16]

Robin: Holy Metronome! What a fate--punched into player-piano rolls!
Batman: True, Robin, scarcely an end I'd rather anticipate! Life--a cupful of surprises to the last drop!

Robin: Self-control is sure tough sometimes, Batman!
Batman: "All virtues are, old chum. Indeed, that's why they're virtues.

Hizzonner the Penguin [2.17]

Penguin: [to his election crew] Plenty of girls and bands and slogans and lots of hoopla, but remember, no politics. Issues confuse people!

Penguin: That Batman won't garner enough votes to become elected dogcatcher!

Penguin: [leaving the Dynamic Duo hanging just above a sulphuric acid deathtrap] Citizen Pengie to the rescuuuue!

Dizzonner the Penguin [2.18]

Robin: [to Batman, after falling in, but surviving, the sulphuric acid deathtrap] "Good thing we just got these new acid-proof suits, Batman!"

Green Ice [2.19]

Robin: Gosh Batman, dig those flavors; Lemon-Lime, Orange, Raspberry, Pineapple...
Mr. Freeze: Pick your choice, Boy Wonder!

Mr. Freeze [recurring line]: Wild!

Deep Freeze [2.20]

The Impractical Joker [2.21]

The Joker's Provokers [2.22]

Marsha, Queen of Diamonds [2.23]

Narrator: Watch out, Batman! The powers of darkness lurk in this room!

Robin: [to Marsha] Batman's never rude to a lady. But you're no lady.

Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds [2.24]

Come Back, Shame [2.25]

Shame: I'll tell the world you died with your Bat-boots on! [laughs maniacally]

It's the Way You Play the Game [2.26]

Robin: But he knows that we know about his hideout there!
Batman: Correct! However, knowing that, he'd think that we'd think he would not return there, therefore he did and so will we!

Laughing Leo: You wouldn't hit a man with glasses, would you?
Batman: You're not wearing glasses.
Laughing Leo: I'm not?
[Batman slugs Laughing Leo]
Batman: Laugh that off, Leo!

The Penguin's Nest [2.27]

Robin: It sure is a shame, Batman. A restaurant with such terrific chow turning out to be a mere front for some criminal scheme.
Batman: Look at it this way, Robin. That $100 cover charge is pretty stiff. Penguin's "terrific chow" is hardly within the budget of the average worker.
Robin: Gosh yes, you're right, Batman. All the needy people in the world, all the hungry children.
Batman: Good thinking, Robin.

The Bird's Last Jest [2.28]

Chickadee [holding her umbrella-gun to Aunt Harriet's head]: Batman! Stop or I blow the lady's brains out! Batman!
[Alfred pops out of the giant pie and tries to wrestle the gun out of Chickadee's hands. Harriet smashes a vase on Chickadee's head, knocking her out]
Alfred: Well hit, madam!
[Harriet faints]

The Cat's Meow [2.29]

Dick: Sorry, I'm not interested in dance lessons.
Bruce: Wait a minute, Dick. The junior prom's coming up, isn't it?
Dick: Yes, but...
Bruce: Well, we don't want you to be a wallflower, do we? Dancing is an integral part of every young man's education.
Dick: Gosh Bruce, you're right.

Dick Grayson: [to Miss Klutz] Why, you're no dance teacher! You're Catwoman!

The Bat's Kow Tow [2.30]

[Batman and Robin are untying each other after escaping the echo chamber]
Robin: Wow! I think I'll be hard of hearing for a while!
Batman: What?!!
Batman: You'll have to speak louder, Robin! I think I'll be hard of hearing for a while!

The Puzzles Are Coming [2.31]

The Duo Is Slumming [2.32]

The Sandman Cometh [2.33]

The Catwoman Goeth [2.34]

The Contaminated Cowl [2.35]

The Mad Hatter: This phase of my career will never be over, until I have The Caped Crusader's cowl safely in my custody!

The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul [2.36]

The Zodiac Crimes' [2.37]

Venus: What's inside, Joker? $2000 is a lot of money!
Joker: Ah, this merchandise is worth $2000!
Penguin: It's worth $200,000, you cheapskate! At least you could have sent me a plane ticket!

Batman: They're going to flood to Gotham City Reservoir.
Penguin: We're going to flood the Gotham City Reservoir.

The Joker's Hard Times [2.38]

The Penguin Declines [2.39]

Joker: Get Penguin's clothes for him! Hurry!
Penguin: Get my clothes for me? I've got them on!
Joker: Oh, so you do! For a minute, I thought those were prison issue!
Penguin: Prison issue?! This sartorial triumph, a prison issue?!
Joker: Well, sometime I'll give you the name of my tailor!
Penguin: Sometime I'll give you a piece of my mind! Like right now!!

That Darn Catwoman [2.40]

Catwoman: Robin, get the money.
Batman: [entering from behind a curtain] Don't do it Robin! She's got you under the influence of some sort of drug, Robin.
Robin: Who's the character in the ridiculous costume?
Catwoman: [laughs] That's Batman.
Batman: You don't recognize me, Robin? What a dastardly turn of events this is.

Catwoman: Robin?
Robin: Yeah?
Catwoman: Slay the blue dragon.
Robin: Groovy.
Batman: Oh, no.
Robin: Oh, yes.

Scat, Darn Catwoman [2.41]

Penguin Is a Girl's Best Friend [2.42]

Penguin Sets a Trend [2.43]

Penguin's Disastrous End [2.44]

Batman's Anniversary [2.45]

Down: [after successfully robbing a flooded band and escaping the dynamic duo] Worked like a charm, Riddler!
Riddler: Why not? There's a difference between a batman and a frogman!! One quick stop and then lets go dry our money!!!
Batman: Only The Riddler and his ilk would have such a flagrant disregard for private property! This door will have to be repaired.

A Riddling Controversy [2.46]

Batman: I always imagined it would end differently, but yet less ignominiously. To drown in my own anniversary cake!
Riddler: How can you LAMEBRAINS play CARDS at a time like this?!!!

The Joker's Last Laugh [2.47]

The Joker's Epitaph [2.48]

Catwoman Goes to College [2.49]

Batman Displays His Knowledge [2.50]

Catwoman: I could give you more happiness than anyone in the world.
Batman: How do you propose to do that?
Catwoman: By being your partner in life, I mean it's me and you against the world.
Batman: What about Robin?
Catwoman: Hmmm. . . I know. We'll kill him.

Robin: (After Catwoman has just tried, unsuccessfully, to lure Batman with her feminine charms) Good job that love stuff doesn't work on me - I'm way too young for that sort of thing!

A Piece of the Action [2.51]

Kato: Kung fu is kung fu- it's not child's play.

Batman's Satisfaction [2.52]

Britt Reid: [aka the Green Hornet, referring to Batman] I wouldn't be caught dead in that crazy cowl of his.

Kato: I'm glad those guys are on our side even though they don't know it.

King Tut's Coup [2.53]

King Tut: If the Caped Crumb is here, the cowled creep can't be far behind.

Batman's Waterloo [2.54]

Lisa: Would you like to come in for a glass of milk and cookies?
Bruce: I'm afraid it's rather late. Why, it's 10:30!

Black Widow Strikes Again [2.55]

Batman: [to Black Widow] I never touch spirits. Have you some milk?

Caught in the Spider's Den [2.56]

Robin: [After the Black Widow has hypnotized Batman] Batman, I need you to sing a song! That way I can free you from the Black Widow's evil thrall!
Batman: Very well, Robin. I think a little Gilbert & Sullivan... [Picks up flower] I'm called Little... Buttercup... Poor Little... Buttercup... Though I could... never tell... why...

Pop Goes the Joker [2.57]

Flop Goes the Joker [2.58]

Ice Spy [2.59]

Commissioner Gordon: [to ChiefO'Hara] I'll call Batman on the red phone, you get Mr. Wayne on the other.

The Duo Defy [2.60]

Season 3

Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin [3.01]

Bruce Wayne: [As Dick prepares to take his first drive after obtaining his license] Remember, this is not the Batmobile.

Batman: It's Alfred's emergency belt buckle Batcall signal. He's in trouble.

Ring Around the Riddler [3.02]

Batgirl: What's up your sleeve this time?
Riddler: Up my sleeve, Batgirl? Riddle me once: what's most alluring when it's highest or lowest; when it's in the air or in a hole; when it's served you, yet you can't touch it? An enchanting ace!

Riddler: Riddle me this, Batman: what are the chilliest 12 inches in the world?
Batman: Cold feet!
Riddler: Excellent! What suite of cards lays eggs?
Batman: One that's chicken-hearted. Now listen to this, Riddler, sticks and stones may break my bones...
Riddler: Now you listen to me, Batman! My line is plugged into radio station GTZR! That means that all of Gotham City...[giggles]...has heard you called...[giggles]...a coward! [giggles full time]

The Wail of the Siren [3.03]

Batgirl, Batgirl!
Batgirl, Batgirl!
Where do you come from? Where do you go?
What is your scene? Baby, we just gotta know!

Batgirl, Batgirl!
Batgirl, Batgirl!
Are you a chick who fell in from outer space,
Or are you real with a tender warm embrace?
Yeah, whose baby are you?
Batgirl, Batgirl!
Batgirl, Batgirl!
Yeah, whose baby are you?
~ The Batgirl theme song

The Sport of Penguins [3.04]

A Horse of Another Color [3.05]

Batman [realizing that the Batmobile's seats were glued upon and now his buttocks were now glued onto them], Robin.

[Dick is excited about Waynebow, Bruce's prize-winning stallion.]
Dick: Bruce, let me ride Waynebow. I'm light enough.
Bruce: No, Dick, I couldn't allow my own ward to ride my own thoroughbred. People might think it was funny.

The Unkindest Tut of All [3.06]

King Tut: Let's make tracks!
Batgirl: [suddenly appearing] The only tracks you'll be making are straight to the penitentiary!

King Tut: Goodbye, Batgirl.
Batgirl: You're not going anywhere, Tut!
King Tut: [smiling] No, but you are...
[Shirley conks Batgirl on the head with the vase]
King Tut: to dreamland! For the 2nd time, let's make tracks!
[Batman and Robin suddenly appear]
Batman: The only tracks you'll be making are straight to the penitentiary!
King Tut: Some sort of delayed echo in here?

Louie the Lilac [3.07]

Louie's goon: You, uh, you somehow connected to Batman?
Batgirl: And speaking of connections, what happened to that phone beside you?

The Ogg and I [3.08]

How to Hatch a Dinosaur [3.09]

Robin: [about Batgirl] She's gone again! For once, Batman, let's follow her.
Batman: No, Robin. With my head sticking out of this neosaurus costume, I might not appear like an ordinary, run of the mill crimefighter.

Batman: You know your neosauruses well, Robin. Peanut butter sandwiches it is.

Surf's Up! Joker's Under! [3.10]

The Londinium Larcenies [3.11]

The Foggiest Notion [3.12]

The Bloody Tower [3.13]

Catwoman's Dressed to Kill [3.14]

Batgirl: And you, Catwoman are an even bigger fool than even I thought you were. We, who enforce the law, would gladly give our lives for it
Catwoman: Gag her, heroines are to be seen, not heard.

Catwoman: Let no one say that Catwoman is not the best-dressed woman in the world.
Batman: There are no fashion shows where you're going, Catwoman.
Robin: And how could a feline feloness like you also be a fashion model?
Batman: Ah-ah. Give credit where credit is due, Robin. She may be evil, but she is attractive. You'll know more about that in a couple of years.

The Ogg Couple [3.15]

Egghead: [smiling] Oh you could trust me, Batgirl
Batgirl: I'd as soon trust a snake with poison on both ends.

Olga: [to Egghead] You are a heartless, hairless man. I am liking you more and more.

The Funny Feline Felonies [3.16]

Joker: Let bygones be bygones. I'd like to shake hands with both of you. Can't we be friends?
Robin: I'd rather shake hands with a spitting cobra!
Batman: You're being cynical, Robin. To err is human, to forgive...divine.
Batman: [After being buzzed by Joker] Another...practical joke, Joker.
Joker: Not exactly Batman, it's my deadly joker buzzer, one by one your five senses will leave you. Then your lungs will collapse, and certainly you'll be KAPUT, FINI, DEFUNCT!

Joker: Sorry we can't stay for the big finish Batman, but I'll always treasure the memory of this moment.

The Joke's on Catwoman [3.17]

Batman: The mirror's broken Catwoman, and the last cat has crossed our path. From now on all the luck is with us.

Little Louie Grouvy: Those cats were the thieves: the chick with the swinging outfit, the CREEP with the green hair and those four clowns.

Louie's Lethal Lilac Time [3.18]

Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club [3.19]

Nora: [regarding Batgirl] Oh yes! I forgot about her. With a woman helping them, the Dynamic Duo could give us some trouble...

Nora: [holding a sharp pin to her Batgirl's neck] Alright girls, let's tie the Terrific Trio - into Terirrif Siamese Human Knots.

Penguin's Clean Sweep [3.20]

Penguin: You used a foul trick to murder those innocent fruit flies!
Batman: You murdered them, Penguin...when you let them out!

[Penguin snatches Chief O'Hara's pocket watch, but then O'Hara and everyone else gets up after pretending to be asleep]
Chief O'Hara: You won't be needin' a watch where you're going!
Penguin: Wha???
Chief O'Hara: You'll need a calendar - a 20-year calendar!
Penguin: This is impossible! You're all infected with Lygerian Sleeping Sickness!
Miss Clean: Oh, you see that's what happens, Pengy-poo, when you're sending off *flies* to do a *man's* job!
Robin: That's right, Pengy-poo! We're just sleepwalking!
Batgirl: What do you say to a little sleep-fighting, Robin?
Robin: Huh! Good idea, Batgirl!

The Great Escape [3.21]

Batgirl: [to Shane, after she, Batman, and Robin were sprayed with fear gas] Please don't hurt us kind sir!

The Great Train Robbery [3.22]

Fernando Ricardo Enrique Dominquez (or Fred): [After being criticized by Shame for his sophisticated speech] I stand chastised.
[Shame pulls a gun out of his hat and points it at Batman, but Batman kicks it out of his hand.]
Shame: No, Batman! I'm sorry! I'd never...never think to...
Batman: Boo!
Shame: [hysterical, grabs Batman by the leg] No, Batman! No!
Batman: Oh, for shame, Shame, Shame, Shame! You're no outlaw, you're a sham, Shame! Don't you ever grab my tights or pull on my leg again!

I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle [3.23]

Barbara: [lying on her bed talking to her pet parrot Charlie] It'd be a real joke on me Charlie, if Bruce Wayne indeed was Batman.

King Tut: Oh, the world is my oyster, and everyone will be bringing me sauce!!

The Joker's Flying Saucer [3.24]

Batman: It is the duty of every good citizen of Gotham City to report meeting a man from Mars in a public park.

Joker: I wanted to rule the world from Mars! I like the looks of that place!
[Batman and Robin suddenly appear]
Batman: Yes, I think you'd be more comfortable there at the moment, Joker.

The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra [3.25]

Dr. Cassandra: You'd better watch out. I've got your number, Batman.
[Batgirl appears]
Batgirl: What about me? Do you have my number too?
Dr. Cassandra: Other women's numbers don't interest me, Batgirl.
Batman: Glad to have you flanking us, Batgirl
Batgirl: I wouldn't miss it for anything!

[Robin looks at Batgirl.]
Robin: You know something, Batman?
Batman: What's that, Robin?
Robin: She looks very pretty when she's asleep.
Batman: I thought you might eventually notice that. That single statement indicates to me the first oncoming thrust of manhood, old chum.

Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires [3.26]

Robin: Persimmon pressurizer? Holy astringent plum-like fruit!

Robin: What happened to Batgirl?!
Batman: Who knows, Robin? Who ever knows?
[The last original scene of the series]

Unidentified episode

Batman: Better put 5 cents in the meter.
Robin: No policeman's going to give the Batmobile a ticket.
Batman: This money goes to building better roads. We all must do our part.

Robin: If we close our eyes, we can't see anything.
Batman: A sound observation, Robin.

Robin: How about rushing the place, Batman?
Batman: Shh. I think not, Robin. All they've done so far is stolen a few items, attempted to kill you, me, and Batgirl. No, I think they plan something really big.

Lisa: Would you like to come in for a glass of milk and cookies?
Bruce: I'm afraid it's rather late. Why, it's 10:30!

Dick: [reading in the library] Gosh, Bruce. That Genghis Khan was quite a guy.

Joker: Then, after I've gotten rid of Batman and Robin for good, I will rule the waves. Me, the Joker, king of the surf and all the surfers. Then, Gotham City! Later, the world!

O'Hara: I'm sorry, Batman. We would have gotten here sooner, but when Commissioner Gordon told me to go to the Museum, I assumed he meant the wax museum.
Batman: That's alright, Chief O'Hara. Anyone could have made the same mistake.

Gordon: I'm sure they won't find caviar on the menu at Gotham State Prison.
Batman: Probably not, but they will get a well-balanced diet thanks to Warden Crichton's emphasis on proper nutrition.

Gordon: Batman, you unscrambled that safe's combination in five seconds flat! How did you do it?
Batman: With my Bat-Five-Seconds-Flat-Combination-Unscrambler, Commissioner.

Robin: Let's go!
Batman: Not you, Robin. They have strict licensing laws in this country. A boy of your age is not allowed in a drinking tavern.

Dick Grayson: What's so important about Chopin?
Bruce Wayne: All music is important, Dick. It's the universal language. One of our best hopes for the eventual realization of the brotherhood of man.
Dick Grayson: Gosh Bruce, yes, you're right. I'll practice harder from now on.

Robin: You can't get away from Batman that easy!
Batman: Easily.
Robin: Easily.
Batman: Good grammar is essential, Robin.
Robin: Thank you.
Batman: You're welcome.

Robin: Boy! That was our closest call ever! I have to admit that I was pretty scared!
Batman: I wasn't scared in the least.
Robin: Not at all?
Batman: Haven't you noticed how we always escape the vicious ensnarements of our enemies?
Robin: Yeah, because we're smarter than they are!
Batman: I like to think it's because our hearts are pure.

Bruce: Yes, Dick, your bird calls are close to perfect. If more people practiced them, someday we might have a chance for real communication with our feathered friends."
Dick: In that case I think I'll polish up my ruby-crowned kinglet and my rose-breasted yellow-tailed grouse-beak calls.

Batman: [to Robin] When you get a little older, you'll see how easy it is to become lured by the female of the species.

Robin: I guess you can never trust a woman.
Batman: You've made a hasty generalization, Robin. It's a bad habit to get into.

Robin: That's an impossible shot, Batman.
Batman: That's a negative attitude, Robin.

Batman: The green button will turn the car a la izquierda o a la derecha.
Robin: To the left or right. Threw in a little Spanish on me, huh, Batman?
Batman: One should always keep abreast of foreign tongues, Robin.

Dick: Gosh, Economics is sure a dull subject.
Bruce: Oh, you must be jesting, Dick. Economics dull? The glamour, the romance of commerce... Hmm. It's the very lifeblood of our country's society.

Bruce: Don't dip your oar in this sordid sea, Dick. You might be besmirched.

Batman: That's one trouble with dual identities, Robin. Dual responsibilities.

Batman: In fact, Mr. Wayne is taking Mrs. Harriet Cooper, a devotee of Miss Glaze's, backstage before the performance to meet the dazzling star.
Robin: While Dick Grayson, I suppose, stays home and works on his essay on glaciers?
Batman: Right again, Robin.

Robin: To the batcave?
Batman: And up the batpoles.
Robin: The batpoles?
Batman: Even crimefighters need their sleep, Robin.

Robin: Picked up the seal pulsator yet, Batman?
Batman: We're still over land, Robin, and a seal is an aquatic, marine mammal.
Robin: Gosh, yes, Batman, I forgot.

Robin: Where'd you get a live fish, Batman?
Batman: The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.

Robin: Batman, maybe I should stay home tonight. Homework, you know.
Batman: I think you should acquire a taste for opera, Robin, as one does for poetry and olives.

Robin: [to Carpet King] You must be that gentleman I've read about. Aren't you a king or something?
Batman: Robin, England has no king now. England has a queen, and a great lady she is, too.

Robin: Gosh, Batman, this camel grass juice is great.
Batman: Beware of strong stimulants, Robin.

Batman: Robin, the Constitution provides that a man is innocent until proven guilty. And the Constitution is the cornerstone of our great nation. We must abide by it.
Robin: Gosh, when you put it that way...

Batman: Man-eating lilacs have no teeth, Robin. It's a process of ingestion through their tentacles.

Batman: [after cracking a safe] It's not difficult, if you have steady nerves and a good ear. Quality is destroyed by the tenor of criminal life.

Batman: An older head can't be put on younger shoulders.

Robin: Venus seemed like a nice girl in that costume.
Batman: I suspect she is a nice girl down deep, but she's fallen in with bad companions. And who knows what her home life was like?

Batman: Go back outside and calm the flower children.
Robin: They'll mob me!
Batman: Groovy.

Batman: Too many Bessarovian Cossacks around here, Robin. If I'd joined you in the fight, some of them may have been injured.

Bruce: Just because we're traveling, I don't think that Dick should neglect his studies, so we brought along one thousand key works of literature, his biological specimens, and also his own desk.
Dick: Yes, I expect to study hard.

Batman: You're far from mod, Robin. And many hippies are older than you are.

Superintendent Watson: Well, I think this calls for a cup of char at venerable Ireland Yard.
Robin: Char?
Batman: Yes, Robin, a colloquialism for tea.

Catwoman: Let no one say that Catwoman is not the best-dressed woman in the world.
Batman: There are no fashion shows where you're going, Catwoman.
Robin: And how could a feline feloness like you also be a fashion model?
Batman: Ah-ah. Give credit where credit is due, Robin. She may be evil, but she is attractive. You'll know more about that in a couple of years.

Robin: [about Catwoman] Do you think she'll kill Batgirl?
Batman: Or worse, Robin. Or worse.

Batman: Nobody wants war.
Robin: Gee, Batman. Belgravia's such a small country. We'd beat them in a few hours.
Batman: Yes, and then we'd have to support them for years.

Batman: What took you so long, Batgirl?
Batgirl: Rush hour traffic, plus all the lights were against me. And you wouldn't want me to speed, would you?
Robin: Your good driving habits almost cost us our lives!
Batman: Rules are rules, Robin. But you do have a point.

Batman: Cattail Lane and Nine Lives Alley. The Grimalkin Novelty Company is on that corner."
Robin: Grimalkin? What kind of a name is that?
Batman: An obscure but nevertheless acceptable synonym for cat, Robin.

Robin: [looking at Batgirl] You know something, Batman?
Batman: What's that, Robin?
Robin: She looks very pretty when she's asleep.
Batman: I thought you might eventually notice that. That single statement indicates to me the first oncoming thrust of manhood, old chum.

Robin: Gosh, if I could just figure out that riddle. Why can't I get it?
Batman: Maybe your mind's on that cute little teenager who waved to you on the way across town, eh?
Robin: Awww, come on, Batman.

Dick: Awww, heck! What's the use of learning French anyway?
Bruce: Dick, I'm surprised at you! Language is the key to world peace. If we all spoke each other's tongues, perhaps the scourge of war would be ended forever.
Dick: Gosh, Bruce, yes. I'll get these darn verbs if they kill me!

Robin: What do we do, tip off Commissioner Gordon?
Batman: No, not on your life, old man. The Penguin and I have a score to settle.

Dick: Wow! The rings of Saturn! This is sure some fun, Bruce.
Bruce: Astronomy is more than mere fun, Dick.
Dick: It is?
Bruce: Yes, it helps give us a sense of proportion. Reminds us how little we are, really. People tend to forget that sometimes.
Dick: Gosh yes, that's right. I'll bet I see those rings a little differently this time!

Robin: Gosh, there could be diplomatic repercussions if we fail this time, Batman.
Batman: That's not the point, Robin. What's important is that the world know that all visitors to these teeming shores are safe, be they peasant or king.
Robin: Gee, Batman, I never thought of that. You're right.
Batman: It's the very essence of our democracy.

Batman: [to Robin] Stop fiddling with that atomic pile and come down here!

Dick: Gosh, botany is tough. I'll never learn to recognize all these trees!
Bruce: Come come, Dick. Pine. Elm. Hickory, chestnut, maple. Part of our heritage is the lure of living things, the storybook of nature.
Dick: That's true, Bruce. I'll learn to read that book of nature yet!

Batman: Robin, you haven't fastened your safety bat-belt.
Robin: We're only going a couple of blocks.
Batman: It won't be long until you are old enough to get a driver's license, Robin, and you'll be able to drive the Batmobile and other vehicles. Remember motorist safety.
Robin: Gosh, Batman, when you put it that way..

Bruce: When we have more time, I'll acquaint you with the various processes of sculptoring. It's a fascinating art to which I have devoted many hours of study.
Dick: I sure would like to hear about it, Bruce.

Batman: [during a bat-climb] Careful, Robin. Both hands on the Bat-rope.
Robin: Sorry, Batman.

Robin: [about Lydia Limpet] Gosh, Batman, those look like honest eyes.
Batman: Never trust the old chestnut, 'Crooks have beady little eyes'. It's false.

Dick: I thought Lima was the capital of Equador.
Bruce: As you can see, I was right. It's the capital of Peru.
Aunt Harriet: Oh, I just love this game of capitals. It's just so educational!
Bruce: Not only that, if we don't know all about our friends to the south, how can we can carry out our good neighbor policy?

Dick: [working on a jigsaw puzzle] It's so much harder with the pieces upside down.
Bruce: Of course. Think of what excellent training it is for your visual memory.
Dick: Gosh yes, I guess that's true.

Batman: Human mechanisms are made by human hands, Robin. None of them is infallible. It is a lesson that must be faced.

Batman: That's life, Robin, full of ups and downs. It ill befits any of us to become to confident.

Batman: [about to cross the street] Remember Robin, always look both ways.

Robin: It sure is a shame, Batman. A restaurant with such terrific chow turning out to be a mere front for some criminal scheme.
Batman: Look at it this way, Robin. That $100 cover charge is pretty stiff. Penguin's 'terrific chow' is hardly within the budget of the average worker.
Robin: Gosh yes, you're right, Batman. All the needy people in the world, all the hungry children.
Batman: Good thinking, Robin.

Batman: Experience teaches slowly, Robin. And at a cost of many mistakes.

Batman: Remember the Boy Scouts' motto.
Robin: 'Be prepared'.
Batman: It would do well to keep that in mind at all times.

Robin: We better hurry, Batman.
Batman: Not too fast, Robin. In good bat-climbing, as in good driving, one must never sacrifice safety for speed.
Robin: Right again, Batman.

Batman: Tarnished reputations are unfortunate, Robin. We can live with those. However, a threat to all of Gotham City is something else.



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Genre action, comedy
Created by Bob Kane and
Bill Finger (characters)
William Dozier (series)
Starring Adam West
Burt Ward
Alan Napier
Neil Hamilton
Stafford Repp
Madge Blake
and Yvonne Craig (Season 3), Cesar Romero
Frank Gorshin
Julie Newmar
Burgess Meredith
Narrated by William Dozier
Opening theme Batman Theme by Neal Hefti
Composer(s) Nelson Riddle
Billy May
(incidental music)
Country of origin
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) William Dozier
Producer(s) Howie Horwitz
Running time 25 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run January 12, 1966March 14, 1968
Related shows Batman (spin-off)

Batman is a 1960s American television series, based on the DC comic book character Batman. It aired on the ABC ) network for two and a half seasons from 1966 to 1968. Even though it had was on shortly, the series had two new episodes each week, giving the show a total of 120 episodes (the equivalent of roughly five regular seasons).


  • Adam West - Batman/Bruce Wayne - A caped crusader whose parents were murdered when he was a child.
  • Burt Ward - Robin/Dick Grayson - Batman's faithful partner and "boy wonder".
  • Alan Napier - Alfred - Batman's loyal butler.
  • Neil Hamilton - Commissioner James Worthington Gordon - Gotham City Commissioner of Police.
  • Stafford Repp - Chief Miles O'Hara - Gotham City Chief of Police.
  • Madge Blake - Aunt Harriet Cooper - Dick Grayson's maternal aunt.
  • Yvonne Craig - Batgirl/Barbara Gordon - Commissioner Gordon's daughter and Batman's partner (Season 3).
  • Byron Keith - Mayor John Linseed - Mayor of Gotham City (recurring).
  • William Dozier - "Desmond Doomsday," the Narrator

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