Batman: Season 1 (1966)

SEASON:

Season 1
Batman

Critics Consensus

Once derided for its camp, Adam West's Batman is now lauded as a timeless satire of the comics canon.

95%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 19

78%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 47
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 12, 1966
2
Air date: Jan 13, 1966
3
Air date: Jan 19, 1966
4
Air date: Jan 20, 1966
5
Air date: Jan 26, 1966
6
Air date: Jan 27, 1966
7
Air date: Feb 2, 1966
8
Air date: Feb 3, 1966
9
Air date: Feb 9, 1966
10
Air date: Feb 10, 1966
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Tv Season Info

The entire first season, complete with cliffhangers, Bat-gadgets and alter egos, is captured here, including an episode guide to all the pop culture and adventure.

Cast

Adam West
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Burt Ward
as Dick Grayson/Robin
Neil Hamilton
as Police Commissioner Gordon
Alan Napier
as Alfred Pennyworth
Madge Blake
as Aunt Harriet Cooper
Stafford Repp
as Chief O'Hara
Cesar Romero
as The Joker
Frank Gorshin
as The Riddler
Burgess Meredith
as The Penguin
George Sanders
as Mr. Freeze
Anne Baxter
as Zelda the Great
David Wayne
as Jervis Tetch - The Mad Hatter
Roddy McDowall
as The Bookworm
Malachi Throne
as False-Face
Susan Silo
as Mousey
Ziva Rodann
as Nefertiti
Jack Kruschen
as Eivol Ekdal
Julie Gregg
as Finella
Leslie Parrish
as Dawn Robbins
Shelby Grant
as Princess Sandra
Kathleen Crowley
as Sophia Starr
Jonathan Hale
as Museum Attendant
Don 'Red' Barry
as Grand Vizier
Victor Lundin
as Octopuss
Don Barry
as Grand Vizier
Dan Seymour
as Maharajah
Frank Christi
as Royal Scrivener
Walter Woolf King
as Theatre Manager
Guy Way
as Nippy
Greg Benedict
as Two-Bits
Harry Holcomb
as Mr. Andrews
Tol Avery
as Mr. Belmont
Michael Fox
as Inspector Basch
John Crawford
as Printers Devil
Merritt Bohn
as Assistant Warden
Tim Herbert
as Whiskers
George Conrad
as Turkey Bowinkle
Bryan O'Byrne
as Schoolfield
Angela Greene
as Mrs. Belmont
Louie Elias
as Swordfish
Dan Tobin
as Mr. Jay
Dick Curtis
as The Inebriate
Chuck Fox
as Thin Man
Damian O'Flynn
as Gideon Peale
Sandra Wells
as Babette
Hope Sansberry
as Mrs. Van Climber
Jan Peters
as Typesetter
Ann Ayars
as Madame Soleil
Bill Quinn
as Board Member
David Lewis
as Warden Crichton
Elizabeth Harrower
as Miss Prentice
Tony Aiello
as Pressman
Ben Astar
as Moldavian Prime Minister
A. Ben Astar
as Moldavian Prime Minister
Robert Hogan
as Paul Diamante
Norm Alden
as Lookout
Ralph Montgomery
as Silver Shop Manager
Theodore Marcuse
as Von Bloheim
Frank Wilcox
as Millionaire
Joy Harmon
as Julia Davis
Lisa Mitchell
as Miss Nature Resources
William O'Connell
as Mr. Perkins
Jack Barry
as The Newscaster
Cherie Foster
as Cheerleader I
Douglas Bank
as Lt. Copple
Jim O'Hara
as Sergeant
Bob Legionaire
as Sporting Goods Manager
Linda Harrison
as Cheerleader II
Bill Welsh
as Newsman
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Monteagle
Ann Reece
as Beauty
Tris Coffin
as Ambassador
Sydney Smith
as Vandergilt
Bill Williams
as Multimillionaire
Judy Pace
as Cashier
John Ward
as Citizen
John Hubbard
as Maitre D'
Donna Di Martino
as Third Girl
Marvin Miller
as TV Announcer
Joan Parker
as Fourth Girl
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Critic Reviews for Batman Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

If you've never seen the original by Bill Dozier -- who took Bob Kane's greatest-comic-hero-ever and turned him into a figure of joy and mirth, with a wonderful cast in support -- then you have not lived a full or productive life.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is now considered as fun and smart as it was originally meant to be... This show has aged wonderfully.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

However, taken on its own terms, Batman is a very fun and entertaining show.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Without Adam West's Batman, you might have never heard of the character at all.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

On its own, Batman still offers an otherworldly perspective on a popular character now synonymous with fear and intimidation.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

This hysterical and culturally significant series could be a terrifically fun binge to indulge in over the course of a weekend.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Batman itself has the swingiest, jazziest soundtrack this side of Peter Gunn.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Chemically pure, as direct a translation as is humanly possible.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has unfairly endured a legacy of shame.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The show that launched a thousand double entendres.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Remains a hugely entertaining, tongue-in-cheek romp.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Dozier's unimaginative stories and formulaic repetition ground Batman into the dirt almost immediately.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Batman: Season 1

  • Oct 03, 2019
    An iconic show and a classic
  • Oct 08, 2018
    Completely ridiculous, a terrible representation not only of Batman, but like all other characters (such as Robin, Joker, Riddler or Catwoman); The villains are without any motivation, the story is simply awful, the wardrobe is horrible and even the performance is terrible. Of course we have to excuse the creators of the series, since it is very old, but even so can not be said to be a good series. I do not recommend anything, in the 60's people should prefer the comic book than the series.
  • Oct 01, 2017
    To the unsuspecting public, and Police, they are Bruce Wayne, billionaire, and Dick Grayson, his nephew. However, to Alfred, their butler, they are Batman and Robin, scourge of Gotham City's criminals. Whenever the Police encounter a crime they cannot solve or criminal they cannot apprehend, it's Batman they turn to. With the current incarnations of Batman all portraying him as a dark, shadowy, troubled, intense character it's difficult to comprehend that Batman was originally a fun, almost light-hearted series. This series reminds us of those times. Good fun, with some decent humour. Sometimes I don't think the writers were trying to be funny, it's just that the scripts are so loose some things just come out that way, especially when viewed with a 21st century lens. The novelty and originality does wear off though, resulting in the plots being quite formulaic after a while. Another negative is Burt Ward as Robin / Dick Grayson - I found his "Holy (whatever)" shtick quite over-the-top and irritating from the start.
  • Jun 16, 2017
    Filled with loads of cliffhangers, fun and excitement, Batman is at his undisputed terrific peak in this TV series.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    As a child, Batman episodes were such a part of my life that I quite literally wore out some VHS tapes watching and re-watching them. It didn't matter how many times I had seen them...they still captivated me every single viewing. The funny thing was, once the magnetic heads on those tapes did wear out, for many, many years there was no way to view this show save for the rare TV re-run. When I heard that the show was FINALLY going to be released in a purchasable, I was absolutely overjoyed! After watching this first season, I wasn't let down in the slightest. The great (magically, really) thing about the 1960's Batman episodes is that they are just as entertaining when viewed as an adult as when I was watching on tube TVs where I had to get up to change the channel. As a kid, I took everything as seriously as possibly. Batman was my hero, I wanted to BE Robin, and I allowed myself to get swept away in their colorful, brash, over-the-top adventures. As an adult, nothing is taken seriously whatsoever (save for the usually great acting). I roar in laughter at the campy nature of the proceedings, the ridiculous traps to be escaped from, and the cringe-worthy dialogue made to be exactly that. It truly is a show that can cross the generation gap. In this first season, the main villains of the show are introduced, including... -Riddler (Frank Gorshin) -Joker (Cesar Romero) -Penguin (Burgess Meredith) -Catwoman (Julie Newmar) -King Tut (Victor Buono) These are the core villains (King Tut to a slightly lesser extent) that the show dips into multiple times for villain appearances. Every single episode they appear in is great in this first season. No duds in the bunch. Of course, another part of "Batman's" appeal is its liberal use of other guest stars as villains. Since I've seen the entire complement of the show's episodes, I can tell you that in this season the guest villains are better than any other... -Zelda the Great (Anne Baxter); one of the most underrated episodes of the entire show. -Mr. Freeze (George Sanders); easily the best Freeze actor of the show's run. -Mad Hatter (David Wayne) -False Face (Malachi Throne); a case can be made for this episode being THE BEST in show history. -Bookworm (Roddy McDowell) Pound for pound, this season contains the best complement of episodes overall. "Batmania" was running high and the show could seemingly do no wrong. By and large, there are few items of media that I care to own for the long haul. Usually, one watch and it's back on the market. With these "Batman" episodes, though, they will become a permanent part of my collection. It's been a long time coming!
  • Aug 28, 2016
    Holy rotten tomatoes Batman! Best show in Ballas history of the television system right here. Great story, great actors, great fun. This right here is a staple in society. Balla out.
  • Aug 27, 2016
    A get show. Very funny see it.
  • Feb 18, 2016
    Chose an oldie for nostalgic reasons; wish maybe I hadn't. 20+ years ago, the original Batman series was my daily staple. I absolutely LOVED it. That was then, when I was maybe 10, 12 years old. Watching it now, it's bad. It's comedy gold bad. And it was hard getting through the LONG (35 episode?) first season. It was still fun in a bit campy a way, but there's no way even today's youth could get into this show. Let's see if the POW!s and BIFF! and ZLONKS! get better for season two, but I'll be taking a Breaking Bad break before I get Batman back underway.
  • Feb 15, 2015
    The Batmania starts here!
  • Dec 20, 2014
    The debut season sets up what is to come later in the series. Some of the villains include Riddler, Pengin, Joker, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bookworm and King Tut.

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