Batman: Season 1 (1966)

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Season 1
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Once derided for its camp, Adam West's Batman is now lauded as a timeless satire of the comics canon.

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Critic Ratings: 19

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User Ratings: 58

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 12, 1966

Part 1. Batman and Robin head for Gotham City to battle against the Riddler (Frank Gorshin). Molly: Jill St. John. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Gordon: Neil Hamilton. Alfred: Alan Napier. O'Hara: Stafford Repp. Harriet: Madge Blake.

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Air date: Jan 13, 1966

Conclusion. The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) uses Robin to bait a trap for Batman (Adam West). Gordon: Neil Hamilton. Molly: Jill St. John. Alfred: Alan Napier.

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Air date: Jan 19, 1966

Part 1. Batman and Robin learn that their avian adversary---the Penguin---is menacing the city of Gotham. Penguin: Burgess Meredith. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Sparrow: Walter Burke. Hawkeye: Lewis Charles. Gordon: Neil Hamilton.

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Air date: Jan 20, 1966

Conclusion. The Penguin tries to put his evil master plan into operation. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Dawn: Leslie Parrish. Mr. Jay: Dan Tobin.

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Air date: Jan 26, 1966

Part 1. The Joker plans to capture Batman and Robin---and publicly reveal their true identities. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Warden: David Lewis. Gordon: Neil Hamilton.

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Air date: Jan 27, 1966

Conclusion. The Joker turns Gotham's citizens against the Dynamic Duo. Joker: Cesar Romero. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Warden: David Lewis.

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Air date: Feb 2, 1966

Part 1. Gotham is menaced by the cold-blooded Mr. Freeze. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Paul: Robert Hogan. Gordon: Neil Hamilton.

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Air date: Feb 3, 1966

Conclusion. The diamond-thieving Mr. Freeze kidnaps a baseball star. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward. Sandra: Shelby Grant. Paul: Robert Hogan.

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Air date: Feb 9, 1966

Part 1. Batman and Robin encounter a magician-turned-jewel thief (Anne Baxter). Eivol: Jack Kruschen. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward.

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Air date: Feb 10, 1966

Conclusion. Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon go on TV to save Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake). Gordon: Neil Hamilton. Batman: Adam West. Robin: Burt Ward.

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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.

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…
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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…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Audience Reviews for Batman: Season 1

  • Oct 04, 2020
    This is so AWSOME i mean come on its the 60s
  • Jul 25, 2020
    Somehow the series is entertaining as a straight action series for kids and a parody for the rest of us. It still has some of the best versions of the characters ever.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    "POW!" "BANG!" This show has great acting and fun, silly writing. It is one of the best shows I've watched. I honestly love it!
  • Oct 03, 2019
    An iconic show and a classic
  • 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.

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