Batman: Season 3 (1967 - 1968)

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Critic Consensus: Fierce females shook up the dynamic duo in the final season of Batman with plenty of technicolor "POW!"

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 14, 1967
2
Air date: Sep 21, 1967
3
Air date: Sep 28, 1967
4
Air date: Oct 5, 1967
5
Air date: Oct 12, 1967
6
Air date: Oct 19, 1967
7
Air date: Oct 26, 1967
8
Air date: Nov 2, 1967
9
Air date: Nov 9, 1967
10
Air date: Nov 16, 1967
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TV's iconic Dynamic Duo has been captured, along with a legion of abominable archenemies in a POW-erful collection.

Cast

Adam West
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Burt Ward
as Dick Grayson/Robin
Yvonne Craig
as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
Alan Napier
as Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton
as Police Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp
as Chief O'Hara
Cesar Romero
as The Joker
Burgess Meredith
as The Penguin
Rudy Vallee
as Lord Ffogg
Eartha Kitt
as Catwoman
Glynis Johns
as Lady Peasoup
Lyn Peters
as Prudence
Frank Gorshin
as The Riddler
Milton Berle
as Louie the Lilac
Joan Collins
as The Siren
Ethel Merman
as Lola Lasagne
Dina Merrill
as Calamity Jane
Gil Perkins
as Cauliflower
Alfred Dennis
as Omar Orloff
Sandy Kevin
as Giggler
Dorothy Kirsten
as Leonora Sotto Voce
Horace McMahon
as Glu Gluten
Hermione Baddeley
as Frontier Fanny
Bobby Hall
as Laugher
Stacy Maxwell
as Rosamond
Byron Keith
as Mayor Linseed
Herbert Anderson
as Racing Secretary
Pierre Salinger
as Lucky Pierre
Billy Corcoran
as Boy Scout
Barry Dennen
as "Fred" Dominguez
James O'Hara
as Policeman
Victor Lundin
as Chief Standing Pat
Brian Sullivan
as Fortissimo Fra Diavolo
James Lanphier
as Indian Man
Allen Emerson
as Photographer
Barbara Rush
as Nora Clavicle
Ida Lupino
as Dr. Cassandra
Pat Becker
as Technician
Ronald Long
as Karnaby Katz
Jon Lormer
as Professor Dactyl
Skip Ward
as Riptide
Ronald Knight
as Sassafras
Dirk Evans
as Angora
Joe E. Tata
as Suleiman the Great
Peggy Ann Garner
as Betsy Boldface
Angela Dorian
as Florence of Arabia
Jonathan Troy
as Rev. Hazlitt
John Dennis
as Saffron
Sivi Aberg
as Undine
Inga Neilsen
as Angelina
Ron Burke
as Wipeout
G. David Schine
as Floorwalker
Karl Lukas
as Acacia
Henny Youngman
as Manny the Mesopotamian
Yvonne Arnett
as Aphrodite
Jeff Burton
as Shamrock
Robert James Ramsey
as TV Announcer
Karen Huston
as Queen Bess
William Phillips
as Mint Supervisor
Kathleen Freeman
as Rosetta Stone
Tony Gardner
as Chartreuse
Bill Zuckert
as Prison Captain
Boyd Santell
as Security Guard
Ed Long
as Museum Guard
Larry Gelman
as Bank Manager
Jean Byron
as Mrs. Linseed
Jacques Bergerac
as Freddie the Fence
James Brolin
as Kid Gulliver
Joyce Lederer
as Girl Surfer
Skye Aubrey
as Primrose
Gerald Peters
as Attendant
Fritz Feld
as Prof. Greenleaf
Judy Parker
as Telephone Operator
Ginny Gan
as 1st Policewoman
Ellen Corby
as Mrs. Green
Howie Horwitz
as Customer
Eddie Durkin
as Mint Guard
Rhae Andrece
as 2nd Policewoman
George N. Neise
as Mr. Shubert
Alyce Andrece
as 3rd Policewoman
Richard Jury
as Bank Teller
John Vivyan
as Bank Director
Elizabeth Baur
as 4th Policewoman
David Galligan
as Teenage Boy
Pamela McMyler
as Teenage Girl
Len Felber
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Batman Season 3

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

The main thing this campy show is remembered for is the "Pow!" and "Bam!" graphics during fight scenes.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…
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Perhaps TV's first true triumph of style over substance.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, the show is decades old, and it certainly shows its age, but it's silly fun in a way the few other superhero shows before or since even attempted.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Batman '66 is not everything that's wrong with superheroes; it's everything that's right about superheroes.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

At a time when America was already slipping towards cultural, political, and social chaos, the Bright Knight Batman pointed out both how comical and yet reassuring such starkly defined positions can be.

Dec 19, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

To these hard-core comic book fans, the camp sensibility - the show's scripts were rife with double-entendres and played with the utmost sincerity - was a blight on the superhero's legacy.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Still, there's something so right about the tilt of West's jaw or the way he calls everybody "citizen."

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's real draw lay in its villains, a richly textured rogues gallery of 37 top-notch Hollywood character actors (and a few leading men and woman) who breathed outsize life into these outré creations.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Is there room for a show where candy-colored criminals leave elaborate clues to their crimes...? Humorless types will say no. To them, I say na. (Or, more accurately, "Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na.")

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's everything Susan Sontag loved and loathed about camp amalgamated into a half-hour lark.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Batman: Season 3

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.

Boy, this show got sexist in its final episodes.

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.

After two long seasons of this popular camp series, the network executives were already starting to lose interest. Thus, show producers were forced to shake things up a bit by introducing Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) into the mix, as well as going to primarily stand-alone episodes (not the cliffhanger-resolution formula previously utilized). Oddly enough, those two changes are not as terrible as some fans would have viewers believe. Instead, it was the dwindling budget and lack of network support that really killed this season (and show). Let's start with the good: While many people will have you believe that the series completely fell off the cliff during this final season, there are enough positive moments that still make it (at the very least) entertaining. Some of those include: -The introduction of Batgirl, who quickly becomes as iconic in the show as Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) themselves. She truly is a breath of fresh air into the show. -The half-hour format isn't as big of a failure as often perceived. One must remember that the show was never going to be as spot-on as it was in the incredible First Season. The iconic image of Batman and Robin escaping impossible situations will always have its place. After that, though, there were many episodes in the Second Season that dragged on and on over two episodes. They could easily have been one-part jobs. So, this season's primarily half-hour standalones aren't a terrible idea...clearing away some of the chaff, if you will. It needed to be done. -Personally, I liked the over-the-top episodes featuring a boxing Riddler (Frank Gorshin) & a surfing Joker (Caesar Romero). Goofy? Yes. But I have always thought they were fun and not in bad taste or anything. -Louie The Lilac (Milton Berle), at least in his first appearance, is a pretty good guest villain, with the episode featuring a "flower power" theme in keeping with 1960s culture at the time. -A three-parter where the Terrific Trio head overseas to "Londinium" to tangle with Lord Ffogg (Rudy Vallee) & Lady Penelope Peasoup (Glynis Johns). -The sight of the "Pied Pipers of Gotham" leading an army of bomb-infused mechanical mice to their doom. One of the funniest bits of the entire show! -King Tut (Victor Buono) crashing into the Batcave and discovering the duo's true identities (before being brained again, of course). The problem, however, is that despite those high parts, the show was absolutely hemorrhaging money. THAT was the real problem of the show...not bad writing or creativity. For most of the season, it is obvious that all the "villain sets" are housed on a single stage with just blank backgrounds. Each week was more about just "shuffling around the furniture", and even the fun "bat-climbs" disappear when you can't project the illusion of the villains being in a high environment. In one episode, there is even a bat-fight filmed completely in the dark. The writers do a pretty good job (as best they can) of making it seem viable, but it is clearly only happening because the show was so short on budget. Another terrible weakness of this season is that the villain choices are quite suspect. Again, this is likely because the show wasn't really being supported by the network anyone, so the once seemingly unending well of guest actors clamoring to appear on the show had gone dry. As a result... -Olga (Anne Baxter), her Cossacks, & Egghead (Vincent Price) are used FAR too often. Each pairing of theirs (three in total) is dreadfully boring. -Louie the Lilac is brought back for a second time in a horrible episode. He should have been a one-and-done appearance. -Shame (Cliff Robertson) coming back for two episodes is much of the same. More schlock filler. -The final episode (featuring Zsa Zsa Gabor), which is a real travesty. It's too bad the show wasn't at least given enough respect to leave with a big finale or even an exciting episode. Instead, it limps to the finish with one of the worst half hours in show history. So, by today's standards, the conclusion of "Batman" was either a complete failure (at worst), or a middling change-up (at best). However, being realistic, there probably was no other way for a show like this to come to a close in the 1960s. That was a time when television was still a very young medium, and the prevailing wisdom was to find a commodity and ride it until the wheels came off. That is EXACTLY what ABC did with Batman. Obviously, this show was going to run out of steam eventually, so the network rode the wave of prosperity and then unceremoniously dumped it when the tides calmed. Back then, very little thought was given to "artistic merit"...it was strictly about budgets/ratings. To conclude, I'll mostly always remember this final effort for the introduction of Batgirl, which really did energize the show for a time. It had its ups (a few) and downs (quite a few), but it isn't as "rock bottom" as many believe. The writers never gave up, the creativity is still present, but the dwindling network support and budget restrictions really handcuffed the proceedings. Simply put, the show-runners could not live up to previous standards with less resources at their disposal.

I like Batman Robin & Batgirl

The stars say it all. Balla out.

This a great show. It is very funny

Its sense of humor and witty sense brought me to love batman even more seeing a comical aspect of him.

The final 26 episodes and the first and last season to feature Batgirl.

Gleefully campy and featuring hilarious deadpan performances from the excellent cast Batman isn't for everyone but if you call yourself a true Batman fan you'll defiantly have to check this out.

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