The producers at ABC had wanted to try something different. Since Superman had been a fairly popular show, they decided to add another comic character to the TV line-up. They decided to go with Batman. Wanting to make it different, they added a campy feel to the show so it would appeal to both kids and adults. They didn't know exactly what to expect from their test audience they played a few scenes that had been recorded (weeks before the actual airing of the first show came). The results? Well, it's not what you would expect. The results were poor by their standards. ABC decided to go with it anyway, aside from the results. They'd later find out they made a wise choice.

Many promotions were made starting a few weeks before the show was going to be seen by the public's eyes. The show had been played up, and much of the public wanted to see it just because of all the hype--who would want to miss something that your friends were going to be talking about at school the next day? The first episode aired on Wednesday, January 12, 1966. The title of it was "Hey Diddle Riddle" starring Frank Gorshin as The Riddler was to decide the fate of the show itself. It was an instant hit, the kids loved the BAM! POW! and the bright colors, while adults liked the special guest appearances. Bat-mania swept the country in the weeks following, anything that could be made with "Batman" somehow promoting it was. Batman, the movie, came out later in 1966, although it was originally slated to come out before the first episode of the TV show. The movie was also a huge success.

As the season rolled by, the show had lost some of its ratings, and ABC decided they'd better introduce a new character to gain the public's interest once again. They decided that character would be Batgirl. Still though, the ratings just weren't good enough. Eventually the public tired of the same plots. Villains steal or kidnap; Batman and Robin alerted and meet in Commissioner's office; villain slips up; Batman and Robin catch the villain who's taken away to jail. On March 14, 1968, the last episode "Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires" aired, with Batman and Robin ending up in a giant pressure cooker.

Episode Info

Final: 3x26 -- Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (Mar/14/1968)

Minerva, owner of the Gotham mineral springs which caters to the rich and famous, uses her Deepest Secret Extractor to find out the millionaires' deep, dark secrets. While working on Bruce Wayne, she gets him to reveal the combination of the family vault.
Adam WestAdam West
As Bruce Wayne/Batman
Adam WestAdam West
As Bruce Wayne/Batman
Burt WardBurt Ward
As Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder
Burt WardBurt Ward
As Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder
Alan NapierAlan Napier
As Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton (1)Neil Hamilton (1)
As Commissioner James W. Gordon
Neil Hamilton (1)Neil Hamilton (1)
As Commissioner James W. Gordon
Madge BlakeMadge Blake
As Aunt Harriet Cooper (S01-S02)
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Chief O'Hara
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Chief O'Hara

2x6: Barbecued Batman? (2) recap: As the heat beneath the turn-spit grows hotter and the Caped Crusaders roast, while the Minstrel serenades them. Out in the hallway, the explosive darts that Batman planted earlier go off and the Minstrel and his men rush to investigate. Once they're alone, Batman and Robin shake the pole loose and slide off the end. Meanwhile, the Minstrel realizes that he's been tracked and runs back down to his basement lair. Batman and Robin attack the villain and his henchmen from ambush. The Minstrel makes a hasty escape, sealing the door off behind him with an electrical charge, and then transmits a broadcast of a new song promising to come back when he has the upper hand... read more.

1x28: The Pharaoh's in a Rut (2) recap: Bruce, strapped to the gurney, bursts through the construction signs and heads for the cliff. He manages to free himself and grab the barrier rail just in time as the gurney plummets off the cliff... read more.

1x27: The Curse of Tut (1) recap: In Gotham Central Park, men wearing golden Egyptan unload a golden statue of a jackal god. They then push it out of the woods, startling the citizens of Gotham. As everyone gathers, a woman speaks through the statue, telling them that the great king Tut shall rise from the tomb and claim Gotham City as his own... read more.

Executive Producer: William Dozier
Producer: Howie Horwitz, William Dozier
Associate Producer: William P. D'Angelo
Unit Production Manager: Sam Strangis
Music: Warren Barker, Billy May, Nelson Riddle
Music Supervisor: Lionel Newman
Set Decorator: Bert Allen, Robert De Vestel

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Recurring Guests

Cesar Romero as The Joker (29 eps)
Burgess Meredith as The Penguin (29 eps)
Julie Newmar as Catwoman (23 eps)
James O'Hara as Police Sergeant (18 eps)
David Lewis (3) as Warden Crichton (18 eps)
Byron Keith as Mayor Linseed (13 eps)
Frank Gorshin as The Riddler (13 eps)
Victor Buono as King Tut (10 eps)
Larry Anthony as Bolt (9 eps)
Joe E. Tata as Tallow (9 eps)

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Network: ABC ( USA)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Comedy, Super Heroes
Status: Canceled/Ended
Airs: Wednesdays, Thursdays at 07:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 12, 1966
Ended: March 14, 1968
Batman Theme by Neal Hefti  
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