DISCOVER--the one-shot Batman villains from the 1960s TV series

The wonderful Batman TV series of the 1960s was best known for its crazy roster of colourful adversaries, including the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, the Catwoman, Egghead, and King Tut. But apart from unfunny lame-o's like Shame and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, who both appeared twice, there were also a handful of variable one-offs who only appeared the once. Here are the "forgotten" Batman bad guys (and bad girls).
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1.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Zelda the Great (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo arranges a trap for an elusive annual bank robber, but the female magician they are hunting is on to them with a new scheme of her own. (25 mins.)
“ Anne Baxter would return to the series, but as Egghead's ally Olga in the third season. The series' first dud. ” - jonabbott56
 
2.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: True or False Face (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
False Face traps Batman and Robin, and binding them to a subway track just minutes before a train is scheduled to come by. (25 mins.)
“ Silly master-of-disguise story not properly thought-out. Malachi Throne guests under a dime-store mask. ” - jonabbott56
 
3.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Bookworm Turns (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Commissioner Gordon appears to have been assassinated during the opening of a new bridge. A copy of... (25 mins.)
“ Roddy McDowall is surprisingly low-key in a great outfit with a reading lamp on the hat. ” - jonabbott56
 
4.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Shoot a Crooked Arrow (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Archer and his gang have come to Gotham City, winning the public's favor with their Robin Hood style... (25 mins.)
“ Art Carney opens the second season in a heavy-handed Robin Hood parody that probably did much to slow the series' momentum. ” - jonabbott56
 
5.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Minstrel's Shakedown (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Minstrel, a villain with both musical talent and electronic ingenuity, is wrecking havoc with the... (25 mins.)
“ Van Johnson slows the series to a crawl every time he starts to sing... ” - jonabbott56
 
6.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Ma Parker (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Now in charge of the Gotham State Pen, Ma Parker and her jailhouse full of criminal cohorts use it as their base of operations... (25 mins.)
“ Shelley Winters is a hoot as a send-up of the infamous 1930s criminal Ma Barker that she would later portray for Roger Corman in Bloody Mama. ” - jonabbott56
 
7.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After a robbery aided by a rigged timepiece, Batman and Robin deduce the Clock King must be in Gotham City... (25 mins.)
“ Walter Slezak is amusing as the Clock King, but there certainly wasn't a second story in him. ” - jonabbott56
 
8.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Devil's Fingers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Chandell, the musical virtuoso, visits Gotham City for a piano concert. But unknown to the public, Chandell... (25 mins.)
“ Liberace is great fun in one of the series' funniest, and of course campest, episodes. Edy Williams, Siv Aberg and James Milhollin co-star. ” - jonabbott56
 
9.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Puzzles Are Coming (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Puzzler, a villain with a fondness for both Shakespeare and aviation, indicates he is after the fortunes of Artemus Knab... (25 mins.)
“ When Frank Gorshin was unavailable, Maurice Evans was drafted in as the Puzzler. ” - jonabbott56
 
10.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Sandman Cometh (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Catwoman and the Sandman have teamed up, and they're after the fortunes of J. Pauline Spaghetti, a rich insomniac... (25 mins.)
“ Writer Ellis St. Joseph was deeply upset when his Sandman script was rewritten to co-star the Catwoman. It was still fun. Michael Rennie was the Sandman. ” - jonabbott56
 
11.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: A Piece of the Action (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Green Hornet and Kato are in Gotham City to bust a counterfeiting stamp ring. Believed to be arch-criminals by nearly everyone... (25 mins.)
“ Roger C. Carmel is great fun as evil philatelist Colonel Gumm, and the Green Hornet and Kato guest-star with Diane McBain. ” - jonabbott56
 
12.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Black Widow uses her cerebrum short-circuiting device to rob bank after bank in Gotham City. Batman and Robin soon catch up with her... (25 mins.)
“ Tallulah Bankhead is amusing as an evil, aged seducer in what was to be her final role. Great spider-web themed set. ” - jonabbott56
 
13.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Wail of the Siren (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Lorelei Circe, aka The Siren, launches a two part plan to become the richest and wickedest woman in Gotham City... (25 mins.)
“ Joan Collins guests as yet another in the series' endless run of wicked seductresses, the favoured role of women in this series. ” - jonabbott56
 
14.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Londinium Larcenies (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Commissioner Gordon travels across the channel to Londinium by request of the President to assist in a spree of baffling burglaries... (25 mins.)
“ Rudy Vallee and Glynis Johns guest as Lord Pfogg and Lady Peasoup in this lame swingin' London three-parter. ” - jonabbott56
 
15.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Nora Clavicle, a women's rights activist, uses her influence to have Commissioner Gordon, Chief O'Hara... (25 mins.)
“ Embarrassingly dated rubbish about a feminine take-over of the city's power structure. The women are deposed with the aid of clockwork mice. The lovely Barbara Rush guests. ” - jonabbott56
 
16.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dr. Cassandra and her husband Cabala are behind a string of invisible robberies, thanks to their camouflage pills... (25 mins.)
“ Another embarrassment, this time for guests Ida Lupino and Howard Duff, who have to spout ludicrous hipster dialogue out of context. ” - jonabbott56
 
17.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Minerva has been using her "Deepest Secret Extractor," disguised as a piece of equipment at her mineral spa... (25 mins.)
“ Zsa Zsa Gabor guested in the final episode, which recycled a plot from producer William Dozier's Green Hornet series about brainwashing in a beauty salon.


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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World,
and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

See his Amazon author's page, and his other lists on the IMDB, all under the pre-fix DISCOVER. ” - jonabbott56