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Release Date:
12 January 1966 (USA) See more »
The Caped Crusader battles evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s parody of the comic book hero's exploits. Full summary »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Brilliant and silly at the same time See more (71 total) »


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Adam West ... Batman / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)

Burt Ward ... Dick Grayson / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)

Alan Napier ... Alfred / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)

Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon (120 episodes, 1966-1968)

Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
William Dozier ... Narrator / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Madge Blake ... Aunt Harriet Cooper / ... (96 episodes, 1966-1967)

Series Directed by
Oscar Rudolph (37 episodes, 1966-1968)
James B. Clark (15 episodes, 1966-1967)
George Waggner (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Sam Strangis (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert Butler (6 episodes, 1966)
Murray Golden (6 episodes, 1966)
Larry Peerce (6 episodes, 1966)
Norman Foster (4 episodes, 1966)
Tom Gries (4 episodes, 1966)
Charles R. Rondeau (4 episodes, 1966)
Don Weis (4 episodes, 1966)
William A. Graham (2 episodes, 1966)
Jeffrey Hayden (2 episodes, 1966)
Sherman Marks (2 episodes, 1966)
Leslie H. Martinson (2 episodes, 1966)
James Neilson (2 episodes, 1966)
Richard C. Sarafian (2 episodes, 1966)
James Sheldon (2 episodes, 1966)
Robert Sparr (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Writing credits
William Dozier (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Bill Finger (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Bob Kane (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Jerry Robinson (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Edmond Hamilton (118 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sheldon Moldoff (83 episodes, 1966-1967)
Stanley Ralph Ross (27 episodes, 1966-1968)
Charles Hoffman (22 episodes, 1966-1968)
Stanford Sherman (18 episodes, 1966-1968)
Dick Sprang (12 episodes, 1966-1968)
David Wood (6 episodes, 1966-1967)
Stephen Kandel (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Earl Barret (4 episodes, 1966)
Francis M. Cockrell (4 episodes, 1966)
Marian B. Cockrell (4 episodes, 1966)
Fred De Gorter (4 episodes, 1966)
Robert C. Dennis (4 episodes, 1966)
Max Hodge (4 episodes, 1966)
France Herron (3 episodes, 1966)
Elkan Allan (3 episodes, 1967)
John Cardwell (2 episodes, 1966)
Richard Carr (2 episodes, 1966)
Robert Dozier (2 episodes, 1966)
Lee Elias (2 episodes, 1966)
Lee Orgel (2 episodes, 1966)
Jack Paritz (2 episodes, 1966)
Bob Rodgers (2 episodes, 1966)
Edwin Self (2 episodes, 1966)
Jerry Siegel (2 episodes, 1966)
John Sikela (2 episodes, 1966)
Charles Sinclair (2 episodes, 1966)
Henry Slesar (2 episodes, 1966)
Ellis St. Joseph (2 episodes, 1966)
Sheldon Stark (2 episodes, 1966)
Jay Thompson (2 episodes, 1966)
Hendrik Vollaerts (2 episodes, 1966)
William P. D'Angelo (2 episodes, 1967)
Robert Mintz (2 episodes, 1967)
Peter Rabe (2 episodes, 1967)
Leo Townsend (2 episodes, 1967)
Pauline Townsend (2 episodes, 1967)

Series Produced by
William Dozier .... executive producer (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
William P. D'Angelo .... associate producer (118 episodes, 1966-1968)
Howie Horwitz .... producer (118 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Original Music by
Nelson Riddle (93 episodes, 1966-1967)
Billy May (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Warren Barker (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (58 episodes, 1966-1967)
Meredith M. Nicholson (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Charles Straumer (13 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ralph Woolsey (10 episodes, 1966)
Jack A. Marta (7 episodes, 1966)
Sam Leavitt (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Film Editing by
Hugh Chaloupka (33 episodes, 1966-1968)
Homer Powell (27 episodes, 1966-1967)
J. Frank O'Neill (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
James Blakeley (12 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ronald J. Fagan (10 episodes, 1966)
Bill Murphy (7 episodes, 1966-1967)
Byron Chudnow (5 episodes, 1966)
Newell P. Kimlin (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Harry Coswick (3 episodes, 1966)
Leon Selditz (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Serge Krizman (84 episodes, 1966-1967)
Frank T. Smith (13 episodes, 1967-1968)
Russell C. Menzer (11 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jack T. Collis (10 episodes, 1966)
Franz Bachelin (2 episodes, 1966)
Ed Graves (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Chester Bayhi (80 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bert Allen (15 episodes, 1967)
Warren Welch (14 episodes, 1966)
Robert De Vestel (13 episodes, 1967-1968)
Joseph Reith (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Costume Design by
Pat Barto (117 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist supervisor (94 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ben Nye .... makeup supervisor (94 episodes, 1966-1967)
Dana Nye .... assistant makeup artist (68 episodes, 1966)
Series Production Management
William Self .... in charge of production: Twentieth Century Fox Television Inc. (118 episodes, 1966-1968)
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (118 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sam Strangis .... unit production manager (110 episodes, 1966-1968)
James Blakeley .... post-production supervisor (94 episodes, 1966-1967)
Gaston Glass .... production manager (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Derwin .... assistant director (42 episodes, 1966-1967)
David Whorf .... assistant director (28 episodes, 1966-1968)
Maxwell O. Henry .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jack Barry .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1966)
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1966-1968)
Steven Bernhardt .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1967)
Robert G. Stone .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1966)
Norman August .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1966)
Sam Strangis .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (6 episodes, 1966)
Series Sound Department
Ralph Hickey .... supervising sound effects editor (94 episodes, 1966-1967)
Harold E. Wooley .... sound effects editor (94 episodes, 1966-1967)
Dan Finnerty .... sound effects editor (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 1967)
Series Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
Series Stunts
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double / stunt double: Walter Burke (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt double: Cliff Robertson (4 episodes, 1966-1968)
Charles Bail .... stunt double: Ken Scott / stunt double: Victor Lundin (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Weathers .... electrician (94 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrew Pallack .... wardrobe: men (83 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Editorial Department
Robert Mintz .... post-production coordinator (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Neal Hefti .... composer: theme music / composer: Batman Theme (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sam Horta .... music editor (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (118 episodes, 1966-1968)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (117 episodes, 1966-1968)
Willy Mack .... lyricist: Batgirl theme / composer: Batgirl theme (26 episodes, 1967-1968)
Billy May .... composer: Batgirl theme (26 episodes, 1967-1968)
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Frank Khoury .... driver (3 episodes, 1966)
Series Other crew
Lorenzo Semple Jr. .... script consultant / executive script consultant / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Charles B. Fitzsimons .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producer (88 episodes, 1966-1968)
Charles Hoffman .... script editor (86 episodes, 1966-1968)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (2 episodes, 1966)

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30 min (120 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Mickey Rooney turned down an offer to play The Penguin. Spencer Tracy was offered the role, but he said he would only take the part if he could kill Batman.See more »
Continuity: The Batsignal shown in the sky did not match the silhouette on the glass - the silhouette had a visible neck, while the projected image did not. Also, the tail was longer in relation to the rest of the image on the silhouette than it was in the projected image.See more »
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Batman:Quick! To the Batmobile!
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42 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant and silly at the same time, 9 February 2003
Author: edmundmuskie from America

Rarely has a TV show so gripped the world as Batman did way back in 1966. People still remember this incredibly campy show and watch it. The show was based on a twenty-year-old comic strip names Batman. In fact the show was credited for saving the dying Bat comic strip from extinction. However the campy tone makes many of the Bat fans angry that this show supposedly set a too campy tone for comic book today.

I think the show did have some bad points especially in the second season but this was still a great show. Adam West was a near perfect Batman, Burt Ward was hilarious as Robin. Neil Hamilton was an excellent Commissioner Gordon and Stafford Repp was excellent as Chief O'Hara. Also Alfred the Butler was played excellently by Alan Napier. Together they would fight the forces of evil in Gotham City with a series of excellent cops, honesty, a man in a six foot bat suit and a series of sound effects that would attack villains toward the end of a thirty minute cycle.

The show was campy but all comic books before Batman were. The show had some distinctly satirical overtones and why shouldn't it. A millionaire dresses up as a bat to fight crime? These days the millionaire is more likely to be committing the crime. The episodes at the beginning of the shows short run and the episodes at the end of the shows run were indeed the best and a few of them were some of the noted best episodes any any television show period.

At the beginning of 1966 everything turned Batman. The TV show dominated television, merchandising an advertisement for the show even made it to the Super Bowl! The show even was made into a theatrically released movie. The show lost almost all of it's edge when the second season came and the show went from being satirical and over the top to just too campy.

The villains were great as well. Top name celebrities lined up to star in this show. John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis and other top named celebrities lined up to star in this show, many of them never got the chance. But some of these people were just great. Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, Julie Newmar as Catwoman, Cesar Romero as the Joker and Burgess Meredith as the Penguin are now legendary. There were many others but those were arguably the four most well known.

Burgess Meredith was always my favorite. He was such a great actor in real life. Frank gorshin's excellent job as the Riddler brought the Riddler in the comic books from being a minor villain to one of the top villains. My favorite episode of the series were the ones where The Penguin ran for mayor. These were just so many great moments in that one, watching Allen Ludden comment on the fight between Batman and the Penguins goons were hilarious. My second favorite episodes were where the Joker went surfing and planned to win taking over the surfers. That was classic.

I found it interesting that in this show everyone was helpful, the only bad guys were the villains and everyone who was not a villain was misguided and the villains were really goofy instead of evil. Everyone was basically decent. People that lived during that time said it was like that even outside of television. I like the comic strips of Batman and the show because it is supposed to show everyone in a good light and show everyone's good side.

Many comic book people say this show is awful. This is the original Batman on television, and if there was not this there would be no movies there may not even be a series of comic books as this show regenerated interest in the comic strip even Bob Kane said so. All I can say is this is classic television. It is without a doubt hilarious and a great tribute to the series.

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