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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
12 January 1966 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The Caped Crusader battles evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s parody of the comic book hero's exploits. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Absurd Persons, Plural See more (71 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 310)

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)
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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)
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)
France Herron (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 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)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (120 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In some episodes, references are made to an unseen Governor Stonefellow, who at times Commissioner Gordon is seen on the phone with, or having said to have been in contact with. Governor Stonefellow's name was a play on that of then Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, as Gotham was based on New York City.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In episode 7, Alfred refers to Robin as Mr. Ward, and not Mr. Grayson.See more »
Quotes:
[Figuring out a riddle]
Robin:The opposite of a girl is a boy!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Meteor Man (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Batman ThemeSee more »

FAQ

How far does Batman have to drive to get to Gotham City?
Was the character of Aunt Harriet created for the show to counter assumptions that Batman and Robin were gay?
Why is Two Face excluded?
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Absurd Persons, Plural, 24 August 2006
Author: DeanNYC (thedeanofnyc@yahoo.com) from New York, NY

Looking back at this program from its completion through all of the episodes, it's easy to characterize it as being a campy version of Bob Kane's Dark Knight legend. But I'm not at all certain that it had to be...

In fact, in looking at the first two episodes, which featured Frank Gorshin as the first "Special Guest Villain," The Riddler, the program was quite hard-nosed, pretty straight and sinister (considering the costuming of the lead players), and actually somewhat poignant with the performance of Jill St. John. I would compare these first two episodes with any adventure series and say that they hold their own.

Of course, what happened was that with the wild Rogue's Gallery of villains, the over-the-top costuming, the dutch angle camera setups, with the straight-laced line reads of the two heroes, and the bugle like narration of "Desmond Doomsday" (the alias for Producer William Dozier) Batman was destined to be seen as nothing but pure camp. Not that that's bad, unless you feel this tarnished the legend of The Caped Crusader.

Meanwhile, the show became the hottest thing happening, nearly overnight. All sorts of acting greats wanted their chance to challenge the Dynamic Duo, and unlikely villains played by Liberace, Van Johnson, Art Carney and Zsa Zsa Gabor all appeared, in addition to the semi-regular performers, Caesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Julie Newmar and the aforementioned Gorshin. Those that couldn't be villains turned up in cameos, from Dick Clark to Sammy Davis Jr. to Santa Claus (as portrayed by old time actor Andy Divine) all had a moment of Batman and Robin's time. Though perhaps the most puzzling cameo was when Colonel Klink of "Hogan's Heroes" turned up at a Gotham City window. Not only was he from presumably 23 years in the past, he would have been a Nazi in an American city AND he was from a program on another network! If you know of an explanation for this, please pass it along.

The elements that made the show work were the Batmobile, a beautiful and evocative vehicle that transported the heroes from their secret location the 14 miles to Gotham City before the opening credits for that episode were finished. It's still one of the most instantly recognized automobiles, based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura and restyled by George Barris. Add in the gadgetry, Batman's utility belt, the bust of Shakespeare that held the switch that opened the bookcase... "To the batpoles!" and of course, the talents of the stars, Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, who was nothing short of brilliant as Alfred, Neil Hamilton and Stafford Repp as the commissioner and chief of police and later the charm of Yvonne Craig as the addition to create "The Terrific Trio."

But even as the formula was working, it was wearing out its welcome as it went, and by the time the show started their third season, the ratings were clearly slipping possibly due to the tone change making the episodes sillier rather than more adventuresome. Despite the addition of Batgirl, and a change in the format so that each episode was self contained, rather than having a two part cliffhanger, the magical run ended and ABC canceled it.

There was a rumor that NBC was interested in giving the program a fourth season, however 20th Century Fox, the production company for the series had already demolished the centerpiece of the program, the batcave set, and NBC was unwilling to spend the time and money to rebuild it.

Probably just as well, as Batman has since been through numerous incarnations to get back to the standard that Bob Kane originally had for him.

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