Batman: Season 1, Episode 11

A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away (16 Feb. 1966)

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King Boris, who hails from a European country, comes to Gotham City for a visit. Upon his arrival, there is a disturbance, which includes a clue from the Riddler. Batman and Robin ... See full summary »

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Mousey
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King Boris
Marc Cavell ...
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Whitey
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Ambassador (as Tris Coffin)
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King Boris, who hails from a European country, comes to Gotham City for a visit. Upon his arrival, there is a disturbance, which includes a clue from the Riddler. Batman and Robin investigate and get on the Riddler's trail. They are trapped by the criminal, who ties them to large wheels that will spin with ever-increasing speed until they are dead. Written by Bill Koenig

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Actor Tristram Coffin appears in this episode as the Ambassador. Coffin was featured in many of the classic cliffhanger serials that inspired this television series, including the original Batman (1943) serial itself (which a revival of in the '60s caused the TV series to be born), wherein he was featured as one of the villain's main henchmen. He was also the first actor to don the famous "flying suit" as the eponymous serial crime fighter King of the Rocket Men (1949), which would later serve as an inspiration for The Rocketeer (1991). See more »

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The last sentence of The Riddler's typed riddle reads, "And of every race." When Robin reads it back to Batman in the Batcave, he reads it as "and at the end of every race". The typed message omits the words "at the end". See more »

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The Riddler: Now my good rats, now is the time to the Royal Mushroom Club. If plan 13-Z goes well, and I'm sure it will, the finest achievement in crime shall be culminated tonight.
The Riddler: [moves to hole in the wall]
The Riddler: The end of Batman and Robin!
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The series at its Bat-Peak
22 March 2007 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

While the pilot two-parter are the best produced episodes, this is my favorite Riddler episode, and one of the peaks of the series. We get a great villain (Gorshin, still unsurpassed as the Riddler), a cool moll and henchmen (the Gidget-esquire Mousey and the absurd Sewer Rat gang), impressive guest stars (the regal Reginald Denny as King Boris, the breathtaking Joy Harmon as a beauty queen), and best of all, a top-notch story and script.

Most Batman episodes are just a series of skirmishes between the Dynamic Duo and the villain, but here the Riddler has a reason - no matter how demented - for every action he takes. There's a real mystery here, and Batman solves it.

Other highlights include (in part 2)an impostor masquerading as Batman, but surprise! He actually does a halfway decent job of it. Touches like this help put this one ahead of the bat-pack.


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