Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 27

The Underdwellers (21 Oct. 1992)

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Batman discovers a subterranean colony of children in the sewer system dominated by the insane Sewer King.



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Episode cast overview:
Batman / Bruce Wayne / Cop (voice)
Matron (voice)
Sewer King (voice)


Batman discovers a subterranean colony of children in the sewer system dominated by the insane Sewer King.

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According to Animato Issues # 26 and # 27, Bruce W. Timm said this about the The Underdwellers: "BS&P took a lot out of this show. Originally, the kids were to be victimized by the Sewer-King, but he was not allowed to be mean or torturous to any of them. The impact is watered down. If we were doing it today, we probably would have decided not to do the show." See more »


[Batman has just saved some kids from playing chicken on the railroad tracks]
Batman: You play chicken long enough, you fry.
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Symphony No. 1 in C Minor - Movement 4
Music by Johannes Brahms
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The 'Sewer King' And His kids
30 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The villains in this story are leprechauns. Well, not really, that's what some old lady said when some little kid dressed in green steals her purse at the beginning of the episode. Actually, the kids are known as "underdwellers," and they are not the villains, just captives of an evil man called "The Sewer King."

The kids, supposedly, were unwanted above ground and so he keeps them as his slaves, sending them up only to steal things. He and his "children" are protected by his "pretties" - gigantic alligators.

That's really the only intense part of this episode: Batman having to deal with these over-sized, hungry reptiles.

Some humor comes in earlier on when Batman captures one of these green-clad kids and poor Alfred attempts to feed and bathe the unruly kid

Other highlights: "You play chicken long enough, you fry," Batman tells two teens who were playing "chicken" on top of an el-train.

Once again, perhaps because the story wasn't as strong as in the first five episodes I watched (the DVD isn't in the same order as the episodes listed here), I paid more attention to the great '40s artwork. I just love the automobiles and Deco art style in which this stories are drawn. I do appreciate the artists who produced this fine series. It's a big reason I am entertained more with these than any other animated series I've seen,, whether action or comedy.

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