Wealthy entrepreneur Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and his ward Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) lead a double life: they are actually the crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin. A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave, where Police Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) summons the Dynamic Duo on the Batphone with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City. Racing to the scene of the crime in the jet-powered Batmobile, Batman and Robin must (with the help of their trusty utility-belts) thwart the efforts of a rogues gallery of flamboyant archvillains, including The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and the Catwoman (Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt).Written by
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Frank Gorshin once said in an interview that he developed the Riddler's high pitched laugh at Hollywood parties, where he said the funniest jokes brought out the laugh. He further stated that he came to realize that it wasn't so much about how he laughed, but what he was laughing at that created a sense of menace. See more »
It's been described that much of the show was played for comedy. Absolutely no villain or ally notices (nor makes the connection) that Batman and Bruce Wayne have the same distinct voice. See more »
By the way, Batman, have you seen millionaire Bruce Wayne? He doesn't answer the phone at his stately manor.
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The actor who played the villain would always be credited as the "Special Guest Villain" See more »
In the late 1980s, original cast members reunited to film special introductions to be added to the start of each episode. See more »
Holy Guadalajara, Batman! It's still a hoot after all these years!
From the moment that you hear "Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Batman!", you always know that you're in for something good. This "Batman" was in a way more interesting than the later movies, mainly because of the graphics that appear whenever someone gets hit. Of course, the premise needs no explanation, but Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) are truly a cross between old-style superheroes and the 1960s. Like many other '60s TV shows (think "Bewitched", "Gilligan's Island" and "I Dream of Jeannie"), "Batman" was as zany as possible and a laugh riot every step of the way. And the villains? The perfidious Penguin (Burgess Meredith), conniving Catwoman (Julie Newmar, later Eartha Kitt), the jackknife Joker (Cesar Romero) and the ruckus-causing Riddler (Frank Gorshin) are exactly what anyone could ask for. And Vincent Price had a great line that one time when he appeared.
So, I will pose this final question: Can this really be happening? Is "Batman" still a great show? Will the villains continue to engage in their evil, egregious and extraneous acts? Will the Dynamic Duo clobber, confound and confuse the villains? Find out next week, same Bat time, same Bat channel!
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