Batman (1966–1968)
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Surf's Up! Joker's Under! 

The Joker plans to become the king of surfing, hoping the fame will give him control over the hearts and minds of Gotham City. He captures top surfer Skip Parker, then uses his "Surfing ... See full summary »


Oscar Rudolph


Charles Hoffman, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)




Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Yvonne Craig ... Batgirl
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Cesar Romero ... The Joker
Johnny Green Johnny Green ... Johnny Green (as Johnny Green and The Green Men)
Ronnie Knox Ronnie Knox ... Skip Parker
Sivi Aberg Sivi Aberg ... Undine
John Mitchum ... Hot Dog Harrigan
Skip Ward ... Riptide


The Joker plans to become the king of surfing, hoping the fame will give him control over the hearts and minds of Gotham City. He captures top surfer Skip Parker, then uses his "Surfing Experience & Ability Transferometer" to transfer the needed skills and stamina from Skip to himself. When all the other contestants drop out of the upcoming surfing match, Batman steps up to challenge the Joker's supremacy. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

16 November 1967 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Redondo Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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Did You Know?


To keep rising budgets from sinking the show, Batman producers cut costs by using footage from the movie The Endless Summer (1966) for the surfing scenes. See more »


Batman tells Robin to go back to Wayne Manor and come back as Dick Grayson because he heeds the latter's surfboard. Dick arrives and Batman tells him to leave his surfboard, which is red with a white stripe, outside the "Hang Five". After the challenge is made and accepted Batman and Joker come running out to the beach and Batman has a yellow surfboard with a Batman logo on it. See more »


Robin: Holy ten toes!
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Edited from The Endless Summer (1966) See more »

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The third season ebbs
30 April 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Surf's Up! Joker's Under!" was Cesar Romero's first appearance this final season, and easily his weakest episode, of which he was painfully aware at the time. The Clown Prince of Crime is now content with stealing the surfing prowess of Gotham City's champion Skip Parker (Ronnie Knox), believing himself to be so invincible riding the waves that all the other surfers will follow his lead into a life of plunder and pillage. It's up to Batman to challenge the green skinned masquerader, both shown surfing to stock footage from "Endless Summer," with brief shots of stunt doubles trying not to drown in the water of Gotham Point (California's Torrance Beach was the actual location). One scene of the Batcopter, in its fifth of six appearances on the series, is the usual stock footage from the Batman feature film, John Mitchum (Robert's younger brother, previous henchman to Cliff Robertson's Shame) plays the former surfer-turned-proprietor of the Hang Five, Johnny Green and the Green Men provide the required dance tune. Yvonne Craig has some competition in the eye candy department, with fetching bikini clad Sivi Aberg, previously seen as one of Liberace's concubines, but the all too brief cameo from Batgirl seems even more pointless than usual. An embarrassment from start to finish (though Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara seem to have a good time posing as beach bums Buzzy and Duke), coming at the tail end of the Beach Party craze, Joker returning as foil to the fraudulent Eartha Kitt Catwoman in "The Funny Feline Felonies."

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