In his first two months in prime time, the Caped Crusader battled the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin — and became a national obsession.
But when Catwoman (Julie Newmar) steals his heart (not to mention two priceless gold cat statues) in “The Purr-Fect Crime” and “Better Luck Next Time,” Batman (Adam West) meets his match.
Pursuing the lost treasure of pirate Captain Manx, Catwoman lures Batman and Robin (Burt Ward) to her hideout. She nearly does them in, but they break free and track her down. In the chase, she falls off a rocky ledge into a bottomless pit. But Catwoman had nine lives and appeared in eight more episodes.
Although Newmar turned over her cat ears to Eartha Kitt, the first Catwoman remains the best. Meow and forever.
Says West: “Burt was suspended over tigers. The director kept urging him to get closer. It was dangerous! I finally had to say something.”
Original Airdate: March 16 & 17, 1966