Scifi comedy drama series and all round camp classic Batman was based on characters from the universe of DC Comics. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, in their superhero guises of Batman and Robin, determine to stamp out evil from the streets of Gotham City. The show was full of high camp fist fights where the punches that landed were accompanied by a ‘Bam’ or a ‘Pow’ popping up on screen pop art style.
Major villains on the show included The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, King Tut, Egghead and the feline Catwoman. Alongside Batman and Robin, Batgirl came on board in season three, Her secret identity name was Barbara Gordon (she was Commisioner Gordon’s Daughter) and she accessed her bat gear through a special button on her vanity table that when pressed revealed a hidden recess. She also had her own Bat Cycle.
The series, which aired it’s two part stories over two nights (with the dynamic duo always left in a tight spot at the end of the first part) was hugely popular during it’s first season perfectly capturing the pop art vibe of the time but it just as quickly fell out of favor.
William Dozier (the Executive Producer) provided the famous linking narrations.
There have been lots of other Batman series and movies down the years most recently with Gotham which deals with the city before Batman became Batman but there was also one direct attempt to provide a spin off from this show that focused on Batgirl. Yvonne Craig also appeared in this but it never progressed beyond pilot stage.
Batman was created by Bob Kane and first appeared in comic form in 1939.
USA / ABC – TCF – Greenaway / 120×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 January 1966 – 14 March 1968
Creator: Bob Kane / Theme Music: Neal Hefti / Producer: Howie Horowitz / Executive Producer: William Dozier
ADAM WEST as Batman/Bruce Wayne
BURT WARD as Robin/Dick Grayson
ALAN NAPIER as Alfred
MADGE BLAKE as Aunt Harriet
NEIL HAMILTON as Commissioner Gordon
STAFFORD REPP as Chief O’Hara
YVONNE CRAIG as Batgirl
CESAR ROMERO as The Joker
BURGESS MEREDITH as The Penguin
GEORGE SANDERS as Mr Freeze
FRANK GORSHIN as Riddler (1)
JOHN ASTIN as Riddler (2)
JULIE NEWMAR as Catwoman (1)
LEE ANN MERIWEATHER as Catwoman (2)
EARTHA KITT as Catwoman (3)
VICTOR BUONO as King Tut
VINCENT PRICE as Egghead