Batman (1966)

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Batman (1966)
Batman (1966) opening photo.jpg
Premiere January 12, 1966
Finale March 14, 1968
Airs Sundays at midnight and 12:30 a.m. on MeTV
Creator William Dozier (TV series)
Bob Kane (characters)
Network ABC
Style 30 minute crime comedy
Company Greenway Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Century Fox Television (until 1989)
20th Television (1989– )
Seasons 3
Episodes 120 + film
Origin USA

Batman is a satirical superhero comedy that aired on ABC based on the Bob Kane superheroes Batman and Robin.

The series basically entailed Batman and Robin's battle against Gotham City's rogue's gallery of villains in a campy, broad fashion, eschewing the origins (Bruce Wayne losing his parents to a thug, Robin's in a circus accident). The first part of a two-part story aired Wednesday nights on ABC, with the conclusion airing Thursday nights. It became appointment TV for a year, spawning a "Batmania" across the country.

The wide myth is that Bob Kane created Batman. It has since been discussed that Kane merely devised the designs of Batman while the character himself was created by Bill Finger. Kane himself created two other animated shows, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse and Cool McCool.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Adam West Bruce Wayne / Batman 1 2 3
Burt Ward Dick Grayson / Robin 1 2 3
Alan Napier Alfred Pennyworth 1 2 3
Neil Hamilton Commissioner James W. Gordon 1 2 3
Stafford Repp Chief O'Hara 1 2 3
Madge Blake Aunt Harriet Cooper 1 2 3
Yvonne Craig Barbara Gordon / Batgirl 3
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
William Dozier The Narrator 1 2 3
Byron Keith Mayor Linseed 1 2 3
David Lewis Warden Crichton 1 2 3
James O'Hara Sergeant O'Leary 1 2
The Villains
Victor Buono King Tut 1 2 3
Burgess Meredith The Penguin 1 2 3
Cesar Romero The Joker 1 2 3
Julie Newmar Catwoman 1 2
Eartha Kitt 3
Frank Gorshin The Riddler 1 3
John Astin 2
David Wayne The Mad Hatter 1 2
George Sanders Mr. Freeze 1
Otto Preminger 2
Eli Wallach 2
Vincent Price Egghead 2 3


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One January 12, 1966 May 5, 1966 34
Season Two September 7, 1966 March 30, 1967 60
Season Three September 14, 1967 March 14, 1968 26
Feature Films
Batman July 30, 1966


Related Programs

DVD and Blu-ray Releases


Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series November 11, 2014 18


Season Sets
The First Season November 11, 2014 5


The Second Season, Part One February 10, 2015 4


The Second Season, Part Two July 14, 2015 4


Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete Television Series: Limited Edition November 11, 2014 13


External Links

The Batman Franchise
Animated TV Shows
The Batman/Superman HourThe Adventures of BatmanSuper FriendsThe New Adventures of BatmanThe All-New Superfriends HourChallenge of the SuperfriendsThe World's Greatest SuperfriendsSuper Friends: The Legendary Super Powers ShowThe Super Powers Team: Galactic GuardiansBatman: The Animated SeriesBatman: Gotham KnightsBatman BeyondJustice League UnlimitedThe BatmanBatman: The Brave and the BoldYoung JusticeBeware the BatmanDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League Action
Live Action TV Shows
BatmanBirds of PreyGotham
Motion Pictures
BatmanBatmanBatman ReturnsBatman ForeverBatman & RobinBatman BeginsThe Dark KnightThe Dark Knight RisesBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeJustice League