The Best Episodes of Batman

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2018

Wealthy entrepreneur Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson lead a double life: they are actually crime fighting duo Batman and Robin. A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave, where Police Commissioner Gordon often calls with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City. Racing the the scene of the crime in the Batmobile, Batman and Robin must (with the help of their trusty Bat-utility-belt) thwart the efforts of a variety of master criminals, including The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman, and The Penguin.

Hot Off the Griddle

#1 - Hot Off the Griddle

Season 2 - Episode 3

Catwoman makes her return known with a string of robberies. Hoping to lure her into a trap, Batman plants a news blurb giving the whereabouts of a rare canary, but Catwoman is tipped off and arrives prepared. Batman and Robin follow a lead to Catwoman's hideout, the Pink Sandbox, but soon discover that this villain has been waiting for them.

star 7.83
40 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
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The Purr-fect Crime

#2 - The Purr-fect Crime

Season 1 - Episode 19

Catwoman initiates a series of thefts that cause Commissioner Gordon to summon Batman and Robin. But the importance of the crimes go beyond the taking of the objects involved. The Dynamic Duo eventually find Catwoman's lair. But Robin is whisked away while Batman is given a choice between two doors. If he picks the right door, he'll find Catwoman. If he picks the wrong one, he'll face certain doom. The hero makes the wrong selection and is about to be attacked by a tiger.

star 7.82
49 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross, Lee Orgel
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Batman Is Riled

#3 - Batman Is Riled

Season 1 - Episode 6

Batman avoids a public unmasking but is unable to bring in the Joker, thanks to the villain's utility belt. Eventually, Batman and Robin are captured by the Joker's gang. But the Joker doesn't know a showdown with the Dynamic Duo awaits.

star 7.80
107 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Robert Dozier
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The Spell of Tut

#4 - The Spell of Tut

Season 2 - Episode 7

King Tut has relapsed into his kingly ways, this time showing a marked interest in scarab beetles and apothecary potions. Robin infiltrates their hideout to discover their true intentions, relaying what he hears to Batman, but their plan is put in jeopardy when Robin's presence is detected.

star 7.79
33 votes
Directors: Larry Peerce
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
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Tut's Case Is Shut

#5 - Tut's Case Is Shut

Season 2 - Episode 8

Using resurrected scarab beetles, King Tut concocts an ancient mind control potion, abu raubu simbu tu. Chief O'Hara is the first under his spell, followed shortly by Commissioner Gordon, and when Batman himself is tricked into taking the drug, Tut's plan to control all of Gotham City by tainting the water supply seems close to succeeding.

star 7.79
28 votes
Directors: Larry Peerce
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
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The Curse of Tut

#6 - The Curse of Tut

Season 1 - Episode 27

A former academic who thinks he is really King Tut has returned. Batman and Robin seek his capture. A twist occurs, however, when King Tut's gang kidnaps Bruce Wayne. They are taking the millionaire in an ambulance. As Bruce tries to get free, the rear doors of the ambulance open and Bruce rides a cart toward a cliff.

star 7.72
40 votes
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
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The Joker Trumps an Ace

#7 - The Joker Trumps an Ace

Season 1 - Episode 25

The Joker launches a new crime wave with robberies that appear to make no sense, such as stealing hairpins from rich women and a hole from a golf course. But the Joker knows exactly what he's doing. Batman and Robin are in pursuit and eventually invade the villain's headquarters. The heroes are placed in a chamber and are told if they can float for an hour, they'll go free. The Joker then begins to flood the chamber with poison gas. The Joker says the Dynamic Duo may not be able to swim in the gas "but you can drown in it!"

star 7.71
38 votes
Writers: Francis M. Cockrell, Marian B. Cockrell
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The Cat's Meow

#8 - The Cat's Meow

Season 2 - Episode 29

The Catwoman "steals" the voice of a television talk-show host in the middle of an interview with Bruce Wayne. She plants clues to suggest either the Joker, Riddler or Penguin may have committed the crime. In the meantime, she has fooled Commissioner Gordon into thinking she has gone straight. She makes her first mistake when she masquerades as Miss Klutz, a dance instructor visiting Wayne Manor. Allergic to dogwood, she sneezes and gives herself away. Her next target is to "steal" the voices of British singers Chad and Jeremy. Batman and Robin eventually track her to a dance studio, where a fight erupts. After it appears the Dynamic Duo has triumphed over Catwoman's forces, she drugs them. The heroes are placed inside a chamber where the sounds of water dripping will be magnified many, many times and drive them insane.

star 7.70
23 votes
Directors: James B. Clark
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
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Better Luck Next Time

#9 - Better Luck Next Time

Season 1 - Episode 20

Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. The hero still has to free Robin, who is facing a separate death trap. Once that task is completed, the Dynamic Duo are back on Catwoman's trail. It turns out the feline villain is after the lost treasure of Captain Manx, which is in a remote spot outside of Gotham City.

star 7.67
46 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross, Lee Orgel
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The Penguin's a Jinx

#10 - The Penguin's a Jinx

Season 1 - Episode 4

Bruce Wayne escapes the Penguin's deathtrap and returns to the Batcave. What he doesn't know is that one of the Penguin's clues, an umbrella, has a listening device. As a result, the Penguin listens in as the Dynamic Duo debate what the clues mean and what caper the Penguin may attempt to pull. As a result, the Penguin kidnaps movie star Dawn Robbins.

star 7.67
128 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
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The Pharaoh's in a Rut

#11 - The Pharaoh's in a Rut

Season 1 - Episode 28

Bruce frees himself just before the cart he is riding goes over a cliff. As Batman, he works to bring King Tut to justice. But the hero is captured by King Tut instead. Batman is then tortured as King Tut drops a pebble on his head at a time. Robin works to track Batman in time.

star 7.67
39 votes
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
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The Joker Goes to School

#12 - The Joker Goes to School

Season 1 - Episode 15

At Woodrow Roosevelt High School, a vending machine gives out money. Dick Grayson is there to witness it. Batman learns the vending machines are operated by a company bought by the Joker after being released from prison. The Joker and his gang are aided by Susie, a cheerleader at the school. In the course of their investigation, Batman and Robin are captured and placed in electric chairs. If a "one armed bandit" comes up the wrong way, they'll be electrocuted.

star 7.65
63 votes
Directors: Murray Golden
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
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When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play

#13 - When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play

Season 1 - Episode 12

Batman manages to escape the Riddler's death trap. He and Robin decide to lay low until they can figure out the Riddler's caper. Meanwhile, the Riddler frees King Boris, who brings a gift to a major monument in Gotham City. It turns out the Riddler has substituted a bomb for King Boris's gift and he is demanding a ransom. The Riddler, though, overplays his hand, enabling Batman and Robin to capture the Riddler and his gang.

star 7.64
53 votes
Directors: Tom Gries
Writers: Fred De Gorter
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Surf's Up! Joker's Under!

#14 - Surf's Up! Joker's Under!

Season 3 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.63
30 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Charles Hoffman
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True or False Face

#15 - True or False Face

Season 1 - Episode 17

False Face traps Batman and Robin, and binding them to a subway track just minutes before a train is scheduled to come by.

star 7.63
43 votes
Writers: Stephen Kandel
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Smack in the Middle

#16 - Smack in the Middle

Season 1 - Episode 2

The Riddler fashions a mold of the face of the unconscious Robin. He contacts Batman with two more riddles. The Riddler tells Batman if he can solve the riddles, he'll know where Robin is. At the same time, Molly dons a Robin costume and a mask. Her task is to trick Batman into taking her to the Batcave. She succeeds but Batman had seen her disguise (but not for the reason most male viewers would guess). Trying to flee Batman, she panics and falls into the Batcave's atomic reactor. Batman rescues the real Robin but the Riddler escapes once more. Batman must solve additional riddles to find the villain's target -- the Moldavian pavilion at the world's fair where an ancient mammoth -- with jewels on the outside and priceless postage stamps inside -- is on display.

star 7.63
271 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
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Holy Rat Race

#17 - Holy Rat Race

Season 1 - Episode 18

Alfred contacts Batman by radio from the Batcave. Batman instructs the butler to short circuit a communications device the hero has on his wrist. This enable Batman to get free of his bonds. He and Robin get free just before they would be run over by a subway train. The Dynamic Duo resume their pursuit of False Face, which ends up at an old movie studio.

star 7.63
40 votes
Writers: Stephen Kandel
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Death in Slow Motion

#18 - Death in Slow Motion

Season 1 - Episode 31

Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Kops raid the till at the newly opened Gotham movie theater. The culprits turn out to be 'The Riddler' and his gang in disguise. They lead the Dynamic Duo on a crime spree chase from Mother Gatham's Bakery, past the Gotham Library, and into a Temperance Party. At each of these events, the villains are accompanied by German film maker Van Bloheim who captures everything on celluloid.

star 7.60
33 votes
Writers: Richard Carr
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The Penguin Goes Straight

#19 - The Penguin Goes Straight

Season 1 - Episode 21

After his recent release from jail, The Penguin has started his own protective agency and is thwarting small time hoodlums everywhere he goes. Batman & Robin decide to send in an undercover Alfred to spy on the newly reformed Penguin and his recently acquainted high society friends. However, the Penguin has anticipated Batman and Robin's every move and manages to give them a makeover into wanted men instead of him.

star 7.60
35 votes
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr., John Cardwell
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Green Ice

#20 - Green Ice

Season 2 - Episode 19

Mr. Freeze is in town, and has begun a new cold wave of terror. He launches "Operation Hate Batman," framing the Caped Crusader as taking a bribe and dressing his own henchmen as Batman and Robin. As the negative press mounts, Mr. Freeze works on his plan to turn the Dynamic Duo into human Frosty Freezies.

star 7.60
30 votes
Directors: George Waggner
Writers: Max Hodge
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He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul

#21 - He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul

Season 1 - Episode 16

A power failure prevents Batman and Robin from being electrocuted. Meanwhile, a recording Batman made confirms that cheerleader Susie is one of the Joker's confederates. Robin, in his Dick Grayson identity, attempts to infiltrate the gang. Meanwhile, the Joker's main plot is finally revealed. Members of the high school basketball team receive answers to final exams from the rigged vending machines. The Joker appears, claiming to be a concerned citizen. The team's starters will be suspended as the Joker bets big money on the team's next opponent. Batman, however, has other ideas.

star 7.59
49 votes
Directors: Murray Golden
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
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Scat! Darn Catwoman

#22 - Scat! Darn Catwoman

Season 2 - Episode 41

Batman agrees to let the Catwoman drug him. But he appears to have a headache and the Catwoman permits him to take an aspirin. After the drug is administered, Batman appears to assist Catwoman on her crime wave. However, the police receive anonymous telephone calls that enable them to pick up members of Catwoman's gang, including the drugged Robin. Meanwhile, the Gotham City police try to trace the hot line to the Batcave. Batman is there with Catwoman. He uses a device that foils the trace. Eventually, Batman reveals he hadn't taken an aspirin but his universal drug antidote that prevented the drug from working. Catwoman tries to flee on top of a warehouse near the Gotham River. Batman is in pursuit and corners her. But, unwilling to go straight, she falls into the river. Has she lost her life, or just one of her nine lives?

star 7.59
22 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
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Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin

#23 - Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin

Season 3 - Episode 1

The Penguin plans to gain immunity from the law by becoming the police commissioner's son-in-law. He kidnaps Commissioner Gordon's daughter, Barbara, and threatens her into agreeing to marry him. Unknown to him, Barbara Gordon has a secret crime fighting identity, Batgirl. Alfred learns of her secret when he is brought to Penguin's hideout instead of a preacher, and Batman and Robin realize just how valuable their new ally is when they find themselves hopelessly strung up in Penguin's lair.

star 7.59
61 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Stanford Sherman
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While Gotham City Burns

#24 - While Gotham City Burns

Season 1 - Episode 30

Batman saves Robin from the Wayne Memorial Clock Tower at the last possible Big Benjamin second. While they are busy in the Batcave, The Bookworm steals a priceless cookbook from stately Wayne Manor. He then lures the Dynamic Duo into an oversized cookbook on display in the middle of Gotham city and steals the Batmobile. Can Batman and Robin escape before their goose is cooked?

star 7.58
36 votes
Directors: Larry Peerce
Writers: Hendrik Vollaerts
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The Joker Is Wild

#25 - The Joker Is Wild

Season 1 - Episode 5

The Joker escapes from prison and begins another crime wave on Gotham City. After being foiled by Batman and Robin, thanks to Batman's utility belt, the Joker decides to make his own utility belt. The Joker eventually traps Batman and Robin and, on live television, he intends to unmask them.

star 7.58
137 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Robert Dozier
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