Batman

The BEST episodes of Batman

Every episode of Batman ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Batman!

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.

Last Updated: 9/19/2022Network:ABC (US)
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Hi Diddle Riddle
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7.69
839 votes

#1 - Hi Diddle Riddle

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/12/1966

While the Riddler maneuvers Batman into being sued, the Dynamic Duo investigate the supervillain's concurrent scheme.

Directors: Robert Butler
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Hot Off the Griddle
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7.43
179 votes

#2 - Hot Off the Griddle

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/14/1966

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.

Directors: Don Weis
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Tut's Case is Shut
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7.41
74 votes

#3 - Tut's Case is Shut

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/29/1966

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.

Directors: Larry Peerce
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Smack in the Middle
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7.37
599 votes

#4 - Smack in the Middle

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/1966

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.

Directors: Robert Butler
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Green Ice
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7.29
132 votes

#5 - Green Ice

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 11/9/1966

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.

Directors: George Waggner
Writer: Max Hodge
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Flop Goes the Joker
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7.29
56 votes

#6 - Flop Goes the Joker

Season 2 - Episode 58 - Aired 3/23/1967

The Joker persuades wealthy heiress Baby Jane Towser to join him in his artistic capers. Aided by his new accomplice, the Joker easily clears out a wing of the Gotham City Museum to make room for his latest “masterpiece” – pieces of a broken table. But the laughing criminal has plans for the priceless collection of paintings that once filled the room.

Directors: George Waggner
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A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away
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7.25
208 votes

#7 - A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/16/1966

King Boris, who hails from a European country, comes to Gotham City for a visit. Upon his arrival, there is a disturbance, which includes a clue from the Riddler. Batman and Robin investigate and get on the Riddler’s trail. They are trapped by the criminal, who ties them to large wheels that will spin with ever-increasing speed until they are dead.

Directors: Tom Gries
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The Penguin's a Jinx
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7.16
326 votes

#8 - The Penguin's a Jinx

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/20/1966

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.

Directors: Robert Butler
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The Purr-fect Crime
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7.16
138 votes

#9 - The Purr-fect Crime

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/16/1966

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.

Directors: James Sheldon
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The Joker is Wild
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7.16
330 votes

#10 - The Joker is Wild

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/26/1966

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.

Directors: Don Weis
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Scat! Darn Catwoman
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7.15
99 votes

#11 - Scat! Darn Catwoman

Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired 1/25/1967

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?

Directors: Oscar Rudolph
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Batman is Riled
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7.12
264 votes

#12 - Batman is Riled

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/27/1966

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.

Directors: Don Weis
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Fine Feathered Finks
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7.09
397 votes

#13 - Fine Feathered Finks

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/19/1966

The Penguin plots to manipulate Batman into inadvertently devising capers for him.

Directors: Robert Butler
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The Bird's Last Jest
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7.07
94 votes

#14 - The Bird's Last Jest

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired 12/8/1966

Attempting to save Chief O’Hara from drowning inside a metal trunk, Batman and Robin find themselves under fire from the Penguin’s henchmen. Batman instructs Alfred to pose as famous forger Quill-Pen Quertch (complete with false fingerprints), but the Penguin recognizes Alfred as soon as he puts on his glasses. The evil Bird-man and his cronies then visit stately Wayne manor brandishing a giant Butler-pie.

Directors: Murray Golden
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The Spell of Tut
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7.05
107 votes

#15 - The Spell of Tut

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/28/1966

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.

Directors: Larry Peerce
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That Darn Catwoman
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7.03
97 votes

#16 - That Darn Catwoman

Season 2 - Episode 40 - Aired 1/19/1967

The Catwoman manages to drug Robin. The junior member of the Dynamic Duo is now the Catwoman’s mindless slave. Batman is on the trail of the sultry villain, but he’s hampered by the fact he can’t harm his partner. Eventually, Batman is trapped by the Catwoman. He’s in a giant trap and Robin is cutting the rope that will cause a giant mouse trap to snap on Batman. The Catwoman offers Batman a choice – die by Robin’s hand or agree to be subjected to the same drug.

Directors: Oscar Rudolph
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The Joker Goes to School
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7.01
142 votes

#17 - The Joker Goes to School

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/2/1966

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.

Directors: Murray Golden
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The Cat and the Fiddle
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7.00
119 votes

#18 - The Cat and the Fiddle

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/15/1966

Catwoman disguises herself as a wealthy recluse – Minerva Matthews – to exchange a quarter million dollars for two Stradivarius violins. Once the instruments are safely in her hands, the villain reveals her true identity and demands the cash back. But Catwoman is surprised to learn that her business partner – Zubin Zucchini – is also not who he appears to be.

Directors: Don Weis
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When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play
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6.99
167 votes

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

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/17/1966

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.

Directors: Tom Gries
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Rats Like Cheese
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6.97
249 votes

#20 - Rats Like Cheese

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/3/1966

Vince, a temperamental physician at a Gotham City hospital (a takeoff on Ben Casey), saves Batman and Robin. The Dynamic Duo resume their pursuit of Mr. Freeze. Eventually, Batman substitutes himself for Paul Diamonte, a baseball player, Mr. Freeze has kidnapped. Robin, disobeying Batman’s orders to stay away, is also captured by the villain. Now, in his headquarters, Mr. Freeze is using his climate controls so that only Batman or Robin will have access to life-giving warmth.

Directors: Robert Butler
Writer: Max Hodge
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The Cat's Meow
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6.96
95 votes

#21 - The Cat's Meow

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired 12/14/1966

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.

Directors: James B. Clark
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Batman Displays His Knowledge
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6.96
88 votes

#22 - Batman Displays His Knowledge

Season 2 - Episode 50 - Aired 2/23/1967

Catwoman goes ahead with her scheme to steal several Batagonian Cat’s Eye opals, but she has trouble finding someone to fence them since such rare stones would be easily spotted. With little recourse left, she decides to turn them in for the reward money. It seems like the perfect job for her acquaintance, Freddy the Fence. But when he notices that the gems are fakes, Catwoman realizes she has been tricked by Batman and vows to get revenge on the Caped Crusader once and for all.

Directors: Robert Sparr
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Dizzoner the Penguin
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6.94
98 votes

#23 - Dizzoner the Penguin

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/3/1966

After escaping the Penguin’s death trap, Batman still faces an uphill run to defeat the Penguin in the race for mayor of Gotham City. The Feathered Fiend uses every dirty trick he can think of to ruin Batman’s reputation. But the Penguin discovers opinion polls aren’t what they are cracked up to be. Still, Batman and Robin will need to subdue the villain before his plot can be put down once and for all.

Directors: Oscar Rudolph
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Batman Sets the Pace
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6.94
144 votes

#24 - Batman Sets the Pace

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/7/1966

After an ingenious escape, Batman and Robin again pick up the trail of the Joker. The villain’s ultimate crime is designed not only to make him rich but to ruin Batman’s reputation.

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The Bat's Kow Tow
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6.94
94 votes

#25 - The Bat's Kow Tow

Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired 12/15/1966

Batman and Robin escape Catwoman’s trap by hitting the precise note needed to shatter the glass chamber in which they’re prisoners. They quickly get on the trail of Catwoman. The feminine feline criminal eventually “steals” the voices of Chad and Jeremy, Commissioner Gordon and talk-show host Allen Stephens. She blackmails the British government, which faces the lost of revenue from the taxes on Chad and Jeremy’s performances. Batman and Robin eventually capture Catwoman and her gang, but not before Batman and Catwoman express obvious affection for each other.

Directors: James B. Clark
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