The Best Episodes of Batman: The Animated Series

Almost Got 'Im

#1 - Almost Got 'Im 8.64

Season 1 - Episode 35

Joker, Killer Croc, Penguin, Two-Face and Poison Ivy all meet at a poker table, each telling a tale of times when they almost defeated Batman. At the same time, Harley Quinn is about to kill Catwoman. Will Batman be able to save her?

Directors: Eric Radomski

#2 - Harlequinade 8.49

Season 2 - Episode 10

The Joker steals an atomic bomb and Batman and Robin must team up with Harley Quinn in order to find him.

Directors: Kevin Altieri

#3 - Trial 8.46

Season 2 - Episode 9

Batman's worst enemies kidnap him and put him on trial for crimes committed against them.

Directors: Dan Riba, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
I Am the Night

#4 - I Am the Night 8.40

Season 1 - Episode 34

On the anniversary of the death of Bruce's parents, Batman accompanies Leslie Thompkins to Crime Alley to place roses on the spot where they were gunned down. Meanwhile, Commissioner Gordon is on stakeout to arrest James "The Jazzman" Peake during a drug smuggling ring. Batman had promised to be there, but arrives late to find a gun battle going on. He helps defeat the gangsters and arrest the Jazzman, but at a high cost—Gordon is severely wounded. The incident traumatizes Batman, and he decides to give up crime-fighting, despite the Jazzman escaping prison to carry out his personal vendetta against Gordon (who had sent him to prison six years before).

Directors: Boyd Kirkland
Robin's Reckoning (Part 2)

#5 - Robin's Reckoning (Part 2) 8.36

Season 1 - Episode 53

Robin sets out to find Tony Zucco, all the while plagued by the memories of his parents' death and how Bruce took him in as his own son. Eventually, Batman finds Zucco at an old amusement park, but breaks his leg during the fight. Robin arrives, and prepares to kill Zucco in revenge. He initially scoffs Batman's advice, but realises that justice and revenge are not the same. Zucco is arrested, and Batman makes amends with Robin, stating that he wouldn't let Robin accompany him under the fear of Zucco killing him.

Directors: Dick Sebast
Harley and Ivy

#6 - Harley and Ivy 8.30

Season 1 - Episode 47

When the Joker fires Harley, she tries going on a crime spree of her own, joining up with Poison Ivy, and the two become Gotham's Queens of Crime, much to Joker's fury.

Directors: Boyd Kirkland
The Demon's Quest (Part 2)

#7 - The Demon's Quest (Part 2) 8.30

Season 1 - Episode 58

After freeing Talia from her father's clutches and escaping from an avalanche, Batman and Robin follow the only clue they have - the word 'Orpheus'. After discovering that 'Orpheus' is Ra's private satellite that will orbit over the Sahara, the duo travel to the Demon's desert stronghold. There, Batman learns that the satellite is actually a weapon which will explosively destroy all the Lazarus Pits simultaneously, throughout the world, destroying all the life that exists.

Directors: Kevin Altieri
Perchance to Dream

#8 - Perchance to Dream 8.29

Season 1 - Episode 26

Bruce Wayne wakes up one morning to find that his life is completely upside-down: his parents are alive, the Batcave doesn't exist, Alfred does not remember Robin, and he is engaged to Selina Kyle. However, it doesn't mean that Batman isn't still around, and Bruce starts to wonder what has happened, especially after seeing the characteristics of a dream (such as book and newspaper prints not making sense) inside this new life.

Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Laren Bright, Michael Reaves
The Demon's Quest (Part 1)

#9 - The Demon's Quest (Part 1) 8.29

Season 1 - Episode 57

When Robin is mysteriously abducted from his college campus, the Batman begins a fruitless search ... until he is astounded by the sudden appearance in the Batcave of Ra's Al Ghul. Ra's quickly reveals that his daughter, Talia, has been abducted under circumstances similar to Robin's, suggesting that the same persons are responsible. So begins an uneasy truce between the Batman and 'The Demon'.

Directors: Kevin Altieri
Two-Face (Part 1)

#10 - Two-Face (Part 1) 8.28

Season 1 - Episode 17

Harvey Dent, campaigning for a re-election, vows to rid Gotham of Rupert Thorne's crime and corruption. The tables turn when Thorne gets a hold of Dent's psychological records and discovers his alternate personality: the violent Big Bad Harv. Thorne attempts to blackmail Dent with this, and the following fight in Thorne's chemical plant hideout results in an explosion that scars the left side of Dent's body, despite Batman's attempts to save him.

Directors: Kevin Altieri, Alan Burnett
Harley's Holiday

#11 - Harley's Holiday 8.27

Season 3 - Episode 6

After being discharged from Arkham, Harley Quinn tries to lead a normal life but she keeps getting into trouble.

Directors: Kevin Altieri
Robin's Reckoning (Part 1)

#12 - Robin's Reckoning (Part 1) 8.26

Season 1 - Episode 51

During a fight with some gangsters at a construction yard, Batman and Robin learn the name of their boss: Billy Marin. While Robin looks forward to going up against Marin, Batman becomes distant, and after a falling out at the Batcave, Batman doesn't allow Robin to accompany him on the search for Marin. Robin investigates on the Batcomputer, and soon realises that Billy Marin is not the boss' real name. Rather, it is an alias of Tony Zucco, the man who killed his parents

Directors: Dick Sebast
Two-Face (Part 2)

#13 - Two-Face (Part 2) 8.23

Season 1 - Episode 18

Now calling himself Two-Face, Dent goes on a crime spree throughout Gotham, attacking Rupert Thorne's businesses to draw the gangster out of hiding. Batman must find a way to stop his former friend before he and Thorne kill each other.

Directors: Kevin Altieri
His Silicon Soul

#14 - His Silicon Soul 8.19

Season 1 - Episode 43

When a Batman impersonator appears in Gotham City, the real Batman deduces that Karl Rossum is somehow involved and confronts the inventor. The other Batman, a duplicate, then shows up and a battle between the two takes place. After the duplicate Batman escapes, it begins its campaign to recreate H.A.R.D.A.C.'s goals of a robotic society.

Directors: Boyd Kirkland
Feat of Clay (Part 2)

#15 - Feat of Clay (Part 2) 8.16

Season 1 - Episode 5

Bruce Wayne is released from prison on bail. Hagen, as it turns out, survived the murder attempt on him, but at a high cost: the formula entered is body and soaked every single one of his cells, mutating him into a shape-shifting mutant. With his newfound powers, Hagen, now calling himself Clayface, decides to take his revenge on Daggett and his men. Can Batman bring Daggett to justice and stop Clayface before innocent people are hurt?

Directors: Kevin Altieri, Marvin Wolfman, Michael Reaves
Deep Freeze

#16 - Deep Freeze 8.14

Season 3 - Episode 10

Aging billionaire Grant Walker breaks Mr. Freeze out of prison so he can use the scientist's knowledge to can gain immortality and cover the world in a new ice age.

Directors: Kevin Altieri, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
Joker's Favor

#17 - Joker's Favor 8.11

Season 1 - Episode 7

After Charlie Collins accidentally curses at the Joker on the road for bumping him, the Clown Prince of Crime corners him and intimidates him into doing him a "small favor". Two years pass, and the Joker finally decides how to use Charlie: to sneak a bomb into Gotham University, where Commissioner Gordon is to give a speech at an award ceremony. Charlie, who merely has to open the door, is skeptical at first, but for the sake of his family, he reluctantly decides to obey. But is the Joker really the type to let someone who insulted him live?

Directors: Boyd Kirkland
The Man Who Killed Batman

#18 - The Man Who Killed Batman 8.10

Season 1 - Episode 49

When a small time gang member seemingly kills Batman by accident, he gets involved with gangs all over Gotham, as well as the Joker and Rupert Thorne.

Directors: Bruce Timm
Heart of Ice

#19 - Heart of Ice 8.10

Season 1 - Episode 3

Bitter scientist Victor Fries, as Mr. Freeze, attacks several divisions of Gothcorp, each time stealing a piece for a secret weapon he intends to build. Batman investigates the connections, and discovers that the start of Freeze's vendetta against Gothcorp was a bitter falling out between Fries and Gothcorp's CEO, Ferris Boyle, during which Boyle almost killed Fries (mutating him into Freeze) and presumably killed Fries' terminally ill wife, Nora. Batman must find a way to bring Boyle to justice before Freeze carries out his revenge.

Directors: Bruce Timm
Nothing to Fear

#20 - Nothing to Fear 8.10

Season 1 - Episode 10

Batman encounters the Scarecrow and attempts to foil his scheme to burn down Gotham University, but in the process is exposed to the Scarecrow's fear gas, and is forced to face his own guilt over the deaths of his parents.

Directors: Boyd Kirkland
A Bullet for Bullock

#21 - A Bullet for Bullock 8.07

Season 4 - Episode 4

Batman helps Detective Harvey Bullock who appears to be the target of someone's revenge.

Directors: Frank Paur

#22 - Avatar 8.06

Season 2 - Episode 8

Batman must stop Ra's Al Ghul when he attempts to unleash the power of the ancient God Thoth Khepera.

Directors: Kevin Altieri
Pretty Poison

#23 - Pretty Poison 8.04

Season 1 - Episode 9

When District Attorney Harvey Dent collapses after a meal with Bruce Wayne and his fiancee Pamela Isley, it transpires that he has been poisoned. Batman must find the culprit and discover an antidote before Dent's time runs out.

Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves
Shadow of the Bat (Part 2)

#24 - Shadow of the Bat (Part 2) 8.04

Season 2 - Episode 2

Robin discovers that Gil Mason is in league with the underworld and goes to investigate him. He encounters Batgirl along the way, and go their separate ways to stop Mason. They then meet again to learn that Gil is working with Two-Face to take out Gordon, and have Batman (as Matches Malone) captured.

Directors: Frank Paur
Shadow of the Bat (Part 1)

#25 - Shadow of the Bat (Part 1) 8.02

Season 2 - Episode 1

When Commissioner Gordon is framed for taking bribes from Rupert Thorne, his daughter Barbara pleads with Batman to show up at a rally being put on in the commissioner's behalf. But when Batman disappears after finding the person behind the frame-up, Barbara takes the law into her own hands as Batgirl.

Directors: Boyd Kirkland