The BEST Episodes of Batman (1966)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

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 7.90
49 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
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 7.87
61 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross, Lee Orgel
The Cat's Meow

#3 - 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 7.86
29 votes
Directors: James B. Clark
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
Scat! Darn Catwoman

#4 - 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 7.82
28 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
The Bat's Kow Tow

#5 - The Bat's Kow Tow

Season 2 - Episode 30

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.

star 7.75
28 votes
Directors: James B. Clark
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
Better Luck Next Time

#6 - 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 7.73
56 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross, Lee Orgel
Batman Is Riled

#7 - 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 7.73
124 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Robert Dozier
That Darn Catwoman

#8 - That Darn Catwoman

Season 2 - Episode 40

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.

star 7.71
28 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play

#9 - 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 7.71
63 votes
Directors: Tom Gries
Writers: Fred De Gorter
Death in Slow Motion

#10 - 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 7.68
44 votes
Writers: Richard Carr
Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds

#11 - Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds

Season 2 - Episode 24

Hoping to obtain the Batcave’s bat-diamond, Marsha searches for a new potion to use on the Caped Crusaders. Batman and Robin do some searching of their own and arrive at the criminal’s hideout. But after Marsha douses them with her concoctions, the villainess seems to have a unique bargaining chip – two tiny caped toads – with which to gain Commissioner Gordon’s help in locating the Batcave.

star 7.68
31 votes
Directors: James B. Clark
Writers: Stanford Sherman
Surf's Up! Joker's Under!

#12 - 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 7.67
36 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Charles Hoffman
The Spell of Tut

#13 - 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 7.67
42 votes
Directors: Larry Peerce
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin

#14 - 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 7.67
66 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Stanford Sherman
The Penguin's a Jinx

#15 - 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 7.66
146 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra

#16 - The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra

Season 3 - Episode 25

Dr. Cassandra and her husband Cabala are behind a string of invisible robberies, thanks to their camouflage pills. When Batman, Robin, and Batgirl attempt to stop their next theft, the crooks turn them into 2-dimensional figures with their ray gun. Dr. Cassandra then begins work on her final plan – releasing all the super criminals from prison to join her invisible force.

star 7.66
29 votes
Directors: Sam Strangis
Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
Smack in the Middle

#17 - 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 7.64
301 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
The Pharaoh's in a Rut

#18 - 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 7.64
50 votes
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
Green Ice

#19 - 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 7.64
39 votes
Directors: George Waggner
Writers: Max Hodge
While Gotham City Burns

#20 - 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 7.64
47 votes
Directors: Larry Peerce
Writers: Hendrik Vollaerts
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds

#21 - Marsha, Queen of Diamonds

Season 2 - Episode 23

Marsha, the Queen of Diamonds, is after the giant diamond that powers the Batcomputer. With her love darts, she puts both Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara under her spell (and into her custody). When the Dynamic Duo show up, they too are injected with her love potion, and Batman must agree to marry Marsha if he ever wants his friends to be returned.

star 7.63
35 votes
Directors: James B. Clark
Writers: Stanford Sherman
True or False Face

#22 - 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
51 votes
Writers: Stephen Kandel
The Riddler's False Notion

#23 - The Riddler's False Notion

Season 1 - Episode 32

Robin has been captured by “The Riddler,” leaving Batman fearing his own reaction. Therefore he asks Commissioner Gordon to accompany him to the Bat-cave to witness his interrogation of Pauline, The Riddler’s moll. All clues eventually lead back to the priceless silent film collection of Mr. Van Jones, to which The Riddler is about to add his own silent masterpiece.

star 7.62
42 votes
Writers: Richard Carr
Tut's Case Is Shut

#24 - 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 7.61
36 votes
Directors: Larry Peerce
Writers: Robert C. Dennis, Earl Barret
The Clock King's Crazy Crimes

#25 - The Clock King's Crazy Crimes

Season 2 - Episode 11

After a robbery aided by a rigged timepiece, Batman and Robin deduce the Clock King must be in Gotham City. Disguised as a pop art expert, the villain brings his latest masterpiece to the Parkhurst Gallery. But everyone is surprised when the sculpture turns out to be more than just a piece of art, and the Clock King makes off with a valuable time-related painting. Batman and Robin follow a clue to the villain’s hideout, unaware that a trap awaits them.

star 7.60
30 votes
Directors: James Neilson
Writers: Bill Finger, Charles Sinclair