The Best Episodes of Batman (1966)
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2019
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.
#1 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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!”
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#11 - 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.
#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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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?
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - 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.