The BEST Episodes of Batman (1966)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2020
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.
#1 - Hi Diddle Riddle
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 12, 1966
The Riddler leaves a clue at a Moldavian reception at the Gotham City World’s Fair. Batman and Robin are summoned and are on the villain’s trail. But he tricks them; the heroes think he’s committing a robbery with a handgun. In reality, the gun is a cigarette lighter (the answer to one of the Riddler’s riddles). Now, the villain is suing Batman, where he will be forced to reveal his true identity in court. The heroes, still convinced the Riddler is planning a major crime, travel to a discotheque. There, Batman is drugged by Molly, one of the Riddler’s confederates, while Robin is kidnapped. Robin appears to be in great danger as the episode ends.
#2 - Hot Off the Griddle
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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.
#3 - Green Ice
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 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.
#4 - Tut's Case is Shut
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 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.
#5 - Smack in the Middle
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 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. 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.
#6 - A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 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.
#7 - The Joker is Wild
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 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.
#8 - The Bird's Last Jest
Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Dec 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.
#9 - Batman is Riled
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 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.
#10 - The Penguin's a Jinx
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 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. 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 - Flop Goes the Joker
Season 2 - Episode 58 - Aired Mar 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.
#12 - Fine Feathered Finks
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 1966
The Penguin plots to manipulate Batman into inadvertently devising capers for him.
#13 - The Penguin's Nest
Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired Dec 7, 1966
Penguin has opened a fancy restaurant called The Penguin’s Nest. There every order has to be written down by the customers on a piece of paper. He then plans to get himself arrested and hand over the handwritten notes to a forger doing time by the name of Ballpoint Baxter. Suspecting a scheme, Batman urges the police not to send The Penguin back to his permanent cell. Unable to reach Ballpoint, The Penguin and his culinary cohorts escape from jail, taking Chief O’Hara along as a hostage.
#14 - The Joker Goes to School
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 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.
#15 - The Spell of Tut
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 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.
#16 - He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 3, 1966
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.
#17 - The Cat's Meow
Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Dec 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.
#18 - Scat! Darn Catwoman
Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired Jan 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?
#19 - The Purr-fect Crime
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 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.
#20 - Catwoman's Dressed to Kill
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 14, 1967
The Catwoman targets the fashion industry by first terrorizing a banquet honoring Batgirl and then attacking a fashion show. During the attack on the fashion show, Catwoman captures Batgirl and takes her back to her hideout where she threatens to kill her with a pattern cutter. She then tells Batman that if he attempts to rescue her that it will leave the visiting Queen Bess of Bellgravia vulnerable for attack. Now the Caped Crusader must find a way to save Batgirl and prevent any harm to Queen Bess.
#21 - The Cat and the Fiddle
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 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.
#22 - Rats Like Cheese
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 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.
#23 - Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 23, 1966
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.
#24 - Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 1967
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.
#25 - The Bat's Kow Tow
Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired Dec 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.