The WORST Episodes of Batman: The Animated Series

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 18, 2021

Network: FOX

Batman The Animated Series was a cartoon that premiered on September 5, 1992, based on the comic series created by Bob Kane, as well as the Burton movie adaptations. The series focused on the adventures of the alter ego of millionaire Bruce Wayne, Batman, a dark vigilante hero who defends Gotham City from a variety of creative and psychotic villains. The highly successful series merged stylish animation and fantastic storytelling more in the style of radio plays than typical cartoons.

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The Underdwellers

#1 - The Underdwellers

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Oct 21, 1992

Batman traces a series of bizarre robberies on the streets of Gotham back to a band of children - poverty-stricken outcasts who have been raised to do the bidding of their master, the Sewer King.

star 6.39
446 votes
Writers: Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller
I've Got Batman in My Basement

#2 - I've Got Batman in My Basement

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 30, 1992

During a fight with Batman over a stolen egg ruby, the Penguin douses Batman with gas, although he is rescued by a teenage "would-be" detective named Sherman and his friend Roberta, who hide Batman in Sherman's basement long enough for him to heal before the Penguin finds them.

star 6.82
401 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Chris Hubbell, Sam Graham
Moon of the Wolf

#3 - Moon of the Wolf

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired Nov 11, 1992

Batman investigates the appearance of a werewolf-like creature in Gotham, not realizing that the monster happens to be one of Bruce Wayne's associates - Anthony Romulus, ex-Olympic champion. Behind the scheme is twisted chemist Professor Milo.

star 6.89
272 votes
Directors: Dick Sebast
Writers: Len Wein
Baby-Doll

#4 - Baby-Doll

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 1, 1994

A tiny former child star kidnaps her TV family and holds them prisoner in a reconstruction of her old TV home.

star 6.97
294 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Paul Dini
Tyger, Tyger

#5 - Tyger, Tyger

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 30, 1992

Selina Kyle is kidnapped by an evil scientist who turns her into a real cat-woman.Selina Kyle is kidnapped by the villainous genetic engineer Dr. Emile Dorian and becomes his latest experiment to provide his man-cat hybrid named Tygrus with a mate. Batman learns of this and comes to the island to rescue Selina. He is captured and forced into a deadly game of cat-and-flying mouse as Tygrus hunts Batman through the island's jungles.

star 7.14
308 votes
Writers: Cherie Wilkerson
Cat Scratch Fever

#6 - Cat Scratch Fever

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 5, 1992

Batman must stop Roland Daggett's plan to release a viral plague designed by Professor Milo into Gotham by way of its stray cat population. The case gains new urgency when Catwoman becomes infected with the virus during her search for her missing cat, Isis.

star 7.21
307 votes
Writers: Buzz Dixon
Be a Clown

#7 - Be a Clown

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 16, 1992

Mayor Hamilton Hill's miserable son, Jordan, becomes even sadder when his father uses his birthday party as a political gathering, and ends up stowing away in the truck of the circus performer hired by Hill for the party, whom he doesn't know is actually the Joker in disguise. It is now up to Batman, whom Mayor Hill distrusts, to rescue the boy before it's too late.

star 7.21
479 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Steve Hayes, Ted Pedersen
Terror in the Sky

#8 - Terror in the Sky

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Nov 12, 1992

When a man-sized bat ransacks Gotham harbor, Batman suspects that Dr. Kirk Langstrom is up to his old tricks, taking the Man-Bat formula again. Batman isn't the only one. Kirk's wife, Francine, is so distrustful of her husband that she decides to leave him. After further investigation, Batman discovers that this Man-Bat is not Kirk, but someone else.

star 7.22
287 votes
Writers: Mark Saraceni
The Forgotten

#9 - The Forgotten

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Oct 8, 1992

While investigating the disappearances of Gotham's homeless in an undercover disguise, Bruce Wayne is kidnapped. Imprisoned in a chain gang mining camp and suffering from amnesia, will he be able to escape and free the rest of the prisoners?

star 7.23
330 votes
Directors: Boyd Kirkland
Writers: Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, Sean Catherine Derek
Fear of Victory

#10 - Fear of Victory

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Sep 29, 1992

Several sportsmen start receiving strange letters in the mail, and having frightening hallucinations at their next game. At the same time, one man is making thousands of dollars betting on the events. Batman and Robin (the latter of whom becomes infected), start their own investigation, and come to the conclusion that someone else is continuing the Scarecrow's crimes, since the Scarecrow is currently locked up in Arkham Asylum. Or is he?

star 7.23
407 votes
Directors: Dick Sebast
Writers: Samuel Warren Joseph
See No Evil

#11 - See No Evil

Season 1 - Episode 56 - Aired Feb 24, 1993

Lloyd "Eddie" Ventrix is on the verge of losing his daughter, Kimberly, to his ex-wife, Helen, due to his past as an con artist. Determined not to lose Kimberly, Ventrix dons a suit, stolen from where he used to work while on parole, which grants the user invisibility but also becomes highly toxic, and poses as Kimberly's imaginary friend, Mojo, while stealing jewellery for her. Can Batman solve the mystery crimes and stop Ventrix, and at the same time, save his life, despite the fact that he can't even see him?

star 7.31
257 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Martin Pasko
Prophecy of Doom

#12 - Prophecy of Doom

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 6, 1992

Batman investigates a cult, called The Brotherhood, founded by the "mystic" Nostromos after hearing about a number of stories from his colleagues about his ability to predict the future. Batman finds out that Nostromos is actually a con artist who was rigging near-fatal accidents to gain the confidence of Gotham's upper class citizens. Can Batman expose this ruse before it's too late?

star 7.32
375 votes
Writers: Sean Catherine Derek
Batgirl Returns

#13 - Batgirl Returns

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 1994

Batgirl and Catwoman team up to investigate the theft of a rare cat statue.

star 7.35
333 votes
Directors: Dan Riba
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Michael Reaves
Christmas with the Joker

#14 - Christmas with the Joker

Season 1 - Episode 38 - Aired Nov 13, 1992

After escaping Arkham Asylum on Christmas Eve, The Joker takes over Gotham's airwaves and terrorizes the city. He then challenges Batman and Robin to find his hidden TV studio and free his hostages, Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock, and Summer Gleason, before midnight.

star 7.36
413 votes
Avatar

#15 - Avatar

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 9, 1994

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

star 7.39
211 votes
Directors: Kevin Altieri
Writers: Michael Reaves
Blind as a Bat

#16 - Blind as a Bat

Season 1 - Episode 54 - Aired Feb 22, 1993

The Penguin steals an experimental helicopter from an air show, causing an explosion that temporarily blinds Bruce Wayne. Batman knows he won't be able to wait until his vision returns to track the Penguin down, but will he be able to do so without the use of his eyes?

star 7.41
252 votes
Writers: Len Wein
The Clock King

#17 - The Clock King

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 21, 1992

After his company goes bankrupt (without a hearing), Temple Fugate takes up the mantle of the Clock King and pursues the one who he believes responsible for his loss: Mayor Hill, who merely persuaded Fugate to take a later coffee break, which ended in disaster. Can Batman rescue Hill in time, despite his dislike for the Mayor?

star 7.41
418 votes
Directors: Kevin Altieri
Writers: David Wise
On Leather Wings

#18 - On Leather Wings

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 6, 1992

When a horrifying bat creature terrorizes Gotham City, the authorities conclude it must be Batman and put out an all-points bulletin on the Dark Knight . Meanwhile, Batman's investigation leads him to the laboratory of Kirk Langstrom, a prominent zoologist, who has been experimenting with a formula that turns him into the Man-Bat creature. Not only does Batman have to capture Man-Bat in order to save Langstrom, but also to set the police straight and clear his name

star 7.41
1,193 votes
Directors: Kevin Altieri
Writers: Mitch Brian
The Terrible Trio

#19 - The Terrible Trio

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1995

Batman tracks three wealthy playboys who commit crimes out of boredom.

star 7.42
270 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
Sideshow

#20 - Sideshow

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 3, 1994

When pursuing the escaped convict Killer Croc, Batman encounters a small group of sideshow freaks who apparently trust Croc more than Batman.

star 7.43
180 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Michael Reaves
Eternal Youth

#21 - Eternal Youth

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 23, 1992

Several rich industrialists are invited to the Eternal Youth Health Spa, and that's where they are last seen before disappearing. The only connection: they had something to do with the death of plants. Bruce Wayne also receives an invitation (although it was one of his greedy directors who nearly made the deal to destroy a rainforest before Bruce forced him to shut the operation down), but Alfred and his "lady friend", Maggie, go in his place. When they don't return, Batman is forced to investigate, discovering that the spa is run by Poison Ivy, and that she has been using a formula to turn the industrialists into humanoid trees, including Alfred and Maggie.

star 7.43
306 votes
Directors: Kevin Altieri
Writers: Beth Bornstein
Fire from Olympus

#22 - Fire from Olympus

Season 1 - Episode 60 - Aired May 24, 1993

Believing hiself to be a Greek God, Maxie Zeus steals an experimental electricity weapon with plans of using it on Gotham City.

star 7.45
230 votes
Writers: Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Judith Reeves-Stevens
Catwalk

#23 - Catwalk

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 13, 1995

Catwoman's attempt to go straight runs into problems when she is enticed into one last job by the Ventriloquist.

star 7.51
298 votes
Directors: Boyd Kirkland
Writers: Paul Dini
Birds of a Feather

#24 - Birds of a Feather

Season 1 - Episode 52 - Aired Feb 8, 1993

Veronica Vreeland is looking for a way to create a splash with her next party and arrives at the idea of having a former criminal in attendance—especially if there's one whose manners would create a stir. Penguin, who has recently reformed, fits the bill perfectly. In the process of convincing the Penguin to come to her party, Veronica finds she likes the corpulent little guy. For his part, the Penguin begins to fall in love with her, until he overhears that he is merely being used...

star 7.53
231 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves
Pretty Poison

#25 - Pretty Poison

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 14, 1992

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.

star 7.56
550 votes
Writers: Tom Ruegger