The following is an episode list for the 1960s Batman television series. It also provides the main cast members, production notes and a list of notable guest stars.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||34||January 12, 1966||May 5, 1966|
|2||60||September 7, 1966||March 30, 1967|
|3||26||September 14, 1967||March 14, 1968|
Season 1 aired two episodes per week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and followed a single storyline per week.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Special Guest Villain|
|"Hi Diddle Riddle|
Smack in the Middle"
|Robert Butler||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||January 12, 1966|
January 13, 1966
|While the Riddler maneuvers Batman into being sued, the Dynamic Duo investigate the supervillain's concurrent scheme.|
|"Fine Feathered Finks |
The Penguin's a Jinx"
|Robert Butler||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||January 19, 1966|
January 20, 1966
|The Penguin plots to manipulate Batman into inadvertently devising capers for him.|
|"The Joker Is Wild|
Batman Is Riled"
|Don Weis||Robert Dozier||January 26, 1966|
January 27, 1966
|The Joker decides to fight fire with fire against Batman with a utility belt of his own.|
Rats Like Cheese"
|Robert Butler||Max Hodge||February 2, 1966|
February 3, 1966
|Dr. Shivel aka Mr. Freeze has returned and is seeking revenge on Batman, who accidentally spilled a freeze solution on him, forcing him to live in a climate 50 degrees below zero. He commits crimes involving diamonds, or "ice", in different forms.|
|"Zelda the Great|
A Death Worse Than Fate"
|Norman Foster||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||February 9, 1966|
February 10, 1966
|Zelda The Great|
|The Dynamic Duo arranges a trap for an elusive annual bank robber, but the female magician they are hunting is on to them with a new scheme of her own.|
|"A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away|
When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play"
|Tom Gries||Fred De Gorter||February 16, 1966|
February 17, 1966
|When a visiting King is accosted by the Riddler, the Dynamic Duo pursues his subsequent complex trail of riddles to try to stop him.|
|"The Thirteenth Hat|
Batman Stands Pat"
|Norman Foster||Charles Hoffman||February 23, 1966|
February 24, 1966
|The Mad Hatter|
|Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter, is abducting all the jurors who convicted him of a previous crime wave. He is also taking their hats. His final target is none other than Batman, who provided the key testimony in the Mad Hatter's trial.|
|"The Joker Goes to School|
He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul"
|Murray Golden||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||March 2, 1966|
March 3, 1966
|The Joker strikes at the high school level when his rigged vending machines give out stocks, bonds, and silver dollars. It's all part of his sinister scheme to blackmail the school’s basketball team.|
|"True or False-Face|
Holy Rat Race"
|William A. Graham||Stephen Kandel||March 9, 1966|
March 10, 1966
(Malachi Throne, billed only as "?" before the end of part 2)
|A master of disguise, False Face, is on the loose in Gotham City and launches a barrage of tricky true-or-false crimes including replacing a bank's real money with counterfeits.|
|"The Purr-fect Crime|
Better Luck Next Time"
|James Sheldon||Stanley Ralph Ross|
& Lee Orgel
|March 16, 1966|
March 17, 1966
|Catwoman steals some priceless art but the importance of the crimes go beyond the taking of the objects involved.|
|"The Penguin Goes Straight|
Not Yet, He Ain't"
|Leslie H. Martinson||Lorenzo Semple Jr.|
& John Cardwell
|March 23, 1966|
March 24, 1966
|The Penguin apparently goes straight, thwarting crimes across Gotham City and offering his services as a security expert. Batman doesn't believe it and sets out to prove the Penguin guilty of a crime, but the Dynamic Duo end up framed for jewel theft.|
|"The Ring of Wax|
Give 'Em the Axe"
|James B. Clark||Jack Paritz|
& Bob Rodgers
|March 30, 1966|
March 31, 1966
|The Riddler's latest scheme involves stealing a wax figure to melt down for its wax that is powerfully corrosive when exposed to direct flame. He wants to open a vault of rare books to find the key to an ancient treasure.|
|"The Joker Trumps an Ace|
Batman Sets the Pace"
|Richard C. Sarafian||Francis M. Cockrell|
& Marian B. Cockrell
|April 6, 1966|
April 7, 1966
|A wave of senseless robberies by the Joker prove to be part of a plot against a visiting maharajah.|
|"The Curse of Tut|
The Pharaoh's in a Rut"
|Charles R. Rondeau||Robert C. Dennis|
& Earl Barret
|April 13, 1966|
April 14, 1966
|A new villain called King Tut, a former academic who thinks he is really King Tut, prepares to claim Gotham City as his new Thebes.|
|"The Bookworm Turns|
While Gotham City Burns"
|Larry Peerce||Hendrik Vollaerts||April 20, 1966|
April 21, 1966
|When Commissioner Gordon's death is faked by the Bookworm, the Dynamic Duo must track down the literate criminal to find out what he is up to. Cameo by Jerry Lewis as himself during a wall climb by Batman & Robin.|
|"Death in Slow Motion|
The Riddler's False Notion"
|Charles R. Rondeau||Richard Carr||April 27, 1966|
April 28, 1966
|The Riddler is back, and is pursuing a silent movie theme with his latest scheme. As the Dynamic Duo pursue the Riddler, they discover the true purpose behind his cinematic caper and his ultimate target. Along the way Riddler abducts Robin and places him in a series of classic death-perils. Silent film star Francis X. Bushman appears as Mr. Van Jones in his final acting appearance before his death in August 1966.|
|"Fine Finny Fiends|
Batman Makes the Scenes"
|Tom Gries||Sheldon Stark||May 4, 1966|
May 5, 1966
|The Penguin has returned and has a dastardly plan involving Alfred, whom the Penguin captures and brainwashes to be his unwitting pawn for his scheme against a wealthy social event.|
A couple of months after the first season finished airing, a cinematic feature film of Batman premiered in theaters on July 30, 1966, featuring four of the most prominent villains, and new Bat Gadgets that were enabled by the bigger budget of the film. Julie Newmar, who had played The Catwoman in Season 1, was unavailable to act in the film due to a back injury, and was replaced in the role by Lee Meriwether.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Special Guest Villains|
|Batman||Leslie H. Martinson||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||July 30, 1966||Catwoman (Lee Meriwether)|
The Joker (Cesar Romero)
The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)
The Riddler (Frank Gorshin)
Season 2 aired two episodes per week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The two episodes in a given week were a single storyline in 26 of the 30 weeks that made up season 2. The four weeks that were the exception to this were during weeks 19–22 of the season, with three storylines that each crossed over into the following week; a three-parter, followed by a two-parter, followed by another three-parter.
Despite being the most prominent villain during the first season, Frank Gorshin was completely absent as The Riddler during season 2, as Gorshin was holding out for a salary increase for continuing on in the role, which the studio refused to comply with. As a result, a storyline in season 2 that was originally intended for the Riddler was instead given to a character called The Puzzler, while another storyline later on in season 2 saw John Astin replace Gorshin in the role of the Riddler.
After her absence in the 1966 film, Julie Newmar returned to the role of The Catwoman in season 2, becoming the most prominent villain during the season. Although Barbara Gordon / Batgirl would not be depicted until Season 3, Barbara is discussed in the late season 2 episodes "Batman's Waterloo" and "The Duo Defy", foreshadowing her debut months later.
Mr. Freeze was portrayed by George Sanders in season 1, but Sanders was unavailable to reprise the role. As a result, Otto Preminger was cast to portray Mr. Freeze in season 2, where Mr. Freeze was going to appear in 4 episodes. Due to tensions and difficulties on set in Preminger's two-part storyline, Eli Wallach replaced Preminger in the role of Mr. Freeze for the final two-part storyline of season 2.
Episode 39 sees the first use of the "Batdrone", used to fly over Gotham City looking for an unauthorized TV broadcast location. This was at a time, during the Vietnam War, when such unmanned drone technology only existed in highly classified form.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Special Guest Villain(s)|
|"Shoot a Crooked Arrow|
Walk the Straight and Narrow"
|Sherman Marks||Stanley Ralph Ross||September 7, 1966|
September 8, 1966
|The Archer arrives in Gotham City and begins robbing the rich to give to the poor, but soon changes his tactics for personal gain.|
|"Hot Off the Griddle|
The Cat and the Fiddle"
|Don Weis||Stanley Ralph Ross||September 14, 1966|
September 15, 1966
|The Caped Crusaders employ a newspaper columnist to snare Catwoman, not realizing the writer is actually working for her.|
|"The Minstrel's Shakedown|
|Murray Golden||Francis M. Cockrell|
& Marian B. Cockrell
|September 21, 1966|
September 22, 1966
|A new villain called The Minstrel holds Gotham's stock market to ransom with his expertise in electronics.|
|"The Spell of Tut|
Tut's Case is Shut"
|Larry Peerce||Robert C. Dennis|
& Earl Barret
|September 28, 1966|
September 29, 1966
|King Tut plans to put the whole of Gotham City under his power with an ancient chemical.|
|"The Greatest Mother of Them All|
|Oscar Rudolph||Henry Slesar||October 5, 1966|
October 6, 1966
(cameo in part 2)
|The infamous Ma Parker arrives in Gotham City and plans to take over the city penitentiary.|
|"The Clock King's Crazy Crimes|
The Clock King Gets Crowned"
|James Neilson||Bill Finger &|
|October 12, 1966|
October 13, 1966
|The Clock King|
|Clock King uses various mechanical clock parts to try to kill Batman and Robin, and steal a fortune.|
|"An Egg Grows in Gotham|
The Yegg Foes in Gotham"
|George Waggner||T : Stanley Ralph Ross|
S : Edwin Self
|October 19, 1966|
October 20, 1966
|Egghead, the smartest villain in the world, disrupts a long-standing lease to take over Gotham City and almost figures out Batman's true identity.|
|"The Devil's Fingers|
The Dead Ringers"
|Larry Peerce||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||October 26, 1966|
October 27, 1966
|Chandell & Harry|
|While the Dynamic Duo are temporarily away, the musician Chandell plans to marry Aunt Harriet as part of his scheme to steal the Wayne fortune to pay off a debt, owed to his criminal twin brother, Harry.|
|"Hizzonner the Penguin|
Dizzoner the Penguin"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanford Sherman||November 2, 1966|
November 3, 1966
|Penguin and Batman square off in the Gotham City mayoral election. Batman dryly discusses the issues, while Penguin runs a campaign based on hoopla and thuggery.|
|George Waggner||Max Hodge||November 9, 1966|
November 10, 1966
|After kidnapping Miss Iceland, whom he wants to forcibly marry, Mr. Freeze tries to thwart Batman and Robin by sullying their public image.|
|"The Impractical Joker|
The Joker's Provokers"
|James B. Clark||Jay Thompson &|
|November 16, 1966|
November 17, 1966
|Joker engages in a key-themed crime spree, which includes his plans to outwit Batman and Robin.|
|"Marsha, Queen of Diamonds|
Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds"
|James B. Clark||Stanford Sherman||November 23, 1966|
November 24, 1966
Queen of Diamonds
|Marsha tries to romance Batman in order to get her hands on a large industrial diamond he uses in the Batcave.|
|"Come Back, Shame|
It's How You Play the Game"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanley Ralph Ross||November 30, 1966|
December 1, 1966
|Shame plans to build a powerful truck engine to help him outwit the Batmobile.|
|"The Penguin's Nest|
The Bird's Last Jest"
|Murray Golden||Lorenzo Semple Jr.||December 7, 1966|
December 8, 1966
|Batman becomes suspicious when Penguin wants to be arrested.|
|"The Cat's Meow|
The Bat's Kow Tow"
|James B. Clark||Stanley Ralph Ross||December 14, 1966|
December 15, 1966
|Catwoman gets her claws on a device capable of stealing people's voices and uses this to steal the voices of English singing duo Chad & Jeremy to hold their country to ransom.|
|"The Puzzles Are Coming|
The Duo is Slumming"
|Jeffrey Hayden||Fred De Gorter||December 21, 1966|
December 22, 1966
|The Puzzler plans to steal a new jet plane and confound Batman and Robin with his aviatic and Shakespearean themed puzzles.|
|"The Sandman Cometh|
The Catwoman Goeth"
|George Waggner||T : Charles Hoffman|
S/T : Ellis St. Joseph
|December 28, 1966|
December 29, 1966
|Catwoman teams up with the continental crook Sandman to steal a fortune and finally eliminate the Dynamic Duo.|
|"The Contaminated Cowl|
The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul"
|Oscar Rudolph||Charles Hoffman||January 4, 1967|
January 5, 1967
|The Mad Hatter|
|The Mad Hatter plans to finally get his hands on Batman's cowl and apparently kills the Dynamic Duo in the attempt.|
|"The Zodiac Crimes|
The Joker's Hard Times
The Penguin Declines"
|Oscar Rudolph||T : Stanford Sherman|
S/T : Stephen Kandel
|January 11, 1967|
January 12, 1967
January 18, 1967
& The Penguin
(The Penguin in parts 1 and 3 only)
|Joker and Penguin team up for a massive crime spree in Gotham City.|
|"That Darn Catwoman|
Scat! Darn Catwoman"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanley Ralph Ross||January 19, 1967|
January 25, 1967
(Lesley Gore; not billed as Extra Special Guest Villainess)
|Catwoman drugs Robin, thus inducing him to join her gang.|
|"Penguin Is a Girl's Best Friend|
Penguin Sets a Trend
Penguin's Disastrous End"
|James B. Clark||Stanford Sherman||January 26, 1967|
February 1, 1967
February 2, 1967
Queen of Diamonds
|The Penguin and Marsha team up to open a movie company as a front for a massive caper, and has Batman and Robin star as the leads.|
A Riddling Controversy"
|James B. Clark||William P. D'Angelo||February 8, 1967|
February 9, 1967
|The Riddler returns to confound Batman on his anniversary with a new caper.|
|"The Joker's Last Laugh|
The Joker's Epitaph"
|Oscar Rudolph||T : Lorenzo Semple Jr.|
S : Peter Rabe
|February 15, 1967|
February 16, 1967
|Joker starts a counterfeiting operation using robots and tricks Bruce Wayne into handing control of the bank over to him.|
|"Catwoman Goes to College|
Batman Displays His Knowledge"
|Robert Sparr||Stanley Ralph Ross||February 22, 1967|
February 23, 1967
|Catwoman is released from prison on good behavior and starts attending Gotham City college.|
|"A Piece of the Action|
Batman's Satisfaction[nb 1]"
|Oscar Rudolph||Charles Hoffman||March 1, 1967|
March 2, 1967
(Roger C. Carmel; not billed as Special Guest Villain)
|The Green Hornet & Kato arrive in Gotham City to stop Colonel Gumm and his counterfeit stamp operation, with Batman & Robin also appearing on the scene.|
|"King Tut's Coup|
|James B. Clark||T : Stanley Ralph Ross|
S : Leo Townsend & Pauline Townsend
|March 8, 1967|
March 9, 1967
|King Tut kidnaps a socialite, believing her to be the reincarnation of Cleopatra, tries to drown Batman, who is locked in a sarcophagus, and makes plans to boil Robin in oil.|
|"Black Widow Strikes Again|
Caught in the Spider's Den"
|Oscar Rudolph||Robert Mintz||March 15, 1967|
March 16, 1967
(Miss Tallulah Bankhead)
|Black Widow begins robbing banks and mesmerizes Batman to do her bidding.|
|"Pop Goes the Joker|
Flop Goes the Joker"
|George Waggner||Stanford Sherman||March 22, 1967|
March 23, 1967
|Joker begins an art-themed caper with a final goal of stealing a collection of paintings and nearly kills Robin in the attempt.|
The Duo Defy"
|Oscar Rudolph||Charles Hoffman||March 29, 1967|
March 30, 1967
|Mr. Freeze abducts a scientist to extort the formula for a freezing solution.|
In Season 3, the format of the storylines were somewhat at variance with previous seasons. Season 3 aired just one episode per week, on Thursdays, and true multi-part stories were the exception rather than the norm. At the conclusion of each story, the guest villains of the next story would usually make an uncredited appearance in the final scene. For example, Egghead is seen riding into town, literally, at the end of "Louie the Lilac". A notable "spin" on this idea were the "linked" episodes "Ring Around the Riddler" and "The Wail of the Siren". In "Ring Around the Riddler", The Siren has an "introductory" scene assisting The Riddler in his criminal caper and briefly mentioning having her own plans for Commissioner Gordon. Batman subsequently defeats the Riddler, and the Siren returns in the tag to start her own caper, which is the basis of "The Wail of the Siren", really a separate story altogether.
Major cast changes during Season 3 included Yvonne Craig joining as Batgirl, Frank Gorshin returning as The Riddler as a one-episode storyline meant that Gorshin's salary demands could now be met, and Eartha Kitt replacing Julie Newmar as The Catwoman, as Newmar was working on the film Mackenna's Gold. Curiously, a body double (Marilyn Watson) in the penultimate episode "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" returned the Catwoman to being Caucasian. Meanwhile, ill-health reduced Madge Blake's role as Aunt Harriet Cooper to just two cameo appearances during Season 3; her appearances are indicated in the episode grid below.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Special Guest Villain(s)|
|95||1||"Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin"||Oscar Rudolph||Stanford Sherman||September 14, 1967||The Penguin|
|Penguin kidnaps Barbara Gordon and tries to force her to marry him.|
|96||2||"Ring Around the Riddler"||Sam Strangis||Charles Hoffman||September 21, 1967||The Riddler|
(Joan Collins; not billed as Extra Special Guest Villainess)
The Riddler challenges Batman to a fight in the ring.|
Note: This was Madge Blake's first of two appearances in the third season.
|97||3||"The Wail of the Siren"||George Waggner||Stanley Ralph Ross||September 28, 1967||The Siren|
|The Siren uses her hypnotic powers to take control of both Commissioner Gordon and Bruce Wayne.|
|"The Sport of Penguins|
A Horse of Another Color"
|Sam Strangis||Charles Hoffman||October 5, 1967|
October 12, 1967
|Penguin and Lola Lasagne team up to pull off a horse racing scam.|
|100||6||"The Unkindest Tut of All"||Sam Strangis||Stanley Ralph Ross||October 19, 1967||King Tut|
|King Tut begins making televised predictions and tries to prove that Bruce Wayne is Batman.|
|101||7||"Louie, the Lilac"||George Waggner||Dwight Taylor||October 26, 1967||Louie the Lilac|
|Louie the Lilac terrorizes Gotham City's flower community.|
|"The Ogg and I|
How to Hatch a Dinosaur"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanford Sherman||November 2, 1967|
November 9, 1967
Olga, Queen of the Cossacks
|Egghead teams up with a group of Cossacks, kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and plans to hatch an ancient Dinosaur egg.|
|104||10||"Surf's Up! Joker's Under!"||Oscar Rudolph||Charles Hoffman||November 16, 1967||The Joker|
|Joker challenges Batman to a battle on the waves.|
|"The Londinium Larcenies|
The Foggiest Notion
The Bloody Tower"
|Oscar Rudolph||T : Charles Hoffman|
S/T : Elkan Allan
|November 23, 1967|
November 30, 1967
December 7, 1967
|Lord Marmaduke Ffogg|
Lady Penelope Peasoup
The Terrific Trio head out to Londinium to battle a gang of criminal aristocrats.|
Note: Madge Blake made her final series appearance in "The Bloody Tower".
|108||14||"Catwoman's Dressed to Kill"||Sam Strangis||Stanley Ralph Ross||December 14, 1967||Catwoman|
|Catwoman plans to conquer Gotham's fashion market.|
|109||15||"The Ogg Couple"||Oscar Rudolph||Stanford Sherman||December 21, 1967||Egghead|
Olga, Queen of the Cossacks
|Egghead and Olga return to cause more mayhem.|
|"The Funny Feline Felonies|
The Joke's on Catwoman"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanley Ralph Ross||December 28, 1967|
January 4, 1968
|After being released for good behaviour, Joker is apparently abducted by Catwoman, but this is only a ruse as part of the felonious pair's plan to locate a hidden supply of gunpowder.|
|112||18||"Louie's Lethal Lilac Time"||Sam Strangis||Charles Hoffman||January 11, 1968||Louie the Lilac|
|Louie the Lilac abducts Bruce and Dick as part of a new scheme against Gotham.|
|113||19||"Nora Clavicle and the|
Ladies' Crime Club"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanford Sherman||January 18, 1968||Nora Clavicle|
|Nora Clavicle has Commissioner Gordon and Mayor Linseed fired, then takes over Gotham city, and employs a female-centric government.|
|114||20||"Penguin's Clean Sweep"||Oscar Rudolph||Stanford Sherman||January 25, 1968||The Penguin|
|Penguin tricks the people of Gotham City into discarding their currency.|
|"The Great Escape|
The Great Train Robbery"
|Oscar Rudolph||Stanley Ralph Ross||February 1, 1968|
February 8, 1968
|Shame escapes from jail and starts a new campaign of wily hijinks.|
|117||23||"I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle"||Sam Strangis||Stanley Ralph Ross||February 22, 1968||King Tut|
|King Tut plans to hunt for a mine and accidentally uncovers the Batcave under Wayne Manor.|
|118||24||"The Joker's Flying Saucer"||Sam Strangis||Charles Hoffman||February 29, 1968||The Joker|
|Joker tricks the people of Gotham into thinking they're being invaded by aliens.|
|119||25||"The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra"||Sam Strangis||Stanley Ralph Ross||March 7, 1968||Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft|
With cameos by Catwoman
and The Riddler
(all uncredited stand-ins)
|Dr. Cassandra discovers a way of becoming invisible and helps free Gotham's criminals to rally against the Terrific Trio.|
|120||26||"Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires"||Oscar Rudolph||Charles Hoffman||March 14, 1968||Minerva|
(Zsa Zsa Gabor)
|Minerva opens a spa for Gotham's millionaires and tricks them into parting with their cash.|