Season 1 (1966)
With perfectly pitched scripts and the iconic high-camp cleverness of "POW!," "THWACK!" and "ZAP!" graphics, Batman leapt off the pages of the comics and into our living rooms to become one of the biggest hits in television history. Witness the debut of diabolical foes, from the raucous Riddler to the persuasive Penguin to the calculating Catwoman, as they attempt to confound our Caped Crusaders, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward).
Ep.1 Hi Diddle Riddle
Air Date: 1966-01-12
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.
Ep.2 Smack in the Middle
Air Date: 1966-01-13
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.
Ep.3 Fine Feathered Finks
Air Date: 1966-01-19
The Penguin plots to manipulate Batman into inadvertently devising capers for him.
Ep.4 The Penguin's a Jinx
Air Date: 1966-01-20
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.
Ep.5 The Joker Is Wild
Air Date: 1966-01-26
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.
Ep.6 Batman is Riled
Air Date: 1966-01-27
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.
Ep.7 Instant Freeze
Air Date: 1966-02-02
Mr. Freeze, thought to have perished, has returned and is seeking revenge on Batman. The villain is committing crimes involving diamonds, or "ice," in one form or another. He freezes Batman and Robin, who look like goners.
Ep.8 Rats Like Cheese
Air Date: 1966-02-03
Vince, a temperamental physician at a Gotham City hospital (apparently 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.
Ep.9 Zelda the Great
Air Date: 1966-02-09
The Dynamic Duo arrange 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.
Ep.10 A Death Worse Than Fate
Air Date: 1966-02-10
Told that her loot is genuine money after all, Zelda is forced to lure Batman and Robin into a possibly unsolvable deathtrap, with hitmen waiting outside to shoot them if they escape.
Ep.11 A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away
Air Date: 1966-02-16
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.
Ep.12 When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play
Air Date: 1966-02-17
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.
Ep.13 The Thirteenth Hat
Air Date: 1966-02-23
Jervis Tetsch, 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. Batman and Robin have the Mad Hatter and his gang cornered but the criminal mastermind manages to encase the Caped Crusader in plaster of Paris.
Ep.14 Batman Stands Pat
Air Date: 1966-02-24
Batman, thanks to superior breath control, is able to escape the plaster of Paris in which he was encased. Despite this, the Mad Hatter is still at large. Eventually, Batman and Robin again face off against the Mad Hatter at his criminal lair. Things look bad, but the Dyamic Duo manage to triumph.
Ep.15 The Joker Goes to School
Air Date: 1966-03-02
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.
Ep.16 He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul
Air Date: 1966-03-03
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.
Ep.17 True or False-Face
Air Date: 1966-03-09
False Face traps Batman and Robin, and binding them to a subway track just minutes before a train is scheduled to come by.
Ep.18 Holy Rat Race
Air Date: 1966-03-10
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.
Ep.19 The Purr-Fect Crime
Air Date: 1966-03-16
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.
Ep.20 Better Luck Next Time
Air Date: 1966-03-17
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.
Ep.21 The Penguin Goes Straight
Air Date: 1966-03-23
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.
Ep.22 Not Yet, He Ain't
Air Date: 1966-03-24
Already wanted for a robbery they didn't commit, Batman and Robin fake their own deaths with a little help from Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara. They even allow the Penguin to take hold of the Batmobile, now renamed 'Birdmobile' in order to keep track on them via a hidden camera.
Ep.23 The Ring of Wax
Air Date: 1966-03-30
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.
Ep.24 Give 'em the Axe
Air Date: 1966-03-31
Taking advantage of the Riddler's mistaken belief that they were killed escaping his deathtrap, the Dynamic Duo must stop the villain from stealing a treasure of Incan jewels that would mean destroying an archaeological treasure as well.
Ep.25 The Joker Trumps an Ace
Air Date: 1966-04-06
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!"
Ep.26 Batman Sets the Pace
Air Date: 1966-04-07
After an ingenious escape, Batman and Robin again pick up the trail of the Joker. The villain's ultimate crime is designed not only to make him rich but to ruin Batman's reputation.
Ep.27 The Curse of Tut
Air Date: 1966-04-13
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.
Ep.28 The Pharaoh's in a Rut
Air Date: 1966-04-14
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.
Ep.29 The Bookworm Turns
Air Date: 1966-04-20
Commissioner Gordon appears to have been assassinated during the opening of a new bridge. A copy of Hemingway's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' nearly blows up the Batmobile. Both incidents are clues to the Bookworm's latest scheme. Batman and Robin interrogate The Bookworm's henchwoman Miss Limpet but deduce she is leading them into a trap. And while Batman intends to walk right into it, it is Robin who falls first.
Ep.30 While Gotham City Burns
Air Date: 1966-04-21
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?
Ep.31 Death in Slow Motion
Air Date: 1966-04-27
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.
Ep.32 The Riddler's False Notion
Air Date: 1966-04-28
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.
Ep.33 Fine Finny Fiends
Air Date: 1966-05-04
Alfred is kidnapped by the Penguin ans his finny fiends while buying caviar for the Multimillionaires Annual Award Dinner. Although the loyal butler does not know the secret location where the dinner is to be held, Penguin brainwashes the man-servant as part of his diabolical scheme. Batman and Robin track down the Penguin's hideout on a fishing pier owned by 'Knott A. Fish', only to walk into a trap.
Ep.34 Batman Makes the Scenes
Air Date: 1966-05-05
The Penguin learns the location of the Multi-millionaires Annual Award Dinner from Alfred: on board Bruce Wayne's S.S. Gotham Neptune. His female fink Finella replaces the beauty queen for the chosen charity Miss Natural Resources, pops out of a giant cake at the diner and proceeds to gas all the multimillionaires present, as well as Bruce Wayne and Master Grayson's replacements: Batman and Robin.