On Jan 12, 1966 the Batman TV series premiered on ABC. In this classic series, Adam West was Batman and Burt Ward was Robin. Also in the last year of the series they were joined by Yvonne Craig as Batgirl. The series was an instant hit but it had faded by the third and last season. For the first two season there were 2 half-hour episodes a week with the first episode ending in a cliffhanger (Same Bat – time, Same Bat – Channel). So all together there ended up being 120 episodes being made n total.
Notable in the series was that it had some well known Hollywood stars playing villains. Here are some of the major villains in the series:
- Catwoman (Julie Newmar & Eartha Kitt)
- The Joker (Cesar Romero)
- The Riddler (Frank Gorshin & John Astin)
- The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)
- King Tut (Victor Buono)
- Egghead (Vincent Price)
- Shame ( Cliff Robertson)
- Louie, the Lilac (Milton Berle)
Also, Hollywood stars would show up in supporting rolls, especially in the scenes where Batman and Robin are climbing up the side of a building. You could see Alfred Hitchcock, Jerry Lewis, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Clark, etc. pop their heads out and talk with the Dynamic Duo.
The Batman series is still being shown on TV today. In Rochester it is on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on channel 10.2 (MeTV).