Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows
Ran from: January 12, 1966 – March 14, 1968
Heroes: Batman, Robin, Batgirl
Villains: The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, Egghead
Notable Guest Stars: Everyone who was cool in the mid-sixties; Jerry Lewis, Dick Clark, Bruce Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Joan Collins, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney, Tallulah Bankhead, Roddy McDowall, Liberace, Ethel Merman, Milton Berle, Shelley Winters, Zsa Zsa Gabor
What’s Good: Batman gets a bad rap. Following the show’s enormous success, it was all too easy to dismiss comic books and superheroes as silly kids’ stuff. The show spoofed the genre so effectively that casual audiences couldn’t see superheroes any other way. Even today, you will still see headlines that use “Biff! Bam! Pow!” as short-hand for comic books. But that’s not Batman‘s fault.
Taken on its own, the show is clever and often laugh-out-loud funny. The stories can be enjoyed as adventure stories by kids and satire by their parents. Batman’s pop art style is bright, colorful and visually engaging. And unlike so many other superhero shows that pitted their protagonist against regular criminals, Adam West’s Batman had a rogues gallery of comic book villains.
Bonus points for having given the world Batgirl.
What’s Bad: If you’re looking for a serious take on the Dark Knight, this is not the show for you.
Verdict: I’m in the camp that thinks the sixties Batman is fun in small doses.
Next: Legends of Tomorrow
Posted on November 10, 2017, in Super Heroes, TV, Worst to First and tagged Adventures of Superman, Batman, gotham, shazam, smallville, supergirl, Superman, the flash, Wonder Woman. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.