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#112 Court BAT-tles: The Law on the '66 Show

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Release Date: 06/13/2019

#129 The Show's Ratings, and Rating #129 The Show's Ratings, and Rating "Godzilla"

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

At last, we're back! Week-to-week Neilsen ratings info isn't easy to come by, but some research on the ratings has been shared on the all-seeing, all-knowing 66 Batman message board by Bob Furmanek. This time we examine Bob's research and how it puts another nail in the bat-coffin of the pervasive fourth season myth. Also in this episode: A prince getting weighed? Holy Deja Vu! A review of the first issue of Your mail reacting to our season three wrapup episode Stills of Bruce Wayne, Karnaby Katz, and Lord Ffogg's living rooms - are they all the same set? (Sure looks like it!...

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To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Tim and Paul explain why the next episode will be delayed a bit. Also, how you can put yourself in a drawing to win a !

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#128 Roast Godzilla show art #128 Roast Godzilla

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

This time, a double-header! First, we finish what we started by discussing Legends of the Superheroes: The Roast. Was it a great achievement by West and Ward? (Um…) Was Frank Gorshin probably better off for having skipped it? Was the inclusion of Ghetto Man racist? Is it really a roast at all? Is it, you know, funny at any point? We discuss all these questions, the big and small names that appeared in the credits, and more. Then, we talk to Eric Elliott, who's in charge of a project to turn a 1960s treatment for an unrealized movie into an online comic! Plus Toma Lazarov's , and your...

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#127 It’s a “Challenge” Just to Sit Through “Legends” show art #127 It’s a “Challenge” Just to Sit Through “Legends”

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In January 1979, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin reprised their '66 roles in two specials that barely registered in the Nielsen ratings. The first was "Legends of the Superheroes: The Challenge," in which Batman, Robin, and other DC Comics heroes went up against a group of villains (including the Riddler) who, for no clear reason, were plotting to destroy the world. Adam looked sub-par in his "gila cowl," and all three struggled with a script that only the laugh track found funny. In this episode, we take one for the team to explore this highly unmemorable program. Also, we go all the...

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#126 Season Three Wrapup: The Problem with Batgirl show art #126 Season Three Wrapup: The Problem with Batgirl

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We've finished season three (and the series), so it's time to examine the final year of Batman. It's not a task we relish; so much of season three is a disappointment, from the writing to the production values, the head-scratching cliffhanger-free episode tag scenes to the phoned-in acting. And then there's the introduction of Batgirl. While Yvonne Craig was always a delight, the execution of introducing Barbara Gordon/Batgirl into a show that had just been cut back to once a week, and sometimes one-part stories, left a lot to be desired. Where did the show go wrong in its approach to...

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#125 Minerva: Holy self-parody! show art #125 Minerva: Holy self-parody!

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And so we arrive at the last episode of Batman. Of course, the show didn't get a spectacular sendoff; they didn't even give us any of the major villains. Instead, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who had twice almost appeared on the show, finally gets her turn, as (relatively?) evil spa owner Minerva. ("How could she be evil? She's so beautiful!") What's perhaps more notable is the amount of self-parody in the episode, including appearances by executive producer William Dozier and producer Howie Horwitz! Join us as we wrap up the TV series - but not the podcast series! Also, Richard Bakalyan inspires "deja...

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#124 Penguinalysis: How would '60s comics fans have seen Meredith? show art #124 Penguinalysis: How would '60s comics fans have seen Meredith?

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How might a longtime Batman comics reader in 1966 have reacted to Burgess Meredith's portrayal of the Penguin? That's the question our friend Kyle hit on a few months ago, and in this episode he joins us to read pre-'66 Batman comics to compare how similar Meredith's Penguin was to the character in stories by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff, France Herron, and the like. How similar are the two versions, and where are they different? Plus, your mail about our discussion of The Joker's Flying Saucer! Four and Twenty Penguins: from Batman 43 (1947) and Batman 155 (1963) Burgess...

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#123 Dr. Cassandra makes the show disappear show art #123 Dr. Cassandra makes the show disappear

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As Batman neared the end of its run, the budget situation got worse (occasioning the need for an invisible fight), and the writers threw caution to the wind: witness at least half a dozen double entendres in "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" — this at a time when most viewers who were old enough to get these naughty jokes had already bailed. In this episode, we examine this, this final episode written by Stanley Ralph Ross. PLUS: Lily Munster has a deja vu episode, John Burgess sends us his own take on Hefti's Batman theme, and we read your mail about our discussion of the Dynamic Duo on The...

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#122 Parade of Bat-Parodies show art #122 Parade of Bat-Parodies

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When Batman was the hottest show on TV, it naturally became a major target of humor and parody as well. In we looked at a couple of contemporaneous Bat-parodies from 1966-67, and this episode we examine three more: , featuring the actual Batman and Robin, who are both dealing with the effects of West/Ward Batman on their own lives, and acting in ways that parody their TV counterparts; the CRACKED magazine parody ""; and "Ratman and Bobbin In The Clipper Caper", an audio parody by folk-music outfit The Brothers Four! Plus the , deja vu from the Petrie household, and !  

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#121 Send Off the Clown (with Ken Holtzhouser!) show art #121 Send Off the Clown (with Ken Holtzhouser!)

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In Cesar Romero's final appearance as the Joker, he seems hamstrung, and not only by the lousy plot and the single episode in which to tell it. Ken Holtzhouser, who grew up rating Batman episodes based on their Romeroian content, joins us to identify the problem, separate out the chaff from the episode, and see if there's any Bat-wheat left. Plus, the , and listener mail in response to our !  

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Batman and the Law

Batman and Robin are "duly deputized agents of the law." Law comes up on the '66 show on a number of occasions, including two courtroom scenes. The very first episode features the Riddler filing a lawsuit against Batman. But, you might ask, how accurately is the law portrayed on Batman?

In this episode, lawyer Jim Dedman is here to fill us in. How good of a prosecutor is Batman? Does he behave properly as an agent of the law? How would Alfred's method of breaking up the Batman - Marsha nuptials go over in real life? Would Gordon and O'Hara face any charges for unknowingly shooting the Duo in Penguin's shooting gallery? All this and more!

Plus, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Concertino Orchestra's version of the theme, and your mail about our Louie's Lethal Lilac Time review!

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