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I just recently finished watching the entire run of the 1966 series Batman on DVD and was wondering if there are any fans of the show here at Retro-Daze. My favorite episodes were any of the ones featuring either the Julie Newmar version of Catwoman or Yvonne Craig as Batgirl. Do you guys have any favorite episodes of the show? Any favorite villains?

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jkatz
I own the dvd  set too and am slowly working my way through it.
Out of the classic villains, The Riddler is easily the best, and by that I mean the most fun to watch. Penguin is a close second.
The celebrity villains don't do much for me, actually. 50 years ago it was probably a lot more appealing because people knew who they were, but they just all kinda blur together for me after  watching enough episodes in a row. I am looking forward to Vincent Price as Egghead and Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze, though.


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I need to check it out. Haven't seen it since I was a kid, but I've been thinking about it a little since it shows up in the TV listings.

Coupla fun facts I've read:

The show now looks like it was purely for kids, due to the bright colors and animated sound effects, but it was a big hit with adults, too. Many tuned in to see the frequent guest stars.

Regular stars were also a draw. Burgess Meredith (The Penguin) and Cesar Romero (The Joker) were considered serious actors in their careers prior to Batman. Romero famously refused to shave his moustache to play Joker, and it can be seen though his white pancake makeup on modern technology. I wonder how many people noticed this during the original run on the relatively small, relatively low resolution, and frequently even black & white TV sets that were in use at the time.

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eddstarr
I'm a big Julie Newmar fan so you can bet that I love the episodes with Catwoman.

Notice the playfulness between Adam and Julie. Is this acting or a real affection between these two?

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Superman
jkatz wrote :

I own the dvd  set too and am slowly working my way through it.
Out of the classic villains, The Riddler is easily the best, and by that I mean the most fun to watch. Penguin is a close second.
The celebrity villains don't do much for me, actually. 50 years ago it was probably a lot more appealing because people knew who they were, but they just all kinda blur together for me after  watching enough episodes in a row. I am looking forward to Vincent Price as Egghead and Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze, though.


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I agree that the celebrity villains have kind of lost their appeal over time. Unless it's a celebrity I happen to be familiar with, they all blur together for me, too.
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Hoju Koolander

I just got the Box Set for a steal in eBay and am only on disc 2 (My wife has declared she hates the show so much, she can't be in the same room with it...She's a good person otherwise) but the set design of that show is amazing. So many new villain lairs, giant umbrella props and of course the Batcave.

My favorite episodes as a kid were the Batgirl ones as well, but King Tut was also a welcome wacky face.

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Superman
Hoju Koolander wrote :

I just got the Box Set for a steal in eBay and am only on disc 2 (My wife has declared she hates the show so much, she can't be in the same room with it...She's a good person otherwise) but the set design of that show is amazing. So many new villain lairs, giant umbrella props and of course the Batcave.

My favorite episodes as a kid were the Batgirl ones as well, but King Tut was also a welcome wacky face.

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My mom feels the same way about the show as your wife. Some people just don't get the appeal, I guess. 
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