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  • Superheroes Batman and Robin (and Batgirl in season three) encounter a colorful collection of villains while fighting crime in Gotham City.

    TV's ultimate camp classic series finds just the right note to make the "Batman" world as much fun as it ever could be. Purist fans of the dark mood of the original source material, whose ideal rendition is likely better represented by either the 1989 Michael Keaton film or the more recent Christian Bale version "Batman Begins," commonly express betrayal at the sixties show's going instead for good-natured comedy. My feeling is that as long as the actual characters of the show are consistent within themselves, the series on its own hits the exact level of entertainment it is aiming for, and you really have to be a real killjoy to actually dislike this series. For me, Adam West is forever the real Bruce Wayne and Batman, a performance that is designed to be eternally underrated. Just looking at the parade of actors that have worn the cowl for the more recent movie versions, when the costume became the entirety of the Batman characater, does anyone else come close to matching West's joining of the two sides of the character's personality? The romantic potential between West's Batman and Julie Newmar's Catwoman was electric. Yvonne Craig's Batgirl was my television crush of the sixties. The traps that the heroes and heroine would find themselves in, as a cliffhanger leading to the second paired episode, bordered on eroticism. And the casting of the villains was often perfect. Particular among them was Frank Gorshin's Riddler, the only of the Batvillains to get an Emmy nod, and his contribution to the show's success cannot be overstated. Also, Victor Buono's King Tut, the best villain created for the show specifically, was always entertaining. Cesar Romero's Joker, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, Roddy McDowall's Bookworm and Vincent Price's Egghead filled out the best among the large criminal cast. One of the most unfortunate things in TV series history is that the show was canceled after the third season, even after CBS optioned to take over the show for another run from ABC, because the Batcave had been dismantled. I would love to be tuning in at the same Battime to the same Batchannel even today.