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The Best Episodes of Batman

Every episode of Batman ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Batman!

Wealthy entrepreneur Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson lead a double life: they are actually crime fighting duo Batman and Robin. A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave, where Police Commissioner Gordon often calls with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City. Racing to the scene of the crime in the Batmobile, Batman and Robin must (with the help of their trusty Bat-utility-belt) thwart the efforts of a variety of master criminals, including The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman, and The Penguin.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyComedyAction & Adventure
Network:ABC

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The best episode of "Batman" is "Flop Goes the Joker", rated 10/10 from 1 user votes. It was directed by George Waggner and written by Stanford Sherman. "Flop Goes the Joker" aired on 3/23/1967 and is rated 1.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "King Tut's Coup".

  • Flop Goes the Joker
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #1 - Flop Goes the Joker

    Season 2 Episode 58 - Aired 1967-03-23

    The Joker persuades wealthy heiress Baby Jane Towser to join him in his artistic capers. Aided by his new accomplice, the Joker easily clears out a wing of the Gotham City Museum to make room for his latest "masterpiece" - pieces of a broken table. But the laughing criminal has plans for the priceless collection of paintings that once filled the room.

    Director: George Waggner

    Writer: Stanford Sherman

  • King Tut's Coup
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #2 - King Tut's Coup

    Season 2 Episode 53 - Aired 1967-03-08

    After a blow to the head, Yale's Egyptology professor once again believes he is King Tut. He mistakes Bruce Wayne's friend Lisa for Queen Cleopatra, and kidnaps her so he can bring her to Egypt as his bride. Batman and Robin soon locate Tut's hideout, thanks to a hidden tracking device. But soon after entering, they are captured by Tut's cronies, and Batman is submerged in a sarcophagus under five feet of water.

    Director: James B. Clark

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Batman's Waterloo
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #3 - Batman's Waterloo

    Season 2 Episode 54 - Aired 1967-03-09

    Though Batman escapes his watery trap, Robin is left in the hands of King Tut. The deluded villain still believes that Lisa Carson is really Queen Cleopatra, and calls Lisa's father to demand a ransom of $8,300,487.12, the mortgage on the Pyramids. Using the Jolly Jackson radio show to communicate, Tut negotiates the terms of payment with Batman. However, the villain most likely intends to keep both the money and Lisa, and has further plans to fry the Caped Crusaders in his royal boiling oil.

    Director: James B. Clark

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Black Widow Strikes Again
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #4 - Black Widow Strikes Again

    Season 2 Episode 55 - Aired 1967-03-15

    The Black Widow uses her cerebrum short-circuiting device to rob bank after bank in Gotham City. Batman and Robin soon catch up with her, but actually capturing the villainess proves harder than expected. Despite her nerve paralyzer spray, and two remote-control dummies that try to throw the Dynamic Duo off course, they finally make it inside the Black Widow's lair. But soon after entering, they are trapped in a giant web with two deadly black widow spiders.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Robert Mintz

  • Caught in the Spider's Den
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #5 - Caught in the Spider's Den

    Season 2 Episode 56 - Aired 1967-03-16

    The Black Widow adjusts her cerebrum short-circuiting device to successfully alter Batman's brain. With Batman powerless to resist, and Robin captured, she disguises herself as the Boy Wonder and brings along a dummy Batman to rob another bank. Commissioner Gordon initially believes Batman is setting a trap for the villainess. But when word comes of the successful robbery, the commissioner puts out an all-points bulletin to bring in the Caped Crusaders dead or alive.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Robert Mintz

  • Pop Goes the Joker
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #6 - Pop Goes the Joker

    Season 2 Episode 57 - Aired 1967-03-22

    The Joker appears in an art gallery and defaces the paintings with paint-spraying guns. But instead of being horrified at his alterations, the Joker's work is praised as "art". After more success at an international art competition, the Joker founds his own art school. But Batman and Robin suspect he has a more sinister purpose in mind when he enrolls only wealthy millionaires.

    Director: George Waggner

    Writer: Stanford Sherman

  • Ice Spy
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #7 - Ice Spy

    Season 2 Episode 59 - Aired 1967-03-29

    Mr. Freeze is back in town, and has plans to build an icy weapon that will have the world at his control. With help from Glacia Glaze, the renowned ice skater, he captures Professor Isaacson and tries to extract the secret formula for instant ice from him. Mr. Freeze then sends his trained seal Isolde to Police Headquarters with a note, demanding Batman deliver a ransom in exchange for the professor. But the frosty villain not only plans to keep the money and the professor, but to terminate the Dynamic Duo in the process.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Charles Hoffman

  • The Duo Defy
    9.0/10 1 votes

    #8 - The Duo Defy

    Season 2 Episode 60 - Aired 1967-03-30

    Back in his iceberg headquarters, Mr. Freeze persuades the kidnapped Professor Isaacson to build him a thermodynamic ice ray beam. He issues an ultimatum that he will begin freezing the entire country if his demands are not met, then gives a demonstration of his weapon. As the villain works out just what his demands are, Batman and Robin track his seal, Isolde, through an ice-packed Gotham Harbor to locate the villain's hideout.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Charles Hoffman

  • A Piece of the Action
    8.5/10 4 votes

    #9 - A Piece of the Action

    Season 2 Episode 51 - Aired 1967-03-01

    The Green Hornet and Kato are in Gotham City to bust a counterfeiting stamp ring. Believed to be arch-criminals by nearly everyone, their midnight visit to Colonel Gumm at the Pink Chip Stamps Factory stirs alarm. Even Batman and Robin believe they are out for a piece of the action. Figuring the Green Hornet's goal must be the Gotham Gothic, a rare and valuable stamp, they trail him and Kato to the Pink Chip Stamps Factory. But when Colonel Gumm and his men make giant stamps out of the visiting crime fighters, it appears Batman and Robin will be doomed to the same fate.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Charles Hoffman

  • That Darn Catwoman
    8.4/10 444 votes

    #10 - That Darn Catwoman

    Season 2 Episode 40 - Aired 1967-01-19

    The Catwoman manages to drug Robin. The junior member of the Dynamic Duo is now the Catwoman's mindless slave. Batman is on the trail of the sultry villain, but he's hampered by the fact he can't harm his partner. Eventually, Batman is trapped by the Catwoman. He's in a giant trap and Robin is cutting the rope that will cause a giant mouse trap to snap on Batman. The Catwoman offers Batman a choice -- die by Robin's hand or agree to be subjected to the same drug.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Scat! Darn Catwoman
    8.4/10 409 votes

    #11 - Scat! Darn Catwoman

    Season 2 Episode 41 - Aired 1967-01-25

    Batman agrees to let the Catwoman drug him. But he appears to have a headache and the Catwoman permits him to take an aspirin. After the drug is administered, Batman appears to assist Catwoman on her crime wave. However, the police receive anonymous telephone calls that enable them to pick up members of Catwoman's gang, including the drugged Robin. Meanwhile, the Gotham City police try to trace the hot line to the Batcave. Batman is there with Catwoman. He uses a device that foils the trace. Eventually, Batman reveals he hadn't taken an aspirin but his universal drug antidote that prevented the drug from working. Catwoman tries to flee on top of a warehouse near the Gotham River. Batman is in pursuit and corners her. But, unwilling to go straight, she falls into the river. Has she lost her life, or just one of her nine lives?

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Batman Displays His Knowledge
    8.2/10 351 votes

    #12 - Batman Displays His Knowledge

    Season 2 Episode 50 - Aired 1967-02-23

    Catwoman goes ahead with her scheme to steal several Batagonian Cat's Eye opals, but she has trouble finding someone to fence them since such rare stones would be easily spotted. With little recourse left, she decides to turn them in for the reward money. It seems like the perfect job for her acquaintance, Freddy the Fence. But when he notices that the gems are fakes, Catwoman realizes she has been tricked by Batman and vows to get revenge on the Caped Crusader once and for all.

    Director: Robert Sparr

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • The Purr-Fect Crime
    8.1/10 587 votes

    #13 - The Purr-Fect Crime

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1966-03-16

    Catwoman initiates a series of thefts that cause Commissioner Gordon to summon Batman and Robin. But the importance of the crimes go beyond the taking of the objects involved. The Dynamic Duo eventually find Catwoman's lair. But Robin is whisked away while Batman is given a choice between two doors. If he picks the right door, he'll find Catwoman. If he picks the wrong one, he'll face certain doom. The hero makes the wrong selection and is about to be attacked by a tiger.

    Director: James Sheldon

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • The Cat's Meow
    8.1/10 381 votes

    #14 - The Cat's Meow

    Season 2 Episode 29 - Aired 1966-12-14

    The Catwoman "steals" the voice of a television talk-show host in the middle of an interview with Bruce Wayne. She plants clues to suggest either the Joker, Riddler or Penguin may have committed the crime. In the meantime, she has fooled Commissioner Gordon into thinking she has gone straight. She makes her first mistake when she masquerades as Miss Klutz, a dance instructor visiting Wayne Manor. Allergic to dogwood, she sneezes and gives herself away. Her next target is to "steal" the voices of British singers Chad and Jeremy. Batman and Robin eventually track her to a dance studio, where a fight erupts. After it appears the Dynamic Duo has triumphed over Catwoman's forces, she drugs them. The heroes are placed inside a chamber where the sounds of water dripping will be magnified many, many times and drive them insane.

    Director: James B. Clark

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • The Bat's Kow Tow
    8.1/10 381 votes

    #15 - The Bat's Kow Tow

    Season 2 Episode 30 - Aired 1966-12-15

    Batman and Robin escape Catwoman's trap by hitting the precise note needed to shatter the glass chamber in which they're prisoners. They quickly get on the trail of Catwoman. The feminine feline criminal eventually "steals" the voices of Chad and Jeremy, Commissioner Gordon and talk-show host Allen Stephens. She blackmails the British government, which faces the lost of revenue from the taxes on Chad and Jeremy's performances. Batman and Robin eventually capture Catwoman and her gang, but not before Batman and Catwoman express obvious affection for each other.

    Director: James B. Clark

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Better Luck Next Time
    8.0/10 551 votes

    #16 - Better Luck Next Time

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1966-03-17

    Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. The hero still has to free Robin, who is facing a separate death trap. Once that task is completed, the Dynamic Duo are back on Catwoman's trail. It turns out the feline villain is after the lost treasure of Captain Manx, which is in a remote spot outside of Gotham City.

    Director: James Sheldon

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • An Egg Grows in Gotham
    8.0/10 412 votes

    #17 - An Egg Grows in Gotham

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 1966-10-19

    Egghead steals the Gotham City charter. He finds a loophole that could give him control of Gotham City if descendants of the original founding families (including Bruce Wayne) do not pay nine raccoon pelts to Chief Screaming Chicken on time. Not only is he interested in stopping the payment, but Egghead believes he also has a lead on Batman's true identity.

    Director: George Waggner

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • The Yegg Foes in Gotham
    8.0/10 394 votes

    #18 - The Yegg Foes in Gotham

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1966-10-20

    When the lease payment for Gotham City fails to be made on time, possession of the city falls into the hands of Egghead. Chaos ensues as the villain fires Commissioner Gordon and bans the Dynamic Duo from city limits. While the criminal underworld enjoys free reign, Batman and Robin search the city charter's fine print for a solution.

    Director: George Waggner

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Hizzonner the Penguin
    8.0/10 399 votes

    #19 - Hizzonner the Penguin

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 1966-11-02

    The Penguin appears to have gone straight. (Evidently the citizens of Gotham City have short memories; he tried the same trick in season one.) Not only that, he has emerged as the leading contender for mayor of Gotham City, thanks to a little-known provision of the city charter that permits felons to run for elective office. Mayor Linseed, facing almost certain defeat, convinces Batman to run for mayor. This displeases the Penguin, who doesn't want to leave anything to chance. He lures Batman and Robin into a trap and, by episode's end, things don't look good for the Dynamic Duo.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Stanford Sherman

  • The Zodiac Crimes
    8.0/10 367 votes

    #20 - The Zodiac Crimes

    Season 2 Episode 37 - Aired 1967-01-11

    The Joker and the Penguin team up on a crime wave based on signs of the zodiac. The pair, aided and abetted by a woman known as Venus, keep Batman and Robin on the run. The Dynamic Duo manage to capture the Penguin but the Joker remains on the loose. Batman and Robin figure the Joker's next caper will take place at a museum and lay a trap. But the heroes are captured instead. Now, Batman and Robin face almost certain death; the heroes are to be crushed beneath a giant asteroid on display at the museum.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Stephen Kandel, Stanford Sherman

  • The Penguin Declines
    8.0/10 351 votes

    #21 - The Penguin Declines

    Season 2 Episode 39 - Aired 1967-01-18

    Batman, summoning all the strength he can muster, breaks his chains and frees Robin from the giant clam. The heroes arrange for the Joker's former confederate, Venus, to stay at an apartment while they figure out what to do next. Meanwhile, the Joker has freed the Penguin from Gotham State Prison to continue their crime wave. The Joker tricks Venus into asking Batman to take her to the Batcave. The Dynamic Duo take her to their base of operations (but only after making her fall asleep first). When they arrive, the Joker, Penguin and assorted thugs are revealed to be hiding in the Batmobile's trunk. Batman, however, anticipated this and none of the criminals know where the Batcave is. A figure erupts, with Batman and Robin finally ending the zodiac crimes.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Stephen Kandel, Stanford Sherman

  • The Joker's Last Laugh
    8.0/10 338 votes

    #22 - The Joker's Last Laugh

    Season 2 Episode 47 - Aired 1967-02-15

    Counterfeit money is being distributed by respectable citizens in Gotham City. Batman and Robin investigate, and find one of the Joker's lifelike robots substituting for a bank teller. They are certain who is behind the crime. But to get actual proof, Batman plans to visit the villain as Bruce Wayne and trick him into disclosing his operation. When his scheme suddenly backfires, it appears he will instead have to appoint the Joker as Vice Chairman of the Gotham National Bank.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Lorenzo Semple Jr.

  • The Bookworm Turns
    7.9/10 476 votes

    #23 - The Bookworm Turns

    Season 1 Episode 29 - Aired 1966-04-20

    Commissioner Gordon appears to have been assassinated during the opening of a new bridge. A copy of Hemingway's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' nearly blows up the Batmobile. Both incidents are clues to the Bookworm's latest scheme. Batman and Robin interrogate The Bookworm's henchwoman Miss Limpet but deduce she is leading them into a trap. And while Batman intends to walk right into it, it is Robin who falls first.

    Director: Larry Peerce

    Writer: Rik Vollaerts

  • The Cat and the Fiddle
    7.9/10 422 votes

    #24 - The Cat and the Fiddle

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1966-09-15

    Catwoman disguises herself as a wealthy recluse - Minerva Matthews - to exchange a quarter million dollars for two Stradivarius violins. Once the instruments are safely in her hands, the villain reveals her true identity and demands the cash back. But Catwoman is surprised to learn that her business partner - Zubin Zucchini - is also not who he appears to be.

    Director: Don Weis

    Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross

  • Dizzoner the Penguin
    7.9/10 390 votes

    #25 - Dizzoner the Penguin

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 1966-11-03

    After escaping the Penguin's death trap, Batman still faces an uphill run to defeat the Penguin in the race for mayor of Gotham City. The Feathered Fiend uses every dirty trick he can think of to ruin Batman's reputation. But the Penguin discovers opinion polls aren't what they are cracked up to be. Still, Batman and Robin will need to subdue the villain before his plot can be put down once and for all.

    Director: Oscar Rudolph

    Writer: Stanford Sherman