THE BAT EPISODE GUIDE!
The Third Season 1967-1968
It was time for a rethink. Viewing figures had plummeted; something had to be done if the series was going to survive. The plan to introduce Batgirl to the series was undoubtedly a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, the idea came too late. It had already been decided that Batman would be cut from two episodes a week to just one. This meant that each adventure had to take place in just one half hour episode. There was little room for the new character to breathe within this reduced format. The budget had also been slashed. The whole of this third season looks and feels cheap when compared to earlier episodes. Yvonne Craig was perfectly cast as Batgirl, but the character was never given enough time to develop. ABC was now getting paid less for each episode than it cost to produce it. Sadly, these 26 episodes that comprised the third season were the last. The programme was running at a loss.
95. ENTER BATGIRL, EXIT PENGUIN
96. RING AROUND THE RIDDLER
97. THE WAIL OF THE SIREN
98. THE SPORT OF PENGUINS
99. A HORSE OF ANOTHER COLOR
100. THE UNKINDEST TUT OF ALL
101. LOUIE THE LILAC
102. THE OGG AND I
103. HOW TO HATCH A DINOSAUR
104. SURF'S UP! JOKER'S UNDER!
105. THE LONDINIUM LARCENIES
106. THE FOGGIEST NOTION
107. THE BLOODY TOWER
108. CATWOMAN'S DRESSED TO KILL
109. THE OGG COUPLE
110. THE FUNNY FELINE FELONIES
111. THE JOKE'S ON CATWOMAN
112. LOUIE'S LETHAL LI LAC TIME
113. NORA CLAVICLE AND THE LADIES CRIME CLUB
114. PENGUIN'S CLEAN SWEEP
115. THE GREAT ESCAPE
116. THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
117. I'LL BE A MUMMY'S UNCLE
118. THE JOKER'S FLYING SAUCER
119. THE ENTRANCING DR. CASSANDRA
120. MINERVA, MAYHEM AND MILLIONAIRES
Today, with over forty years of continuous syndication behind it, it's obvious that ABC's investment
in Batman was a wise choice. It has to be one of the most lucrative TV programmes of the sixties. However,
in 1968, there was no way of knowing how popular the series would become on the re-runs market, and that's why
any idea of continuing the series at that time was an absolute No-No.
Still, with 120 episodes to savour, what have we got to complain about?