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Like many who grew up in the '60s and '70s (and perhaps even '80s and later), Tim and Paul had the course of their lives changed by the 1966 Batman TV show, from the types of play they did growing up to their present-day interests.

In this series, they discuss the show's allure and its failures, the arc of the show from satire to sitcom, its influences (the '40s serials and the comic books themselves) and the things it, in turn, influenced.

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Apr 6, 2017

Julie and cats

 Analyzing draft scripts has proven to be a fascinating way to watch the Batman ’66 creative process happening, so this time we’re digging into Stanley Ralph Ross and Lee Orgel’s first draft of The Purrfect Crime/Better Luck Next Time. Among the questions explored:

  • Why does Batman never say “Boy Wonder”?
  • Why can Gordon not say “Batman” when he’s on the Batphone with Bruce not in costume?
  • How did Lorenzo Semple help Ross clarify points in the story?
  • What is the importance of making Robin smarter?
  • What character assumptions of season one are abandoned in season two?

 And as last time, we include some comments received from listeners about the draft.

Also: An Adam West TV appearance on a show that dominated our early childhoods, even before Batman did!

Hear our discussion of "Batman '66: The Lost Episode"