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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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Jan 24, 2019

Egghead and Olga

In what we promise will be our last Egghead and Olga episode (maybe), we dig into the script for the original three-part version of their third-season story featuring Vincent Price and Anne Baxter. Because of an apparent aversion to running a three-part story (besides Londinium, that is), Batman's producers chopped part one, The Ogg Couple, and ran it six weeks AFTER broadcasting the second and third parts. As this decision was made AFTER shooting was completed, the decision necessitated not only script changes, but re-shooting of some scenes, and a lot of mucking with the ending tag scenes of a couple of other episodes. It also scuttled some much-needed part-one exposition and what was supposed to be a running gag through the three parts. We uncover some surprising details!

Plus, the Bruce Lindquist guitar-tutorial version of the Batman theme, and your voluminous mail!


The Ogg Couple (original three-part version), "final script" by Stanford Sherman

The Ogg Couple shooting schedule

Thread on The Ogg Couple on the '66 Batman Message Board

The Funny Feline Felonies - treatment

The Funny Feline Felonies - draft

The Funny Feline Felonies - final

Thread on The Funny Feline Felonies scripts on the '66 Batman Message Board

Turns out, the original cast recording of It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman is available here!

From Steve Knowles' e-mail:

Vudu's odd subtitling:

Timorous tidies

Alfred's poncho also appeared in Louie, the Lilac:

poncho comparison

The many belts of Batman:



Notice any elements that these shots have in common? (from tag scenes of Louie, the Lilac and Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin)

Timorous tidies

Timorous tidies