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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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May 2, 2019

Louie the Lilac

One of the reasons often given for the quality dropoff in Batman season three has been that, in one-part episodes with so many characters, time is tight. So how to account for Louie's Lethal Lilac Time, a one-parter that seems not to even have enough story for 22 minutes!? And yet, we seem to be missing things, as scenes are cut off before they appear to be over. Meanwhile, should Yvonne Craig be reporting Neil Hamilton to HR for #metoo-related reasons?

Also, Tim reports on the Bowling Green State University "Batman in Popular Culture" conference, and gives highlights of the '66-related material presented there. Plus, the Beat Torrent version of the Batman theme, and your responses to the Catwoman/Joker script episode!

All six radio ads for the 1966 Batman movie

Japanese TV ad for "Mandom" cologne, starring Charles Bronson and featuring Percy Helton (1970)

BGSU "Batman in Popular Culture" conference - list of panels

Frank Zappa & Burt Ward -- "The Boy Wonder Sessions" 1966

Lee Hazlewood, The Woodchucks, and the Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies album -

Photos from the BGSU Bat-conference - click to enlarge

Batman screen test costumes

Troy R. Kinunen from MEARS Online Pop Culture Auctions speaks while displaying the costumes from the 1965 Batman screen test

Bill Schurk

Bill Schurk (left) speaks about Batman-related music

Bat display

A Bat-display case in the lounge area leading to the BGSU pop culture holdings

Bat cake

Hey, that's not Batman! #notmybatman