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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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Aug 2, 2018

Surf's Up, Joker's Under

Surf's Up, Joker's Under is perhaps the most polarizing episode of Batman. Some call it their favorite of season three, or even of the whole series, while Joel Eisner has called it "by far, one of the worst Joker episodes," and even '66 Joker himself Cesar Romero didn't like it. Why is this episode so divisive? Why do the villains in season three keep thinking that taking over one small segment of society (surfing, boxing, flower children) will lead to world domination, without ever explaining Step Two?

And who else but us (joined by Horrophelia/"Married With Children" Podcast host Al Edwards) would go to the beach for a "Camping Trip"?

Plus, the Bjoern Angermann version of the theme, the awarding of the "D'o(ugh) Prize" for the best alternate lyrics to the Batgirl theme, and your mail!, featuring former Catwoman kitten Pat Becker!

Here are the entries in the "Batgirl theme alternate lyrics" contest. Which one won? Listen to find out?

Ken Holtzhouser

Batgiiirrrl BATGIRL
Batgiiiirrrl BATGIRL
A last ditch attempt
To secure a season three...
A high-kicking heroine
For BAT equality
Batgiiiirrrl BATGIRL
Batgiiiirrrl BATGIRL
A hero for girls
All of Gotham can attest
With an outfit so tight
We can all watch her digest
Who is the audience for
Batgiiiirrrl BATGIRL
Batgiiiirrrl BATGIRL
what is the deal with


Keith Mayo

Batgirrrl, Batgirl!
Batgirrrl, Batgirl!

What if Yvonne hadn't been 'dozier's choice?
What if he picked some chick with a man's voice?

Batgirrrl, Batgirl!
Batgirrrl, Batgirl!

High kickin', fast spinnin', trampin' the boards
4th season you'd have replaced Mr. Ward


Guy Incognito

That girl, that twirl!
Torture Tim 'n' Paul!
Cosplay librarian, anything to show
With your degree, maybe? The answer's clearly no.
That girl, that twirl!
Torture Tim 'n' Paul!
Was I kicked in my head before writing these lyrics?
Should I wait 'til I'm healed to write a tune that sticks?
Naaah, who's taking me to
Hospital, Hospital!
Waaah, who's gonna take me?
That girl!



Batgirl Batgirl, Batgirl Batgirl

A third season gimmick to bring the ratings up
Forced to wear a bra that's made of sno-cone cups.

Batgirl Batgirl, Batgirl Batgirl
Only allowed to fight like your in a ballet
Then slip out and let Batman think he saved the day
You get no respect
Batgirl Batgirl, Batgirl Batgirl
You get no respect

Batgirl Batgirl, Batgirl Batgirl
Batman says crime fighting isn't women's work.
You do the job while Batman is a jerk
Batgirl Batgirl, Batgirl Batgirl
In season three you're the one with all the smarts
Then you give the credit to tea leaves and Tarot cards
No respect for you
Batgirl Batgirl, Batgirl Batgirl
No respect for you.