Batman (1960s)

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Campy classic is still fun, but perhaps too stiff for kids.
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Parents say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Crime doesn’t pay. The Dynamic Duo always rounds up the villains and foil their fiendish plots.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Batman and Robin think nothing of putting their lives at risk to protect the people of Gotham City, and seem to have little else to do besides fighting crime. They may not be very realistic, but they’re certainly noble and self-sacrificing.

Violence

Plenty of over-the-top fistfights. This show is famous for its campy fight scenes, featuring cartoon-like effects: big, screen-filling “Bam,” “Pow,” and “Bang” images. The result is more comedic than violent.

Sex

Some mild flirting. Women seem drawn to Batman, though he resists their advances.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking and smoking. One recurring villain, the Penguin, usually has a cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this campy, classic TV series about the Caped Crusader and his Boy Wonder sidekick will certainly dredge up fond memories for many adults, but might not resonate with younger viewers. There’s some social drinking and smoking, and very tame flirtation, but definitely no swearing and the frequent fistfights are so staged that they seem just plain silly. However, the show also comes across as stiff, and might not appeal to anyone accustomed to more exciting, and more nuanced, contemporary superhero dramas.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byWeeklybob December 4, 2010

Great Show From 1966 to 1968! I watched this when I was a kid.

What do these weirdoes mean by " To stiff for kids"?
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byletticepalmer April 1, 2016

Hokiness Makes It Tolerable For Sensitive Kids

This show -- especially in its first season -- perfectly captures both the serious and hilarious parts of Batman's personality (seasons 2 and 3 go a bit to... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 11, 2011

Holy Bat-TV Series

Campy classic from the 60s still holds up. Nothing wrong with it and it is a real treat to watch.
Kid, 11 years old March 24, 2016

Love it

This is one of my favorite shows, it is very fun to watch with the family, yes it might seem lame compared to the new super- hero films and such, but it is fun... Continue reading

What's the story?

When evil strikes, only BATMAN (Adam West) and his daring sidekick Robin (Burt Ward) can stand up to the nefarious supervillains who threaten Gotham City. The Dynamic Duo face a never-ending stream of dastardly schemes, criminal conspiracies, and wicked plots in this classic TV series.

Is it any good?

Yes, the show is decades old, and it certainly shows its age, but it’s silly fun in a way the few other superhero shows before or since even attempted. Forget about the dark and brooding Caped Crusader we see in more contemporary portrayals -- West’s Batman is the ultimate stiff, completely straight-laced and upright in a way that makes the entire show more of a comedy than a drama. It worked then, and it works now; this old show is still entertaining.

However, the value today may be based mostly on nostalgia. It’s more likely to be fun for adults who watched it as kids and can still appreciate its singularly odd approach. But young viewers may not find as much here that will appeal to them. Batman is one of the most complex superhero characters, and his psyche has been deeply examined in comic books, films, and several other TV shows. People who are already acquainted with these versions of the Batman saga might find this old gem to be shallow and flawed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about superheroes. Why do you think Batman is so focused on fighting crime? How does his own tragic history fit into his motivations? How is the violence in this show different from more modern TV violence?

  • How does this version of the Batman story compare to some of the recent films? Do you prefer this lighthearted take, or the darker, more serious adaptations? How does each affect you?

  • Talk about what makes the show seem dated. How is the language the characters use different? What about the gender roles depicted?

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