Batman (1960s)

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

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 15 reviews

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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
Adult Written byAllAges August 14, 2020

The best light-hearted Batman series.

True to the contemporaneous comics, and fun for all ages. The kids will see the adventure, and the parents will enjoy the humor.
Parent of a 10, 12, and 16-year-old Written byHendo H. U January 15, 2018
Kid, 11 years old April 30, 2021

Bam! Krak! Pow! Zonk!

Oh my god! This is a completely different version of a superhero than what I'm used to. This has terrible special effects, weird riddles, and shouldn'... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2021

Best Batman series

Batman and Robin are cool

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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