There has only been one live-action Batman show to date: the 1960s ABC series starring Adam West. While it would be awesome if DC brought a new live-action series to TV, it’s never a bad time to revisit the unique and endlessly charming series that, despite running for just two years and three seasons, racked up 120 episodes. Amazon has Batman: The Complete Television Series on Blu-ray for $46 (was $90). But if you want to hang with West in Gotham City, you’ll have to move quickly. The box set is only on sale today until 3 AM PT / 12 AM ET.
Batman: The Complete Television Series (Blu-ray) — $46 (
The series isn’t currently included with any popular streaming services, which usually makes it hard to watch for a reasonable price. This box set includes every episode as well as three hours of bonus features.
Adam West’s Batman was quite different than more recent depictions of the Caped Crusader. The show had a campy style, lighthearted showdowns with villains such as Joker and Penguin, and plenty of goofball shenanigans between West and Burt Ward, who played Robin.
There’s no denying that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was gritty and serious, and it’s probably safe to say that Robert Pattinson will be closer to Christian Bale than West when he dons the black cape in The Batman. In this respect, the Batman television series is great for younger audiences, as it even includes charming educational moments like Batman stressing seatbelt safety.
Despite the stark difference in tone compared to modern Batman adaptations, the Batman TV series is one of the most entertaining superhero shows. The series has since been alluded to in numerous shows, including SpongeBob Squarepants where Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy do their best Batman and Robin schtick.