Friday, January 20, 2012

Media References Part I: The 1960's Show

The 1960's Batman TV series was so popular, and entrenched itself so much in American pop culture that even to this day TV shows, Animated series' and movies still make spoofs or references to this memorable show. The following list is by no means a full one of all the references and spoofs of the show as the list goes insanely long, but collects the most interesting and memorable ones from the late 1960's to date. 

* The Monkees show of the late 60's made several references and nods to the show, even guest starring Burgess Meredith as the Penguin in one of the episodes. One of the very first references in the show featured the Bat phone in the episode called "Dance, Monkee, Dance"

*The Simpsons series made several references to the show throughout the years. From the opening...

to the actual appearance of Adam West's and Burt Ward's Batman and Robin

In the episode called "I'm going to Praiseland", the Comic Book dreams of Julie Newmar's Catwoman

Dancing Adam West could be seen in the episode "My Mother the Carjacker"

The Simpsons featured plenty more quotes, nods and cameos

*Tiny Toons spoofed the series in "Inside Plucky Duck"

* In Friends episode "The One with the Halloween Party", Monica dresses up as Newmar's Catwoman

* That 70s Show also made several references. One of them can be seen in the episode "Halloween" in which Fez dresses up as Batman

*Naturally there were also several references made in Family Guy

* Robot Chicken also had its share of spoofs and parodies. "That Hurts Me" shows a Monkey version of the show

In "Christmas Special" Batman and Robin punish a bunch of kids who were singing "Batman smells" 

*Howard Stern's 52nd Birthday Special premiered a BatStern cartoon

*Cartoon Network's MAD cartoon made several references, most notable the inclusion of Romero's Joker visiting Superman's remodeled fortress

Spongebob Squarepants features two superhero characters, MermaidMan and the BarnacleBoy which are an obvious spoof of Batman and Robin from the series

* Adam West is the mayor of Quahog in Family Guy, voiced by the actor himself

Adam West appeared as himself before in Johnny Bravo cartoon, acting the same way as Batman. The entire episode was constructed like a Batman episode

*Burt Ward guest starred on WCW

 * The Kim Possible cartoon also featured a 60s Batman parody, The Fearless Ferret, in an episode of the same name. The character, who was voiced by Adam West, was the alias of "Timothy North", a cranky superhero from the 60s

The iconic phrases like "Holy..." and ""To the Batmobile" made it into many, many TV shows and movies
Any interesting and worthy additions welcomed


  1. Robot Chicken's Monkey parody was the best, especially Robin. Anyone who had seen it know what I mean lol

  2. No Batman XXX porno? I'm disappointed.

  3. The mid-00s cartoon Kim Possible also featured a 60s Batman parody, The Fearless Ferret, in an episode of the same name. The character, who was voiced by Adam West, was the alias of "Timothy North", a cranky, washed-up superhero from the 60s.

  4. The Fairly Odd Parents has a fictional version of Adam West who used to play a character called Catman in the show. The character is also voiced by Adam West.

  5. What about the Grey Ghost episode of Batman: The Animated Series?