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‘Batman’: The Coolest Cameos From The Iconic ’60s Series

‘Batman’: The Coolest Cameos From The Iconic ’60s Series

Holy Celebrity Cameos, Batman! Famously in the 60s Batman TV series, the dynamic duo would meet celebrities during their “Batclimb.” While Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) were scaling the exterior wall of a building, a celebrity would occasionally open a window and offer a remark. This humorous gag, however, was discontinued during the show’s third and final season. Here are some of our favorite bat-tastic celebrity cameos on the classic series.

Dick Clark

In the Season 2 premiere, titled “Shoot a Crooked Arrow,” Batman and Robin encounter America’s teenager, Dick Clark, the host of American Bandstand. Batman quickly discerns that Clark, who was still seven years away from launching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, hails from Philadelphia based on his distinctive speech patterns. Curiously, Clark ponders whether Batman and Robin are a singing duo.

The Green Hornet and Kato

Holy Free advertising, Batman! It was a remarkable moment for the world of television superheroes when the Green Hornet and Kato made their masked appearances in front of Batman in the episode “The Spell of Tut/Tut’s Case is Shut.” Little did the audience know that this teaser would preclude the highly anticipated full crossover between the shows (both produced by William Dozier) in the months to come.

Lurch From the ‘Addams Family’

It is rather peculiar that Lurch (Ted Cassidy), the manservant from the iconic show The Addams Family, made an unexpected appearance in Season 2, Episode 27 titled “The Penguin’s Nest.” What makes this even more intriguing is that The Addams Family had already concluded the previous TV season, so it wasn’t merely a case of a cameo promoting a currently airing series. Still, since the show was off the air, it was probably quite a kooky surprise for bat-fans.

Jerry Lewis

The inaugural appearance of the “Batclimb” cameo took place during the concluding episode of the first season, titled “The Bookworm Turns,” which graced the airwaves in April 1966. The Nutty Professor himself, Jerry Lewis emerges from his window, inquiring whether the caped crusader standing before him is indeed the legendary Batman. However, the comedian notices the Boy Wonder in tow, realizing Batman is indeed the genuine article. “Oh, you must be, because that’s Robin. Hi, Robin!” 

Maybe Not the Coolest, But Certainly the Weirdest ‘Batman’ Cameo

In the 1966 episode “Come Back, Shame/It’s the Way You Play the Game,” the Dynamic Duo encounters a German army colonel who believes it is still World War II. Yes, we’re talking about Hogan’s Heroes heavy, Colonel Klink.

Yes, this cameo makes no sense if you stop and think about it. Hogan’s Heroes takes place in the early 1940s, while Batman is solidly in the Swinging Sixties.

However, Batman decides to play along with the colonel’s delusion, adding to the peculiar nature of the situation. What makes it even more peculiar is the fact that Werner Klemperer was starring in a different show on a different network at the same time. Regardless, Batman should have called a mental health professional for the delusional Klink. Holy Mixed Messages, Batman!