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12 Batastic Facts About the ’60s Batman Series

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Long before Tim Burton’s Batman or Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, there was the Batman television series. It was everything you’d expect from a superhero show in the ‘60s: campy, goofy, and chock-full of cameos from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Here are 12 facts to help you truly appreciate the ‘60s Batman series to the fullest.

12. Batgirl Was Supposed to Have Her Own Show

Originally, Batgirl was going to be a stand alone show. Instead she became a main character in the third and final season of Batman. Here’s a clip of the unaired pilot.


11. Egghead Started on the Series But Was Written Into the Comics

Egghead was known for 3 things: he was super smart, he threw tricked-out eggs and made egg puns like it was his job. The character (played by Vincent Price) eventually found his way into the comics, which certainly wasn’t un-eggs-pected. (Please forgive us.)

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10. Catwoman Was Played by 2 Different Actresses

Without a doubt one of the sexiest and infamous female characters in comic book history, Catwoman was originally played by the iconic Julie Newmar. When Newmar was unable to return to the role during season 3, Eartha Kitt stepped in as her replacement. (Source)

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9. The Riddler Was Nominated for an Emmy

Frank Gorshin was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy for his portrayal as The Riddler. Random Fact: Gorshin also voiced Hugo Strange in 2004’s animated series The Batman, while Adam West voiced Mayor Grange.

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8. The Archer Existed Only in the Series

The Archer (Art Carney) was slightly based on a character from the Superman universe, but never appeared in any Batman comics.

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10 Romantic Horror Movies for Valentine’s Day  

Catch My Bloody Valentine this Valentine's Day Sunday at 8P on IFC.

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Watching hapless victims running for their lives might not sound romantic, but a scary movie is perfect for a cozy night on the couch with someone special. (Unless you’re a character in a horror movie, as any romantic moment eventually turns into murderous mayhem.) Before you catch My Bloody Valentine this Valentine’s Day on IFC, check out some horror movies that will both warm your heart and chill your bones.

1. Let The Right One In

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A surprisingly touching tale of a bullied child and his vampire crush, the acclaimed 2008 Swedish horror film perfectly captures the feelings of being in the throes of naive first live. Pair it with the solid 2010 American remake, and be sure to have some tissues on hand to go with the blood red wine and dark chocolates.


2. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 take on Bram Stoker’s classic tale upped the lavish romanticism with an ageless, yet alluring, Dracula driven by a centuries spanning love. For better or worse, we wouldn’t have Twilight without this sumptuous gothic romance.


3. The Fly

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One of the greatest body horror movies of all time centers on the most doomed relationship you’ve ever seen. If you find Jeff Goldblum as attractive as Geena Davis does, well, we advise you to make the most of it early on before Cronenberg’s masterpiece mutilates him.


4. Bride of Chucky

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Why can’t movie monsters find love? Because it’s literally horrifying. Luckily that’s the point in Bride of Chucky, where the murderous puppet finds a soulmate who shares his penchant for sharp objects. A high point in the series that spoofed its own silliness while still scaring the hell out of us.


5. Bride of Frankenstein

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Of course, there wouldn’t be a Bride of Chucky without the original movie monster romance. James Whale’s horror classic both introduced a new level of pathos to the Frankenstein story and gave us a lady monster for the ages.


6. Hellraiser

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Lemarchand’s box first broke the barriers between life and death as part of a (deeply unromantic) love story. An unfaithful wife seduces and murders men to resurrect her dead lover, and when her daughter finds out things get gorily complicated.


7. A Chinese Ghost Story

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A night in a haunted temple has a man falling in love with a beautiful ghost in this horror comedy from director Ching Siu-tung. Oh, and he has to save her spirit from an evil tree demon. We haven’t mentioned the swordsman or the gymnastic martial arts yet, but you’ll definitely enjoy them too.


8. Candyman

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The creepy Candyman is looking for love, which is a hard sell when you’ve got a hook for a hand and are usually covered in bees. Oh, and you’re a revenge-fuelled murderous specter. Helen Lyle must deal with his romantic intentions as well as an unfaithful boyfriend, and it really doesn’t go well for anyone. You’d think it’d be nice to have someone who always comes when you call…


9. Warm Bodies

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An unlikely love story between the living and the dead, Warm Bodies follows “R” as he grunts and groans his affection for the chief zombie-hunter’s daughter. No other story has ever so completely shown the healing power of love.


10. My Bloody Valentine

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My Bloody Valentine stars the Grinch of the holiday, the murderous miner who has sworn that a small town should never again host a dance on that day. Of course a gang of sexy teens decide to ignore him. And of course he comes back, with wonderfully horrific results.

Batman’s 10 Most Dastardly Celebrity Guest Villains

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The 1960s Batman TV series is famous for its colorful rogues gallery. Part of the fun was seeing which celebrity guest star would stop by each week to ensnare Batman and Robin in some nutty deathtrap. Grab your trusty Batarang and join us for a look at 10 of Batman‘s most dastardly celebrity guest villains.

Will the Dynamic Duo survive this perilous predicament? Read below to find out!

10. Liberace, The Great Chandell

Flamboyant piano great Liberace played this equally over-the-top crooner (and his evil twin) who tried to steal the Wayne family fortune by wooing poor trusting Aunt Harriet.


9. Milton Berle, Louie the Lilac

Uncle Milty himself starred as a gangster with a fondness for (you guessed it) purple flowers. Louie even goes so far as to create mind-controlling flowers. (The villains on Batman were pretty into mind control.)


8. Maurice Evans, The Puzzler

Any similarities between the Puzzler’s puzzles and The Riddler’s nefarious brain-teasers wasn’t coincidental — The Puzzler appeared in an episode originally intend to be a Riddler caper while Frank Gorshin was on strike over salary negotiations.

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7. Ethel Merman, Lola Lasagne

Merman brought her Broadway belt to the part of Penguin’s brassy partner in crime, Senora Lola Lasagne. Like her childhood pal Penguin, she’s a fan of parasols and convoluted schemes involving horse races.

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6. Tallulah Bankhead, Black Widow

Not to be confused with the far more popular Marvel Comics character, Black Widow was a vixen who (like a lot of Batman villainesses) could bend men to her will. In case you’re wondering — yes, she tried to feed Batman and Robin to her pet man-eating spiders.

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Watch a Free Episode of Portlandia Right Now Before the Season Six Premiere

Watch a free full episode of Portlandia right now before the season premiere on January 21st at 10/9c.

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Grab your organic cacao and send Fred and Carrie emojis to all your friends, because Portlandia is coming back January 21st at 10/9c on IFC for its sixth season. But you don’t have to wait to watch a full episode from the new season for free.

Click here to watch a free full pre-premiere episode and find out what Fred is doing in that astronaut get-up. You can also watch the pre-premiere episode of Portlandia — plus lots of other great stuff like full episodes of Todd Margaret, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and more — right now on the IFC App.

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