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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.

The Puzzler

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.

Lola Lasagne

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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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