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Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series

FOX 1992

Batman The Animated Series was a cartoon that premiered on September 5, 1992, based on the comic series created by Bob Kane, as well as the Burton movie adaptations. The series focused on the adventures of the alter ego of millionaire Bruce Wayne, Batman, a dark vigilante hero who defends Gotham City from a variety of creative and psychotic villains. The highly successful series merged stylish animation and fantastic storytelling more in the style of radio plays than typical cartoons.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E27

#1 - The Underdwellers

6.85

Season 1 - Episode 27

Batman traces a series of bizarre robberies on the streets of Gotham back to a band of children - poverty-stricken outcasts who have been raised to do the bidding of their master, the Sewer King.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 182 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E30

#2 - Tyger, Tyger

7.11

Season 1 - Episode 30

Selina Kyle is kidnapped by an evil scientist who turns her into a real cat-woman.Selina Kyle is kidnapped by the villainous genetic engineer Dr. Emile Dorian and becomes his latest experiment to provide his man-cat hybrid named Tygrus with a mate. Batman learns of this and comes to the island to rescue Selina. He is captured and forced into a deadly game of cat-and-flying mouse as Tygrus hunts Batman through the island's jungles.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 134 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E20

#3 - I've Got Batman in My Basement

7.11

Season 1 - Episode 20

During a fight with Batman over a stolen egg ruby, the Penguin douses Batman with gas, although he is rescued by a teenage "would-be" detective named Sherman and his friend Roberta, who hide Batman in Sherman's basement long enough for him to heal before the Penguin finds them.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 194 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E36

#4 - Moon of the Wolf

7.18

Season 1 - Episode 36

Batman investigates the appearance of a werewolf-like creature in Gotham, not realizing that the monster happens to be one of Bruce Wayne's associates - Anthony Romulus, ex-Olympic champion. Behind the scheme is twisted chemist Professor Milo.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 130 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E22

#5 - Prophecy of Doom

7.21

Season 1 - Episode 22

Batman investigates a cult, called The Brotherhood, founded by the "mystic" Nostromos after hearing about a number of stories from his colleagues about his ability to predict the future. Batman finds out that Nostromos is actually a con artist who was rigging near-fatal accidents to gain the confidence of Gotham's upper class citizens. Can Batman expose this ruse before it's too late?

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 175 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E23

#6 - The Forgotten

7.24

Season 1 - Episode 23

While investigating the disappearances of Gotham's homeless in an undercover disguise, Bruce Wayne is kidnapped. Imprisoned in a chain gang mining camp and suffering from amnesia, will he be able to escape and free the rest of the prisoners?

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 186 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S3E4

#7 - Baby-Doll

7.33

Season 3 - Episode 4

A tiny former child star kidnaps her TV family and holds them prisoner in a reconstruction of her old TV home.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 95 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E16

#8 - Eternal Youth

7.33

Season 1 - Episode 16

Several rich industrialists are invited to the Eternal Youth Health Spa, and that's where they are last seen before disappearing. The only connection: they had something to do with the death of plants. Bruce Wayne also receives an invitation (although it was one of his greedy directors who nearly made the deal to destroy a rainforest before Bruce forced him to shut the operation down), but Alfred and his "lady friend", Maggie, go in his place. When they don't return, Batman is forced to investigate, discovering that the spa is run by Poison Ivy, and that she has been using a formula to turn the industrialists into humanoid trees, including Alfred and Maggie.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 192 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E54

#9 - Blind as a Bat

7.34

Season 1 - Episode 54

The Penguin steals an experimental helicopter from an air show, causing an explosion that temporarily blinds Bruce Wayne. Batman knows he won't be able to wait until his vision returns to track the Penguin down, but will he be able to do so without the use of his eyes?

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 110 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E33

#10 - Cat Scratch Fever

7.34

Season 1 - Episode 33

Batman must stop Roland Daggett's plan to release a viral plague designed by Professor Milo into Gotham by way of its stray cat population. The case gains new urgency when Catwoman becomes infected with the virus during her search for her missing cat, Isis.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 133 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E37
#11 - Terror in the Sky
7.35
Season 1 - Episode 37

When a man-sized bat ransacks Gotham harbor, Batman suspects that Dr. Kirk Langstrom is up to his old tricks, taking the Man-Bat formula again. Batman isn't the only one. Kirk's wife, Francine, is so distrustful of her husband that she decides to leave him. After further investigation, Batman discovers that this Man-Bat is not Kirk, but someone else.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 116 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S1E19
#12 - Fear of Victory
7.39
Season 1 - Episode 19

Several sportsmen start receiving strange letters in the mail, and having frightening hallucinations at their next game. At the same time, one man is making thousands of dollars betting on the events. Batman and Robin (the latter of whom becomes infected), start their own investigation, and come to the conclusion that someone else is continuing the Scarecrow's crimes, since the Scarecrow is currently locked up in Arkham Asylum. Or is he?

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 202 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S2E7
#13 - Sideshow
7.41
Season 2 - Episode 7

When pursuing the escaped convict Killer Croc, Batman encounters a small group of sideshow freaks who apparently trust Croc more than Batman.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 103 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S4E2
#14 - Showdown
7.43
Season 4 - Episode 2

Batman and Robin learn about the exploits of Jonah Hex an Old West crimefighter who once dealt with the immortal Ra's Al Ghul.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 101 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S2E3
#15 - Mudslide
7.43
Season 2 - Episode 3

A female scientist helps Clayface when his body begins to disintegrate.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 133 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S3E7
#16 - Make 'em Laugh
7.44
Season 3 - Episode 7

Batman and Robin investigate a string of crimes committed by a group of famous comedians brainwashed by the Joker.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 95 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S2E4
#17 - The Worry Men
7.46
Season 2 - Episode 4

Wealthy socialite Veronica Vreeland returns from Central America bringing tiny handmade dolls for all her friends. According to native legend, once placed under a pillow the dolls do the sleeper's worrying for them. Unknown to Veronica or her guests, each of the dolls was made by the Mad Hatter, and contains a tiny microchip which plants hypnotic suggestions inside the sleepers' brains.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 120 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S4E1
#18 - The Terrible Trio
7.46
Season 4 - Episode 1

Batman tracks three wealthy playboys who commit crimes out of boredom.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 130 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S3E8
#19 - Batgirl Returns
7.47
Season 3 - Episode 8

Batgirl and Catwoman team up to investigate the theft of a rare cat statue.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 103 votes.

Batman: The Animated Series - S3E5
#20 - Time Out of Joint
7.49
Season 3 - Episode 5

The Clock King plots against Mayor Hill after he steals an invention that allows him to travel at super speed.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series from 96 votes.

Last updated: feb 28, 2021

Comments

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Is there any reason this is organized the way it is? I mean at least a list that is in the DVD episode order would be nice.

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Best animated series ever produced for TV

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this is one of the best batman cartoons

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Liked it as a kid, doesn't do it for me as an adult.

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Absolutely incredible show, but fix the episode order!

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The other 24 are part of the New Batman Adventures

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Missing at Least 24 episodes

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This (at least Season 1) could really use a rework. All the episodes are in the wrong place.

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I feel it's still one of the best animated series to this day.

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Jesus was Alfred always such a smart ass? also was the show always this dark? I wanted to increase my TV's brightness a lot of times. There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said, watching it now it honestly surprises me with a lot of things. Like the fact that the show does not always take itself too seriously, I love the fact that the creators kept in mind that Batman has had a history of silly plots and gave us episodes that are ridiculous silly plots, kind of like the 60s Adam West show along with surprisingly well done humor. I was surprised to see how little Robin actually showed up, back in my childhood I could've sworn I saw him around a lot more. The creators kept in mind the most important thing about Batman, that he isn't just a crime fighter but a detective as well, a very good amount of time you see Batman trying to figure out how to solve the cases he is investigating. I'd say you even see more mystery solving than action most of the time. Unlike Batman fanboys, the creators kept in mind that Batman is not an omnipotent god of perfection that can defeat everything just by looking at them. He actually has a lot of moments where he makes mistakes, gets captured or needs the help of his allies to accomplish his missions. It takes me back to a time where Batman fans were, believe it or not, tolerable and didn't cry at the sight of seeing their god be vulnerable. I really liked the fact that it was episodic instead of trying to carry an entire story on every episode's shoulder, each episode was its own story. You could just jump right into any episode and wouldn't have to worry about if you missed any important plot details. I also really appreciate the fact that it doesn't make you sit through the main characters' entire origin stories like every modern day comic adaptation feels like it has to do, details of their origins are shown through flashbacks that fortunately never drag on for too long. The show definitely covers adult themes and sneaks in adult humor here and there. Subjects like domestic abuse, scarred psyches, and obsession are brought up. With characters like Clayface, Manbat and Joker you should definitely be expecting this series to be filled to the brim with Nightmare Fuel though I'd say it has an equal amount of tear jerker and heartwarming moments to balance it out. I would love to talk about the actors' performances but there is absolutely nothing I can say other than this show has what is possibly the most iconic voices for any comic book adaptation in history. While this series does deserve the global praise it gets I wouldn't call it perfect. There really is a bit of inconsistency in the quality of the animation. Sometimes you can see characters mouths moving as if they were robots or certain mistakes in the animation, which is surprising since this is a series with a lot of work put into the details. Some examples include, Mr. Freeze froze a man's legs while he had clothes on then when he's defrosted he somehow doesn't have shoes, Batman typing on something that doesn't have a keyboard on it, Batman being captured in a straitjacket and not escaping despite having been shown to have studied with a magician on how to escape such things. I felt that sometimes they gave away the surprise of who was the culprit way too early in some episodes instead of trying to hype it up a little in order to surprise viewers. While this series is what brought us Lock-Up and Harley Quinn I don't think the rest of the original villains made for the series were that good, they were pretty bland in my opinion, one was honestly just a copy of Riddler since he left riddles for Batman, Roland Daggett felt like a discount Norman Osborn. One little detail that bothered me a bit, but this is just me nitpicking, is that only Bruce changes his voice a bit for his alter-ego, Dick and Barbara do not. Due to the fact that this is Batman a lot of episodes like to delve into the theme of the mind, and show different ways that the mind could be affected. Some of my favorite episodes include "Two-Face", having the villain be someone Bruce cares really helps in getting the viewers to start caring about him. "Heart of Ice", this episode is what molded the character of Mr. Freeze into what he is to day. "Perchance to Dream", showing us what Bruce Wayne truly desires in his life. "Harlequinade", seeing Harley stand up to the insane abusive Joker is always awesome. "Almost Got 'Im", 100% pure comedy, possibly has the best joke in the series. While I wouldn't say that this show has bad episodes I will say that some of them are just pretty dull, perhaps it's due to the fact that they had plots that were generic or that they used boring villains created for the show with the lowest point probably being "I have Batman In My Basement". I could on and on praising this show but I think I've said enough. In the end despite the fact that it may not be as perfect as most remember it to be this series definitely stands the test of time and is worth going back and re-watching in your adulthood.

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