I was thinking back to the first time I saw the show when I was about 4. I know I must have seen it earlier because my mom started buying me Bat items that are seen in old family photos so I was already a fan but my registered memory of seeing it for the first time was at my grandmother's when I was 4 and it was actually the premier episode with the Riddler.
I recall it was like magic with all the colors and the larger-than-life atmosphere the show conveyed. I remember being shocked that Batman was considered in no shape to drive and had to give the Batmobile keys to the police. We all know he was drugged, but at the time I thought he had drank too much in the nightclub and I was like "Batman's a drunk?" But then he was OK and caught the Riddler and then my uncle and I took off to his room to play with our Corgi Batmobiles and re-enact the show. Good times. Makes me think of the first time I saw the band KISS, or the Planet of the Apes, or even JAWS. Those intial feelings that we just can't get back somehow.
I thought the show was a bit crazy with all it's bright colors and comic book style. After the second episode aired, I clearly remember being annoyed that I would have to wait another 6 days until the show was on again.
I think we received the Corgi Batmobile with the pulsating flame that Easter, and we also got the Aurora Batmobile model and the Robin model. AND Batmania took off.
I think the closest thing to this live action series recently was the great Smallville series - reliving it through my daughters eyes, and the animated Batman series in the 90's.
I often wonder what the older folks who followed the serials and the comics of the 40's thought of the series at the time.
I have no specific recollections to the 1st time I saw the show but I do remember tuning in each week without fail to see it. I do remember my brother and I tying capes around our neck and playing down in the basement where we had 2 columns which we prentended were the batpoles!! Those are memories I truly treasure!
That is, if my mother even let me watch TV back at that age.
Babies that young only care about two things; their bellies and clean nappies.
I first remember watching the show when I was about three or so, it had to have been the first time that the show was in re-runs.
As fate would have it, it was the first episode with Frank Gorshin. He scared me half to death with that giggling of his, although not as bad as Cesar Romero.
Even when I was that little, I wouldn't watch his episodes because he was so scary.
Since they never showed the episodes in a linear format, I'd see Season One episodes, followed by Season Three, then back to Season Two.
I clearly recall not liking Julie's Catwoman, because I thought that Eartha Kitt was the real Catwoman.
I told my mother "Where'd Catwoman go, and why is that white lady wearing her clothes? Call the station and make them bring back the REAL Catwoman!"
Of course, being so young, I had no idea that the show had been cancelled, and that it was in rerun heaven.
PS - All 3 of us are girls and I thought Batgirl was the ultimate role model. LOL.
But I could sense that, despite watching this on a black-and-white TV set, this was indeed a special thing. I remember the Batusi scene, though for a long time, my memory played tricks on me when I thought Batman was with Catwoman, not Molly. But I remember how Molly and, especially, her demise, made an impact on me.
Oh, I was hooked all right!!! And the show made an impact on me that reverberates even after 47 years!
Only later did I find out there was a TV series starring the same actors and using the same sets and vehicles, and when it finally showed up in syndication in my area (around '75 or '76) I was in seventh heaven. Like it wasn't already hard enough getting through the school day, now I had to wait to see how Batman got off that giant quicksand cake, or out of the way of that stampede. I nearly had a heart attack waiting to see how Bruce Wayne escaped the runaway stretcher headed for a cliff, and that giant clam that ate Robin was the stuff of nightmares. I still think they should keep the airings down to once a day just to drive modern kids nuts with worry like they did me.
The only downside, such as it was: already at that young age I was anal enough to fret that they got the utility belt "wrong." Little did I know what liberties were about to be taken with other superheroes (starting with TV Spider-Man's mirror eyes and belt-harness, and progressing to every flavor rubber suit imaginable.