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A Filmation series
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The Batman/Superman Hour

Seasons
Episodes

Aired
September 14, 1968
Original Channel
CBS
Original Run
9/14/1968 - 1/4/1969


Production
Creator(s)
Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
Writer(s)
Oscar Bensol
Dennis Marks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson
Joe Shuster
Jerry Siegel
Director(s)
Hal Sutherland
Producer(s)
Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Executive Producer(s)
Allen Ducovny
Production Company

The Batman/Superman Hour was a Filmation animated series that was broadcast on CBS from 1968 to 1969.

Premiering on September 14, 1968, this 60-minute program featured new adventures of the DC Comics Superheroes like Batman, Robin and Batgirl alongside shorts from The New Adventures of Superman and The Adventures of Superboy.

This series marked the first animated Saturday morning cartoon for Batman, and his classic enemies. At the time the show was ordered by CBS, the live-action Batman TV show was at its ratings peak on ABC. Due to a licensing oversight on the part of the live-action show's producers, Filmation was able to secure the cartoon rights to Batman and produce the series for CBS.


Format

The first and only season of The Batman/Superman Hour went into production close to the start of the 1968 TV season. The line-up included, eight new shorts for The Adventures of Superboy, sixteen new episodes for The New Adventures of Superman and thirty-two animated episodes for Batman.

This requiring Filmation to pull as many additional animators from other projects as they could spare to ramp up the new production.[?] According to Norm Prescott, six episodes of another series already sold to CBS — starring another DC Comics character, Metamorpho, aka the Element Man — had been completed and were ready to air, but the entire series had been shelved when CBS chose to rush The Batman/Superman Hour on its schedule.[?]

This series was the first time Olan Soule and Casey Kasem performed as the voices of Batman and Robin. Soule and Kasem would return several times to reprise their roles in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Super Friends, The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the SuperFriends and The World’s Greatest Super Friends. Kasem would go on to voice Robin with Adam West as Batman in Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.

In 1969, instead of launching into a second season for The Batman/Superman Hour, the Batman episodes were repackaged into 30-minute episodes without the Superman segments and renamed Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder. It premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. It was also known as The Adventures of Batman.


Cast

Batman Segments:

Superman Segments:


Episodes

Batman Episodes:
The Batman half of The Batman/Superman Hour consisted of 34 stories:

    Ep #         Two 6 1/2 minute segments        Six minute story        Air Date    
1 My Crime Is Your Crime     A Bird Out of Hand    9/14/1968
2 The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze     The Joke's on Robin    9/21/1968
3 How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow?     In Again, Out Again Penguin    9/28/1968
4 The Nine Lives of Batman     Long John Joker    10/5/1968
5 Bubi, Bubi, Who's Got the Ruby?     1001 Faces of the Riddler    10/12/1968
6 The Big Birthday Caper     Two Penguins Too Many    10/19/1968
7 Partners in Peril     The Underworld Underground Caper    10/26/1968
8 Hizzoner the Joker     Freeze's Frozen Vikings    11/2/1968
9 The Crime Computer     The Great Scarecrow Scare    11/9/1968
10 A Game of Cat and Mouse     Beware of Living Dolls    11/16/1968
11 Will the Real Robin Please Stand Up?     He Who Swipes the Ice, Goes to the Cooler    11/23/1968
12 Simon the Pieman     A Mad, Mad Tea Party    11/30/1968
13 From Catwoman with Love     Perilous Playthings    12/7/1968
14 A Perfidious Pieman Is Simon     Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper    12/14/1968
15 The Fiendishly Frigid Fraud     Enter the Judge    12/21/1968
16 The Jigsaw Jeopardy     Wrath of the Riddler    12/28/1968
17 It Takes Two to Make a Team     Opera Buffa    1/4/1969


Superman Episodes:
The Superman episodes featured new two-part segments.
List of Superman episodes


Supeboy Episodes:
List of Superboy episodes


Related Series

In 1995 a short lived TV series entitled, The Superman/Batman Adventures aired on USA Network. It was later aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

The series featured edited episodes of various seasons of the SuperFriends (including for the first time on American TV, the 1983 Shorts), as well as the Filmation series The New Adventures of Superman, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and The Batman/Superman Hour.


DVD and Video releases

In 1985, Warner Home Video released five selected episodes of the series on VHS as part of the "Super Powers" video collection. These videos were re-released in 1996 and are out of print.

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