Batman (1966–1968)
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Better Luck Next Time 

Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. ... See full summary »


James Sheldon




Episode complete credited cast:
Adam West ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara (credit only)
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper
Julie Newmar ... The Catwoman
Jock Mahoney ... Leo
Ralph Manza ... Felix
Alex Sharp Alex Sharp ... Henchman


Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. The hero still has to free Robin, who is facing a separate death trap. Once that task is completed, the Dynamic Duo are back on Catwoman's trail. It turns out the feline villain is after the lost treasure of Captain Manx, which is in a remote spot outside of Gotham City. Written by Bill Koenig

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During the opening recap sequence, the narrator describes Batman and Robin falling through a trap door with the line "is this trip necessary?" This is a reference to the slogan "Is Your Trip Necessary?", meant to discourage travel during World War II to conserve gasoline, and so that rubber and metal that would have gone for replacement parts in cars and bicycles could be used for the war effort instead. See more »


When he is fighting the tiger at the beginning of the episode, the stunt performer playing Batman clearly has a grey mustache. See more »


Batman: Although the Bat-armor protected our car, those land mines blew our tires. Robin, turn on the automatic tire-repair device.
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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The lady or the tiger
16 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Better Luck Next Time" sees Batman trying to evade the Bengal tiger as it tries to use its claws on him. He manages to climb a short distance up the wall before reversing the polarity on his communicator to 20,000 decibels, enough to render the hungry beast harmless. In searching for a way out, he finds Robin in a similar cliffhanger, perched above two starving tigers, easily rescued to subdue Catwoman's henchmen, all except Leo (Jock Mahoney, later seen in "I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle"), who joins Catwoman (Julie Newmar) in searching for the lost treasure of Captain Manx, its location revealed by joining the two golden cats together. With all the baubles in one bag, Catwoman has no qualms about bopping Leo to claim the treasure for herself, but with the Dynamic Duo right behind her there's nowhere to run, unable to hold on with the weight of her ill gotten gains enough to send her plunging into a bottomless pit. Since this was only her first adventure we can breathe easy knowing that this cat's got nine lives, writer Stanley Ralph Ross still feeling out the character, the episode shrouded in darkness, more somber in tone than the ones still to come. The Catwoman's second appearance would be in the person of Lee Meriwether, a fine substitute, in the 1966 feature film, before Julie Newmar returned for "Hot Off the Griddle." Very little flirting this first go round, Batman repeating the phrase "you feline devil" every time Robin is threatened, but the second season would yield greater results with each succeeding entry.

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17 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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