1977 series created by {{Creator/Filmation}}, the SpiritualSuccessor to the company's earlier [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfBatman 1968-69 series,]] retaining most of the character designs.

As might be expected, the eponymous hero fights crime in Gotham City, assisted by Robin and Batgirl, encountering the classic rogues gallery (including SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Catwoman) as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is TheScrappy and TheMillstone, Bat-Mite (voiced by none other than Filmation producer Lou Scheimer), a well-meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo, who considers himself Batman's [[StalkerWithACrush biggest fan]]. As a result, he wears a variant of Batman's costume and attempts to help him, [[TheLoad only to often create more problems]]. Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's alter-ego Bruce Wayne.

The series' inspiration is clearly the campy 1966-68 live-action series; MoralGuardians prevented the appearance of any significant fisticuffs, though, and Bat-Mite will probably make you want to strangle something [[note]](preferably something from the dimension Ergo)[[/note]]. In the plus column, the rotoscoping-based animation is a bit more fluid than direct competitor ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' (if clearly and often [[StockFootage recycled]]), the presence of Adam West and Burt Ward adds an air of cool to the proceedings, and the music's groovy. It's also notable for being the first animated appearance of Clayface.

The bottom line is that it's a minor but fun little series, and a stepping-stone to [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries what would come]]. (Seriously, though, you'll be begging for Bat-Mite to suffer the brunt of one of the Dark Knight's angrier incarnations.)
!!This series provides examples of:
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has a different [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItIXcpf6uhw&feature=related opening and ending]].
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The Riddler appears in the opening sequence (strangely wearing a red suit), but never in the show proper.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Happens to Batman and Robin twice (and another time, they were just pretending to be).
* CanonForeigner: Some villains (like Electro, Professor Bubbles, the Chameleon, Sweet Tooth, and Zarbor) were created just for the show.
* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the series, Bat-Mite makes a visible transition from more trouble than he's worth to a mixed blessing, and finally a genuine asset (albeit still rather annoying) by the end.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Almost every episode.
* GreatGazoo: Bat-Mite.
* HarmlessFreezing: When Batman and Robin get frozen by Mr. Freeze.
* AnIcePerson: Mr. Freeze, of course.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: "Bite-Sized".
* LaughingMad: The Joker punctuates '''every''' line with maniacal laughter. Likewise, the Penguin punctuates every line with a Burgess Meredith-esque laugh.
* LighterAndSofter: As Batman in the comics was getting increasingly dark, this series reveled in the camp.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sweet Tooth sounds like Creator/PaulLynde.
* {{Pun}}: Too many bad ones to list.
* PungeonMaster: Mr. Freeze uses tons of ice-themed puns... an inspiration for [[Film/BatmanAndRobin Joel Schumacher]], perhaps?
* RealityWarper: Bat-Mite and Zarbor.
* SoftGlass: Somewhat averted, as Robin is sure to throw a metal trash-can lid through any window he attempts to get through.
* StockFootage: A Filmation standard, taken to an extreme when Batman and Robin launch themselves from the Batmobile in order to spend a minute on StockFootage before ''returning to the Batmobile''.
* SweetTooth: One-shot villain Sweet Tooth, who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin liked sweets a lot]]. His villainous scheme involved a plan to turn Gotham's water supply into chocolate syrup.
* AWeightyAesop: An early example occurs in "A Sweet Joke on Gotham", where Robin goes undercover to infiltrate Sweet Tooth's gang of teenagers. A plot point is made of how unfit and ill Robin becomes from living on Sweet Tooth's diet of sweets.