This was Television on March 14

1968: Batman hangs up his cape

After three seasons and 120 episodes, the 1966–68 live-action incarnation of Batman ended its run on ABC. Starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as his trusty sidekick Robin, the self-consciously campy take on Silver Age superheroics helped establish a popular view of comic books—often a pejorative one—that lasted for decades. Among the show’s trademarks was the parade of Hollywood journeymen who embraced scenery-chewing roles as the Dynamic Duo’s villains, from notable recurring players like Cesar Romero as The Joker and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin to more unexpected guest stars such as Milton Berle, Vincent Price, Ethel Merman, Ida Lupino, Cliff Robertson, and Liberace. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Raymond J. Barry, estranged dad (74); Billy Crystal, Dunn’s River denizen (65); Daniel Gillies, Original (37); Penny Johnson Jerald, police captain (52); Quincy Jones, producer (80); Steve Kanaly, Ewing kin (67); Mercedes McNab, vamp (33); Elise Neal, wife (47); Grace Park, space pilot (39); Tamara Tunie, ME (54); Gary Anthony Williams, character actor (47); Kevin Williamson, Creek creator (48). 

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