The real reason these DC TV shows were canceled

The real reason these DC TV shows were canceled

As the mid-1960s dawned, American television suddenly became deeply, noticeably weird. Two shows about monstrous families, The Munsters and The Addams Family, competed for eyeballs, while My Favorite Martian looked at life with a wacky alien. Perhaps the wildest of all programs of this era, however, was ABC’s Batman. Debuting in early 1966, the show is like a comic book come to life, complete with bright colors, over-the-top plots, zany villains (portrayed by B-list celebrity guest stars hamming it up), and action words (“Kapow!” “Biff!” “Thunk!”) that splatter across the screen. Leading the charge is Adam West as a truly surreal Batman, alongside Burt Ward as the excitable Robin. 

Early in its run, Batman was so popular it ran twice a week and pulled some truly spectacular ratings. But the show ended up being something of a shooting star: Bright and dazzling, but short-lived. In its second season, Batman‘s two weekly airings fell to #37 and #58 in the ratings. These numbers continued to drop in season three, leading ABC to shut down production on the not-so-Dark-Knight’s show in 1968. NBC wanted a shot at the series, but when executives inquired, they learned that the show’s sets had already been destroyed. Rebuilding them would have come at tremendous expense, and so Batman stayed canceled … but definitely not forgotten.

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