Holy fireworks! IFC is set to begin airing the classic Batman TV show from the 1960s beginning on July 4th. IFC will kick things off with a hefty dose of season one episodes, airing in order, before jumping around a bit as the days go on. But on the Fourth of July you can catch 10 uninterrupted hours of bat-programming (20 episodes!) beginning with the first episode, "Hi Diddle Riddle," with Frank Gorshin as the ultimate special guest bat villain, the Riddler.
With the classic Batman series about to get its first official home video release (yes, after almost fifty years, these episodes have never seen official home release in any format), it's nice to see IFC, who have done a fine job establishing themselves as a comedy hub, taking up the cape and cowl. More recently, Batman has aired on Hub Network, albeit in a lightly edited, time-compressed form.
As of this writing, I don't have any information about whether or not these are the remastered, uncut versions that we'll see on the upcoming Blu-ray release. Through years and years of syndication, and the necessity of placing commercial breaks in different places, Batman has had little bits snipped out of it to suit whoever is airing it at the time. Hopefully, IFC is giving us something close to what we'll see on the upcoming release. But if not, it's just good to see the Caped Crusaders on the small screen again.
The complete schedule of episodes can be viewed here.