Batman (1966–1968)
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A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away 

When a visiting King is accosted by the Riddler, the Dynamic Duo pursues his subsequent complex trail of riddles to try to stop him.


Tom Gries


Fred De Gorter, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)




Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper
Frank Gorshin ... The Riddler
Susan Silo ... Mousey
Marc Cavell ... Fangs
Reginald Denny ... King Boris
Tim Herbert ... Whiskers
Roy Jenson ... Whitey
Tristram Coffin ... Ambassador (as Tris Coffin)
Johnny Magnus Johnny Magnus ... M.C.


King Boris, who hails from a European country, comes to Gotham City for a visit. Upon his arrival, there is a disturbance, which includes a clue from the Riddler. Batman and Robin investigate and get on the Riddler's trail. They are trapped by the criminal, who ties them to large wheels that will spin with ever-increasing speed until they are dead. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

16 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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Did You Know?


Reginald Denny (King Boris) would later play Commodore Schmidlapp in Batman (1966). See more »


Batman and Robin don't solve The Riddler's riddle: "What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every race?" In the following episode, it's shown on a blackboard in the Bat Cave in a list of riddles. There's a check mark next to it indicating they solved it, but they never solved it on camera nor explained its relevance. (The answer, by the way, is the letter E.) See more »


Robin: The riddle itself is pretty basic. A person is a piece of wood when he's a ruler.
[Chief O'Hara's jaw drops]
Commissioner Gordon: You figure it has something to do with King Boris?
Robin: Maybe.
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Arguably The Best
4 September 2019 | by Desertman84See all my reviews

"A Riddle A Day Keeps the Riddler Away" is arguably one of the best if not the best episode of Batman. In it,we get to see King Boris coming to Gotham City to present the place with a precious statue. When the Riddler arrives marked by an explosion of bunch of flowers,we get to see Batman and Robin go after him.

No question that Frank Gorshin,who portrays Riddler, is great in this episode as he worries about his health and tries to sustain himself through entertainment.

This was obviously a great and entertaining episode that is full of non-sense to the delight of the viewer.

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