Big day today in TV history: Batman, Bunkers, and bands
Three classic TV shows premiered on this date, Jan. 12, in different years: Batman, All in the Family, and Hullabaloo. See clips from the first episodes of all three shows below.
Batman debuts Jan. 12, 1966
The Batman TV show, based on the comic book character, remains a favorite among those who like campy entertainment. Zap! Boff! Pow!
Below: First episode of Batman, ”Hi Diddle Riddle”
All in the Family debuts Jan. 12, 1971
All in the Family revolutionized TV sitcoms with its portrayal of the bigoted Archie Bunker (Carol O’Connor) as its lead character and its tackling of controversial issues.
Below: Part 1 of 2, first episode of All in the Family, ”Meet the Bunkers”
Hullabaloo debuts Jan. 12, 1965
The musical variety show Hullabaloo showcased pop singers and performers and is often compared to another musical variety show from the same era, Shindig!
Below: From the first episode of Hullabaloo, Joey Heatherton sings and introduces a new dance, “The Hullabaloo,” with the Hullabaloo dancers.