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Batman: The Animated Series

An acclaimed animated television series that was faithfully based on the DC Comics character Batman.

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  • May 27, 2012
Batman: The Animated Series is probably the best case in my life where I simply liked a cartoon during its original broadcast run and through becoming an adult, I now absolutely love it and even consider it among the absolute best in the animation world.

This show had it all: superb animation, tip-top voice acting (especially Mark Hamill as The Joker, you can't beat that with a police baton), gripping storylines, fantastically-developed characters, a powerful art style, and heart-pounding action.  There's so many great episodes in this series, but an episode that sticks out to me at the moment is the Season 1 episode "Heart of Ice."  That episode had a lot of emotional depth executed in that one.

If you enjoyed this show, you should also check out Batman:  Mask of the Phantasm, which is an animated film made by the same people that made this series.

Finally, it's worth noting that despite the fact that Batman:  The Animated Series was a show originally broadcast in a timeslot for kids' entertainment, it feels much more mature than so many anime titles that are marketed as "adult."
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May 27, 2012
agreed on all points. Loved this series! It also has the most awesome opening--no "Batman" text or mention, adds an air of mystery.

May 27, 2012
Yeah, that opening rules. All the images in that opening told us everything we needed to know about the show without using a single word.
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Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated series based on the DC Comics character Batman. The series featured an ensemble cast of many voice-actors including Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Arleen Sorkin, and Loren Lester. The series won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for six others. Batman: The Animated Series, which is noted for its thematic complexity, darkness, and high artistic quality, has been praised by critics and fans alike as one of the most faithful adaptations of the character. IGN has called the series the best adaptation of Batman anywhere outside of comics, the best comic book cartoon of all time, and the second best animated series of all time.

It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The visual style of the series, dubbed "Dark Deco," is based on the artwork of producer and artist Bruce Timm.

The original series aired on Fox from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995. When the first season of the series aired on weekday afternoons, it lacked an on-screen title, and was referred to within the series itself as simply Batman in open narration for the second half of a two-part episode ("Previously on Batman..."). When its timeslot was moved to weekends during its second season, it was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin. The series was the first in the continuity of the shared DC Animated Universe, and spawned the feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).

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