New Bat Channel

screenshot of "Batman" episode on The Hub network “Batman” may never make it to DVD but the classic TV series has made it to HD, sort of. The Hub network broadcasts episodes of my favorite show four nights a week at 11:30 p.m. They zoom in until the 4:3 aspect ratio almost fills the 16:9 screen. It’s not a perfect fit but it looks pretty good for a 45-year-old show.

It’s been a while since I’ve watched “Batman.” In the late ’80s or early ’90s, I recorded all 120 episodes on 10 VHS tapes when some cable network, I think it was The Family Channel, showed them in order over the course of 12 weeks. At the time, I thought some scenes were missing. It looked like the episodes had been shortened to make room for more commercials.

This week, as I watched the three-part arc that started with “The Zodiac Crimes,” parts of it felt new to me. I remembered the cliffhangers, especially Robin inside a giant clam, but not all the details and jokes. I wonder if The Hub is showing stuff that The Family Channel removed.

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