Before The Dark Knight, Batman: The Animated Series was the best Batman story ever told. Some would argue that it still is.
The landmark series celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018 and sent legions of fans down a nostalgic trip revisiting the series’ literal black-on-black animation style that perfectly serviced its darker tones and dynamic characterizations. For a 2D cartoon aimed at the FOX Kids after-school audience, TAS featured three-dimensional characters with hopes and fears – outside of the ones fueled by the guy dressing up as a Bat and kick-punching crooks on rooftops.
With a celebrity-packed ensemble cast that included the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker, the series’ behind-the-scenes talent would be the standard bearer that all future DC animated ventures would follow for years to come.
As Batman: The Animated Series enters its 26th year, we’ve raided the Bat Archives to rank every episode of the show – including those that aired when it was re-titled in Season 3 as The Adventures of Batman & Robin. Our ranking, from worst to first, follows below: