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In their comfortable retirement, West and Burt Ward, who played, of course, the Boy Wonder back when he was a lot younger and a lot thinner, receive fraudulent invitations to a charity event in which vintage automobiles are exhibited to benefit orphans. From this exhibit, the original Batmobile will be stolen. So the two actors, happy to have some derring to do again, go after it, which means returning to their program’s past for clues to the motives of the present. Frank Gorshin shows up, and so does Julie Newmar. There will be at least one egg-filled food fight, one remarkable Bat Rap (as in hip-hop), and one discussion about whether Batman and Robin are gay. I know the truth behind these masks, inside that underwear. I have read Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. But we all deserve a break, and affable Adam provides it.


48 Hours Investigates: Desperate Call (March 5; 10 to 11 p.m.; CBS) may be more reality programming than you can bear, as we sit in on a hostage negotiation in Queens, New York, where one of the hostages being held is the baby daughter of the hostage holder. Not for the faint-of-heart.

Women Combat Pilots—The Right Stuff (March 9; 7 to 8 p.m.; History Channel) follows such woman warriors as Katherine Wright (sister of the famous brothers), Harriet Quimby (the first licensed female aviator), and Kara Hultgreen (the first female combat pilot to die in active service) into the wild blue yonder.

Single in L.A. (March 9; 10 to 11 p.m.; WE) follows up on Sex in the Hamptons and Single in the City: New York with an equally mindless eight-week wallow in the dating problems of an aspiring singer-actress, a hairstylist who minors in therapy, a caterer who used to fight in the Israeli Army, a model looking for a break, and a Playboy-mansion hostess.

Offspring (March 10; 9 to 10 p.m.; Sundance) is the wonderfully absorbing story of Barry Stevens, who sets out like Moses, Oedipus, and Luke Skywalker to discover the true identity of his father after finding out that he, Barry, was one of the very first test-tube babies, the product of his mother’s eggs and an unknown donor’s sperm. Along the way, he acquires not only a brand-new half-brother but also a lot of know-how on reproductive technology.

The Pentagon Papers
Sunday, March 9; 8 to 10 p.m.; FX.

Return to the Batcave
Sunday, March 9; 9 to 11 p.m.; CBS.


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