gallery A salute to two TV Penguins

January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day, a day to appreciate our black and white bird friends from the South Pole. Did you know that penguins have four layers of feathers? Or that they distinguish one another by their unique calls? Read 14 penguin facts and learn five things you can do to help conservation efforts on MotherNatureNetwork.com.

Two of TV’s most celebrated penguins are The Penguin from Batman (played by Burgess Meredith) and Tennessee Tuxedo (voiced by Get Smart’s Don Adams).

The Penguin was one of the most popular villains on the Batman TV series, which ran from 1966 to 1968. He is tied with the Joker for the villain with the most appearances of the show. Below, the Penguin runs for mayor of Gotham City. This two-minute clip also features Paul Revere & the Raiders and a bellydancer—talk about an embarrassment of riches!

Clip from “Hizzoner the Penguin,” Batman (Nov. 2, 1966)

The animated series Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales ran from 1963 to 1966 and featured the title character and his best friend, a walrus named Chumley. Below, in “The Rainmakers,” Tennessee Tuxedo and Chumley get jobs as weathermen.

Tennessee Tuxedo in “The Rainmakers” (1963)

Happy Penguin Awareness Day!

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