The adventures of two young drifters across America.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 Tod Stiles / ... (116 episodes, 1960-1964)
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 Buz Murdock (82 episodes, 1960-1963)
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 Linc Case (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
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Only fiction series written & shot all over North America. Two young adventurers in a Corvette explore early 60's social problems and changing mores, looking for the right place to settle down while seeking themselves. Debuting 3 years after "On the Road" transformed modern literature, while such newly available fast cars dominated the new teenage culture, Tod, an Ivy Leaguer, and Buz, an orphan from Hell's Kitchen, cruise the U.S.A. coping with shifting relationships and lifestyles. The FCC's Newton Minow characterized U.S. TV as a "vast wasteland," in 1961, but "Route 66" found important, compelling stories all over. Sterling Silliphant who won an Oscar for writing "In the Heat of the Night," traveled around the U.S. and Canada scouting locales, while writing ¾ of the very dark, literate show's episodes - a feat only Rod Serling matched with The Twilight Zone. Soon, a crew of 50 arrived at the location. Shows were filmed in 40 States. Tod, from a once-wealthy family, inherited only ... Written by David Stevens

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Two soldiers of fortune ride the highway to adventure in this thrilling new series (season 1)

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7 October 1960 (USA)  »

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The planned fifth season would have taken place in Europe. It would have been the first American series to be filmed overseas. But the series was cancelled after the fourth season. I Spy (1965) eventually became the first American series to do so. See more »

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An amazing snapshot of a bygone America
22 June 2006 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I've just seen several episodes of Route 66, which I remember from reruns in the late 60's. The location shots are absolutely wonderful - how Martin Milner and George Maharis survived all the travel to shoot on location is amazing in itself.

The story lines deal with people and their personal lives in a very intimate way. Wonderful "guest stars" too - from Robert Redford and Robert Duvall to Walter Matthau and Jack Lord.

I grew to appreciate Milner and Maharis from earlier parts they played -Milner as the stoic, sincere jazz guitarist in "Sweet Smell of Success," in 1957 and Maharis in the first hour-long episode of Naked City in 1960. My kind of actors.

All in all, Route 66 is a great show.


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