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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Maharis became ill after filming the episode "Even Stones Have Eyes," in which he spent hours in a freezing river. His illness worsened after filming "There I Am - There I Always Am" in which he spent hours in the cold water off Catalina Island. Maharis continued to work on the series as he was not allowed to take a break from filming to recover. He eventually contracted hepatitis from an injection given to him by a doctor brought in by the studio and had to take time off for his health. Maharis returned after a month but suffered a relapse. He finally decided to leave the series rather than risk his health any further. Executive producer Herbert B. Leonard sued Maharis for breach-of-contract which was settled out of court. Glenn Corbett was cast as Maharis' replacement and Buz was never mentioned again. See more »

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one word - terrific
19 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

it's funny, i was in 8th grade the last year route 66 aired and got to see a few episodes. this was because one had been filmed in daytona beach so i watched it. then i caught the rest of the last season before it went off the air.

i don't think i could fully appreciate just what a remarkable show this was. shot on location, featuring a literal who's who in Hollywood, i think maybe, this show was way ahead of its time. but it worked so well in the early 60's when quality television was quite common.

anyhow, i always said this was the ONE SHOW i wanted to see in reruns. when it aired on nick at nite in 1985, i watched more than half of the episodes and was never disappointed. mix a way cool theme song, some beautiful country, two hip guys and the corvette, how could you go wrong!!


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