Route 66 (1960–1964)

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The adventures of two young drifters across America on Highway Route 66.

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1964 | 1963 | 1962 | 1961 | 1960
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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 Lincoln 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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7 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Throughout the series there are numerous references to Tod having attended college at Yale, but did he graduate? In the last episode of Season 2 ({2-32} "From An Enchantress Fleeing") Tod mentions that he "ended his studies after his third year in 1960 and did not finish". See more »

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As good as most theatrical movies
24 December 1998 | by (Dunstable, Ma) – See all my reviews

Rt 66 was such a breath of fresh air. I have been a movie buff all my life and after seeing all the backlot tv shows from the mid fifties to 1960, this show had my eyes wide open. Everything was on location and the production values were as good as any theatrical movie. Some of the story lines toward the end of the run were stupid but the values were always there. Most of the time I would watch the show to see how good location filming done quickly could be done so good. I think the producer owned or had owned Republic Studios who were the best at making movie serials and that would explain a lot. In watching reruns it is surprising how little the Corvette was actually seen in some episodes. After this, I found backlot shows to be very cheap, boring entertainment.


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