The adventures of two young drifters across America.
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 Tod Stiles / ... (116 episodes, 1960-1964)
 Buz Murdock (82 episodes, 1960-1963)
 Linc Case (32 episodes, 1963-1964)


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 Searchers  »

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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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My favorite 60's show!

I was about ten when this show premiered and watched it with my parents every friday night between Rawhide and Twilight Zone. As you can see Friday was a good night for TV. I was fascinated with the show and its two stars, both of whom I had crushes on. They were both so natural in their acting and always delivered some words of wisdom by the shows end. The fact that the show was always on location made it much more interesting to watch. I was sorry too when Nick at Night quit airing it in the 80's. I watched as many of the reruns as I possibly could and even now have a few on tape. It's a show I think that still holds up today because of its uniqueness and naturalness.

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