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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
...  Buz Murdock 82 episodes, 1960-1963
...  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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Nat "King" Cole's song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" was considered for the show's theme. But CBS wanted an original theme to avoid paying the expensive royalties for Cole's song. Nelson Riddle's "Route 66 Theme" hit number thirty on the Billboard Hot 100, and was nominated for two Grammys. George Maharis recorded a version of Cole's song as a tribute. See more »

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Where, oh where, did this kind of drama go?
5 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I got hooked on this through my obsession with Adam-12 and some tapes I bought off ebay. I've only seen 14 episodes, but they are 14 of the greatest TV episodes of any drama ever to make it into our homes. So few shows now make you think, but this does and that's good. Makes you think about human nature, the world, and your role in it. It's more than just a show about two cute guys in the world's coolest car (though there's nothing wrong with that), it's about people. I cry when I remember that no one has jumped at the opportunity to put this show on their network. What are they thinking??? This is the drama that all the dramas since have wanted to be but never succeeded at becoming.


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