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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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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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Maharis became ill after filming the episode "Even Stones Have Eyes", in which he spent several hours in a freezing river. His illness worsened after filming "There I Am - There I Always Am", in which he spent several hours in the cold water off of 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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Tod and Buz together again
22 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

The romance of the road is alive and well as Tod (Martin Milner) and Buz (George Maharis) cruise the country in their snazzy corvette convertible and get involved in the lives of the people they meet. The series opens by explaining that the boys are lost and a "long way from Route 66," when they find themselves in a backwater Mississippi town that harbors a grim secret. From there, they're on to Louisiana where they get involved with a lady shrimp boat captain and find trouble at the New Orleans waterfront before befriending a Nazi-hunter on an off-shore oil rig.

This was the first drama to be filmed entirely on location (in 40 states and Canada) and the locations were really the key to the unique excitement of each show. The boys were mainly observers, albeit defenders of the underdog and good with their fists if need be. Each show featured many famous stars and well-known character actors; the quality of the acting and the scripts (most by Stirling Silliphant) were first-rate.

Clean-cut and twenty-something Tod and Buz bear no resemblance to the leering sex, drug, and rock and roll-crazed young men we often see on the screen today. Dressed in their button-down shirts and freshly-creased slacks, they were upstanding good guys who solved a town's problems in strictly G Rated style. It's fun to remember the old days through this wonderful series. And who could ever forget that cool theme music?


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