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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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one word - terrific
19 August 2005 | by 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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