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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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Complete series cast summary:
Martin Milner ...  Tod Stiles / ... 116 episodes, 1960-1964
George Maharis ...  Buz Murdock 82 episodes, 1960-1963
Glenn Corbett ...  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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USA

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English

Release Date:

7 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Searchers See more »

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Runtime:

| (116 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

George Maharis walked off the show during the third season during a bout with hepatitis, although it has been alleged that he was dissatisfied with his contract and wanted to work in film, and that he had on-going clashes with the show's producers. He was replaced by Glenn Corbett, but audiences did not like the change, and the show was cancelled as a result. See more »

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An excellent series, unjustly neglected
29 April 2003 | by mike robsonSee all my reviews

Simply one of the finest shows from American t.v.This is an undeservedly "lost" show ,amazingly neglected when so many inferior 60's series are wildly overpraised.If you have never seen "Route 66" try to,it's a rare gem.The scripts are not just highly literate,but often close to poetic(no wonder Jim Aubrey,downmarketeer boss at CBS TV disliked it!).There's a great deal of acting talent in the guest roles-Boris Karloff,Lee Marvin,Robert Duvall,Warren Stevens,Lew Ayers,Michael Rennie,Martin Sheen,Dorothy Malone,Ed Asner,Walter Matthau,Edward Andrews,Leslie Nielson,Anne Francis,Jack Lord,William Shatner and Dan Duryea are just a few to look out for.The two part story "Fly away home" has a haunting tortured performance by Michael Rennie as a doomed pilot;"Welcome to Amity"featuring Susan Oliver is both uplifting and truly moving; in "A month of Sundays" the "Route 66" camera captures Anne Francis at the peak of her stunning beauty and series regular Martin Milner gives the performance of his life as a drug crazed Tod Stiles in "A thin white line".These are just some of the highlights in "Route 66".The location filming (unusual then and now),provides a marvellous time capsule of a now vanished America.


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