ROUTE 66 (1960 – 1964)

route 66

Creators: Stirling Silliphant, Herbert B. Leonard

Cast: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett

Martin Milner is Tod the college boy, whose privileged life disappeared with his father’s bankruptcy and death. George Maharis is Buz the street wise ladykiller with a chip on his shoulder. Boyhood friends, they hit the road in Tod’s sole possession, a Corvette convertible (“My father gave me that car, just before he died. It’s the only thing I’ve got left”), Buz riding with Tod drives  across the country.

Here is a great series road trip across the country shot on location on the top of that perfect.Every episode opens against the landscape of their new location with Nelson Riddle’s jazzy theme. It is the kind of show when you see and  you go man that’s what I should have done when I was in my 20’s that would been cool. The thing is they traveled with a corvette and back in the 60’s less crime people were more friendly, and would help you in any way they can. The 2 young boy were totally opposite one was street smart the other was this bourgeois sort of speak. there were an impressive list of guest stars, including Rob’t Duvall, Rob’t Redford, Lee Marvin, Ed Asner, Martin Balsam, Alan Alda, Janice Rule and Jack Warden, just to name a few. The writers could write about any subject that they wanted and back then it was not easy to have that because the sensors were tough. there were a Playhouse-90-like dramatic quality about it that felt right. You had some characters who had to confront their own demons. This series was the coolest and great television back then. I highly recommend it.

route 66

route 66

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