ROUTE 66 (1960 – 1964)

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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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ADAM-12 (1968 – 1975)

Creator: Robert A. Cinader, Jack Webb.
Cast:  Martin MilnerKent McCordShaaron Claridge

A realistic police drama following the lives of two officers of the LAPD, veteran Pete Malloy and his rookie partner, Jim Reed. Done in a spare, almost “docudrama” style, each episode covered a variety of incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the tragic to the trivial.
A great TV Police Show of the 1960’s. I read a review that one viewer watch the show and because of it He became a police Officer in 1970 until he retire in 2003. That is so cool. it Has a real feel documentary feel to it. The dispatcher voice on the program was played by Shaaron Claridge. Claridge was a real L.A. dispatcher. Producer Jack Webb thought using a real dispatcher for the voiceovers would lend authenticity to the program. Webb did the same thing for his later series, “Emergency!”, casting a real-life emergency dispatcher to voice the role. The “one” in “One Adam 12” stood for the area of the division they were stationed in, “Adam” referred to the type of car they drove (a two-man patrol car) and “12” was for the area they patrolled. However, “one” was the code for Central Division (downtown). Since the unit was shown working in Rampart Division, the actual call sign should have been 2-Adam-12. This is a classic series.