Route 66: Producer's Picks
Route 66 (1960-64), an edgy anthology of downbeat character studies and psychological dramas, was one of the most brilliant and highly rated television series of the era. The original "road trip" adventure - shot entirely on location with top-drawer writing, intriguing characters and stellar guest star appearances - it established the Corvette as an American icon.
In Route 66, Yale graduate Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) is an intellectual who has led a privileged life. Buz Murdock (George Maharis) is a tough young man, who has struggled his entire life just to survive. When his wealthy father dies, Tod finds himself unexpectedly penniless with just one possession, a powder-blue Chevrolet Corvette. On a quest to find adventure - and themselves - Tod and Buz hit the open road in the ultimate American journey.
Traversing the famed Route 66, stretching from Chicago, Ill., to Santa Monica, Calif., these two wanderers encounter a myriad of loners, dreamers and outsiders, portrayed by an array of Hollywood's biggest stars early in their careers. Appearing in the Route 66 producer's pick of 11 favorite episodes are: Alan Alda, Boris Karloff, Suzanne Pleshette, James Caan, Peter Lorre, Stefanie Powers, Robert Duvall, Walter Matthau, Martin Sheen, Ronny Howard, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen and Robert Redford.