|Creator:||Stirling Silliphant, Herbert B. Leonard|
|Date(s):||1960-1964: Route 66|
1993: Route 66
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||IMDB (TV series 1960-64) IMDB (TV series 1993)|
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Route 66 premiered in 1960, a show created by writer Stirling Silliphant and producer Herbert B. Leonard. The pair took the idea of their previous show, The Naked City, which was filmed on location around New York, and expanded this premise to create a show that was shot all over the USA, almost always filming in real homes and workplaces rather than on sets. It ran from 1960-1964, totalling 116 50 minute episodes, all shot in black and white, starring at first Martin Milner and George Maharis, as Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock, and later Martin Milner and Glenn Corbett, as Linc Case. In 1993 there was a short-lived attempt to revive the show, with two characters, one of whom was supposed to be Buz Murdock's son, but the attempt was not met with enthusiasm and only four episodes were made.
Tod Stiles is a well off Yale student when his father dies, leaving him with nothing but a Corvette to his name. While working for his father's business he has got to know Buz Murdock, a streetwise orphan, now grown up, and they make the decision to travel the country together, looking for jobs along the way, with only the car and two suitcases of possessions. The characters are supposed to be in their mid-twenties, although the actors are roughly ten years older than this. In Season Three, the character of Buz (played by George Maharis, who was forced out by ill health) leaves the show without explanation, to be replaced by Linc Case (Glenn Corbett).
The fandom for Route 66 is not a large one, but members are very passionate about the show, as much for its very unusual on-location shooting in real-life locations and dwellings as for the actors and characters therein. Stirling Silliphant, the writer for many episodes, is very well regarded by fans. The Yahoo Group Route 66 TV has hosted lively discussions of the show for over ten years.
Romance in the show itself is always Het, and usually only lasts for one episode. In fan fiction sexual pairings for Route 66 are almost exclusively limited to Tod/Buz, which dominates, or Tod/female or Buz/Female.
Route 66 fandom online
- Route 66 TV 
- Ohio 66 
- A Route 66 Recap Project 
- Sixty-Six Kicks 
- Route 66 - The TV Show