Route 66

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One of the most brilliant dramas to emerge from the 60s, Route 66 was famous for its catchy Nelson Riddle theme song, intriguing characters, top-drawer writing and stellar guest star appearances.
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Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Black November
    October 6, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Car trouble strands Tod and Buz in an isolated Mississippi lumber town named for and dominated by its unscrupulous ruler and haunted by a secret.
  2. 2. A Lance of Straw
    October 13, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz crew a Grand Isle, Louisiana shrimp trawler while its captain deals with a hurricane and a jealous boyfriend.
  3. 3. The Swan Bed
    October 20, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A young woman inadvertently interferes with a bird smuggling ring at the center of a psittacosis outbreak in New Orleans.
  4. 4. The Man on the Monkey Board
    October 27, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod assists an undercover Nazi hunter while working with Buz on an oil platform off the coast of Venice, Louisiana.
  5. 4. Birdcage on My Foot
    October 12, 1961
    50min
    NR
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz, in Boston for a day of leisure, interrupt an odd acting man who is attempting to steal their Corvette.
  6. 5. The Strengthening Angels
    November 3, 1960
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Buz attempts to prove the innocence of a single mother who killed the younger brother of a small-town sheriff in self-defense.
  7. 5. Voice at the End of the Line
    October 18, 1962
    50min
    NR
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz are working in Chicago as, respectively, a motel lifeguard and a warehouse employee. Buz inadvertently helps colleagues who are playing a nasty practical joke on their supervisor; the latter, profoundly embarrassed by the intrusion into his private life, quits.
  8. 6. Ten Drops of Water
    November 10, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Three orphaned ranchers stubbornly fight a losing battle against chronic drought conditions near Kanab, Utah.
  9. 7. Three Sides
    November 17, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz help a Grants Pass, Oregon hops farmer reluctant to instill discipline in his spoiled son and daughter.
  10. 7. The Mud Nest
    November 9, 1961
    50min
    NR
    Audio languages
    English
    On intuition Buz steers the 66ers off route to a Maryland hamlet where everyone thinks they recognize Buz - as returning prodigal of a hated local clan.
  11. 8. Legacy for Lucia
    November 24, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    To finance a new Virgin Mary statue for her church, a Sicilian woman tries to sell Oregon land "bequeathed" to her by an American soldier during World War II.
  12. 9. Layout at Glen Canyon
    November 1, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz act as bodyguards to fashion models at the Glen Canyon Dam construction site.
  13. 9. Mon Petit Chou
    November 23, 1961
    50min
    NR
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working as crewmen on a tugboat. Tod "rescues" a pretty girl who oddly was water skiing in the shipping lanes. She is a singer from France, managed by a Svengali who closely watches her and is haunted by the memory of a previous "discovery" who deserted him.
  14. 10. The Beryllium Eater
    December 8, 1960
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz help an old prospector stake his claim after he finds beryllium ore.
  15. 11. The Thin White Line
    December 7, 1961
    50min
    NR
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz,in Philadelphia working as "high floor" construction workers,are at a party and Tod mistakenly drinks a beer meant for a troublemaker.The beer was laced with "an experimental chemotherapy compound" by the party givers who are college students.
  16. 11. A Fury Slinging Flame
    December 29, 1960
    46min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz meet a scientist who intends to hide in Carlsbad Caverns with friends until an expected nuclear holocaust is over.
  17. 12. Sheba
    January 5, 1961
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz work for a cotton company and battle cowboy Woody Biggs, who is not done with the woman he sent to prison.
  18. 13. The Quick and the Dead
    January 12, 1961
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod becomes a race car driver as he and Buz get involved in a family controversy over whether an aging driver should retire.
  19. 14. Play It Glissando
    January 19, 1961
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz try to protect a woman from her jazz musician husband.
  20. 15. The Clover Throne
    January 26, 1961
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz work for a date farmer who fights the highway department while he "waits out" his sexy ward, hoping she will marry him.
  21. 16. Fly Away Home, Part 1
    February 9, 1961
    50min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod becomes a crop duster for a struggling company.
  22. 16. 1801 Days to Justice
    January 25, 1962
    50min
    NR
    Audio languages
    English
    Job seeks justice in his hometown after 5 years in a Texas prison.
  23. 17. Fly Away Home, Part 2
    February 16, 1961
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz get involved in a quandary over an extra-dangerous crop dusting contract.
  24. 18. Sleep on Four Pillows
    February 23, 1961
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz meet a teenage girl who claims to be on the run from gangsters - but her family thinks she has been kidnapped.
  25. 19. An Absence of Tears
    March 2, 1961
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tod and Buz try to protect a blind widow from her husband's murderers.
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Directors
David Lowell RichArthur HillerJames SheldonAlvin GanzerPhilip LeacockElliot SilversteinAllen H. MinerTom GriesGeorge ShermanRobert Gist
Season year
1962
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Shout! Factory
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jim nelsonReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
The prior quality issues have been addressed in this 2012 DVD of Season 1 – well worth buying and watching.
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Years ago I bought the VHS Collectors Edition of eight episodes – was shocked at the terrible quality – even at that time they were unwatchable. So I was quite skittish reading the Amazon reviews which suggested that the Shout Factory complete set and other DVDs issued in 2008 had not improved the quality. The reviews did say that the 2012 reissue of season 1 had addressed many of the quality issues and I found that to be true (other than the fact that the 1961 Corvette is obviously elongated). Looking back over 60 years it is just incredible how good the actors and plots were – so much better than the junk on today's TV series. Well worth buying and watching.
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James C. KotisReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Route 66 takes me back to a simpler time
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I used to watch Route 66 as a young teenager. Every Saturday night I looked forward to the show coming on and every new year when Todd got a sparkling new Corvette! The intro music by Nelson Riddle was great! All of the shows were made on site, not in a studio, and this added to the distinctive charm of the show. The tension between the preppy Todd and the tough kid Buz brought different views to the situations they found themselves involved in during each episode. Many of the guest stars were well known or went on to have successful acting careers of their own. The Corvette convertible was of course the real star of the show. This was one of the first TV shows to be shot on site around the country, usually in a small rural town. The show also taught morals and the work ethic as the guys were always looking for work as they traveled around the country and Canada as well. George Maharis was my favorite partner for Martin Milner. It was a disaster to me when he had to leave the show due to illness, thus I favor the earlier shows with George starring in them. The show presents a snapshot of life in America in the early 60's when America was more self-sufficient and people lived a simpler and more moral lifestyle. This show would be rated "G" now.
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The TechnologistReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Skip This Season One And Go For The Entire Series - Shout Factory Owns The Rights Now...
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Besides A few episodes that use syndicated transfers which have pretty crappy audio tracks and some dark video, this set is really nice. From the first episode to the last you can see how Route 66 started to evolve and get its format down. Originally, the end credits rolled over a moving image, but after a few episodes that changed to a still image. Buzz and Todd's character's get tweaked and you get to know them as I think Martin Milner and George Maharis get to know them at the same time. This is GREAT series, but you WILL want the whole series after seeing Season 1, so get [[ASIN:B0077T5SWC Route 66: The Complete Series]], which is on Shout Factory who owns the rights after Infinity/Roxbury went broke. Originally Season 1 was released by Infinity/Roxbury in parts. The second part was released in an artificial widescreen format that cut off parts of the picture. This was corrected in the FULL Season 1 release (This item) and is also fixed with the Shout Factory release. Basically, Shout Factory bought the film elements that Infinity/Roxbury had and reissued them under their name. Whatever episodes were missing (which weren't that many), syndicated video transfers are used, which accounts for horrible audio and dark video. Where the film elements are used the video is very clear, and the audio much better, though not up to today's standards, but the TV standards of 50 years ago. Do yourself a favor, get the entire series - you won't regret it!
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Tante MarenReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the Corrected, Uncropped Route 66 Season One Set !
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They finally made the correct scale picture for Route 66, Season One! The first Route 66 Season One dvd's- first half (Volume 1) and second half (Volume 2) sets, were made elongated, with the tops of the actors heads cut off! What a nightmare for viewing! The picture is not cleaned up as pristine as it could be, but what an improvement to be able to see the whole picture, with everyones head not cut off at the top of the screen!

If you are not certain which set you have bought, the first elongated, cropped dvd sets were sold separately, in halves for the first season (Season One, Volume 1 and Season One, Volume 2) . When you view this cropped picture, it looks like a letterbox style movie, only the actors heads are cut off at the top of the screen!

This corrected set has both Season One, Volumes 1 and 2 together in a sleeve (exact, same packaging). The picture is no longer letter box style, and the actors heads are not near the screen edge. Thank goodness, I hope this never happens again, as I've never seen a show with so many tops of the heads cut off! It's great to see everyone's entire head, as it should be!
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JimmyCanDoReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
More then worth it to purchase this Route 66 Release...!
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I am so happy that someone has begun the task of releasing Route 66 on DVD. Although the transfer may not be perfect, most of the episodes on this release are very good or at least very very watch-able. Besides, this DVD release is still better than the old Colombia VHS tapes - which only released 20 episodes period.

In one of these episodes, we get to see Riverside County in Southern California when it was covered in plenty of rolling hills of grasses and trees; compared to today where these same hills are covered in homes and businesses. Another episode shows the Date Farms and surrounding areas of Palm Desert and Indio, south of Palm Springs, CA and back during the filming of Route 66 these two areas were wide open desert fields, unlike today. I don't even think those two cities even existed at that time. It's just great to see all these different areas and what they looked like back in the early 1960's: the Route 66 era.

As kids, or young adults, we enjoyed Route 66 for a number of reasons. And now, after all these decades later, we not only get to enjoy watching Route 66 again and again, but we get to enjoy some other aspects of the series that we did not when we watched the series as kids. i.e. we see how the many areas Buzz and Todd visited and filmed have changed so much.

I also enjoyed the extra feature where the DVD's list past movie performances of the main cast members from each of the episodes. This was a great resource, as some of the listed movies I have never heard of and some sound very interesting and I plan to search some of the movies out. And I also suspect that some of these credited movies are probably physically lost films - never to be seen again.

If you liked this series in the past, or you're a fan of the series now, I encourage you to purchase this release and hopefully with all of our support more DVD's of Route 66 will follow. The Naked City DVD Sets, no matter how GREAT their transfers were and mentioned in other folks reviews, the Naked City has stopped at Set 3 and no more seem to be in the works - as far as I can tell. I have even written the manufacturer of Naked City with NO RESPONSE.

I think for most of us Route 66 fans, this DVD set is a pretty good start.
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Gene CiscoReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
The road to life---Route-66
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Of all the series of the golden age of television, when the writers grew up on radio with a fund of experience and an ear for dialogue, Route-66 captured the promise of the Kennedy era. Before I read Shakespeare, Kerouac and Hunter Thompson, this weekly series coaxed me along. Long overdue, I cannot wait to see more of the calvalcade of talent this trail-blazing series nurtured. Looking back, you can see the coming wave of change, for at their least, Buz and Todd resembled early beach bums (surfers) with pendleton shirts, open collars and casual attire, attacking any way, at any town, head-on with their street smarts, mental toughness, parental reminders and bonhomie into the challenging future. Underlying the entire series is the road itself, Route-66, which represented openness and excitement, unlimited expectations. Every locale presented unknown obsstacles, yet these two buddies, the downtown and uptown of city slickers, continued on. It never left my mind, how one could meet the challenges of life if one consulted his past,(parents and book learning) and drove headlong into the next adventure. Not only is the changing landscape interesting to see, but the endless supply of acting talent, presenting fascinating as well as fantastic tour de force stretches of character, delightful snippets of characters we were to see broadened much later in cinema, like George Kennedy in the first episode "Black November." "A Lance of Straw," depicts the struggle of shrimp boat operators, with a riveting portrayal by Janice Rule of a too self-reliant captain(Yes, Virginia, a CEO)with a male crew, taking great risks to succeed. The photograpy of Janice is exceptional, creating the perils of shimpers in hurricane conditions with believable terror. Here it is 46 years later and there is simply too much of this carefully crafted series, nursed along by Herbert B Leonard's wife to boot, to comment at length upon. The cast and crew made this series something very special; making the coming decade an open road of opportunity. What this series seemed to depict was that life was simply the journey more than the destination. Take a spin.
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lewis jackmanReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
Needs a tune-up
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Not having seen Route 66 since it briefly reran on Nick at Nite twenty years ago, I was really looking forward to DVD release. Still, no avoiding the fact that this package is something of a lemon. A particular disappointment in light of high-grade DVD treatment given to same production team's Naked City.

Seems like most of money when into flashy packaging with little thought about actual content. Very shoddy technical quality: Some episodes seem to have been duped from bad syndication tapes or maybe even bottom-of-barrel 16 mm prints. Opening episode, much of which takes place at night, is so murky that actors' faces are frequently bathed in such dark shadows (even during some daytime sequences) that facial expressions are rendered meaningless. Other early episodes are similarly murky, have numerous scratches and print debris, and feature wobbly and/or uneven sound.

Chintzy extras, too--no interviews with Milner or Maharis and for a 15-episode collection, I expected more than five or six original commercials--two of them virtually identical aspirin spots. (Although it was fun seeing the My Three Sons cast in a bizarre spot for the 1961 Biscayne.) Other extras include bare-bones guest-star filmographies and a brief featurette about history of Corvette. (But let's face it--people who love this show watch it for the drama, not because they're Road & Track fans.)

One can only hope Roxbury springs for a high-test edition of remaining episodes.
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G. PierceReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really a great show.
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I was born 5 years after this show aired, so what little I did see of it was on afternoon reruns...as a teenager...a teenager whose attention span lasted about 6 minutes. So, for the first 40 years of my life, my relationship to this show was based on all of about 18 minutes...from three different 6 minute stints as a teenager! lol

The last few years however, I have been checking out various older TV programs for some "new viewing" experiences, to help broaden my horizions.
The first episode (Black November) didn't go very well with me. It was dark, dreary, the characters were odd & the condition of the copy wasn't great...thinking I made a mistake with this series, I shelved it for 3 months.
Finally, I got it back out & gave it another chance, trying to keep an open mind. This time, I enjoyed it much better & found myself enjoying each following episode even more. I'm hooked! :D

I really enjoy seeing how things were portrayed back then, enjoy seeing the old cars (I'm a gearhead at heart) & the towns...a bunch of which I've been to through the years. One episode took place in Page, Arizona, early in the construction of Glen Canyon Dam...just a few years after Page was even on the map. I crossed the bridge over the dam just last weekend!

I've ordered a copy of season 1, volume 2 & am anxiously awaiting it's arrival. What a cool show! I'm so glad it's being released on DVD, even though the quality isn't the greatest...but after all, that's about how it was when the show was aired isn't it? The picture sorta snowy & the sound not so clear, depending on which direction the rabbit ears were pointing? LOL!!
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