History Series / Route66

30th Oct '17 6:40:51 AM CosmicFerret
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* HalloweenEpisode: "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing" (Season 3) has Tod and Buz encountering Creator/BorisKarloff, Creator/PeterLorre, and Lon Chaney Jr., who are concerned that their brand of old-school horror is lost on a younger and more jaded generation.

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* HalloweenEpisode: "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing" (Season 3) has Tod and Buz encountering Creator/BorisKarloff, Creator/PeterLorre, and Lon Chaney Jr., Creator/LonChaneyJr, who are concerned that their brand of old-school horror is lost on a younger and more jaded generation.
16th Oct '17 9:08:46 PM IceCrystal
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* ContemplateOurNavels: Tod and Buz are "searching" for "something" and along the way they're going to spend a lot of time musing philosophically.
** A lot of the writing is reminiscent of Faulkner on a comprehensible day.



* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Buz's experiences, and in one episode he almost cries because Tod returns a runaway orphan to a state-run orphanage. In another episode, he himself tries to bring a child to the attention of the authorities because of the boy's alcoholic father. That episode suggests that it would be better if [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist Social Services Did Not Exist]] and that everyone's alcoholism could be cured with a simple moral lesson, like "be responsible for yourself and your offspring" which is a ''tad'' [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]].
* FamilyVersusCareer: This is ''kind of'' the situation in "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat", where a MarriedToTheJob scientist's wife threatens to take their son and leave him. Tod believes that family should be his first priority and finds his neglect of them disgusting. Buz solves the problem by reminding the man's wife that a woman's place is supporting her husband, no matter what financially precarious and ulcer-inducing work he may choose. He's a ''man'', you see, and that means he's got to have an identity outside the house, outside the family sphere. Whereas...
--> Buz: Don't you think he has the right to do any kind of work he wants to? ... He's a man. Do you have the right to force him to be something less than a man, because all you understand is that he owes you companionship? What about the companionship that you owe him?
** ... she's a woman, so she should get back in the kitchen and scrape together a pie using whatever she can find in the almost-bare cupboards. That will be a comfort to him. She's utterly convinced by this, too.
* FauxlosophicNarration: Several episodes, where (usually) Tod's narrations are pseudo-ContemplateOurNavels affairs that try to make ''this'' particular run-in with a beautiful or troubled woman seem more extraordinary than usual.

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* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Buz's experiences, and in one episode he almost cries because Tod returns a runaway orphan to a state-run orphanage. In another episode, he himself tries to bring a child to the attention of the authorities because of the boy's alcoholic father. That episode suggests that it would be better if [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist Social Services Did Not Exist]] and that everyone's alcoholism could be cured with a simple moral lesson, like "be responsible for yourself and your offspring" which is a ''tad'' [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]].
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* FamilyVersusCareer: This is ''kind of'' the situation in "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat", where a MarriedToTheJob scientist's wife threatens to take their son and leave him. Tod believes that family should be his first priority and finds his neglect of them disgusting. Buz solves the problem by reminding the man's wife that a woman's place is supporting her husband, no matter what financially precarious and ulcer-inducing work he may choose. He's a ''man'', you see, and that means he's got to have an identity outside the house, outside the family sphere. Whereas...
--> Buz: Don't you think he has the right to do any kind of work he wants to? ... He's a man. Do you have the right to force him to be something less than a man, because all you understand is that he owes you companionship? What about the companionship that you owe him?
** ... she's a woman, so she should get back in the kitchen and scrape together a pie using whatever she can find in the almost-bare cupboards. That will be a comfort to him. She's utterly convinced by this, too.
* FauxlosophicNarration: Several episodes, where (usually) Tod's narrations are pseudo-ContemplateOurNavels affairs that try to make ''this'' particular run-in with a beautiful or troubled woman seem more extraordinary than usual.
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* IceCreamKoan: Frequent.
--> '''Mechanic''': Who are you fellas?
--> '''Buz''': Who're we supposed to be?
--> '''Audience''': ...



* MayDecemberRomance: Buz gets involved in these, because he's got a mommy complex as big as the moon.

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* MayDecemberRomance: Buz gets involved in these, because he's got a mommy complex as big as the moon.these.



* MushroomSamba: "The Thin White Line". Insidious clocks!

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* MushroomSamba: "The Thin White Line". Insidious clocks!Line"



* OddCouple: Thankfully kept low-tone for the majority of the series. Tod came from a wealthy family, was classically educated in the best private schools, attended Yale, and when drunk he has the tendency to reveal what a toffee-nosed snob he really could be if he weren't so nice. That is, he tells 'hilarious' stories about free tickets to the opera and being on the fencing team, while Buz sits stone-faced because he is an orphan from Hell's Kitchen.
** Tod and Buz pull quadruple duty as SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan, RedOniBlueOni, OddCouple, and HeteroSexualLifePartners.
* OrphansOrdeal: Buz, though revenge/seeking his true origins aren't (usually) on the schedule. He can [[{{Angst}} whinge]] with the best of them about his past, though.

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* OddCouple: Thankfully kept low-tone for the majority of the series. Tod came from a wealthy family, was classically educated in the best private schools, attended Yale, and when drunk he has the tendency to reveal what a toffee-nosed snob he really could be if he weren't so nice. That is, he tells 'hilarious' stories about free tickets to the opera and being on the fencing team, while Buz sits stone-faced because he is an orphan from Hell's Kitchen.
** Tod and Buz pull quadruple duty as SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan, RedOniBlueOni, OddCouple, and HeteroSexualLifePartners.
* OrphansOrdeal: Buz, though revenge/seeking his true origins aren't (usually) on the schedule. He can [[{{Angst}} whinge]] with the best of them about his past, though.



* ProductPlacement: Tod's CoolCar. The Corvette logo on the hood is sometimes conspicuously center-frame. [[EverybodyOwnsAFord An inordinate number of guest stars drive Corvettes as well.]]

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* ProductPlacement: Tod's CoolCar. The Corvette logo on the hood is sometimes conspicuously center-frame. [[EverybodyOwnsAFord An inordinate A number of guest stars drive Corvettes as well.]]



* WhatBeautifulEyes: Buz's eyes are often the source of comments. It might be how they're framed by his long, black lashes, and the way that the lighting constantly reflects in them and makes them ''sparkle''... [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny sorry, what]]?

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* WhatBeautifulEyes: Buz's eyes are often the source of comments. It might be how they're framed by his long, black lashes, and the way that the lighting constantly reflects in them and makes them ''sparkle''... [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny sorry, what]]?



* YouFailBiologyForever: The most {{Egregious}} example occurs in the episode "The Newborn". A woman (presumably) bleeds to death after delivering, and the two leads are left to look after the baby. There is no attempt to get the baby to feed, thus stimulating contractions that could have helped stall the bleeding, and later Tod insists newborns are not fed "in the first 10 hours". This may have been the practice in 1960, but to modern folks with passing familiarity with first aid it sounds like whatever material he claims to have read about birth was sourced from the 50s equivalent of Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}.
** Though he is basically correct that the Prime Directive of untrained personnel assisting a normal birth is to offer reassurance and do nothing.

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* YouFailBiologyForever: The most {{Egregious}} example occurs in the episode "The Newborn". A woman (presumably) bleeds to death after delivering, and the two leads are left to look after the baby. There is no attempt to get the baby to feed, thus stimulating contractions that could have helped stall the bleeding, and later Tod insists newborns are not fed "in the first 10 hours". This may have been the practice in 1960, but to modern folks with passing familiarity with first aid it sounds like whatever material he claims to have read about birth was sourced from the 50s equivalent of Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}.
** Though he is basically correct that the Prime Directive of untrained personnel assisting a normal birth is to offer reassurance and do nothing.
30th Aug '17 8:16:17 AM Mdumas43073
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* GrandFinale: The Season 4 two-parter "Where There's a Will, There's a Way".
25th Feb '17 7:44:07 PM nombretomado
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* PopStarComposer: Nelson Riddle, responsible for the show's jazzy theme tune, moved into television and film scores but rose to fame as a popular bandleader and musical arranger for the likes of FrankSinatra, Creator/JudyGarland, and Nat King Cole.

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* PopStarComposer: Nelson Riddle, responsible for the show's jazzy theme tune, moved into television and film scores but rose to fame as a popular bandleader and musical arranger for the likes of FrankSinatra, Music/FrankSinatra, Creator/JudyGarland, and Nat King Cole.
20th Dec '16 9:28:48 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: "I'm not exactly a boy. [[DoubleEntendre There's a line of departure, and I took that step long ago."]]
22nd Oct '16 11:36:40 AM Mdumas43073
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''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock (Maharis) -- the latter replaced late in the third season with Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Linc Case (Glenn Corbett) -- stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.

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''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock (Maharis) -- the latter replaced late in the third season Season 3 with Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute named Linc Case (Glenn Corbett) -- stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.
22nd Oct '16 11:35:05 AM Mdumas43073
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''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock (Maharis), and then Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Linc Case (Glenn Corbett), stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.

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''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock (Maharis), and then (Maharis) -- the latter replaced late in the third season with Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Linc Case (Glenn Corbett), Corbett) -- stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.
22nd Oct '16 11:33:04 AM Mdumas43073
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''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock (Maharis), and then Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Lincoln Case (Glenn Corbett), stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.

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''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock (Maharis), and then Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Lincoln Linc Case (Glenn Corbett), stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Lincoln Case, who does the dark and brooding to Tod's golden-haired also brooding. He pretty much picks up right where Buz left off.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Lincoln "Linc" Case, who does the dark and brooding to Tod's golden-haired also brooding. He pretty much picks up right where Buz left off.
22nd Oct '16 11:31:49 AM Mdumas43073
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* SpecialGuest: The third season episode "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing" is a HalloweenEpisode that features Creator/PeterLorre, [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 Lon Chaney Jr.]], and Creator/BorisKarloff as themselves.

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* SpecialGuest: The third season episode SpecialGuest:
** "Journey to Nineveh" (Season 3) features old-time slapstick movie comedians Creator/BusterKeaton and Joe E. Brown.
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"Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing" (Season 3) is a HalloweenEpisode that features Creator/PeterLorre, [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 Lon Chaney Jr.]], and Creator/BorisKarloff as themselves.
22nd Oct '16 11:27:23 AM Mdumas43073
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A 196064 drama series on Creator/{{CBS}}, starring Martin Milner (later of ''Series/AdamTwelve'') and George Maharis, ''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock, and then Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Lincoln Case, stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.

The writing, much of it by series creator Sterling Silliphant (who later wrote the classic Oscar-winning film ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight''), can be clever, nuanced, and heartfelt. In fact, the series was essentially an {{Anthology}} with two recurring characters that allowed Silliphant to explore a vast number of topics as he felt like it. However, whether due to a changed social landscape, the dawn of the cynical age, or the fact that invariably any drama will have scenes that miss their mark, the series is also the victim of extensive {{Narm}}; it was made in a period that still falls thematically into the era exemplified by TheFifties (as opposed to TheSixties).

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A 196064 drama series on Creator/{{CBS}}, created by Herbert B. Leonard and Sterling Silliphant and starring Martin Milner (later of ''Series/AdamTwelve'') and George Maharis, Maharis.

''Route 66'' chronicles two heroic [[TheDrifter drifters]] WalkingTheEarth (or at least the continental United States) in a [[CoolCar Corvette convertible]]. Each week Tod Stiles (Milner) and Buz Murdock, Murdock (Maharis), and then Murdock's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Lincoln Case, Case (Glenn Corbett), stumble upon different AdventureTowns and take odd jobs to support themselves while committing random acts of kindness, chasing skirts, putting right what once went wrong, wearing skinny late-50s ties, etc.

The writing, much of it by series creator Sterling co-creator Silliphant (who later wrote the classic Oscar-winning film ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight''), can be clever, nuanced, and heartfelt. In fact, the series was essentially an {{Anthology}} with two recurring characters that allowed Silliphant to explore a vast number of topics as he felt like it. However, whether due to a changed social landscape, the dawn of the cynical age, or the fact that invariably any drama will have scenes that miss their mark, the series is also the victim of extensive {{Narm}}; it was made in a period that still falls thematically into the era exemplified by TheFifties (as opposed to TheSixties).
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