Thursday, October 7, 2010

Get hip to this timely tip

Fifty years ago on this date, at 8:30 EDT on a Friday evening over the CBS Television Network, Yale-educated Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) and Hell’s Kitchen-born-and-raised Buz Murdock (George Maharis) gassed up a powder-blue Chevrolet Corvette that was the sole remaining possession of Tod’s dad…and took off “in search of America” without the aid of motorcycles, cocaine sales or Dennis Hopper’s use of the word “man” in every sentence. Naturally, such a televisual milestone—one of the era’s best television programs and a fascinating social/historical document to boot—should not go unremarked upon…which is why I was pleased to write a little something up about Route 66 at Edward Copeland on Film. (Normally, Mr. C initiates these little television program anniversaries, but this is one I suggested we do—as well as the big 5-0 for My Three Sons.)

Thanks to Infinity Entertainment, I’m getting the opportunity to revisit this truly remarkable program—the company has released the first three seasons to DVD…though I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Infinity sort of dropped the ball on this with presentations that do not feature the best in audio or visual excellence. But as DVD Talk’s Paul Mavis once pointed out (and justifiably so): “[I]f you want to see this series, this is probably as good as it’s going to get.” So let’s hoist one for Tod and Buz (and Linc) and Mr., I mean, Mr. Riddle? A little traveling music, please…

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jnpickens said...

I love Martin Milner! I never had a chance to see Route 66 (They never showed it on TVland when I watched it haha) but I always didwant to watch it.

I do love him in Adam 12 though, that's one of my favorite shows.

It's really funny to see him in old movies when he was much younger like when he was a teenager in "Life with Father" and still fairly young in "Mister Roberts."

Stacia said...

Milner and Maharis are an adorable couple, I swear.

Rick29 said...

The first season of ROUTE 66 ranks with the great TV dramas of the 1960s. I was never a big George Maharis fan, but--having watched 2.5 seasons of ROUTE recently--I must say that he has quite good. Of course, it helps when Stirling Silliphant writes your dialogue. Still, the episodes without George just aren't the same.