Many of us have been waiting a long time for season 4 of the classic TV series ROUTE 66, which can be described as "two young men in a Corvette convertible traveling across the country in search of America and themselves." Stirling Silliphant's great scripts for the series set me on the road to being a writer (FIRST BLOOD, Rambo). As a teenager, I wrote Stirling a letter about how he inspired me. He encouraged me, and years later he and I worked together on the NBC miniseries of my novel THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE. The stories are an intriguing combination of action and ideas. LSD, mercy killing, the hunt for Nazi war criminals, miscegenation, right-wing hate groups, the VIetnam War (in 1963!): these and similar topics were almost never dramatized on other series. But ROUTE 66 loved controversy. In fact, for the hate group episode, TO WALK WITH A SERPENT, the sponsors pulled out, but CBS alliowed the show to run without breaks (and with a lot of previews for upcoming ROUTE 66 episodes). Another episode GOOD NIGHT, SWEET BLUES featured Black actors, except for the two stars. The great jazz singer Ethel Waters received an Emmy nomination (at a time when no series had a continuing Black actor). Each episode was filmed entirely on location across the country (no studio shots). Nelson Riddle composed an original score for almost every episode. Well known directors such as Arthur Hiller, Sam Peckinpah, and Robert Altman worked on the series. The who's who list of guest stars includes Robert Redford, Suzanne Pleshette, Anne Francis, Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton, Lee Marvin, Michael Rennie, Dorothy Malone, and Robert Duvall. I'm not as enthusiastic about the Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney Jr. comedy Halloween episode LIZARD'S LEG AND OWLET'S WING as another reviewer expressed, but it is definitely a conversation piece, and its feminist sub theme is typical of the topics that Stirling Silliphant found interesting. I was glad to have Infinity's earlier release of the first 3 seasons, even with the problems of season one (the first attempt to release those episodes cropped the 4:3 image into 1.79) Some of those transfers were dark, also. For later seasons, there wasn't a list of which episodes were on which discs. But the episodes themselves are such treasures (a Smiithsonian-like depiction of the American landscape from 1960-64) that I forgave those problems. Let's hope that the Shout Factory gets it right, and no matter what, finally having season 4 with TWO STRANGERS AND AN OLD ENEMY, THE STONE GUEST (Silliphant's favorite script for the series), and LIKE THIS IT MEANS FATHER, is cause for celebration.