The romance of the road is alive and well in the first four episodes of this famous TV series. Tod (Martin Milner) and Buz (George Maharis) are two buddies traveling the country in a snazzy corvette convertible, stopping here and there and becoming involved in the lives of the people they meet. The first episode explains that the boys are lost and "long way from Route 66," when they find themselves in a backwater Mississippi town that harbors a grim secret. From there, they get go to Louisiana where they get involved with a lady shrimp boat captain and find trouble at the New Orleans waterfront before befriending a Nazi-hunter on an of-shore oil rig.
This was the first drama to be filmed entirely on location (in 40 states and Canada) and the locations were really the key to the unique excitement of each show. The boys were mainly observers, albeit defenders of the underdog and good with their fists if need be. Each show featured many famous stars and well-known character actors; the quality of the acting and the scripts (most by Stirling Silliphant) were first-rate.
The clean-cut twenty-somethings roaming the country bear no resemblance to the leering sex, drug, and rock and roll-crazed young men we often see on the screen today. Dressed in their button-down shirts and freshly-creased slacks, Tod and Buz were upstanding good guys who solved a town's problems in strictly Rated G style. It's fun to remember the old days through this wonderful series. And who could ever forget that cool, jazzy theme music?