Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness
posted at 6/10/2011 8:28 PM EDT
Oh, I definitely disagree on the RT. 66
series. It was one of the most unique television series ever. First of all, everything was shot on locale, and seeing the country back 50 years ago is a real trip.
The Corvette shots were usually limited to the beginning/end sequence, with occasional intervals.
The real star of the show was the writing
and the genre. You've got such a wealth of material with two guys searching for life's meaning. One a Harvard boy disillusioned by his dad's passing and life's hypocrisy.
The other a street-wise orphan played to the hilt by Maharis.
The guest stars were established actors that brought their own dimension. Actors like Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Robby Duvall, James Caan, David Jannsen, Walter Matthau, Buster Keaton, Lee Marvin, Darren McGavin, Robert Redford, Martin Sheen, Rod Steiger, William Shattner...
This is arguably the best show post live-TV.
: The show aired on A&E in the early 90's. I have purchased many TV series unavailable in most venues through www.sell.com
(type in Movies or TV series under search). This one was a must. I got a pretty good idea as to UR taste and this is one series you should see in UR lifetime. It's addictive as hell!
If you ever decide to purchase the DVD's to this or many other series, you'll find some great prices here. The quality of the sets are decent overall. You can buy the first two seasons of the RT 66 series in many stores, but it's a bit pricey.
IMO, it's well worth it, as the picture quality is
much better with this particular show.
I made a birthday gift of the series to a very good friend. Man, did he love it.
Here's a teaser:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P79hYun3JYk
I'm willing to bet if you ever see Rt. 66 and THE FUGITIVE, you'll agree that they are probably the two best and most unique TV series covering the last 50 years.