Route 66

Season 1 Episode 5

The Strengthening Angels

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 04, 1960 on CBS

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  • Openly spiritual in a way 21st Century TV rarely is.

    Route 66 did not shy away from religious topics, but that is not surprising considering its cultural context. Watching "The Strengthening Angel" through the eyes of 2008, however, I was impressed with the open spirituality of this episode. Not only does the beginning take place at a Christian revival, but the show also presents a woman's spiritual conversion in great detail and unequivocally shows her faith in God to be the key to her social redemption. I was impressed by the unabashed faith presented in this episode.

    Another notable feature of "The Strengthening Angels" is its willingness to tackle hot-button issues of the time, namely single motherhood, rape, and civic responsibility. That's what makes this episode an archetypal example of what Route 66 has to offer.