Three for the Road (TV series)

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Three for the Road
Created byJerry McNeely
Written byJack Miller
Dick Bensfield
Perry Grant
Jerry McNeely
et al.
Directed byBernard McEveety
Hy Averback
Barry Crane
StarringAlex Rocco
Vincent Van Patten
Leif Garrett
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Jerry McNeely
Producer(s)John G. Stephens
Bill Phillips
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)MTM Enterprises
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 14 (1975-09-14) –
November 30, 1975 (1975-11-30)

Three for the Road is an American drama series that aired on CBS from September 14 to November 30, 1975. The series follows a recently widowed father and his two sons who in an attempt to assuage their grief, sell their house, procure a recreational vehicle, called the "Zebec",[1] and travel around the United States. The program aired at 7 pm EST Sundays from September 14 to November 30, 1975 opposite The Wonderful World of Disney on NBC and The Swiss Family Robinson on ABC.[2]


Alex Rocco plays the 39-year-old father, Pete Karras, a free-lance writer and photographer, or photojournalist, in search of material to support his livelihood.[3] Vincent Van Patten plays the 18-year-old, John Karras, and Leif Garrett portrays 13-year-old Endy Karras. The first episode focuses on the Karrases' interest in hang-gliding. Stefanie Powers guest starred in the episode "Ghost Story" about a woman who believes her deceased twin sister has been reincarnated.[4]

Other guest stars on Three for the Road were Parley Baer, Kathleen Cody, Brian Cutler, Bradford Dillman, Meg Foster, Charles Frank, James Gavin, Clu Gulager, Larry Hagman (as Gordo Thurgate in the episode "Ride on a Red Balloon"),[4] Martin Kove, Judy Lewis, Anne Lockhart, Gary Lockwood, Tim Matheson, Dean Stockwell, Christopher Stone, James Van Patten, and Noble Willingham.[4]

Production notes[edit]

The series was filmed by Mary Tyler Moore's MTM Enterprises, its first 60-minute offering, as well as its first dramatic one. MTM was later absorbed by Fox Television Studios.[4] The CBS news magazine 60 Minutes moved into the time slot after Three for the Road folded, and has occupied that slot ever since.[2]

Despite the low ratings of the series, Leif Garrett attracted enough attention to become a teen idol of the 1970s. He landed the thirteenth ranking on TV Guide's "25 Greatest Teen Idols" list.[5] Garrett soon received so much fan mail that he was offered a recording contract despite his lack of musical training.



  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 415
  2. ^ a b McNeil, Total Television, appendix, network television schedule
  3. ^ "Three for the Road". Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "Three for the Road". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Mark Nollinger, "Leif Garrett's Teen Steam", January 27, 2005". TV Guide. Retrieved March 17, 2011.

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