THE SHOW  "Great American Road Trip," NBC/4, 8 p.m.

REASON TO WATCH To cheer on Wantagh's own, the Favereys.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT A reality road show, with injections, inflections and reflections of "Amazing Race" and "Wipeout." Besides the Favereys, the DiSalvatores (of Yonkers), the Cootes, Katzenbergs, Montgomerys, Pollards and Ricos each pile into their colorful NBC-supplied RVs and plow on down the mother road herself, Route 66, from Chicago to the terminus at Santa Monica pier. There are competitions along the way, with one family dropped each week. Winner gets $100,000.

What's Route 66? You don't know? Oh, puh-lease. It's only the great road (built in 1926) of popular song and myth - that glorious honky-tonk ribbon of asphalt decorated along its 2,400 miles with some of pop culture's gaudiest outposts of kitsch, from the Wigwam motel to the Cadillac Ranch. There is also the song, recorded (it sometimes seems) by everyone from the Cheetah Girls to Buckwheat Zydeco.

So, who are the Favereys? They are so glad you asked. Lenny, 50, is a doorman at Omni Berkshire Place on East 52nd Street, and wife of 24 years Dee, 47, is a special-ed teacher's aide. They have two of their three children in tow - Dylan, 16, and Ashley, 10 (Nicole, 18, had to stay home).

Why the heck are they doing this? Fame? Fortune? Both? There is a third and easily overlooked option - they're a family who just wants to have fun. Lenny said they were picked from thousands of applicants because "if you hang out with our family for an hour, you'll see why. We're talkers! We're easy to hang out with. My son's a rock and roll star in a band. My daughter's a wannabe princess. My wife's the Italian mother." Dee: "I'm not a camera person. My husband's the big ham. I like adventurous things and watching 'Amazing Race,' I always wanted to do that."

How'd their adventure work out? No details offered, for obvious reasons, but Lenny says, "We loved our adventure and wished we could do it again." He adds, "We did good."

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Dee says, "one of my cousins said, why would you expose your family on film, and I said, it's . . . not that intrusive. It's not 'Dee and Lenny Plus Two.' "

BOTTOM LINE Dee and Lenny are infectious-in-a-good-way personalities, and this show may be a reasonably entertaining way to get your kicks along Route 66. But without a review copy to judge, we'll just have to take Dee's word on this: "It was a lot of fun, and there are a lot of surprises."