Get Smart

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Get Smart

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In 1965 the cold war was made a little warmer and a lot funnier due in part to the efforts of an inept, underpaid, overzealous spy: Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. The hit comedy series 'Get Smart' is the creation of comic geniuses Buck Henry and Mel Brooks. Henry teamed with Brooks to create what has undoubtedly become one of the finest parody/satires of all time. The project seemed headed for success from the start: ABC had green lighted it based on the strength of the concept, and they had an actor already under contract to play Smart. Brooks was approached to write the pilot. As he was looking for a way to finance his new movie The Producers, he agreed. Deemed "not funny", the initial script was rejected by ABC. Undaunted, the production team shopped the script around and NBC accepted it with one minor change. They wanted Don Adams in the title role. And so, an unlikely legend was born. Set in Washington, D.C., the show features Agent 86 (Maxwell Smart), his boss (The Chief), Smart's partner and later wife (Agent 99) and a host of other agents both good and evil. Perhaps one of the most important elements of the show is the gadgetry created to help Smart in his quest to keep the free world free. On this show, anything including the kitchen sink can be a phone, a tape recorder, a camera or weapon. Looking for an Agent? Check under your seat cushion. Want a weapon? Try your finger-gun. Need to make a phone call? Open up that bologna sandwich. The show was painted in the broadest of strokes and played every moment for its own delightful reality. In order to give the agents of CONTROL, a series of worthy opponents, KAOS was created. Smart and 99 battled the likes of Mr. Big, The Claw, and Siegfried. On the home front, Max and 99 had a relationship that developed as the show ran and eventually they married. 99 soon gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl) and the Smart family (and the show) began to experience some growing pains. Get Smart ran from 1965 through 1970 on both NBC and CBS. For one month in 1995 FOX attempted to bring the series back with some changes; Max as the Chief, 99 as a Congresswoman, and the Smart twins were now inexplicably only one child. Despite the lack of success experienced by the sequel, Get Smart remains a favorite by agents and civilians alike. (TV Land) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Telecast NBC September 18, 1965 - September 20, 1969 CBS September 26, 1969 - September 11, 1970 Broadcast History Sep 1965 - Sep 1968, NBC Sat 8:30-9:00 Sep 1968 - Sep 1969, NBC Sat 8:00-8:30 Sep 1969 - Feb/Apr - Sep 1970, CBS Fri 7:30-8:00 Episodes 138 Episodes On Film 1 Episode in Black And White; 137 Episodes In Color -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Don Adams

Don Adams

Maxwell Smart (Agent 86)

Robert Karvelas

Robert Karvelas

Larrabee (1967-1970)

Barbara Feldon

Barbara Feldon

Agent 99

Edward Platt

Edward Platt

The Chief ,aka Thaddeus, aka Harold Clark

Stacy Keach Sr.

Stacy Keach Sr.

Prof. Carlson (1966-67)

David Ketchum

David Ketchum

Agent 13

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Comedic Spies?

    8.0
    1st ep (09)
  • What a "Smart" show this one was!

    10
    I don't see how anyone could possibly ever dislike this show. Even though it is a late 60s show, it still manages to obtain an ever-growing fan base, even 4 decades later.



    I have often wondered though, was Maxwell Smart's name meant to be ironic? "Max Smart"? I am surprised he wasn't killed 100 times during the show's run - though you can't have a show without the main character can you? And I think making him a 'bumbling' character was part of the charm.



    Of course the legendary Don Adams would once again rise in popularity during the 80s with the introduction of the classic kid's cartoon "Inspector Gadget" (which I always felt was a "spin" on 'Get Smart').



    Classic stuff all round.moreless
  • The best commical satire of spies. Funny, and useful? A classic among all others.

    10
    A very good satire, and funny too. Don Adams is the perfect person for max smart. The gadgets are very funny, and 99 isnt bad herself. nothing really bad about this show at all. Was a hit back then, and if it premired today, it would still be a hit. A comedy where sex and violence was in the future. Good, clean fun.
  • And loving it!!!!!!!!!!

    10
    I rated this show a ten, it remains one of my favourites. I watched it from the start way back in 1969. I was 9 years old. I've seen every episode a few times over. The last season was the best. I liked it when 99 and Max got married and had babies. One of my favourite episodes was the one where they went to London to catch criminals in Hyde Park and at the wax museum.



    Also, when 99 gave birth to the twins, that was a very good one. It was a comedy drama that was very well done. I hope it comes back to reruns soon.moreless
  • The Best!

    10
    I love Get Smart! Ben Franklin once said there are two thing in life that are guaranteed: Death and Taxes. Well, I have a third. The Cone of Silence will never work. No matter what.

    What can I say? This show IS the definition of classic! It's amazing!

    Agent 86 Forever!
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