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Get Smart
Get Smart.gif
Title card from the original NBC run
Format Sitcom
Created by Mel Brooks
Buck Henry
Starring Don Adams
Barbara Feldon
Edward Platt
Theme music composer Irving Szathmary
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 138 list (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Leonard B. Stern (1965–68)
Arne Sultan (1968–70)
Producer(s) Jay Sandrich (1965–66)
Arnie Rosen (1966–67)
Jess Oppenheimer (1967)
Burt Nodella (1967–69)
Chris Hayward (1969–70)
Running time ca. 25 minutes
Production company(s) Talent Associates
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (1965–1969)
CBS (1969–1970)
Original run September 18, 1965 – September 11, 1970
Chronology
Followed by The Nude Bomb
Get Smart, Again!
Get Smart
2008 film
Get Smart 2

Get Smart is an American television comedy series that satirises the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the show starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, and Edward Platt as the Chief of CONTROL, a secret American government counter-espionage agency. Henry said the creation of this show came from a request by Daniel Melnick (partner, with David Susskind, of the show's production company, Talent Associates) to capitalize on "the two biggest things in the entertainment world today" — James Bond and Inspector Clouseau.[1] Brooks said: "It's an insane combination of James Bond and Mel Brooks comedy."[2]

The series was broadcast on NBC-TV from September 18, 1965, to April 12, 1969, after which it moved to CBS-TV for its final season, running from September 26, 1969, to September 11, 1970. 138 episodes were produced. The series won seven Emmy Awards, and it was nominated for another fourteen Emmys, as well as two Golden Globe Awards. In 1995, the series was briefly restarted, starring Adams and Feldon, with Andy Dick as Max and 99's son.

Four feature-length movie versions of the "Get Smart" idea have been produced: first, with part of the original cast in 1980's The Nude Bomb, then in a 1989 ABC TV Movie, Get Smart, Again!, and most recently, in a new film adaptation starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin in 2008, which also spawned a spin-off film, Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control.

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Plot

The KAOS logo

The series centered on bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams), also known as Agent 86. His experienced partner is young Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), whose real name is never revealed in the series.[3] Agents 86 and 99 work for CONTROL, a secret U.S. government counter-intelligence agency based in Washington, D.C. (at 123 Main Street, a fictional address). The pair investigates and thwarts various threats to the world, though Smart's incompetence invariably causes complications. However, Smart never fails to save the day, typically thanks to his own dumb luck and often by 99's skills. Looking on is the long-suffering head of CONTROL, who is addressed simply as "Chief" (played by Edward Platt).

The nemesis of CONTROL is KAOS, described as "an international organization of evil". KAOS was supposedly formed in Bucharest, Romania, in 1904.[4] However, it is a Delaware Corporation.[5]

CONTROL and KAOS are not acronyms.[6]

In the movie The Nude Bomb the organisation Agent 86 worked for is named PITS, standing for Provisional Intelligence Tactical Service.

The enemies, world-takeover plots and gadgets seen in Get Smart parody the James Bond movies: "Do what they did except just stretch it half an inch," Mel Brooks says of the methods of this TV series.[7]

Production

The show was inspired by the success of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Talent Associates commissioned Mel Brooks and Buck Henry to write a script about a fumbling James Bond-like hero.[8] Brooks and Henry took the show a different direction. Brooks described the premise for the show they created in an October 1965 Time magazine article:

"I was sick of looking at all those nice sensible situation comedies. They were such distortions of life. If a maid ever took over my house like Hazel, I'd set her hair on fire. I wanted to do a crazy, unreal comic-strip kind of thing about something besides a family. No one had ever done a show about an idiot before. I decided to be the first."[8]

Brooks and Henry proposed the show to ABC, where network officials called their show "un-American" and demanded a "lovable dog to give the show more heart" and scenes showing Maxwell Smart's mother.[8] Brooks strongly objected to their latter suggestion:

"They wanted to put a print housecoat on the show. Max was to come home to his mother and explain everything. I hate mothers on shows. Max has no mother. He never had one."[8]

Although the cast and crew — especially Adams — contributed joke and gadget ideas, dialog was rarely ad-libbed. An exception is the third season episode, "The Little Black Book". Don Rickles encouraged Adams to misbehave, and ad-libbed. The result was so successful that the single episode was turned into a two part episode.[9]

Production personnel

The crew of the show included:

Characters

CONTROL

Don Adams as Maxwell Smart holding the famous shoe phone
  • Maxwell Smart or Agent 86 is the central character. Despite being a top secret government agent, he is absurdly clumsy, very naive and has occasional lapses of attention. Due to his frequent verbal gaffes and physical miscues, most of the people Smart encounters believe he is grossly incompetent. Juxtaposing the comedy of the series, Smart proves to be resourceful, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, a proficient marksman, and incredibly lucky. His cover is a greeting card salesman, but he seldom manages to maintain secrecy about his real work. Owing to multiple assassination attempts, he told his landlord he was in the insurance business, and on one occasion, that he worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Agent 86 is known for his use of the shoe phone, a spy communication device. Adams appeared in his featured role in every episode, though only briefly in the episode "Ice Station Siegfried" (due to his disapproval of the script). Adams's character married 99.
  • Agent 99 – A tall, beautiful female agent whose appearance is useful in undercover operations. Generally, Agent 99 is more competent than Smart, but Smart saves her life in several episodes. Together, they team up to battle KAOS and provide comical situations on-screen. Smart and 99 are married in Season 4 and have twins in Season 5. Creator Buck Henry says to actress Feldon on the DVD commentary for Season 3 that when he tried to add funny lines for Agent 99, "They didn't want you to be 'joke funny'. They wanted you to be glamorous and interesting."[10] Her real name was intentionally never revealed.[11] Feldon appeared in all but seven episodes. Feldon can typically be seen slouching, leaning, or sitting in scenes with Adams owing to the fact that she was slightly taller (5'9") than Adams (5'8.5"), and that Adams was sensitive to the height difference.
  • The Chief – Although sarcastic and grouchy, the Chief of CONTROL is intelligent, serious, and sensible. He began his career at CONTROL as Agent Q. He is supportive of Agents 86 and 99, but he is frustrated with Smart for his frequent failures and foul-ups. The Chief has a first name — Thaddeus — on a few occasions, beginning with the first-season episode "The Day Smart Turned Chicken." His cover identity (used primarily with 99's mom) is Harold Clark, Smart's boss at the greeting card company. Another time, when KAOS tricked the Chief into being recalled to active duty in the US Navy (as a common seaman and Smart as his commanding officer(!), his official name is John Doe.
  • Hymie the Robot Richard Gautier – is built by Dr. Ratton to serve KAOS, but in his first mission, Smart manages to turn him to the side of CONTROL. Hymie has numerous superhuman abilities, such as being physically stronger and faster than any human and being able to swallow poisons and register their name, type, and quantity, though his design does not include superhuman mental processing, most significantly characterized by an overly-literal interpretation of commands (example: Maxwell Smart tells Hymie to "get ahold of yourself", to which Hymie grasps each arm with the other). Hymie also has emotions and is "programmed for neatness."
  • Agent 13 (Dave Ketchum) – an agent usually stationed inside unlikely places, such as mailboxes, washing machines, lockers, trash cans, or fire hydrants. He tends to resent his assignments. Agent 13 featured in several season two episodes.
  • Agent 44 (Victor French) – Agent 13's predecessor, also stationed in tight corners. 44 sometimes fell into bouts of self-pity and complaining, and he would sometimes try to keep Max chatting for the company. 44 appeared in several episodes in the second half of the first season. In the final season there was a new Agent 44, played by Al Molinaro in two episodes. Prior to starting as 44, Victor French had a brief guest role in the Season 1 episode "Too Many Chiefs" as Smarts's Mutual Insurance Agent.
  • Agent Larabee (Robert Karvelas) – The Chief's slow-witted assistant. In one season 5 episode it is reported that if anything happens to Smart, Larabee will take Smart's place. Given Larabee's stupidity, that is partly why the Chief doesn't dismiss Smart. Actor Robert Karvelas was Don Adams' cousin.
  • Admiral Harold Harmon Hargrade or The Admiral (William Schallert) – The former chief. Founded CONTROL as a spy agency just after the turn of the twentieth century. The admiral has a poor memory, believing the current US President is still Herbert Hoover. 91 years old, he has bad balance and often falls over.
  • Charlie Watkins or Agent 38 (Angelique Pettyjohn) – undercover male agent and master of disguise who appears as a scantily clad glamorous woman in two episodes. Can also switch to a feminine voice as part of the disguise.
  • Fang or Agent K-13 – A poorly trained CONTROL dog. Seen during the first season and part of the second.
  • Carlson (Stacy Keach, Sr.) – CONTROL's gadget man during the second season. While inspecting the gadgets, Max usually creates minor mayhem. Carlson followed several CONTROL scientists who had fulfilled the same function in the first season. They were the similarly named Carleton (Frank DeVol) who appeared in the pilot and one other episode, the egotistical Windish (Robert O. Cornthwaite), and Parker (Milton Selzer).
  • Dr. Steele (Ellen Weston) – A CONTROL scientist making three appearances in the third season. Dr. Steele is an intelligent, extremely-attractive woman whose cover is a chorus dancer at a high-class strip theatre. The entrance to her laboratory is through a large courier box sidestage. Dr Steele often performs complex scientific procedures whilst wearing her revealing performance costumes. She is often seen explaining her findings whilst warming up for her next dance, and then suddenly departing for her performance. Dr. Steele was replaced with the similar Dr. Simon (Ann Elder) who appeared in two episodes of season four.
  • Harry Hoo (Joey Forman) – A Chinese police detective from Honolulu, portrayed as a spoof of the fictional detective Charlie Chan. Hoo is not a member of CONTROL, but they work together cooperatively on murder cases. Hoo's introduction usually creates confusion in the manner of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine. Hoo always analyzes a mystery by presenting "two possibilities", of which the latter (if not both) is absurd. Max likes to upstage Hoo by jumping in with "two possibilities" of his own, which are even crazier than Hoo's. Hoo responds with "Amazing!", spoken in a tone of disbelief rather than approval, but Max is oblivious to this.

KAOS

  • Mr. Big (Michael Dunn) – The presumed head of KAOS and a dwarf. He only appeared in the black and white pilot episode, and was killed by his own doomsday death ray. A few nameless KAOS chiefs appeared in subsequent episodes.
  • Konrad Siegfried or simply Siegfried (Bernie Kopell) – He is a recurring villain and the Vice President in charge of Public Relations and Terror at KAOS.[12] He is Maxwell Smart's "opposite number" and nemesis at KAOS, although the two characters share similar traits and often speak fondly of one another, even in the midst of attempting to assassinate each other. In one episode Maxwell Smart said " Aw why if it isn't my old friend Siegfried." His catch phrase is "Zis is KAOS! Ve don't (blank) here!." In the next-to-the-last episode of the 1995 series remake Siegfried has just left a room when Max reactivates an atomic bomb; the teaser for this episode shows the bomb going off. (In the 2008 film Get Smart, Kopell had a cameo.)
  • Shtarker (King Moody) – Siegfried's chief henchman. Shtarker is an overzealous lackey whose most notable trait is his abrupt personality change from sadistic villain to presumptuous child, interrupting conversations to helpfully elaborate, using vocal noises to imitate things such as engines or guns. This prompts Siegfried to utter his catch phrase, "Shtarker, this is KAOS. Ve don't [weakly imitates Shtarker's sound effect] here!" (Despite Siegfried's inclination to pronounce "s" as "sh", as in "Shmart", this character's name really is Shtarker, as shown on-screen during the credits. In the DVD commentary for the first episode in which the character appears, in season two, Bernie Kopell notes that "shtarker" is a real German Yiddish word meaning a person of great strength.)
  • The Claw (Leonard Strong) – Asian villain representing the Oriental branch of KAOS. In place of the Claw's left hand is a powerful horseshoe magnet, hence his name. Sometimes the Claw would accidentally nab something with it, creating confusion. He is unable to pronounce the letter L and mispronounces it as "Craw", with Smart referring to him as such. The Claw, angered by the error, protested by saying "Craw! Not Craw! Craw!" Like Siegfried, he also has a huge, dimwitted assistant, named Bobo.

Guest stars

During its five season run, Get Smart filled the episodic roles (guest villains, other agents, victims, bit parts) with a range of familiar character actors, up-and-comers, and celebrities. The roster included:

Both Bill Dana and Jonathan Harris, who Adams appeared with on The Bill Dana Show, also appeared, as did Adams's brother, Dick Yarmy, and daughter, Caroline Adams.

The series featured several cameo appearances by famous actors and comedians, sometimes uncredited and often comedian friends of Adams. Johnny Carson appeared, credited as "special guest conductor", in "Aboard the Orient Express". Carson returned for an uncredited cameo in a third season episode. Other performers to make cameo appearances included Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Ernest Borgnine, Wally Cox, Robert Culp (as a waiter in an episode spoofing Culp's I Spy), Phyllis Diller, Buddy Hackett, Bob Hope, and Martin Landau.

Adaptations in other media

Four movies were produced years after the end of the NBC/CBS run of the TV series:

Get Smart, Again! eventually prompted the development of a short-lived 1995 weekly series on FOX, also titled Get Smart, with Adams and Feldon reprising their characters, with Maxwell Smart now being the Chief of CONTROL, as their bungling son, Zach (Andy Dick), becomes CONTROL's star agent. A late episode of the 1995 series shows that just as Siegfried is leaving a room, Maxwell Smart accidentally activates an atomic bomb just before the end of the show. (The teaser for the episode shows an atomic bomb going off.) This ending is similar to a device used by the Get Smart-inspired series Sledge Hammer! at the end of its first season. There were not high hopes for the series as Andy Dick had already moved on to NewsRadio which premiered weeks later in 1995.

With the revival series on FOX, Get Smart became the first television franchise to air new episodes on each of the aforementioned current four major American television networks, although several TV shows in the 1940s and 1950s aired on NBC, CBS, ABC and DuMont. The different versions of Get Smart did not all feature the original lead cast.

Get Smart was parodied on a sketch in the Mexican comedy show De Nuez en Cuando called ["Super Agente 3.1486"] [1], making fun of the Spanish title of the series (Super Agente 86) and the way series is dubbed.

An early MadTV sketch titled "Get Smarty" placed the Maxwell Smart character in situations from the film Get Shorty.

The Simpsons episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade" parodies the opening of Get Smart in the couch gag. Homer goes through many futuristic doors and passageways until he reaches the phone booth, falls through the floor, and lands on the couch (with the rest of the family already seated).

In the cartoon The X's one episode with Mr. X was a parody of both Get Smart (his shoe was a phone) and Mission Impossible (His shoe blows up after delivering a message). Similarly, an episode of Green Acres spoofed Get Smart with a shoe phone and Mission Impossible with a self-destructing note.

Adams in Smart-esque roles

  • Adams had a supporting role on the sitcom The Bill Dana Show (1963–1965) as a hopelessly-inept hotel detective. His speech mannerisms, catch phrases ("Would you believe...?"), and other comedy bits were adapted to his "Maxwell Smart" role on Get Smart.
  • Adams played Smart in a 1989 TV commercial for Kmart. He was seen talking on his trademark shoe phone, telling the chief about the great selection of electronics available at Kmart. An exact replica of himself approaches him, and Smart says, "Don't tell me you're a double agent." (This was a reference to a running gag on the original series, in which Max detected some sort of setback or danger, and would say to 99, "Don't tell me..." and then 99 replied by stating a confirmation of whatever Max was afraid to hear, to which Max would always respond, "I asked you not to tell me that.")
  • Adams starred in a series of local commercials for New York City electronics chain Savemart as Maxwell Smart. The slogan was "Get Smart. Get SaveMart Smart."[13] In addition, Adams starred in a series of commercials for White Castle in 1992, paying homage to his Get Smart character with his catch phrase "Would you believe...?"[14]
  • In the late 1980s Adams portrayed Smart in a series of TV commercials for Toyota New Zealand, for the 1990 model Toyota Starlet. While it is customary for the actor to go to the foreign location for shooting, Adams' apparent intense dislike of long-distance flying meant that the New Zealand specification car had to be shipped to the US for filming. He also appeared in another series of Canadian commercials in the late 1990s for a dial-around long distance carrier.
  • Adams played himself in a Coors Light commercial, where he was harassed by a fan insisting he adopt Smart's mannerisms, which he does, only when it becomes to the fan's detriment.

Books and comics

A series of novels based on characters and dialog of the series were written by William Johnston and published by Tempo Books in the late 1960s. Dell Comics published a comic book for eight issues during 1966 and 1967, drawn in part by Steve Ditko.

The proposed movie

The 1966 Batman movie, made during that TV show's original run, was hugely successful and prompted other television shows to propose similar films in order to cash in on the phenomenon. The only one completed was Munster Go Home (1966), which was a huge box office flop, causing the cancellation of other projects, including the Get Smart movie. The script for that movie was turned into the three-part episode, "A Man Called Smart", airing April 8, 15, and 22, 1967.

Play

In 1967, Christopher Sergel adapted a play Get Smart based on Brooks' and Henry's pilot episode.[15]

2008 Get Smart movie

A big-screen version of Get Smart was released in 2008, directed by Peter Segal and starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart (Agent 86), Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, Alan Arkin as The Chief (his first name, Thaddeus, is never mentioned in the film), Terence Stamp as Ludwig Van Siegfried, Masi Oka as Bruce, Dwayne Johnson as new character Agent 23. Bernie Kopell, Konrad Siegfried from the television show, makes a cameo appearance, Bill Murray makes an uncredited appearance as Agent 13, and James Caan, who guest-starred in the original series, also appears, but playing President George W. Bush. The film includes a dedication to Adams and Platt, who died in 2005 and 1974 respectively; Feldon reportedly declined an invitation to appear.[citation needed]

In its opening weekend, Get Smart topped the Box Office with $39.2 Million.[16]

Shooting began March 2007 and the film was released June 20, 2008. A made-for-DVD spin-off revolving around minor characters, Bruce and Lloyd, the masterminds behind the high-tech gadgets that are often used by Smart, was released on July 1, 2008 as Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control.[17]

Future

On October 7, 2008, it was reported that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are producing a sequel. Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway are set to return, but the status of other cast members have not yet been announced.[18][19]

Production notes

Gadgets

A recurring gag was Smart's phone built into his shoe (an idea from Brooks). To use or answer his shoe phone, he had to take off his shoe. The shoe converted into a gun by dialing the number 117. Telephones were concealed in many other objects including a necktie, comb, watch, clock, handkerchief, magazine, a garden hose, a car cigarette lighter (the cigarette lighter was hidden in the car phone), belt, wallet, jockstrap ("please ring only once!"), the steering wheel of a car (where Max complained that if he made a right turn, he dialed the operator), a painting of a telephone, the headboard of his bed, a sandwich, and of all places, as a tiny phone inside of another full-sized working phone! Smart's shoes sometimes contained other devices. Housed in his heels were an explosive pellet, a smoke bomb, and a suicide pill (cherry flavored, or different "flavors of the month").

Other gadgets included a bullet-proof invisible wall in Smart's apartment that lowered from the ceiling, a camera hidden in a bowl of soup that took a picture (with a conspicuous flash) of the person eating the soup with each spoonful, and a powerful miniature laser weapon in the button of a sports jacket (the "laser blazer").

On February 17, 2002, the prop shoe phone used by agent Maxwell Smart was included in a display entitled "Spies: Secrets from the CIA, KGB, and Hollywood", a collection of real and fictional spy gear that exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Flinders University in South Australia are currently researching medical applications for 'Shoe Phone' technology after being inspired by the show[20].

Another of the show's recurring gags was the Cone of Silence (an idea from Henry). Smart would pedantically insist on following CONTROL's security protocols; when in the Chief's office he would insist on speaking under the Cone of Silence—two transparent plastic hemispheres which were electrically lowered on top of Smart and the Chief — which invariably malfunctioned, requiring the characters to shout loudly to even have a chance of being understood by each other. Bystanders in the room could often hear them better, and sometimes relayed messages back and forth.

Get Smart cars

AMT made a model kit of the 1965 Sunbeam Tiger roadster Smart drove in the opening credits. Complete with a hoard of hidden weapons, it is the only kit of the Tiger and has been reissued multiple times as a stock Tiger. The start of the 1968–69 season put Smart in a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia for the opening credits as Volkswagen became a sponsor of the show;[11] the car never appeared in the show itself (in the short-lived 1995 TV series, Smart is trying to sell that car through the classifieds). In Season 4 (1968/1969) Max continues to drive the Tiger but is also seen driving a blue 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 convertible with a tan interior in the episodes "A Tale of Two Tails" (Episode 7) and "The Laser Blazer" (Episode 10). In Season 5 (1969/1970), Buick became a show sponsor,[11] so he drives a gold 1969 Opel GT with a new phone: a giant rotary telephone dial covering the steering wheel.

Spies at work

CONTROL and KAOS did not seem to be above everyday bureaucracy and business quirks. KAOS is a Delaware corporation for tax purposes. CONTROL's union is the Guild of Surviving Control Agents, and Max is their negotiator; when a captured KAOS agent tells him about their survivors' benefits, the Chief is within earshot, and Max promptly uses the information for his labor talks.

In one episode, where Max infiltrates a KAOS-run garden shop, Max refuses to arrest the manager until after 5 p.m., so he can collect a full day's pay. The Chief threatens to fire him, but Max is not afraid; according to CONTROL's seniority policy, "If I get fired from CONTROL, Larrabee moves up!" The Chief gives in and lets Max stay on the job, rather than risk having the (even more) inept Larrabee take Max's place.

In another episode, Siegfried and Max casually discuss the various flavors of cyanide pills they have been issued. It was raspberry that month at CONTROL, and Max offered Siegfried a taste. In that same episode, Max and Siegfried have a show and tell of various weapons they have—Max boasts of having a deadly non-regulation pistol—from a Chicago Mail Order House. (The prop in use is actually an 1893 Borchardt C-93 pistol.)

Cover names were common. In "The Man Called Smart, Part 1", a phone call is announced for an alias, and Max identifies himself as the person in question. Second and third calls come in, each with its own alias—the last of which was his own name (Maxwell Smart), which he initially does not answer—and Smart tells the skeptical gallery owner that those are his names as well, making it obvious to any spy that he is taking calls from fellow agents and informants. Smart then makes himself even more visible by tangling the handset cords of the three phones.

CONTROL has a policy of burning pertinent documents after cases are closed; the reasons were detailed in their Rules and Regulations book, but nobody can read them, since they burned the only copy.

In the interest of company morale, both CONTROL and KAOS have their own bowling teams. In one episode where Smart takes over as Chief, it is noted in a conversation between Smart and Larabee that CONTROL has a delicatessen.

DVD releases and rights issues

All five seasons are available as box sets in region 1 (USA, Canada, and others) and Region 4 (Australia, New Zealand, and others). The region 1 discs are published by HBO Home Video, and region 4 by Time Life Video. Each region 1 box contains 4 discs, while region 4 editions have a 5th disc with bonus material. Region 4 editions are also available as individual discs with four to five episodes per disc. The season 1 set was released in both regions in 2008. Seasons 2 and 3 box sets were released in region 4 on July 23, 2008.[21] Seasons 4 and 5 were released in region 4 on November 5, 2008.[22] Seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5 in region 1 were released throughout 2009.

Another box set of the complete series is available in both regions, first published in 2006 by Time Life Video. In 2009 the region 1 edition was replaced by an HBO edition, and became more widely available. All editions contain a 5th disc for each season, with bonus material. The set has 25 discs altogether.

The first four seasons were produced for NBC by Talent Associates. When it moved to CBS at the start of season five, it became an in-house production, with Talent Associates as silent partner. The series was sold to NBC Films for syndication.

Over decades, US distribution has changed from National Telefilm Associates to Republic Pictures, to Worldvision Enterprises, to Paramount Domestic Television, to CBS Paramount Domestic Television, to the current distributor, CBS Television Distribution.

For decades, the syndication rights of all but a handful of the fifth season episodes were encumbered with restrictions and reporting requirements; as a result, most of that season was rarely seen in syndication. The distribution changes (including the loosening of restrictions on the fifth season) were the result of corporate changes, especially the 2006 split of Viacom (owners of Paramount Pictures) into two companies.

CBS owns the US television syndication rights, but not home video, due to the assets of Talent Associates now in the hands of HBO (currently part of Time Warner). The series copyright is now held by HBO, whose video division owns video rights. For a time the DVD release was only available through Time-Life (a former Time Warner division). Warner Bros. Television owns international distribution rights.

References

  1. ^ Get Smart Buck Henry Season 1 commentary
  2. ^ Q&A with Mel Brooks – Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ WouldYouBelieve.com Frequently Asked Questions – August 13, 2007
  4. ^ "Hoo Done It" from season 2
  5. ^ Zis is KAOS... The Get Smart Page
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". WouldYouBelieve.com. http://www.wouldyoubelieve.com/faq.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  7. ^ How Maxwell Smart and His Shoe-Phone Changed TV – WSJ.com
  8. ^ a b c d "Smart Money". Time. October 15, 1965. http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,834525,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  9. ^ Don Rickles, Get Smart Series 3 DVD commentary
  10. ^ Buck Henry, Season 3 DVD commentary
  11. ^ a b c Buck Henry and Barbara Feldon, Season 3 DVD commentary
  12. ^ Season 3, Episode 6
  13. ^ ADVERTISING; Don Adams Gets Smart For Savemart Spots – New York Times By PHILIP H. DOUGHERTY Published: January 20, 1982, NYTimes.com
  14. ^ Don Adams (I) – Biography
  15. ^ Get Smart By Mel Brooks, Christopher Sergel, Buck Henry ISBN 0871292602, 9780871292605
  16. ^ Get Smart Tops the Box Office In Opening Weekend (June 22, 2008)
  17. ^ "Get Smart: DVD Sequel to Star Heroes' Oka". TV Series Finale. April 23, 2007. http://www.tvseriesfinale.com/2007/04/get_smart_nbc_stars_to_make_dvd_sequel.php. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  18. ^ Get Smart-2 October 6th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta – /Film
  19. ^ "Get Smart: Steve Carell to Return as Agent 86 in Movie Sequel". TVSeriesFinale.com. http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/get-smart-steve-carell-to-return-as-agent-86-in-movie-sequel/. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  20. ^ ABC News Adelaide -See this report
  21. ^ EzyDVD – Coming Soon
  22. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/coming.zml?ff=&cf=TV+Series&tf=&mode=filter&x=15&y=9

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Get Smart (1965–1970) is an American comedy TV series satirizing the secret agent genre. The series, written and created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, won seven Emmy Awards and was nominated for an additional fourteen Emmys and two Golden Globe Awards.

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Repeated lines

  • ... and loving it! ~Maxwell Smart, often-used response to dangerous activities
  • Listen, [NAME]. I uh, hope I wasn't out of line with that crack about [being a jerk, monkey, etc.] ~Maxwell Smart, after calling someone a name and then attacking them with unremarkable results
  • Would you believe... ~Maxwell Smart, in frequent attempts to backpedal from an unconvincing lie
  • The old [something] Trick. ~Maxwell Smart, to make anything seem like an often used trick.
  • That's the second (insert correct superlative: biggest. longest etc.) (insert object, i.e.: arrow, gun etc.) I've ever seen. ~Maxwell Smart, when commenting on something highly unusual.
  • If you don't mind, 99, I'd like to figure this out myself. ~Maxwell Smart, after getting a suggestion from 99 on what to do next, which is followed by him repeating 99's suggestion.
  • Zis is KAOS! We don't (insert silly action here) here! ~Siegfried, berating Shtarker for acting silly and/or stupid.
  • Sorry about that, Chief. ~Maxwell Smart
  • Missed it by that much. ~Maxwell Smart
  • Activate the Cone of Silence. ~Chief

Identified episodes

Season 1, Episode 1: Mr.Big Original Air Date—18 September 1965[1]

Smart: At the moment, seven Coast Guard cutters are converging on us. Would you believe it?
Mr Big: I find that hard to believe.
Smart: Hmmm . . . Would you believe six?
Mr Big: I don't think so.
Smart: How about two cops in a rowboat?

Season 5, Episode 22: Smartacus Original Air Date—27 February 1970[2]

Smart: The old Professor Peter Peckinpah all purpose anti-personnel Peckinpah pocket pistol under the toupee trick.

Unidentified episodes

Chief: Now listen carefully: [gives a series of complex instructions] Did you get that?
Max: Not all of it.
Chief: Which part didn't you get?
Max: The part after 'Now listen carefully'.

Chief: You don't happen to have any asprin on you, do you, Max?
Max: Why, Chief? Getting a headache?
Chief: Only when you're around.

Max: Missed it by that much. [Corresponding hand gesture to demonstrate by how little he'd missed it]

Max: Don't tell me [some undesirable news]
[Colleague confirms it verbatim.]
Max: I asked you not to tell me that.

Max: Well, well, if it isn't my old friend the Craw.
The Claw: [exasperated, in a distinctive Chinese accent] Not the Craw, the Craw!

Harry Hoo: [after a trivial explanation] ... Amazing !

99: If we take the left exit, turn around and come up on them, we'll be able to surprise them.
Max: [rolling eyes] 99, if you don't mind, I'd like to be the one that plans this.
99: Right Max.
Max: You see, what we're going to do is take the left exit, turn around and come up on them, which should surprise them.
99: Good thinking Max.

Max: Can you give me a good example?
[99 performs various dances.]
Max: Now how about a bad one?

Max: Chief, we must use the Cone of Silence if we are to continue this conversation.
Chief: Max, the Cone of Silence never works.
Max: Still we must use it.
[The Cone of Silence lowers over them.]
Chief: Can you hear me?
Max: What?

Films

The Nude Bomb (1980)

Max: You might as well surrender, because at this very moment, you are being surrounded by 5,000 crack Swiss troops. Would you believe it? 5,000 crack Swiss troops.
Villain: I find that very hard to believe, Mr Smart.
Max: Oh. Well, would you believe 150 Tyrolean skijumpers?
Villain: No, I wouldn't.
Max: How 'bout two St. Bernards in heat?

Get Smart (2008)

Main Article: Get Smart (film)

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