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  • Actors: Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Don Adams, Robert Karvelas
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 801 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017U09I0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The complete first season of the classic 1960s comedy series starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for the government spy agency, CONTROL, who battles the forces of KAOS with the help of his partner, Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon). The series was co-created by Mel Brooks. Episodes comprise: 'Mr. Big', 'Diplomat's Daughter', 'School Days', 'Our Man in Toyland', 'Now You See Him... Now You Don't', 'Washington 4, Indians 3', 'KAOS in Control', 'The Day Smart Turned Chicken', 'Satan Place', 'Our Man in Leotards', 'Too Many Chiefs', 'My Nephew the Spy', 'Aboard the Orient Express', 'Weekend Vampire', 'Survival of the Fittest', 'Double Agent', 'Kisses for KAOS', 'The Dead Spy Scrawls', 'Back to the Old Drawing Board', 'All in the Mind', 'Dear Diary', 'Smart, the Assassin', 'I'm Only Human', 'Stakeout On Blue Mist Mountain', 'The Amazing Harry Hoo', 'Hubert's Unfinished Symphony', 'Ship of Spies: Part 1', 'Ship of Spies: Part 2', 'Shipment to Beirut' and 'The Last One in Is a Rotten Spy'.


The feature film may have missed it by that much, but Get Smart, the TV series, still hits the target with deadly funny accuracy. The right show at the right time, Get Smart brilliantly spoofed the spy genre that was all the rage in 1965, with James Bond on the big screen, and such series as Danger Man, The Avengers, The Saint, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and I Spy more or less playing it straight on the small screen. Get Smart, on the other hand, had a license to kill…with laughter. Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created one of TV's all-time greatest characters, Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 of CONTROL, the super-secret agency vigilantly on alert against the forces of KAOS. Smart (Don Adams in his iconic, Emmy-winning role), an American Clouseau, was not stupid. Though all evidence to the contrary, he was, in his own mind, a suave and sophisticated spy, albeit one who would inadvertently lean against a freshly painted wall while shadowing an enemy agent.

Get Smart hilariously deglamorised the business of espionage. Agents punch a time clock and dispute vacation time. Cool spy gadgets, such as the infamous Cone of Silence, are prone to malfunction. One running joke throughout the first season finds Agent 44 (Victor French) perched in a variety of unlikely and uncomfortable hiding places, among them a grandfather clock. Although the series would only get smarter and funnier in subsequent seasons (Bernie Kopell's KAOS mastermind Siegfried would be introduced in season two), the first season contains several essential episodes, including the Emmy-winning two-parter, "Ship of Spies," "Aboard the Orient Express," featuring a cameo by Johnny Carson as an unflappable conductor, "Diplomat's Daughter" with the arch --and decidedly non-PC-- villain, the Craw, and "Back to the Drawing Board," featuring Dick Gautier as Hymie the robot. From "Sorry about that" to "Would you believe," no show before Get Smart introduced so many catchphrases into the national language, while Smart and his partner, Agent 99 (the ravishing Barbara Feldon), were perhaps TV's first "will they or won't they" couple. With Get Smart, you will be witness to some of TV's funniest moments, sharpest writing, and expertly-executed physical comedy. And… loving it. --Donald Liebenson

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2008
succeeded in making democracy vs. communism a lot more entertaining. With the comic trio of Don Adams, Barbara Feldon and Edward Platt, this hilarious spy spoof is still funny today.

Don Adams is Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, a not-so-bright spy with an endless arsenal of strange devices and odd sayings. The bumbling spy at a top-secret government agency called Control, which tirelessly works to keep the free world free. He's accompanied by his capable partner/love interest Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), and overseen by the long-suffering Chief (Eward Platt) who puts up with Smart's constant mistakes.

Together with 99 and the Chief (and his faithful dog Fang), Max battles the forces of badness and rottenness -- namely, the anti-Control called KAOS. Among the enemies the Control agents face: the dwarfish "Mr. Big," the fashion forces of evil, spy college, violinists, lethal toys, the Orient Express, fat Arabs, vampires, a likable killer robot, a Chinese mastermind called the Claw, and explosive paintings. And that's only the start...

"Missed it by that much!" Maxwell Smart's catchphrases and goofy confidence made him the perfect antidote to the suave James Bond, especially since he never has enough money and his gadgets don't work very well. Unlike Bond and similar movie spies, Max succeeds out of luck and bumbling more often than not, but he still succeeds.

The comic timing is a little awkward at the very beginning, but rapidly gets its footing. Most of the comedy comes from the endless spoofery -- Max is the most inept secret agent in history, and he still faces off against all sorts of cartoonish villains with overly elaborate plans.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2008
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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be, and when you buy DVD sets of series you enjoyed when you were a kid, watching the show fortysomething years later can be a big disappointment. Not with Get Smart, however, which has stood up even better than I remember it. The reasons are simple; the scripts are spot-on, and the lead actors are likable, and understand that to make a spoof work, it's best to play it absolutely straight. There's not a duff episode in this set, which starts good and, once it hits its stride, gets even better. Much of the 'Austin Powers' movies derived inspiration from Get Smart, but where Mike Myers broadened and coarsened his material for contemporary consumption, Get Smart just delivers the kind of laughs that you can enjoy with anyone who's sense of humour is in the right place.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 30 Aug. 2009
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None of the other reviewers have mentioned the great set of extras in the boxset.They consist of 3 episode commentaries by co-creaters Mel Brooks and Buck Henry,seprately on the pilot,and star Barbara Feldon,who also does introductions on all episodes and everything else.There is also a buck henry interview(22mins),"secret history of get smart" featurette(17mins),a get smart reunion,including a frail Don Adams(60mins),bloopers(2mins)and a selection of commercials and T.V clips(20mins).All this and 30 episodes,great value,I got mine for less than £7.00.DONT MISS OUT ON THIS GEM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A keen reader VINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2009
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Wonderful, superb, outstanding... Beautifully restored episodes, both image and sound are perfect. I used to watch the shows in B&W; the DVDs are colour of course. I tend to now watch them with my son who is ten, and agrees that they are very funny.

The jokes are clean and funny (not often you can say that). Easy to see why the programme was so popular when it was first broadcast. It has lost none of its charm thanks to quality of the writing and the acting.

And - great value from Amazon!
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A show I fondly remember from childhood.Basically a spoof of the many popular spy shows and movies of the era.It's probably unfair to say but Don Adams portrayal of the title character Maxwell Smart is really what carries the show . Max is the world's worst secret agent obvious to everyone but himself,yet one way or another he manages to win the day Adams creates what should be a very irritating character ,the voice alone gets many people,his exaggerations WOULD YOU BELIEVE.. followed by some outlandish claim .Yet Adams injects a certain charm into Max which has everyone rooting for him.Some may say and rightly so the show's writers Mel Brooks and Buck Henry are the force behind it's success but when I first seen this over 40 years ago
Max and his antics stuck firmly in my mind and today remain still.There are a couple of run of the mill docs and commentaries by Mel Brooks and Max side kick in the show Barbara Feldon as extras.If your a fan you'll probably own this already if you've just a passing knowledge of the show you could do worse than invest in this set it's still fresh and funny Get Smart you won't regret it...
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