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