Get Smart

Get Smart is an American comedy television series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry that satirizes the secret agent genre.  It ran from September 18th, 1965, to May 15th, 1970.

The show stars Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86), Barbara Feldon (as Agent 99), and Edward Platt (as Chief).  Henry said they created the show by request of Daniel Melnick, who was a partner, along with Leonard Stern and 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.  Brooks said: “It’s an insane combination of James Bond and Mel Brooks comedy.
The series centers on bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, also known as Agent 86.  His female partner is Agent 99, whose real name is never revealed in the series.  Agents 86 and 99 work for CONTROL, a secret U.S. government counter-intelligence agency based in Washington, D.C.  The pair investigates and thwarts various threats to the world, though Smart’s bumbling nature and demands to do things by-the-book invariably cause complications.  However, Smart never fails to save the day.  Looking on is the long-suffering head of CONTROL, who is addressed simply as “Chief.”
The nemesis of CONTROL is KAOS, described as “an international organization of evil.”  KAOS was supposedly formed in Bucharest, Romania, in 1904.  Neither CONTROL nor KAOS is actually an acronym.  Many actors appeared as KAOS agents, including Tom Bosley, John Byner, Victor French, Alice Ghostley, Ted Knight, Pat Paulsen, Tom Poston, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Middleton, Barry Newman, Julie Newmar, Vincent Price, William Schallert (who also had a recurring role as The Admiral, the first Chief of Control), and Larry Storch.  Conrad Siegfried, played by Bernie Kopell, is Smart’s KAOS archenemy.  King Moody (originally appearing as a generic KAOS killer) portrays the dim-witted but burly Starker, Siegfried’s assistant.
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 said of the methods of this TV series.  Devices such as a shoe phone, The Cone of Silence and inner apartment booby traps were a regular part of most episodes.
Max and 99 marry in season four and have twins in season five.  Agent 99 became the first woman on an American hit sitcom to keep her job after marriage and motherhood.

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