Exigius Twelve and a Half, an exoanthropologist from the planet Mars, becomes stranded on Earth after his one-man spaceship narrowly misses a NASA rocket plane and crashes near Los Angeles.... See full summary »
Maxwell Smart is a bumbling secret agent, assigned by his "Chief" to foil KAOS' latest plans for taking over the world. Invariably, Smart's bumbling detective style lands him in hot water. Lucky for him, his faithful assistant "99" is there to bail him out.Written by
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During development, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry discussed many possible names for their super-spy, including Lance, Dagger, and Bounty Hunter. Brooks came up with Smart - initially Raymond Smart, later Maxwell. He said in later interviews the name was derived from his father Max, as was the case with Max Bialystock in The Producers (1967). See more »
In the closing credit sequence, one of the double doors fails to merge completely when it closes. See more »
[running gag, after being warned by the Chief that his next assignment will be the most dangerous yet]
... And loving it!
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The opening credits are a sequence of Maxwell Smart going through various doors to reach CONTROL headquarters.
The closing credits are of Smart leaving CONTROL through the same doors, but he injures his nose on one door. See more »
Its writers/creators included Mel Brooks and Buck Henry.
But, since IMDb won't let me get away with saying just that, I'll just have to write more.
How can you go wrong with something by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry? It's obvious that the actors are thoroughly enjoying themselves in this show, and this enthusiasm was infectious. I was a very little girl in 1965, and I used to sit up with my father to watch TV after dinner and the nightly installment of whatever book he was reading to us. We sat together and watched Get Smart, Hogan's Heroes, McHale's Navy, among others, all of which are now considered classics. Why? Because, while the shows themselves were very topical (Get Smart was about the Cold War - as is Bullwinkle -- and Hogan and McHale fought in WWII which had ended barely 20 years earlier), the humor itself did not rely on specific current events. They were just out-and-out funny.
They still are.
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