Merge Digital Dot Com Merge Digital Dot Com
Merge Digital Dot Com Eats & Drinks Merge Digital Dot Com Movies Merge Digital Dot Com Music Merge Digital Dot Com Arts Merge Digital Dot Com Your Stuff Merge Digital Dot Com Other Stuff Merge Digital Dot Com Photos Merge Digital Dot Com Search Merge Digital Dot Com
Post Calendar: February 2007
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28      
Merge Digital
• TV Watchers
• Valley Events  
Merge Digital
• TV Watchers Has Moved!!!!


• The Ticking Time Bomb

• On an Island of Mystery

• The Final Five

• VIDEO: When Aqua Teen and 24 Collide...

• Wedding Crasher

• Wheels Within Wheels...

• Lost: Are You My Father?

• A Clockwork Lost

Merge Digital
•  Prison Break - Ridiculous But Awesome

•  Prison Break - Ridiculous But Awesome

•  Rockstar: Supernova

•  Deal...or No Deal?

•  Deal...or No Deal?

•  Deal...or No Deal?

•  Deal...or No Deal?

•  It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

•  DVR = Late Nights

•  DVR = Late Nights

Merge Digital
• February 2007

• January 2007

• December 2006

• November 2006

• October 2006

• September 2006

• August 2006

• July 2006

• June 2006

• May 2006

• View Complete Archive List

• Subscribe to this blog's feed
Blog: TV Watchers
« The Ticking Time Bomb | Main | TV Watchers Has Moved!!!! »
Posted by willy22 at 03:20:36 PM on February 13, 2007
Total Comments: 1
Total TrackBacks: 0

Another in an occasional series on the all-time greatest television shows.


The skinny: Spy parody created by comic geniuses Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Key figure was Secret Agent 86 Maxwell Smart (played by Don Adams), who was supported by sidekick Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon). They were agents for CONTROL, which battled evil KAOS to ensure the preservation of the American way and the free world. Every week, Agent 86 stumbled and bumbled his way into luckily defeating KAOS and Maxwellsmart maintaining world peace. Catch-phrases included “Sorry about that chief,” while gadgets included the “cone of silence” and a shoe that doubled as a phone. (The shoe is at right, along with a photo of Don Adams as Maxwell Smart.)

Background: Ran from 1965 to 1970, four years on NBC and the fifth and final year on CBS. Reunion movie aired in 1989 on ABC. The comedy returned as a series for six episodes on FOX network in 1995. (That makes four networks and counting, by the way.) Also was a 1980 feature movie, “The Nude Bomb,” which, sorry to say, was indeed a bomb.

Why it’s a great show: Get Smart was the forerunner of Naked Gun and Police Squad. Nonsensical Smart got his man despite his incompetence and even though his methods exasperated his boss, the chief of CONTROL, played by Edward Platt. Gags, silliness and even physical comedy were fast and furious and often out of left field. Smart’s foes, especially Siegfried, were eccentric and funny in their own right. CONTROL agent Larrabee was possibly the stupidest person in the history of American television – with the exception, of course, being Eb from “Green Acres.”

Trivia: A) Don Adams was the voice of what two TV cartoon characters? B) Siegfried was played by what future star of ”Love Boat?”

Update: It’s difficult to find Get Smart on regular cable TV anymore. TV Land ran it for a bit earlier this decade. Before then, Nick at Nite had it on its schedule but also dropped it. … DVDs of the original series are available for purchase by doing an online search. … Next year, we should see the release of a Get Smart feature movie starring Steve Carrell (of “The Office”). That might spur some cable networks to air reruns.

For more info: Check out these Web sites, which also are sources for this blog: ilovegetsmart, wouldyoubelieve, Pete's Get Smart Page and The Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Trivia answers: A) Tennessee Tuxedo and Inspector Gadget. B) Bernie Kopell played Siegfried and, on “Love Boat,” played the ship’s doctor. (Kopell also had a recurring role as a neighbor on “That Girl,” which ran in the 1960s and starred Marlo Thomas.)

Would you believe? Agent 99 never disclosed her real name. She did give a name of Susan Hilton in one show, but at the end of that episode she said it was just a fake name.

-- Bill Kline

  Comment on this entry. View any comments on this entry. View trackbacks. Syndicate This Blog

Trackback URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference BOOMER WATCH: ALL-TIME GREATS

Current Comments anyway draw television appreciate escort alcohol antics jousting Dennis follows other twang tongue-probing activities Rocking УAre probed Jacks Umm coach preferred cried swings tableau wild semi-erect snakes southern willing weighty tugging lubed moistened bugged strategy arousing removing lusciously mound penthouse shyly fervor curvy tall wishing groaned УIТll hail briefly joyous legs oblige УCuuuuuuuummmmmmmminnnnnnnnggggg louder curtains rejoined problem kill arms roaming boats cake observer groins motioning handling buyers wither interrupts

Posted By: ben | Jun 20, 2007 4:09:48 AM
Merge Digital

Post A Comment

The comments to this entry have been closed.