GET SMART

 
Full Name: Maxwell Smart
Codename: Agent 86
Nationality: American
Organization: Control
Occupation Agent

Creator: William Johnston
Time Span: 1965 - 2008
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Maxwell Smart is an agent for CONTROL.
       In September, 1965, Buck Henry and Mel Brooks gave the world Maxwell Smart and with him a wealth of one-liners and an amusing look at a subject that could use a good ribbing. Initially it was ABC who heard the concept and okayed taking it to the pilot stage, even though it would be NBC followed by CBS that actually would air the series.
       When Brooks and Henry approached ABC, they were given the go-ahead for a pilot. Hiring Tom Poston to play Maxwell Smart, they created the pilot and took it back to the network which deemed it not funny enough and rejected it.
       Still believing in their idea, the pair next went to NBC who saw things differently and accepted the show. The only change they requested was in the starring role. Don Adams had been quite popular in the several parts he had played in NBC comedies and the network wanted him to get a shot at lead.
       The show was zany and unafraid to try the wackiest things. Agents hiding inside trees and garbage cans, a perpetually-failing 'dome of silence', shoe phones, finger guns, and a knock-out colleague with no real name. These were many of the sillinesses that please audiences for 138 regular episodes from 1965 to 1970, one feature movine ('The Nude Bomb'), and a reunion movie in 1989
       Maxwell Smart was legendary in the espionage field. Respected by his fellow agents as well as his opponents, he succeeded in assignments that would have easily foiled lesser agents. Would you believe ....
       Smart worked for an intelligence agency named CONTROL. His main job in that agency was to combat the nefarious plots by the evil organization named KAOS to take over the world. (Note that neither names were actually acronyms although both were always written as though they were.)
       He was an expert marksman, a deadly karate expert, a renowned lady's man, and a man with an uncanny nose for trouble. At least, he got close to those things. Missed by that much.
       Most importantly about Smart is the fact that he works closely with 99. Played by the delectable Barbara Feldon, this highly intelligent and extremely resourceful woman usually the reason that Agent 86 survived the loony things he attempted. Nevertheless, she adored Smart and was happy to continue to work beside him even though he invariably hogged the credit. Eventually she would even marry him and raise two children with him. Amazing patience!

BOOKS

Number of Books:9
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:1969

1 Get Smart! Get Smart!
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1965

A young woman named Rose, a checker at a local grocery, had created the world's most sophisticated computer while trying to put together one from a kit and not liking the directions. It decided to walk out on her. Now Max is in a race with agents from FLAG to find it first.

2 Sorry, Chief ... Sorry, Chief ...
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1966

Aided by both 99 and Fang, Maxwell Smart is sent out to locate the elusive Dr. X, inventor of an invisibility formula. Wanting to blend in on a cruise across the Atlantic, Max assumes the role of a space scientist as he competes with KAOS in locating six missing and invisible guinea pigs that prove the formula does work.

3 Get Smart Once Again Get Smart Once Again
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1966

There was only one copy of the KAOS Dooms Day Plan and CONTROL has it. Unfortunately, they won't know what exactly it is until Miss Twelvetrees is able to break the code. Since the KAOS master spy, I. M. Noman, is said to be after her and the Plan, Max is assigned the task of safeguarding her until the code is cracked.

4 Max Smart And The Perilous Pellets Max Smart And The Perilous Pellets
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1966

CONTROL is in possession of KAOS's Little Black Book containing the locations of all major bases and identities of all known agents. Unfortunately, KAOS has the same book belonging to CONTROL. Each has the ability to bring down the other but who will get there first?

5 Missed It By That Much! Missed It By That Much!
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1967

Max and 99 are sent on their most perilous mission to date, deep in the heart of Africa where they must find and save Dr. Livingston, inventor of the secret formula 'Brassica Oleracia-212' before KAOS can get to him, obtain the formula, and use it to take over the world.

6 And Loving It! And Loving It!
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1967

An Indian snake-charmer learns how to hypnotize anyone into believing anything. Both CONTROL and KAOS want him on their side. Unfortunately, he wants on neither side and has the power to keep it that way. Max and 99 must join forces with a KAOS agent but can anyone trust anyone?

7 The Spy Who Went Out To The Cold The Spy Who Went Out To The Cold
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1968

Max and 99 are given the task of escorting Professor Wormser von BOOM to a secret lab at the North Pole but, in the interests of security, they must take a bizarre route to throw off the KAOS agents after him. This means heading into the Sahara, traveling the Nile, and even visiting Russia.

8 Max Smart Loses Control Max Smart Loses Control
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1968

Agent 99 and Hymie the Robot were on an assignment against two KAOS agents, Ways and Means, when Hymie is captured and brainwashed. It is Max's duty to find the errant robot and return him to CONTROL.

9 Max Smart & The Ghastly Ghost Max Smart & The Ghastly Ghost
Written by William Johnston
Copyright: 1969

When Max and 99 are assigned the job of trailing several top KAOS assassins to a secret convention, they find themselves on a train where the passengers are disappearing with great rapiditiy. KAOS is certainly at work but to what end and can Max find the answer before he vanishes himself.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:3
First Appearance:1980
Last Appearance:2008

1 The Nude Bomb The Nude Bomb
Also known as The Return of Maxwell Smart
Director: Clve Donner
Writers: Arne Sultan, Bill Dana, Leonard Stern
Actors: Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Sylvia Kristel as Agent 34, Rhonda Fleming as Edith Von Secondberg, Dana Elcar as Chief
Released: 1980

The Control team goes after a terrorist with a bomb that destroys clothing. Maxwell Smart is pulled from retirement to help. This was planned to be a tv-movie but the changed to a theatrical release and then soon was shown on tv.

2 Get Smart, Again! Get Smart, Again!
Released: 1989

Agents 86 and 99 are brought back again from retirement because KAOS is back as well, this time with a weather machine causing trouble.

3 Get Smart Get Smart
Director: Peter Segal
Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Actors: Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, Dwayne Johnson as Agent 23, Alan Arkin as The Chief, Terence Stamp as Siegfried, Bill Murray as Agent 13
Released: 2008

Maxwell Smart is quite intelligent but hardly the dashing, sophisticated agent he would like to be. He has to learn fast to stop a terrorist attack by a Russian spy organization.

TELEVISION

Number of Episodes:138
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:1970
Network:CBS/NBC

REGULAR CAST
Don AdamsMaxwell Smart [ 1=5 ]
Barbara FeldonAgent 99 [ 1=5 ]
Edward PlattChief [ 1=5 ]
Robert KarvelasLarabee [ 1=5 ]
1 Mr. Big
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/18/1965

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2 Diplomat's Daughter
Episode 1-2, first aired 09/25/1965

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3 School Days
Episode 1-3, first aired 10/02/1965

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4 Our Man in Toyland
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/09/1965

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5 Now You See Him... Now You Don't
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/16/1965

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6 Washington 4, Indians 3
Episode 1-6, first aired 10/23/1965

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7 KAOS in CONTROL
Episode 1-7, first aired 10/30/1965

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8 The Day Smart Turned Chicken
Episode 1-8, first aired 11/06/1965

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9 Satan Place
Episode 1-9, first aired 11/13/1965

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10 Our Man in Leotards
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/20/1965

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11 Too Many Chiefs
Episode 1-11, first aired 11/27/1965

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12 My Nephew the Spy
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/04/1965

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13 Aboard the Orient Express
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/11/1965

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14 Weekend Vampire
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/18/1965

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15 Survival of the Fattest
Episode 1-15, first aired 12/25/1965

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16 Double Agent
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/08/1966

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17 Kisses for KAOS
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/15/1966

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18 The Dead Spy Scrawls
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/22/1966

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19 Back to the Old Drawing Board
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/29/1966

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20 All in the Mind
Episode 1-20, first aired 02/05/1966

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21 Dear Diary
Episode 1-21, first aired 02/12/1966

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22 Smart, the Assassin
Episode 1-22, first aired 02/19/1966

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23 I'm Only Human
Episode 1-23, first aired 02/26/1966

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24 Stakeout on Blue Mist Mountain
Episode 1-24, first aired 03/05/1966

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25 The Amazing Harry Hoo
Episode 1-25, first aired 03/12/1966

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26 Hubert's Unfinished Symphony
Episode 1-26, first aired 03/19/1966

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27 Ship of Spies (1)
Episode 1-27, first aired 04/02/1966

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28 Ship of Spies (2)
Episode 1-28, first aired 04/09/1966

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29 Shipment to Beirut
Episode 1-29, first aired 04/23/1966

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30 The Last One in is a Rotten Spy
Episode 1-30, first aired 05/07/1966

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31 Anatomy of a Lover
Episode 2-1 , first aired 09/17/1966

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32 Strike While the Agent is Hot
Episode 2-2 , first aired 09/24/1966

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33 A Spy for a Spy
Episode 2-3 , first aired 10/01/1966

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34 The Only Way to Die
Episode 2-4 , first aired 10/08/1966

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35 Maxwell Smart, Alias Jimmy Ballantine
Episode 2-5 , first aired 10/15/1966

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36 Casablanca
Episode 2-6 , first aired 10/22/1966

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37 The Decoy
Episode 2-7 , first aired 10/29/1966

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38 Hoo Done It
Episode 2-8 , first aired 11/05/1966

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39 Rub-a-Dub-Dub . . .Three Spies in a Sub
Episode 2-9 , first aired 11/12/1966

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40 The Greatest Spy on Earth
Episode 2-10, first aired 11/19/1966

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41 Island of the Darned
Episode 2-11, first aired 11/26/1966

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42 Bronzefinger
Episode 2-12, first aired 12/03/1966

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43 Perils in a Pet Shop
Episode 2-13, first aired 12/10/1966

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44 The Whole Tooth and . . .
Episode 2-14, first aired 12/24/1966

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45 Kiss of Death
Episode 2-15, first aired 12/31/1966

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46 It Takes One to Know One
Episode 2-16, first aired 01/07/1967

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47 Someone Down Here Hates Me
Episode 2-17, first aired 01/14/1967

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48 Cutback at CONTROL
Episode 2-18, first aired 01/21/1967

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49 The Man from YENTA
Episode 2-19, first aired 01/28/1967

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50 The Mummy
Episode 2-20, first aired 02/04/1967

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51 The Girls from KAOS
Episode 2-21, first aired 02/11/1967

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52 Smart Fit the Battle of Jericho
Episode 2-22, first aired 02/18/1967

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53 Where-What-How-Who Am I?
Episode 2-23, first aired 02/25/1967

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54 The Expendable Agent
Episode 2-24, first aired 03/04/1967

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55 How to Succeed in the Spy Business Without Really
Episode 2-25, first aired 03/11/1967

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56 Appointment in Sahara
Episode 2-26, first aired 03/25/1967

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57 Pussycats Galore
Episode 2-27, first aired 04/01/1967

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58 A Man Called Smart (1)
Episode 2-28, first aired 04/08/1967

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59 A Man Called Smart (2)
Episode 2-29, first aired 04/15/1967

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60 A Man Called Smart (3)
Episode 2-30, first aired 04/22/1967

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61 The Spy Who Met Himself
Episode 3-1 , first aired 09/16/1967

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62 Viva Smart
Episode 3-2 , first aired 09/23/1967

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63 Witness for the Persecution
Episode 3-3 , first aired 10/07/1967

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64 The Spirit is Willing
Episode 3-4 , first aired 10/14/1967

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65 Maxwell Smart, Private Eye
Episode 3-5 , first aired 10/21/1967

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66 Supersonic Boom
Episode 3-6 , first aired 10/28/1967

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67 One of Our Olives is Missing
Episode 3-7 , first aired 11/04/1967

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68 When Good Fellows Get Together
Episode 3-8 , first aired 11/18/1967

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69 Dr. Yes
Episode 3-9 , first aired 11/25/1967

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70 That Old Gang of Mine
Episode 3-10, first aired 12/02/1967

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71 The Mild Ones
Episode 3-11, first aired 12/09/1967

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72 Classification: Dead
Episode 3-12, first aired 12/23/1967

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73 The Mysterious Dr. T
Episode 3-13, first aired 12/30/1967

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74 The King Lives?
Episode 3-14, first aired 01/06/1968

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75 The Groovy Guru
Episode 3-15, first aired 01/13/1968

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76 The Little Black Book (1)
Episode 3-16, first aired 01/27/1968

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77 The Little Black Book (2)
Episode 3-17, first aired 02/03/1968

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78 Don't Look Back
Episode 3-18, first aired 02/10/1968

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79 99 Loses CONTROL
Episode 3-19, first aired 02/17/1968

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80 The Wax Max
Episode 3-20, first aired 02/24/1968

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81 Operation Ridiculous
Episode 3-21, first aired 03/02/1968

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82 Spy, Spy, Birdie
Episode 3-22, first aired 03/09/1968

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83 Run, Robot, Run
Episode 3-23, first aired 03/16/1968

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84 The Hot Line
Episode 3-24, first aired 03/23/1968

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85 Die, Spy
Episode 3-25, first aired 03/30/1968

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86 The Reluctant Redhead
Episode 3-26, first aired 04/06/1968

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87 The Impossible Mission
Episode 4-1 , first aired 09/21/1968

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88 Snoopy Smart vs. the Red Baron
Episode 4-2 , first aired 09/28/1968

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89 Closely Watched Planes
Episode 4-3 , first aired 10/05/1968

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90 The Secret of Sam Vittorio
Episode 4-4 , first aired 10/12/1968

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91 Diamonds Are a Spy's Best Friend
Episode 4-5 , first aired 10/19/1968

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92 The Worst Best Man
Episode 4-6 , first aired 10/26/1968

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93 A Tale of Two Tails
Episode 4-7 , first aired 11/02/1968

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94 The Return of the Ancient Mariner
Episode 4-8 , first aired 11/09/1968

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95 With Love and Twitches
Episode 4-9 , first aired 11/16/1968

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96 The Laser Blazer
Episode 4-10, first aired 11/30/1968

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97 The Farkas Fracas
Episode 4-11, first aired 12/07/1968

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98 Temporarily Out of CONTROL
Episode 4-12, first aired 12/14/1968

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99 Schwartz's Island
Episode 4-13, first aired 12/21/1968

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100 One Nation Invisible
Episode 4-14, first aired 12/28/1968

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101 Hurray for Hollywood
Episode 4-15, first aired 01/04/1969

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102 The Day They Raided the Knights
Episode 4-16, first aired 01/11/1969

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103 Tequila Mockingbird
Episode 4-17, first aired 01/18/1969

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104 I Shot 86 Today
Episode 4-18, first aired 02/01/1969

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105 Absorb the Greek
Episode 4-19, first aired 02/08/1969

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106 To Sire, with Love (1)
Episode 4-20, first aired 02/15/1969

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107 To Sire, with Love (2)
Episode 4-21, first aired 02/22/1969

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108 Shock It to Me
Episode 4-22, first aired 03/01/1969

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109 Leadside
Episode 4-23, first aired 03/08/1969

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110 Greer Window
Episode 4-24, first aired 03/15/1969

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111 The Not-So-Great Escape (1)
Episode 4-25, first aired 03/22/1969

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112 The Not-So-Great Escape (2)
Episode 4-26, first aired 03/29/1969

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113 Pheasant Under Glass
Episode 5-1 , first aired 09/26/1969

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114 Ironhand
Episode 5-2 , first aired 10/03/1969

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115 Valerie of the Dolls
Episode 5-3 , first aired 10/10/1969

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116 Widow Often Annie
Episode 5-4 , first aired 10/17/1969

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117 The Treasure of C. Errol Madre
Episode 5-5 , first aired 10/24/1969

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118 Smart Fell on Alabama
Episode 5-6 , first aired 10/31/1969

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119 And Baby Makes Four (1)
Episode 5-7 , first aired 11/07/1969

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120 And Baby Makes Four (2)
Episode 5-8 , first aired 11/14/1969

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121 Physician: Impossible
Episode 5-9 , first aired 11/21/1969

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122 The Apes of Wrath
Episode 5-10, first aired 11/28/1969

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123 Age Before Duty
Episode 5-11, first aired 12/05/1969

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124 Is This Trip Necessary?
Episode 5-12, first aired 12/12/1969

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125 Ice Station Siegfried
Episode 5-13, first aired 12/19/1969

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126 Moonlighting Becomes You
Episode 5-14, first aired 01/02/1970

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127 House of Max (1)
Episode 5-15, first aired 01/09/1970

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128 House of Max (2)
Episode 5-16, first aired 01/16/1970

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129 Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm
Episode 5-17, first aired 01/23/1970

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130 The Mess of Adrian Listenger
Episode 5-18, first aired 01/30/1970

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131 Witness for the Execution
Episode 5-19, first aired 02/06/1970

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132 How Green Was My Valet
Episode 5-20, first aired 02/13/1970

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133 And Only Two Ninety-Nine
Episode 5-21, first aired 02/20/1970

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134 Smartacus
Episode 5-22, first aired 02/27/1970

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135 What's It All About, Algie?
Episode 5-23, first aired 04/24/1970

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136 Hello, Columbus - Goodbye, America
Episode 5-24, first aired 05/01/1970

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137 Do I Hear a Vaults?
Episode 5-25, first aired 05/08/1970

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138 I Am Curiously Yellow
Episode 5-26, first aired 05/15/1970

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139 Get Smart - Pilot
Episode 6-1, first aired 01/08/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writer: Gary Apple

With Maxwell Smart as Control, what could go wrong? Well, with his son, Zach, who is hardly the brightest bulb in the room, lots. KAOS is planning to steal the Du-Traculon fabric during a fashion show. Zach and his partner, Agent 66, must stop them.

140 Casino Evil
Episode 6-2, first aired 01/15/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writer: Gary Apple

A new casino has opened and it is quite popular. It is also run by KAOS and that organization never plays fair. Zach and 66 must bring it down.

141 Goodbye Ms. Chip
Episode 6-3, first aired 01/22/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writers: Lawrence Gay, Michael J. Di Gaetano

An African president is in town to meet with Congresswoman 99. CONTROL is hunting the Brain, a KAOS agent able to control minds.

142 Shoot Up The Charts
Episode 6-4, first aired 01/29/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writers: Gary Apple, Michael Carrington

Zach and 66 try to stop KAOS's control of a record label and cease their using hypnotic messaging in their songs.

143 Passenger 99
Episode 6-5, first aired 02/05/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writers: Lawrence Gay, Michael J. Di Gaetano

The Turtle is an assassin hired by KAOS to kill a visiting African president returning on a plane to his country, accompanied by 99.

144 Wurst Enemies
Episode 6-6, first aired 02/12/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writer: Craig Hoffman

Zach has fallen for the lovely Jessica but visiting her at a lighthouse, things go bad when she imprisons him. Her father is KAOS head agent, Siegfried. Maxwell Smart must get involved.

145 Liver Let Die
Episode 6-7, first aired 02/19/1995
Director: Nick Marck
Writer: Gary Apple

Zach and 66 pretend to be doctors to find out about KAOS's plan to fund hospitals. It turns out the evil organization is harvesting organs.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:8
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1969

       Dell and Gold Key were two competing comic book publishers that loved to capitalize on popular television shows, creating comic books to tie-in with them. In the summer of 1966, a year after the viewing public was introduced to Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, Dell came out with 8 issues featuring the bombastic spy.
       To be more accurate, there were 7 original stories presented from June, 1966 to August, 1967 with the 8th issue being a reprint of the first coming two years later.

1 The Hairless Hound Caper The Hairless Hound Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 06/1966

To get a secret code, Maxwell Smart must find a bald-headed man wearing a toupee so he goes to a convention of bald-headed men. What could be the problem?

2 The Dumb Dummy The Dumb Dummy
Published by Dell

Copyright: 09/1966

A KAOS agent steals the plans for the XBF-117 by using animated dummies of Agent 99 and the Chief. Maxwell Smart is determined to get them back.

3 The Nuclear Gumball Caper The Nuclear Gumball Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 11/1966

A bomb made of rare "splenium" is capable of bringing down the largest of buildings. KAOS has created it. Maxwell Smart is tasked with capturing it.

4 The Billion Dollar Baseball Caper The Billion Dollar Baseball Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 01/1967

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5 The Great Fly Caper The Great Fly Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 03/1967

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6 The Kookie Kanine Caper The Kookie Kanine Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 04/1967

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7 The 4000-Year-Old Man Caper The 4000-Year-Old Man Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 08/1967

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8 The Hairless Hound Caper The Hairless Hound Caper
Published by Dell

Copyright: 10/1969

Reprint of Issue #1

MY COMMENTS

       If you weren't an avid fan of the television series, there is no reason to read these nine adventures and, even if you are, there really isn't that much of a reason. The writing is fun, the humor certainly there, and the characters were totally true to the small screen images. Still, without an affection for the show, they are not for most people.
       The biggest reason, I would say, is that the enjoyment of Get Smart was really watching Don Adams be Maxwell Smart. The expressions he would make. The gestures and the one-liners and the silly way he tried so hard to be as good as he thought he was. Reading about it only works if you can see him in your mind and that isn't quite the same thing.
       That and there is no way any author could do justice to the beauty and grace and indescribable quality that was the lovely Barbara Feldon, a woman who made 99 equal a 10.

GRADE

My Grade: C+

YOUR OPINIONS
Andy Boot - 5/9/2013 11:44:30 PM

Now here's an odd thing. I grew up in London in the early 1970's. I'd never seen Get Smart, but the newstand around the corner from where I lived had a hell of a lot of US paperbacks, mostly a few years old, that had been imported cheaply as ballast (not that I knew this at the time). I read them indiscrminately, picking them up on nothing other than a whim. I was seven when I read my first Get Smart, and most of them followed in quick order. I loved the humour, loved the characters, and loved the style - I'd never seen anything like the way Johnston cuts to dialogue, shifts scenes, plays with the medium. Of course, in later years I realised this was nothing new. I've read a lot of them in those later years, and stil like them, though time has not served them that well. But here's the odd thing - when I finally did see the TV show and the reunion movie, I didn't like them as much as the books simply because I'd made up my own Max Smart in my head at seven, and although Don is a brilliant comic, how could he ever match that??


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