Before there was Austin Powers, there was Get Smart - the ultimate TV
spoof of James Bond 007. In the fall of 1965, at the height of the cold
war and on the heels of the highly successful introduction of James Bond
on the big screen in 1964, Get Smart first appeared on NBC, (CBS picked
the show up in 1969 and ran it until 1971).
Get Smart was the creation of Buck Henry and comedy legend Mel Brooks.
Set in Washington, D. C. , Get Smart featured the escapades of an inept,
underpaid, overzealous spy: Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 (played by Don Adams),
his boss (The Chief) played by Edward Platt, and his secret-agent partner
and later wife (Agent 99) played by Barbara Feldon and a host of other
agents both good and evil.
In order to give the agents of CONTROL (Smart and 99), a series of
worthy opponents, KAOS was created, featuring villains with names like Mr.
Big, The Claw, and Siegfried. Smart was CONTROL's top agent, despite his
constant mess ups he always managed to solve the crime and have the girl,
Agent 99 gazing at him with goo-goo eyes. The eventually even married and
had twins! CONTROL was accessed via telephone booth and was well under the
The Chief was under constant attack by Max's flubs leading to the
famous lines "Sorry about that chief!" and "missed it by
that much." Max is also famous for demanding the use of the defective
Cone of Silence or using his "shoe phone" to get to the
Chief. . But, the Chief always resorts to Max` prowess when things
Max's foil is KAOS's top agent Siegfried (Bernie Kopell - The
Love Boat's 'Doc'). Siegfried & side kick Schtarker are bumblers
in their own right. Agent 13 was the undercover agent, squeezing into
lockers, garbage cans & anywhere Max might need to get information
Many of the episodes were spoofs of famous movies (Stalag 13, Treasure
of Sierra Madre, Rear Window and many, many more!) and TV shows (I Spy,
The Fugitive and others).
Guest stars were aplenty and ranged from Johnny Carson & Don
Rickles to other TV & movie stars of the day. This show could be the
guideline for future producers/creators looking at how you set up a spoof
but yet keep it believable.
In 1995, Rupert Murdoch's FOX network attempted to bring the series
back with some changes; Max as the Chief, 99 as a Congresswoman, and the
Smart twins were now inexplicably only one child. Unfortunately, the
sequel did not take off and was cancelled, but the original series lives
in syndication, featured periodically on the TV Land cable network.
There was also a movie called Get
Smart: The Nude Bomb which, of course, bombed.