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Would You Believe..., 17 April 2016
9/10

This is absolutely the BEST episode of this so-so "Get Smart" reboot. Throughout most of this series an aging Don Adams seems to be going through the motions. The humor seems tired and uninspired as too much footage is given to Andy Dick's annoying character. It has all the feeling of a star just in it for a paycheck.

Then this episode came along.

Bernie Kopel is brilliant as Siegfried. It is clear he probably loves this character more than any of his others and he performs with great energy and comic spirit. This seems to awaken Don Adams from his comedy coma. Suddenly his timing and energy comes back to him. Having a funny nemesis like Sigfried provides him with a challenge he proves to be up to. The writing is also particularly crisp in this episode.

If you only see one episode in this reboot series, make it this one. It is the only one anywhere near as clever or funny as the originals.

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Charmless, 2 March 2016
4/10

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The original "Thin Man" series bubbled with charm with wit and with intelligence. Powell and Loy's chemistry made every movie (with the exception of the last one) fun.

This is no fun.

There is no chemistry at all between Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk. As with the later movies, Nora is written as a bit of a boob rather than than a worthy sparring partner for Nick.

In this episode everyone is worried that a criminal Nick sent to prison has gotten out and is coming to get revenge on him.

Sadly Asta out acts everyone else in the show, despite being given so little to do.

Terrific End for Original Cast, 27 December 2015
9/10

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With Gramps (George Cleveland) having passed away, Jeff Miller and his mom Ellen no longer feel they can keep up the farm and decide its time to lease the farm to someone else who can work it (the Martins) and move away. Caught in the middle is young Timmy (Jon Provost) who thinks the Millers don't want him and is afraid the Martins will send him to an orphanage. So he runs away from home. But fortunately he has Lassie watching out for him. When he is saved from drowning by Lassie and Mr. Martin (a decorated ex- fighter pilot from the Korean war), Timmy discovers the Martins want both him and the farm! When Jeff and his mom are about to leave, Timmy's eyes well up with tears since they are going to take Lassie along with them. But Lassie has other ideas! Jeff gets a wonderful tearful goodbye scene with his disloyal dog and leaves the series after 116 episodes.

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Worst Episode Yet, 4 November 2015
1/10

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I feel embarrassed for the Muppets. I feel embarrassed for the extremely talented Muppet performers who for years have brought these wonderful characters to life, and done so many great bits of comedy.

Now they are reduced to doing a weak sitcom with inappropriate and mostly unfunny situations.

Tonight Kermit has to buy a gift for his new girlfriend (a completely unfunny and undeveloped character. What is unique about her? Anything?) so he does the one thing the real Kermit would never do: ask Miss Piggy for help finding her a gift. Does this make sense on any level to anyone? Kermit would not 1. dare risk the wrath of Piggy or 2. dare risk hurting Piggy by asking her to do this. Totally out of character.

The B story wastes guest star Kristen Chenoweth as she goes off with the band. More inappropriate humor ensues. There is even a fight between Dr. Teeth and Floyd. Very few laughs.

Jim Henson has to be rolling over in his grave to see how they are ruining his classic creation.

My Favorite My Favorite Martian, 29 September 2015
8/10

This is an episode that shows how really fresh and funny "My Favorite Martian" could be. Instead of the usual Mrs. Brown/Detective Brenner almost discover Uncle Martin is a Martian stuff, this is a funny send up of James Bond and "The Man from UNCLE" as well as the spy craze that hit TV in the mid-1960's. Bill Bixby gets to show off his comic chops and slapstick abilities while Ray Walston displays excellent timing. They are given great support from veteran character actor Dan Seymour and actress Susanne Cramer (who I swore was Elke Sommer throughout the entire episode) as well as a terrific script. A MUST-SEE for "MFM" fans.

Bye Bye Chuck, 23 June 2015
4/10

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This is a fairly painful episode to watch and gives you a pretty good idea why they decided to lose the "Chuck" character.

Richie keeps getting interrupted in his necking sessions with his girlfriend, the gum chewing yet very sexy Linda Purl. So he decides to move out of the house and in a garage apartment with his unfunny basketball playing brother Chuck (or Chuck #2 if you prefer). Richie has to take a job at Arnold's to pay his half of the rent, he has to sleep on a sofa bed and in echos of "The Apartment" he has to lend his place to Ralph, Potsie, even the Fonz. He never seems to have time for his own girlfriend! Everything seems very forced in this episode and the new Chuck is no better than the old Chuck. Never is the issue of a high school kid moving out into his own place ever discussed. Fonzie needing a place to make out seems completely wrong and it becomes obvious that the producers switched the order of the episodes when the very next one features Richie's first date and first kiss with the Linda Purl character.

A big misfire to the start of season two.

Teacher Goober, 18 February 2015
4/10

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Another episode unfortunately light on comedy has Goober take the part time job as driving instructor at Mayberry High School. Goober of course is very proud of being a teacher and is dedicated to his students but may lose his job and have his ego crushed after he backs his tow truck into the principal's car in what can only be described as a contrived and predictable scene.

This Goober is far removed from the one who used to entertain his cousin Gomer with his Cary Grant impressions. He's more real but less funny. Lindsey handles the pathos well without going overboard. However the ending is far too predictable.

One improvement the show did make as it moved into the end of the decade is Mayberry is more integrated than ever with at least 3 people of color in this episode.

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Sail On, Sailor, 18 February 2015
4/10

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Aunt Bee comes back from her cruise with the Captain of the ship in tow and the announcement that she is finally getting married! Will Geer plays the Captain of the ship who has decided to retire and buy a farm and marry everyone's beloved Aunt Bee.

This episode is another missed opportunity that ignores Mayberry history. If his father's beloved sister who raised him and his son Opie is getting married, Andy doesn't show up? He's not even mentioned? And where's Bea's best friend Clara? This reminds me of the season two opener when Andy and Helen return to Mayberry to get Sam to be the godfather of their new son. Really? Barney, his best friend was unavailable? Will Geer does an excellent job as the old sea captain and he and Bavier make a good pair. So why DON'T they get married? It would have been a nice way to either work Aunt Bea off the show or change her character arc in a surprising and interesting way. And if you count Emmett and his wife, would double the number of Mayberry residents who are married.

Instead in the end Geer returns to the sea and Aunt Bea is stuck alone again, swerving breakfast and making dinner for another widower and his son.

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House of Horrors, 30 June 2014
4/10

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This might have made an excellent one part episode but trying to expand it into two episodes smells of a show that was having budget troubles. There's a lot of extra padding, and unnecessary scenes (the interrogation scene at Scotland Yard could easily have been cut) that go nowhere that kills the pace and the comedy. They also made a really bad decision to have actors play the wax dummies instead of using actual wax dummies and then using the actors when the dummies turn to life. Count how many times the actor (or I suspect Adams stunt man) blinks when he's supposed to be a wax figure and Max and 99 are looking directly at him. The other actors playing W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy can't seem to stand still without moving. The lighting might have helped them appear more wax like, but good lighting is expensive and again this decision to turn this into two parts smells like a budget move.

It's really too bad because they create a pretty good London foggy atmosphere and Adams gets a pretty good supporting cast. Hedley Mattingsley is a good fill in for the Chief as Chief Inspector Sparrow and the evil genius wax master is also very good. There are some nice moments here and there (such as Max's initial meeting with Sparrow) but the episode ultimately fails.

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Fine Ending, 19 June 2014
8/10

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This SHOULD HAVE been the episode the series ended on. It features a number of different cons and counter cons and has Maverick right dead in the center of it. For a change Jack Kelly gets strong support by Kathy Bennett, Andrew Duggan, Ted de Corsia and Sig Ruman. Finding Kathy conned out of the money she was bringing to settle a debt for Pappy, Bart has to run a counter con to get it back. Once he gets it back, Kathy runs afoul of another presumed con that Bart again tries to get her out of but then later discovers what he thought were fake diamonds were real. This one is funny with a lot of twists and turns and moves along at a pretty fair clip. You just wish Pappy (James Garner) himself could have shown up sometime to complete the picture and give the series the final send off it deserved.


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