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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When Don Adams was negotiating his salary, he had his choice between more money per week and no ownership stake in the show, or less money per week and part ownership. Adams chose the ownership deal and never regretted it considering the series' durable popularity in syndication gave him a regular income even as he struggled with being typecast by it. 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]
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The opening credits are a sequence of Maxwell Smart going through a seemingly endless series of doors to reach CONTROL headquarters.
The closing credits are of Smart leaving CONTROL through the same doors, but he changes his mind about leaving and starts back toward the CONTROL entrance. The door nearest Smart closes and injures his nose. See more »
"That's the second biggest silencer I've ever seen"
I haven't seen an episode of this show in more than 10 years and yet all the scenes described above remain fresh...This show has to stand as one of the greatest of all time. It's hard to compare it to All In The Family, Cheers, or Seinfeld, but it's never been duplicated. Every time I hear "Not Craw, Craw" I have to smile. No one's mentioned the "Coughing Code" - when the cone of silence breaks down - always ending with Max's line - "you should do something about that cold Chief" The casting of the show was perfect. What made the show so great was that the creative plots were intertwined with crazy little sidebars - it's been years but I still remember one episode where 99 was doing a commercial in a tub, and was called away - and the producer/director of the commercial tries to coax his elderly mother in the tub - hilarious...
I wish these episodes were available on DVD...
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