Created by Mel Brooks + Buck Henry  
USA 19
65-70

Consistently incompetent, often lucky and always endearing is the character of secret agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) in the classic and hilarious sitcom/spy spoof "Get Smart" that debuted in 1965 and ran, eventually bouncing around to all three major networks in its short 5 year history. The show's often brilliant humor, certainly unique for 60's television, escalated its devout following to have many judge it as one of the best shows ever put on the tube. It runs popularly in syndication to this day.

 

Perhaps part of the shows post-cancellation success was how it remains consistently funny even after multiple viewings. It could be some of the best work and writing of co-creators Brooks and Henry. Adams defined the role of 'Max' and made it his own with generous support from Platt, Feldon and the likes of Kopell, Ketchum and Gautier. It really was a special and nostalgic time introducing a cynical biting edge of humor while still maintaining much of the positive-ness of the 60's. I am thrilled to have this entire series on DVD. It was my 2006 Christmas present to myself.

Gary W. Tooze

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TV Premiere: September 18th 1965

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Distribution HBO - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime Approx 57.5 hours of Get Smart plus 9 hours of bonus material.
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: HBO Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentaries by co-creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, Barbara Feldon, Don Rickles, Bill Dana (Agent Quigley) and others.
• Interviews with Buck Henry, Leonard Stern, Bruce Bilson, Bernie Kopell and others.

• Introductions by Barbra Feldon
• Blooper Reels
• Reunion Seminar feature
• Clips from the 1967 Emmy Awards
• Don Adams' 75th Birthday Celebration
• NBC's Standards letters
• Featurette on secret weapons utilized by agents of CONTROL and KAOS
• TV appearances, commercials and spots
• Don Adams' memorial service
• Smart's best moments

DVD Release Date: November, 2008

Designer cases with three-tiered digipacks inside telephone simulation case
Chapters: 4 each episode X 138

 

Comments:

NOTE: On August 5, 2008 HBO Home Video are releasing Season One through Amazon HERE. From the looks of the cover posted - it appears to be the exact package minus the 5th disc of extras (4 discs of 30 episodes) from the Complete Series reviewed on this page. If so, this amounts to a pretty strong deal with 30 episodes and some commentaries for less than $20. If this is the case for all 5 season boxsets (5X$18 = $90) - it is a far better deal than buying the costly entire collection at upwards of $200 just for the fifth DVD (X 5).

If we note that this is somehow different - we will post here.

 

 

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This package from Time/Life is incredible. Far beyond the hopes of any of Get Smart's massive cultish following. It is 5 separate boxsets containing 5 DVDs each with usually 8 episodes on each dual-layered disc and a 5th DVD per boxset of extras.

 

 

That is 25 DVDs covering all 138 episodes (see list at the bottom of this review). The complete series. Generously Time/Warner have added over 9 hours of supplements (audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers, interviews, etc. etc.). This is the earliest contender for DVD of the Year - 2007, although I admittedly received mine in late 2006 (not completing my viewing till 2007).  

 

The image and audio are both stronger than I would have anticipated. Certain episodes look a bit darker than others, but still probably as good - or better, than I ever saw them on television. The only black mark on the set would be a lack of optional subtitles whose absence is actually more-or-less standard for TV-to-DVD these days. No one bothers to do it as it can be quite costly. Understandable.

 

The extras are vast and I enjoyed the commentaries and especially the blooper reels. Some of the interview and featurette supplements have minor overlaps but it is not extensive enough to make a case over.

 

Bottom line: For those keen on this show, this escalates to essential status. From the telephone booth packaging to beautifully designed animated menus to the keen and well-thought out digital extras - this is one of the most complete boxset collections that I own. Absolutely tremendous!

 

'Watching Get Smart at my leisure .... and... loving it!' 

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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EPISODES

Season 1, Episode 1: Mr Big
Original Air Date: 18 September 1965

Season 1, Episode 2: Diplomat's Daughter
Original Air Date: 25 September 1965

Season 1, Episode 3: School Days
Original Air Date: 2 October 1965

Season 1, Episode 4: Our Man in Toyland
Original Air Date: 9 October 1965

Season 1, Episode 5: Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Original Air Date: 16 October 1965

Season 1, Episode 6: Washington 4, Indians 3
Original Air Date: 23 October 1965

Season 1, Episode 7: Kaos in Control
Original Air Date: 30 October 1965

Season 1, Episode 8: The Day Smart Turned Chicken
Original Air Date: 6 November 1965

Season 1, Episode 9: Satan Place
Original Air Date: 13 November 1965

Season 1, Episode 10: Our Man in Leotards
Original Air Date: 20 November 1965

Season 1, Episode 11: Too Many Chiefs
Original Air Date: 27 November 1965

Season 1, Episode 12: My Nephew the Spy
Original Air Date: 4 December 1965

Season 1, Episode 13: Aboard the Orient Express
Original Air Date: 11 December 1965

Season 1, Episode 14: Weekend Vampire
Original Air Date: 18 December 1965

Season 1, Episode 15: Survival of the Fattest
Original Air Date: 25 December 1965

Season 1, Episode 16: Double Agent
Original Air Date: 8 January 1966

Season 1, Episode 17: Kisses for KAOS
Original Air Date: 15 January 1966

Season 1, Episode 18: The Dead Spy Scrawls
Original Air Date: 22 January 1966

Season 1, Episode 19: Back to the Old Drawing Board
Original Air Date: 29 January 1966

Season 1, Episode 20: All in the Mind
Original Air Date: 5 February 1966

Season 1, Episode 21: Dear Diary
Original Air Date: 12 February 1966

Season 1, Episode 22: Smart the Assassin
Original Air Date: 19 February 1966

Season 1, Episode 23: I'm Only Human
Original Air Date: 26 February 1966

Season 1, Episode 24: Stakeout on Blue Mist Mountain
Original Air Date: 5 March 1966

Season 1, Episode 25: The Amazing Harry Hoo
Original Air Date: 12 March 1966

Season 1, Episode 26: Hubert's Unfinished Symphony
Original Air Date: 19 March 1966

Season 1, Episode 27: Ship of Spies: Part 1
Original Air Date: 2 April 1966

Season 1, Episode 28: Ship of Spies: Part 2
Original Air Date: 9 April 1966

Season 1, Episode 29: Shipment to Beirut
Original Air Date: 23 April 1966

Season 1, Episode 30: Last One in Is a Rotten Spy
Original Air Date: 7 May 1966


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Season 2

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Season 2, Episode 1: Anatomy of a Lover
Original Air Date: 17 September 1966

Season 2, Episode 2: Strike While the Agent Is Hot
Original Air Date: 24 September 1966

Season 2, Episode 3: A Spy for a Spy
Original Air Date: 1 October 1966

Season 2, Episode 4: The Only Way to Die
Original Air Date: 8 October 1966

Season 2, Episode 5: Maxwell Smart, Alias Jimmy Ballantine
Original Air Date: 15 October 1966

Season 2, Episode 6: Casablanca
Original Air Date: 22 October 1966

Season 2, Episode 7: The Decoy
Original Air Date: 29 October 1966

Season 2, Episode 8: Hoo Done It
Original Air Date: 5 November 1966

Season 2, Episode 9: Rub-A-Dub-Dub...Three Spies in a Sub
Original Air Date: 12 November 1966

Season 2, Episode 10: The Greatest Spy on Earth
Original Air Date: 19 November 1966

Season 2, Episode 11: Island of the Darned
Original Air Date: 26 November 1966

Season 2, Episode 12: Bronzefinger
Original Air Date: 3 December 1966

Season 2, Episode 13: Perils in a Pet Shop
Original Air Date: 10 December 1966

Season 2, Episode 14: The Whole Tooth and...
Original Air Date: 24 December 1966

Season 2, Episode 15: Kiss of Death
Original Air Date: 31 December 1966

Season 2, Episode 16: It Takes One to Know One
Original Air Date: 7 January 1967

Season 2, Episode 17: Someone Down Here Hates Me
Original Air Date: 14 January 1967

Season 2, Episode 18: Cutback at Control
Original Air Date: 21 January 1967

Season 2, Episode 19: The Mummy
Original Air Date: 28 January 1967

Season 2, Episode 20: The Girls from KAOS
Original Air Date: 4 February 1967

Season 2, Episode 21: The Man from YENTA
Original Air Date: 11 February 1967

Season 2, Episode 22: Smart Fit the Battle of Jericho
Original Air Date: 18 February 1967

Season 2, Episode 23: Where-What-How-Who Am I?
Original Air Date: 25 February 1967

Season 2, Episode 24: The Expendable Agent
Original Air Date: 4 March 1967

Season 2, Episode 25: How to Succeed in the Spy Business Without Really Trying
Original Air Date: 11 March 1967

Season 2, Episode 26: Appointment in Sahara
Original Air Date: 25 March 1967

Season 2, Episode 27: Pussycats Galore
Original Air Date: 1 April 1967

Season 2, Episode 28: A Man Called Smart: Part 1
Original Air Date: 8 April 1967

Season 2, Episode 29: A Man Called Smart: Part 2
Original Air Date: 15 April 1967

Season 2, Episode 30: A Man Called Smart: Part 3
Original Air Date: 22 April 1967


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Season 3

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Season 3, Episode 1: Viva Smart
Original Air Date: 16 September 1967

Season 3, Episode 2: Witness for the Persecution
Original Air Date: 23 September 1967

Season 3, Episode 3: The Spy Who Met Himself
Original Air Date: 7 October 1967

Season 3, Episode 4: The Spirit Is Willing
Original Air Date: 14 October 1967

Season 3, Episode 5: Maxwell Smart, Private Eye
Original Air Date: 21 October 1967

Season 3, Episode 6: Supersonic Boom
Original Air Date: 28 October 1967

Season 3, Episode 7: One of Our Olives Is Missing
Original Air Date: 4 November 1967

Season 3, Episode 8: When Good Fellows Get Together
Original Air Date: 18 November 1967

Season 3, Episode 9: Dr. Yes
Original Air Date: 25 November 1967

Season 3, Episode 10: That Old Gang of Mine
Original Air Date: 2 December 1967

Season 3, Episode 11: The Mild Ones
Original Air Date: 9 December 1967

Season 3, Episode 12: Classification: Dead
Original Air Date: 23 December 1967

Season 3, Episode 13: The Mysterious Dr. T
Original Air Date: 30 December 1968

Season 3, Episode 14: The King Lives?
Original Air Date: 6 January 1968

Season 3, Episode 15: The Groovy Guru
Original Air Date: 13 January 1968

Season 3, Episode 16: The Little Black Book: Part 1
Original Air Date: 27 January 1968

Season 3, Episode 17: The Little Black Book: Part 2
Original Air Date: 3 February 1968

Season 3, Episode 18: Don't Look Back
Original Air Date: 10 February 1968

Season 3, Episode 19: 99 Loses Control
Original Air Date: 17 February 1968

Season 3, Episode 20: The Wax Max
Original Air Date: 24 February 1968

Season 3, Episode 21: Operation Ridiculous
Original Air Date: 2 March 1968

Season 3, Episode 22: Spy, Spy, Birdie
Original Air Date: 9 March 1968

Season 3, Episode 23: Run, Robot, Run
Original Air Date: 16 March 1968

Season 3, Episode 24: The Hot Line
Original Air Date: 23 March 1968

Season 3, Episode 25: Die, Spy
Original Air Date: 30 March 1968

Season 3, Episode 26: The Reluctant Redhead
Original Air Date: 6 April 1968


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Season 4

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Season 4, Episode 1: The Impossible Mission
Original Air Date: 21 September 1968

Season 4, Episode 2: Snoopy Smart vs. the Red Baron
Original Air Date: 28 September 1968

Season 4, Episode 3: Closely Watched Planes
Original Air Date: 5 October 1968

Season 4, Episode 4: The Secret of Sam Vittorio
Original Air Date: 12 October 1968

Season 4, Episode 5: Diamonds Are a Spy's Best Friend
Original Air Date: 19 October 1968

Season 4, Episode 6: The Worst Best Man
Original Air Date: 26 October 1968

Season 4, Episode 7: A Tale of Two Tails
Original Air Date: 2 November 1968

Season 4, Episode 8: The Return of the Ancient Mariner
Original Air Date: 9 November 1968

Season 4, Episode 9: With Love and Twitches
Original Air Date: 16 November 1968

Season 4, Episode 10: The Laser Blazer
Original Air Date: 30 November 1968

Season 4, Episode 11: The Farkas Fracas
Original Air Date: 7 December 1968

Season 4, Episode 12: Temporarily Out of CONTROL
Original Air Date: 14 December 1968

Season 4, Episode 13: Schwartz's Island
Original Air Date: 21 December 1968

Season 4, Episode 14: One Nation Invisible
Original Air Date: 28 December 1968

Season 4, Episode 15: Hurray for Hollywood
Original Air Date: 4 January 1969

Season 4, Episode 16: The Day They Raided the Knights
Original Air Date: 11 January 1969

Season 4, Episode 17: Tequila Mockingbird
Original Air Date: 18 January 1969

Season 4, Episode 18: I Shot 86 Today
Original Air Date: 1 February 1969

Season 4, Episode 19: Absorb the Greek
Original Air Date: 8 February 1969

Season 4, Episode 20: To Sire, with Love: Part 1
Original Air Date: 15 February 1969

Season 4, Episode 21: To Sire, with Love: Part 2
Original Air Date: 22 February 1969

Season 4, Episode 22: Shock It to Me
Original Air Date: 1 March 1969

Season 4, Episode 23: Leadside
Original Air Date: 8 March 1969

Season 4, Episode 24: Greer Window
Original Air Date: 15 March 1969

Season 4, Episode 25: The Not-So-Great Escape: Part 1
Original Air Date: 15 March 1969

Season 4, Episode 26: The Not-So-Great Escape: Part 2
Original Air Date: 22 March 1969


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Season 5

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Season 5, Episode 1: Pheasant Under Glass
Original Air Date: 26 September 1969

Season 5, Episode 2: Ironhand
Original Air Date: 3 October 1969

Season 5, Episode 3: Valerie of the Dolls
Original Air Date: 10 October 1969

Season 5, Episode 4: Widow Often Annie
Original Air Date: 17 October 1969

Season 5, Episode 5: The Treasure of C. Errol Madre
Original Air Date: 24 October 1969

Season 5, Episode 6: Smart Fell on Alabama
Original Air Date: 31 October 1969

Season 5, Episode 7: And Baby Makes Four: Part 1
Original Air Date: 7 November 1969

Season 5, Episode 8: And Baby Makes Four: Part 2
Original Air Date: 14 November 1969

Season 5, Episode 9: Physician Impossible
Original Air Date: 21 November 1969

Season 5, Episode 10: Apes of Rath
Original Air Date: 28 November 1969

Season 5, Episode 11: Age Before Duty
Original Air Date: 5 December 1969

Season 5, Episode 12: Is This Trip Necessary?
Original Air Date: 12 December 1969

Season 5, Episode 13: Ice Station Siegfried
Original Air Date: 19 December 1969

Season 5, Episode 14: Moonlighting Becomes You
Original Air Date: 2 January 1970

Season 5, Episode 15: House of Max: Part 1
Original Air Date: 9 January 1970

Season 5, Episode 16: House of Max: Part 2
Original Air Date: 16 January 1970

Season 5, Episode 17: Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm
Original Air Date: 23 January 1970

Season 5, Episode 18: The Mess of Adrian Listenger
Original Air Date: 30 January 1970

Season 5, Episode 19: Witness for the Execution
Original Air Date: 6 February 1970

Season 5, Episode 20: How Green Was My Valet
Original Air Date: 13 February 1970

Season 5, Episode 21: And Only Two Ninety-Nine
Original Air Date: 20 February 1970

Season 5, Episode 22: Smartacus
Original Air Date: 27 February 1970

Season 5, Episode 23: What's It All About, Algie?
Original Air Date: 24 April 1970

Season 5, Episode 24: Hello, Columbus - Goodbye, America
Original Air Date: 1 May 1970

Season 5, Episode 25: Do I Hear a Vaults?
Original Air Date: 8 May 1970

Season 5, Episode 26: I Am Curiously Yellow
Original Air Date: 15 May 1970
 

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