Get Smart
Get Smart
| 18 September 1965 (USA)

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    Sadly Over-hyped

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    Jonah Abbott

    There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.

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    Kaydan Christian

    A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.

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    This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.

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    Alexander Kravchenko

    Made in a golden decade of television, Get Smart was, in my opinion, the true predecessor series to my favourite 1980s cartoon Inspector Gadget.I mean Get Smart and Inspector Gadget have a quite a lot in common: A series plot involving a bungling, dim-witted agent going up against the evil forces of a malevolent organisation, both main characters were portrayed by the same man (Don Adams), both have a short tempered chief as their boss, both have a female accomplice that usually accompany them on their assignments (in the case of Inspector Gadget, anonymously), and ironically, both don't use their gadgets properly.After all, Get Smart was the principal inspiration for Inspector Gadget (along with Inspector Clouseau), and without Get Smart, there would be no Inspector Gadget, so I am glad that this iconic 1960s spy spoof show was made. They honestly couldn't have picked a finer man than Don Adams to portray a bungling agent such as Maxwell Smart (and of course later on, Inspector Gadget).Whenever I watch Get Smart and I hear the voice of Maxwell Smart, it will always remind me of Inspector Gadget.I love Get Smart! Loved it when I was younger, still love it today.RIP Don Adams, of whom will live on in our hearts. 1923-2005

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    Shawn Wells

    This show is one of the great classics, it is funny, edgy, and has fantastic story lines. Each episode is its own masterpiece and it never relies on the mistakes of Maxwell Smart to progress the story. Film today is headed toward television and this show is an example of what (hopefully) comedy may become. The main characters are lovable, funny, and perfectly portrayed. This is what great T.V. is.

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    This show was far, far from being the "best TV show of all time. Some of the reviews are obvious shills (claques)-- one can't compare this show to true classics like "The Carol Burnett Show", "Star Trek (the original series)", "Sesame Street", "Gunsmoke", "Seinfeld", "Looney Tunes", The Daily Show, MST3k, "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood", "FireFly", "The X Files", "Twilight Zone", "Outer Limits"... one would have to go quite far down the list, well past 100 shows, to find this show on a list of "great TV shows of the past".Neither is it a cultural icon, or a picture of the era's zeitgeist. For that, shows like "Star Trek", "All in the Family", "Sesame Street", or "The Outer Limits" are far better at capturing a slice of what people thought and felt at the time.As another reviewer put it, the main character was rather funny over a short period, but the voice was grating if one watched more than one episode at a time. Likewise the Cone of Silence was a great gag...if used only once, but it got overused. The show was defined by a) being a James Bond parody, and b) shallow, overly repetitious humor.It's true that many of the show's catch-phrases have become commonly-known and often-used language in daily life, as has Maxwell Smart's voice, but they only made it to that exalted status by being repeated often on the show...which means that the show relied heavily on rehashed dialog and series-long running gags rather than inventiveness.So...view it once in a while on a TV retro station, as you would "Gilligan's Island" or "I Dream of Jeannie" or "The Partridge Family". Do not expect to find the show witty and sophisticated, or thought-provoking. At best, it's a cultural icon but a shallow one...a blast from the past, worth an occasional quiet reminiscing chuckle for the over-40 folks. At worst, it's the sort of repetitious won't-entertain-anyone-over-6yo stuff typified by "Gilligan's Island".

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    The day Don Adams died, I was pondering his code name, Agent 86. I had always assumed it was a just a random number. Suddenly, I realized, when you're 86-ing something, you're terminating it (there is wide speculation as to the origin of this term, by the way). I'm still wondering if Max was 86 because he was in danger of being 86'd (after all, the name of the show WAS "Get Smart"), if it was because he 86'd people by accident, or if he was the guy you sent in when you wanted to have someone 86'd. Perhaps, all of the above.Anyway, this is just another example of the cleverness of this show.Don, we miss you! We truly are "sorry about that, Chief."

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