Although the cast and crew—especially Adams—contributed joke and gadget ideas, dialogue was rarely ad-libbed.An exception is the third season episode, "The Little Black Book." Don Rickles encouraged Adams to misbehave, and ad-libbed.

Henry said they created the show by request of Daniel Melnick, who was a partner, along with Leonard Stern and David Susskind, of the show's production company, Talent Associates, to capitalize on "the two biggest things in the entertainment world today"—James Bond and Inspector Clouseau.

During the show's run, it generated a number of popular catchphrases, including "Would you believe...", "Missed it by that much!

", "Sorry about that, Chief", "The Old (such-and-such) Trick", "And... The show was followed by the films The Nude Bomb (a theatrical release) and Get Smart, Again!

King Moody (originally appearing as a generic KAOS killer) portrayed the dim-witted but burly Shtarker, Siegfried's assistant.

The enemies, world-takeover plots and gadgets seen in Get Smart parody the James Bond movies.

"Do what they did except just stretch it half an inch," Mel Brooks said of the methods of this TV series."I was sick of looking at all those nice sensible situation comedies. If a maid ever took over my house like Hazel, I'd set her hair on fire.

I wanted to do a crazy, unreal comic-strip kind of thing about something besides a family. I decided to be the first." Brooks and Henry proposed the show to ABC, where network executives called their show "un-American", and demanded a "lovable dog to give the show more heart", and scenes showing Maxwell Smart's mother.

(a made-for-TV sequel to the series), as well as a 1995 revival series, and a 2008 film remake.

In 2010, TV Guide ranked Get Smart's opening title sequence at No. government counter-intelligence agency based in Washington, D. The pair investigates and thwarts various threats to the world, though Smart's bumbling nature and demands to do things by-the-book invariably cause complications. Looking on is the long-suffering head of CONTROL, who is addressed simply as "Chief." The nemesis of CONTROL is KAOS, described as "an international organization of evil".