Trivia / Get Smart

Original series
  • Accidentally Correct Writing: An interview with cast and crew revealed a story that the shows writers were once called into the CIA to find out where they were getting ideas for the show's gadgets. Apparently, a few items in the series were suspiciously close to actual tools the CIA was developing.
  • Channel Hop: From NBC to CBS, for the fifth and final season.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Don Adams directed 13 episodes.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: In contrast to his role as Larrabee, who was often being portrayed as even more bumbling than Max, Robert Karvelas actually worked as a stockbroker before he became an actor, a job that obviously requires a lot of book smarts.
  • Star-Making Role: For Don Adams.
  • Technology Marches On: The very first scene of the black-and-white pilot takes place in a crowded theater where Max is sitting in the audience and begins with a narrator explaining how important it is for an agent like Max to remain inconspicuous and not blow his cover by drawing attention to himself... right before Max's shoe phone rings. In such an environment in the 1960s, a phone ringing right in the audience would certainly have drawn a lot of confused stares, but after 2000, you'd come across as rude but not the least bit suspicious.
  • Throw It In!: Don Adams and guest star Don Rickles did so much of this during production of "The Little Black Book" that the episode, written as a one-parter, became a two-parter.
  • What Could Have Been: Mel Brooks and Buck Henry originally pitched the show to ABC, with the intention that Tom Poston play Maxwell Smart. ABC, however, declined. NBC then picked up the show, but requested that Don Adams be cast as Maxwell Smart as he was already under contract with the network. ABC would later green light another show from the same production company, Supermarket Sweep.
  • Written by Cast Member: Don Adams wrote two episodes, while David Ketcham, who played Agent 13, wrote an episode.

2008 Movie
  • Actor Allusion: The opening scene plays the ABBA song, "Take a Chance On Me". In The Office (US), the song is sung by Andy in a famous scene. Steve Carrell was a main character on that show.
  • Approval of God: Zig-zagged. Mel Brooks gave his blessing for the film and loved Steve Carrell's performance, but still said he couldn't hold a candle to Don Adams.
  • The Danza: Dalip, Siegfried's brute, is played by Dalip Singh — known as The Great Khali of WWE fame.
  • Role Reprisal: The Mexican Spanish dub brought back Jorge Arvizu, who had voiced Max in the classic series.
  • Throw It In!: Anne Hathaway ad-libbed the scene where Agent 99 grills Max on what he would do if confronted by a gun-wielding assassin.

Misc. Trivia
  • According to AMC's Story Notes, Mel Brooks contributed a few jokes to the film. However they failed to mention which jokes exactly.