“Would you believe” there’s a Get Smart Trivia Quiz just for you?


By: Julie Medina

4 Min Quiz

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A bumbling secret agent, a gorgeous agent “99”, the long-suffering "Chief" and KAOS' latest plans to take over the world – get the laughs and Get Smart with this Trivia Quiz.

What is one of the most famous phone gadgets in the show?

Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone is probably one of the best known phone gadgets. Smart's shoes sometimes contain other devices housed in the heels: an explosive pellet, a smoke bomb, compressed air capsules that propell the wearer off the ground, and a suicide pill (which Max believes is for the enemy).


What is the name of the actor who portrays Maxwell Smart?

Don Adams is the actor who portrays the bumbling Maxwell Smart. Don Adams was born Donald James Yarmy in 1927 in New York City to a Hungarian Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother.


What is the name of the long-suffering head of CONTROL?

The long-suffering head of CONTROL is addressed simply as "Chief." Although sarcastic and grouchy, the Chief is intelligent, serious, and sensible. He began his career at CONTROL as "Agent Q." (He joined the organization back when they assigned letters rather than numbers.)


What actress plays Agent 99?

Barbara Feldon played Agent 99. Barbara Eden portrayed Jeannie on “I Dream of Jeannie.” Agent 99 can typically be seen slouching, leaning, or sitting in scenes with Adams to hide the fact that she was slightly taller (5' 9") than Adams (5' 8½").


What organization does Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 work for?

The answer is CONTROL, a secret U.S. government counter-intelligence agency based in Washington, D.C. This is where Max and Agent 99 get their assignments and work to thwart KAOS from taking over the world. Because Max successfully accomplishes his missions, his only punishment in CONTROL for his mistakes is that he is the only agent without three weeks’ annual vacation time.


Maxwell Smart doesn’t fit the image of a secret agent. Why?

Despite being a top secret government agent, he is absurdly clumsy, dim-witted and spacy. Due to his frequent verbal gaffes and physical miscues, most of the people Smart encounters believe he is grossly incompetent. It’s what usually keeps his enemies off their guard.


Who always says, “Would you believe?”

Maxwell Smart not only made “Would you believe?” a popular catchphrase, he also made “Missed it by THAT MUCH!" and "Sorry about that, Chief" just as popular.


Although Agent 86 seems the exact opposite of Agent 007, what similar traits do Maxwell Smart and James Bond have in common?

The character, Maxwell Smart, is resourceful, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, a proficient marksman, and incredibly lucky. He also has Agent 99 who saves his life many times.


Who played Maxwell Smart in the MOVIE, Get Smart?

Steve Carell portrayed the bumbling detective in the 2008 film, Get Smart. Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin and James Caan, were also cast in the movie, but Steve Carell got the starring role. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and it earned $231 million on a $80 million budget.


What cover identities does Maxwell Smart come up with?

Smart uses multiple cover identities, but the one used most often is as a greeting card salesman/executive. Owing to multiple assassination attempts, he tells his landlord he is in the insurance business, and on one occasion, that he works for the "Bureau of Internal Revenue".


Which of these other gadgets could be “seen” in Get Smart?

In Get Smart some of the gadgets include a bullet-proof invisible wall that lowers from the ceiling, into which Max and others often walk; a camera hidden in a bowl of soup (Cream of Kodachrome) that takes a picture (with a conspicuous flash) of the person eating the soup with each spoonful; and a powerful miniature laser weapon in the button of a sports jacket (the "laser blazer").


Gadgets! It’s one more great thing about Get Smart. What is the Cone of Silence?

Smart would insist on speaking under the Cone of Silence to follow security protocol. When he did, two transparent plastic hemispheres would electrically lower over the speakers. Invariably, the Cone of Silence would malfunction, requiring the characters to shout loudly in order to hear each other. Unfortunately, they could be easily heard by others in the room.


The writers also liked to have fun with cover names. What happens in “The Man Called Smart, Part 1”?

In "The Man Called Smart, Part 1," Max has to identify himself as three different people when his aliases receive phone calls. Smart tells the skeptical gallery owner that those are his names as well, making it obvious to any spy that he is taking calls from fellow agents and informants. Smart then blows his cover by tangling the handset cords of the three phones. For a secret agent, he's not very secretive.


What number is agent Maxwell Smart?

Maxwell Smart was Agent 86. Writer David Melnick gave Maxwell Smart the operative number 86 (a la the 007 signature of James Bond). The term referred to the slang expression "to eighty-six someone" meaning "to refuse credit, to stop serving a drunk any more liquor, to oust an obnoxious patron."


Which of these phrases is Maxwell Smart known to say?

There were other favorite catchphrases from Maxwell Smart including “The Old (such-and-such) Trick", for example when an attractive agent from KAOS kisses him, he would say, “The old Poisoned Lipstick trick" as she would, in fact, be wearing poisoned lipstick and he would survive, pulling off the skin-tight plastic on his lips. Another of his catchphrases was “And... loving it",


What happens in the series between Agent 86 and Agent 99

Max and 99 marry in season four, and have twins in season five. Agent 99 became one of the first women on an American hit sitcom to keep her job after marriage and motherhood.


Who is Hymie?

Hymie was built by Dr. Ratton, an employee of KAOS. Hymie has numerous superhuman abilities, such as being physically stronger and faster than any human and being able to swallow poisons and register their name, type, and quantity, However, in Hymie’s his first mission, Maxwell Smart with his bumbling logic manages to turn him to the side of CONTROL.


What is the flaw in Hymie, the robot?

Hymie does not have superhuman mental processing, in fact, when Smart tells Hymie to "get a hold of yourself", he grasps each arm with the other. Hymie also has emotions and is "programmed for neatness".


We can almost hear the Chief trying to maintain his composure, as he would utter “Larrabee!” Who was agent Larrabee?

Robert Karvelas portrayed the Chief's dense assistant, Larrabee. In real life, he was Don Adams's cousin. Wanting his cousin to remain close to him, Adams initially gave Karvelas several uncredited bit parts on Get Smart. One such part was an assistant to the Chief, which would evolve into the character of Larrabee.


Besides acting what did Don Adams do for the show?

Adams produced and directed several episodes of the show. Prior to Get Smart he worked as a stand-up comic. He also made eleven appearances on The Steve Allen Show and was a regular on NBC's The Perry Como Show as part of The Kraft Music Hall Players. He started honing the role of Get Smart on The Bill Dana Show as a bumbling hotel detective named Byron Glick. Don Adams is a multi-talented actor.


Why was Agent 13 so unlucky?

Agent 13 always gets stationed in tight corners, whether it be a cigarette machine, washing machine, locker, trash can or fire hydrant. It’s no wonder he tends to resent his assignments.


What do you remember about Maxwell Smart’s dog?

Fang (cover name Morris) is a poorly trained CONTROL dog, no wonder – he was trained by Max. After a few episodes, he was written out of the series. Shots that involved Fang ended up running long and costing the production a lot of money in overtime and wasted time.


The writers were always throwing in funny lines whenever they could, what do we know about how both CONTROL and KAOS try to keep up the staff’s morale?

In the interest of company morale, both CONTROL and KAOS have their own bowling teams. In one episode where Smart takes over as Chief, it is noted in a conversation between Smart and Larabee that CONTROL has a delicatessen. (Maybe not as good as having a Starbucks, but it’s a perk nevertheless.)


In one episode, where Max infiltrates a KAOS-run garden shop, Max refuses to arrest the manager until after 5 p.m. Why?

Max is the negotiator for CONTROL's union, the Guild of Surviving Control Agents, and understands the working man. The Chief threatens to fire him, when Max refuses to arrest the manager until after 5 p.m. Max is not afraid; according to CONTROL's seniority policy, "If I get fired from CONTROL, Larrabee moves up!" The Chief gives in and lets Max stay on the job, rather than risk having the (even more) inept Larrabee take Max's place.


The opening of Get Smart, with its multiple doors, is one of the most recognizable opening credits in television history. How many doors does Smart go through once he enters the building?

The "elevator doors" open to reveal that it's actually a staircase. Then he goes through a corridor of doors including warehouse doors that automatically open, sliding doors, doors that go up into the ceiling, the fake jail cell doors, the doors to the phone booth and the trap door inside the phone booth.


Max was not the only one with a cool phone. Agent 99 had a few of them as well. How was her phone concealed?

Agent 99s phone was concealed in her makeup compact, and also she had one in her fingernail. To use this last device, she would pretend to bite her nail nervously, while actually talking on her "nail phone."


Who created Get Smart?

Mel Brooks, known for writing, directing and starring in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Space Balls, Young Frankenstein and a slew of other hilarious movies created Get Smart along with Buck Henry. Buck Henry is known for his acting, writing, film directing, and television directing. From hosting Saturday night live 13 years in a row, to writing the screenplay adaption for The Graduate and receiving an academy award for Best Director for Heaven Can Wait, he is a multi-talented man.


Who is The Admiral?

The Admiral is the former chief who founded CONTROL as a spy agency just after the turn of the 20th century. William Schaller portrayed the Admiral, a 91-year old with bad balance who often falls over. The Admiral also has a bad memory and believes Herbert Hoover is the current president.


How is Fang written out of the show?

Fang's career ends in the second season, as he is no longer showing energy in solving his cases. In honor of his outstanding service to CONTROL, the Chief retires Fang to a desk job, burying evidence.


During what years did Get Smart air?

The show moved to CBS for its final season. Ratings declined as spy series went out of fashion. The show was canceled by 1970.


When it comes to phones being concealed, nothing beats the over-the-top episode, “Satan Place”. In it, Max holds conversations with how many different phones?

In the episode, "Satan Place", Max simultaneously holds conversations on seven different phones — the shoe, his tie, his belt, his wallet, a garter, a handkerchief and a pair of eyeglasses.


How many Emmy Awards did the series win during its five seasons?

The series won seven Emmy Awards and it was nominated for another 14 Emmy Awards. It also won two Golden Globe Awards. Don Adams won three consecutive Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Maxwell Smart (1967–69).


The character Don Adams created was entertaining and memorable. What award did his creation receive?

In 1999 TV Guide ranked Maxwell Smart number 19 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list. His character beat out Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show who came in at 21st. However, he didn’t come close to the number one character, Louie De Palma of Taxi fame.


CONTROL has a policy of burning pertinent documents after cases are closed. Why?

The reasons were detailed in CONTROL’S Rules and Regulations book, but nobody can read them, due to security protocol which necessitated burning the only copy. It’s hard to revise the regulations when you don’t have it.


What were some of the other unusual locations where the agents would find a phone?

Other unusual locations include a garden hose, a car cigarette lighter (hidden in the car phone), a bottle of perfume (Max complains of smelling like a woman), the steering wheel of his car, a painting of Agent 99, the headboard of his bed, and a Bunsen burner (Max puts out the flame anytime he pronounces a "p") to name just a few.


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