Three-time Emmy Award-winner Don Adams and Barbara Feldon reprise their roles as Maxwell Smart and Agent 99, but this time they have a little help from their son and newly-minted spy, Zach (Andy Dick), and his brilliant, sexy partner Agent 66 (Elaine Hendrix). Max is now the Chief of Control and 99 is now a Congresswoman in charge of Control's budget. Together, they must struggle to keep archrival KAOS from gaining world domination.
This particular Get Smart
is the Fox television network's 1995 revival of the CBS hit show that debuted 30 years earlier. A softer, less satirical and less worldly version of the original show that was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the new Get Smart
nevertheless brings Don Adams back to the role of Maxwell Smart, agent 86 for counter-intelligence agency Control. Married to former agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), now a U.S. Congresswoman, Max is the new Chief of Control, bungling through his desk job yet somehow still managing to stymie the evil forces of Kaos. In a way, Get Smart
isn't really Adams' or Feldon's show anymore. The two are seen frequently enough, but much of the comic action now belongs to Andy Dick as the Smarts' son Zach, who graduates to full agent in the series' premiere episode. A bumbler with an inflated sense of his expertise, Zach is very much Max's son. Continuing the parallel between generations, Zach is also paired with an attractive and more professional agent, 66 (Elaine Hendrix), who gradually warms to him over several episodes. Good thing, because that's all there is: after seven programs, Get Smart
came to an end, and that's all this DVD has to offer. Even if it isn't brilliant, the family-friendly show has a lot of funny moments, particularly when Dick gets to engage his talent for physical comedy. His interactions with Hendrix occasionally border on classic screwball comedy, a nice balance with the obvious warmth between Adams and Feldon. --Tom Keogh