The Writers

The following is a list of all of the writers for Get Smart, as they appeared in the credits. It should be noted however, that in all episodic television, most scripts are rewritten/added to by the producers and story editors. I think it's safe to assume that Leonard Stern, Buck Henry, Arne Rosen, and Arne Sultan also helped out on most scripts, even if they didn't receive credit. I've tried to add a little bit about each of the writers, but it's by no means complete. For more information on them, check out the Internet Movie Database.


Chris Hayward (1925- 2006) and Arne Sultan (1925 - 1986)- 13
Hayward worked on Bullwinkle, and the Munsters. Sultan worked on The Steve Allen Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, and The Nude Bomb. Sultan passed away in 1986.

Hurray for Hollywood
Tequilla Mockingbird
Absorb the Greek
To Sire With Love, I
Shock it To Me
Greer Window
The Not So Great Escape I & II
Pheasant Under Glass
And Baby Makes Four, I & II
Ice Station Siegfried
What's it all About, Algie?

Stan Burns and Mike Marmer - 12
Burns and Marmer wrote for Ernie Kovacs before coming to Get Smart. They also did Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp, among other projects, after Get Smart. Unfortunately, both men passed away in 2002.

School Days
Our Man in Toyland
Satan Place
Kisses for KAOS
The Dead Spy Scrawls
I'm Only Human (with McCormick & Friedman)
Hubert's Unfinished Symphony
The Last One in is a Rotten Spy
A Spy for a Spy
Rub a Dub Dub, Three Spies in a Sub
Kiss of Death

Arne Sultan, Leonard Stern, Allan Burns (1936- ), Chris Hayward - 11

The Impossible Mission
Closely Watched Planes
The Secret of Sam Vittorio
Diamond's Are a Spy's Best Friend
The Worst Best Man
A Tale of Two Tails
Return of the Ancient Mariner
With Love and Twitches
The Farkas Fracas
Temporarily Out of CONTROL
Schwartz's Island

Lloyd Turner (1924 - 1992) and Whitey Mitchell (1932 - 2009)- 11
Turner and Mitchell worked on Bullwinkle with Chris Hayward. They also wrote some fabulous Odd Couple scripts. Before writing, Mitchell played with Benny Goodman and is still playing in a jazz band today.

One Nation Invisible
Widow Often Annie
Smart Fell on Alabama
Physician Impossible
The Apes of Rath
Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm
Witness for the Execution
I am Curiously Yellow

Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso - 10
Buck Henry brought this duo to Get Smart. They had worked on That Was the Week That Was and also worked on the Monkees.

Diplomat's Daughter
Washington 4, Indians 3
Too Many Chiefs
Weekend Vampire
All in the Mind
The Amazing Harry Hoo
Hoo Done It
The Greatest Spy on Earth
Cutback at CONTROL
The Expendable Agent

Arne Sultan - 7

Shipment to Beirut
The Only Way to Die
The Man From YENTA
Smart Fit the Battle of Jericho
Pussycats Galore
The Spirit is Willing
And Only Two Ninty-Nine

C.F. L'Amoreaux - 6
L'Amoreaux is the pen name of actor Gary Clarke, who appeared in Hondo and The Virginian.

Back to the Old Drawing Board
Anatomy of a Lover
It Takes One to Know One
Appointment in Sahara
When Good Fellows Get Together
Run, Robot Run

Phil Hahn and Jack Hanrahan - 5

That Old Gang of Mine
The Little Black Book, 1 & 2
The Hot Line
Die, Spy

William Raynor (1920-94) and Myles Wilder - 5
Among the other shows they worked on were McHale's Navy, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, and The Dukes of Hazzard.

Dr. Yes
The Mild Ones
The Mysterious Dr. T
99 Loses CONTROL
Spy, Spy Birdie

Chris Hayward - 5

Moonlighting Becomes You
House of Max, I & II
The Mess of Adrian Listenger
Do I Hear a Vaults?

Leonard Stern - 4

A Man Called Smart, 1,2,3
The Reluctant Redhead

Joseph and Carol Cavella - 3
Joseph Cavella wrote for several outstanding TV shows and taught creative writing at USC. He also wrote a book and maintains a website on comedy writing.

Double Agent
The Girls From KAOS

Budd Grossman - 3
Grossman went on to become a producer with Three's Company and Different Strokes.

Smart, the Assassin
Strike While the Agent is Hot
The Mummy

Mike Marmer - 3

How to Succeed in the Spy Business Without Really Trying
Snoopy Smart vs. The Red Baron
The Laser Blazer

Stan Dreben and Howard Merrill (1917 - 2002)- 2

Stakeout on Blue Mist Mountain
Maxwell Smart, Alias Jimmy Ballantine

Arne Sultan and Marvin Worth (1926 - 98) - 2
Worth went on to have a successful career as a film producer, with Malcom X probably his best known work.

Now You See Him, Now You Don't
My Nephew the Spy

Pat McCormick (1927 - 2005) and Ron Friedman - 2
McCormick worked as a gag writer on a number of shows, including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Gong Show. Friedman worked a great deal in animation, doing both the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies.

The Day Smart Turned Chicken
I'm Only Human (with Burns and Marmer)

Don Adams and Gloria Burton - 2
Gloria Burton was the sister of Don Adams.

The King Lives
To Sire With Love, II

Leonard Stern and Buck Henry - 2

Ship of Spies, I & II

Lila Garrett and Bernie Kahn - 2
Garret also worked on Bewitched and My Favorite Martian, while Kahn directed many episodes of Spencer For Hire.

The Whole Tooth.

Hal Goldman (1919 - 2001) and Al Gordon


Mel Brooks and Gary Belkin

Our Man in Leotards

Robert C. Dennis (1915 - 83) and Earl Barrett
Dennis also worked on Batman, Dragnet, Kojak, and Charlie's Angels.

Aboard the Orient Express

Mel Brooks and Ronny Pearlman

Survival of the Fattest

Sydney Zelinka (1906 - 81) and Ronald Axe
Zelinka was Leonard Stern's writing partner on The Honeymooners and other projects.

The Decoy

Buck Henry, William Raynor, and Myles Wilder

Island of the Darned

Martin A. Ragaway
Ragaway worked on almost all of the Ma and Pa Kettle movies.

Perils in a Pet Shop

Nate Monaster (1911 - 90)

Somebody Down Here Hates Me

Barry E. Blitzer and Ray Brenner
Among their other projects were The Phil Silvers Show and Gomer Pyle.

Where-What-How-Who Am I?

Bill Idelson, Sam Bobrick, and Norman Paul
Idelson worked on M*A*S*H and The Andy Griffith Show.
Bobrick wrote Jimmy The Kid, which featured Don Adams.
Paul also worked on Gomer Pyle and Good Times.

Viva Smart

Sam Bobrick and Bill Idelson

Witness for the Persecution

Phil Leslie and Keith Fowler

The Spy Who Met Himself

Elroy Schwartz
Schwartz is the brother of famed producer Sherwood Schwartz. He also wrote the pilot script for Gilligan's Island.

Maxwell Smart, Private Eye

Ben Joelson (1926 - 96) and Art Baer (1925 - )
The duo also worked on The Love Boat.

Supersonic Boom

Jess Oppenheimer
He virtually invented the sit-com, creating and directing I Love Lucy.

One of Our Olives is Missing

Dave Ketchum and Bruce Shelly

Classification: Dead

Norman Paul and Burt Nodella

The Groovy Guru

Phil Leslie and Norman Paul

Don't Look Back

James Komack (1930 - 97)
Komack was a regular on The Courtship of Eddie's Father, but as a director/producer he's probably most famous for Welcome Back Kotter.

The Wax Max

Norman Paul

Operation Ridiculous

Burt Nodella

I Shot 86 Today

Rick Mittleman
He also wrote for M*A*S*H, Gomer Pyle, and MacGyver.

The Day they Raided the Knights

Les Colodny and Ed Haas
Haas wrote The Disorderly Orderly and helped create The Munsters.

Valerie of the Dolls

Chris Hayward and Bob DeVinney

The Treasure of C. Erol Madre

Bob DeVinney

Age Before Duty

Dale McRaven
He also worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, and The Odd Couple.

Is this Trip Necessary

Gloria Burton

How Green Was My Valet

Pat McCormick

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