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Take 5: Mel Brooks' showing of shows

Viewers can get a peek inside the madcap mind of Mel Brooks when he sits down with BBC creative director Alan Yentob for the interview/conversation, "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" (tomorrow at 9 p.m. on HBO). And while he's now best known for his movie work, Brooks has a long TV history. Take these five:

1. YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS (1950-54) -- Along with Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Danny Simon and Mel Tolkin, Brooks was part of a Murderer's Row of comedy scribes on Sid Caesar's groundbreaking sketch show.

2. THE 2,000 YEAR OLD MAN (1961) -- Brooks and Reiner created this comedy routine about the oldest man in the world that became a staple of TV variety shows before becoming a series of highly successful record albums.

3. GET SMART (1965) -- Would you believe Brooks was co-creator (with Buck Henry) of the classic spy parody comedy starring Don Adams as bumbling Agent 86, Maxwell Smart?

4. WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN (1975) -- Brooks created this sitcom satire of the Robin Hood legend that critics loved, but viewers didn't. (Brooks reused some of the bits from the series in his 1993 big-screen satire, "Robin Hood: Men in Tights.")

5. THE NUTT HOUSE (1989) -- Brooks co-created (with "Sledge Hammer!'s" Alan Spencer) this unsuccessful comedy about a fading New York City hotel that starred Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman, veterans of his '70s movie classics ("Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety").

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