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  • Dee Caruso was an American television and film screenwriter and television producer, whose credits included Get Smart, The Monkees and The Smothers Brothers Show. Caruso and his longtime writing partner, Gerald Gardner, frequently collaborated on projects. The writing duo were the head writers for the 1960s television comedy series, Get Smart. Caruso began his career by writing for stand-up comedians at nightclubs, including Don Adams and Allen & Rossi, the comedy team of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi. Caruso and writing partner, Gerald Gardner, were head writers for Get Smart. They duo continued to collaborate on projects throughout their career. Caruso and Gardner wrote 22 episodes of The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. In 1965, Caruso and Gardner were part of the writing staff which won an Emmy for their work on David Frost's That Was The Week That Was. They co-produced The Red Skelton Show. Together, they wrote other episodes of The Smothers Brothers Show, What's Happening!!, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Happy Days and The Bill Cosby Show. Caruso and Gardner co-wrote a 1966 episode of Gilligan's Island, "The Producer," which guest starred Phil Silvers.

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