TV classics: Mr. Ed
USA 1958-66, 6 seasons, 143 episodes, approximately 30 minutes each, Syndication and CBS, black & white. Cast: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Bamboo Harvester, Allan Lane, Larry Keating, Edna Skinner, Leon Ames, Florence MacMichael, Jack Albertson, Barry Kelley
Plot summary: Wilbur Post owns a talking horse. The question is: who gets deeper into trouble each week, Mr. Ed or his human master?!
Review: Based on short stories by Walter R. Brooks from the 1930s, Mr. Ed entered American living rooms in syndication before he conquered CBS in the fall of 1961. As a talking horse who only speaks to his owner, Wilbur Post, he easily won the hearts of a family audience who appreciated the comedic talents of the show’s main cast, Alan Young, Connie Hines and Bamboo Harvester as Mr. Ed. Clumsy Wilbur Post and his wife Carol often enjoyed the company of a supporting cast and occasional guest stars such as Mae West or Clint Eastwood who always boosted the show’s basic plotline.
Rerun on Nick at Nite in the 1980s and 90s, the show is still diverting and easygoing today. While contemporary interpretation may suggest that Wilbur was a mad man who imagined he had a talking horse, Mr. Ed keeps offering 143 funny episodes presented by a decent cast and a horse that was a kids’ favorite back in the days. It is a program that brings back memories for those who grew up wishing they had a pet as cool as Ed, a program that will tickle your children’s imagination and amuse you no matter when you were born.
Available on DVD and Hulu. Mr. Ed sample episode with Mae West