Network: first-run syndication, CBS
Episodes: 144 (half-hour)
TV show dates: January 5, 1961 – February 6, 1966
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Larry Keating, Edna Skinner, Leon Ames, Florence MacMichael, Barry Kelley, James Flavin, Richard Deacon, and Allan Lane (voice of Mister Ed).
TV show description:
In this classic sitcom, architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young) has grown tired of the city life and transplants himself and his wife, Carol (Connie Hines), to the country. Shortly after arriving at their new home, the newlyweds discover a surprise; a horse is living in their barn.
Neighbor Roger Addison (Larry Keating) explains that the horse is named Mister Ed (voiced by Alan Lane) and had belonged to the previous owners of the house. Carol wants to get rid of him but Wilbur begs her to let the horse stay.
One afternoon, while Wilbur is brushing the Palomino, he makes a very surprising discovery – Mister Ed can talk. Unfortunately, the only person he likes enough to converse with is Wilbur. When Wilbur tries to tell his wife or neighbors like Kay Addison (Edna Skinner) or Gordon and Winnie Kirkwood (Leon Ames and Florence MacMichael), they all think he’s crazy. Such a gift proves to be both a blessing and a curse and Wilbur’s exploits with Mister Ed often get him into plenty of trouble, especially with Carol.
Since Wilbur’s office is in Mister Ed’s stable, the two spend a lot of time together – a fact that makes Carol fell kind of jealous. In the end, the man and his horse have a bond that only they can understand.
Celebrity guest appearances on the show include Clint Eastwood, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Burns, Donna Douglas, Blanche Leo Durocher, Kathleen Freeman, Alan Hale Jr., and Linda Kaye.