Mister Ed

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  • TV-G
  • 1961
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.0  (3,948)

Mister Ed was a dramatic television show that ran in the 1960's. It centered around a white palomino horse named 'Mister Ed'. The horse, Mister Ed could only speak in English to his owner Wilbur. No one else could hear Mister Ed speak. It was an unusual concept for a television show, even a comedy at that time. The show quickly took off to big ratings and became a part of pop culture of that era. The horse used in the show to play Mister Ed was a retired race horse named Gelding Bamboo Harvestor. The actor, Allan Lane, provided Mister Ed's voice. Interestingly, Lane was fearful of being able to procure other parts in Westerns that he had been regularly featured in. To protect his career at the time, Lane received no credits during the show's tenure. Mister Ed's owner, Wilbur Post was portrayed by actor Alan Young. Mrs. Post was portrayed by seasoned character actress, Connie Hines. The show was based on several short stories named 'The Talking Horse'. Many creative ploys were used by various crew members of the production to simulate Mister Ed speaking. Like putting peanut butter and other food in his gums shortly prior to the camera rolling. Another working horse of the day, 'Pumpkin' served as Mister Ed's stunt double on the show. Pumpkin went on to achieve fame of his own on the television show, 'Green Acres'. Many of the episodes highlighted the fact that Wilbur was a very likable klutz. Mister Ed, often times engaged in mischievous behavior to make Wilbur look even more klutzy. There was an interesting assortment of supporting cast members to lend to the interesting story lines. The Posts and various neighbors were prominently featured on many episodes. Halfway through the series the Addisons were portrayed by actors Larry Keating and Edna Skinner. Another character that was prominently featured throughout the show was neighbor and friend, Paul Fenton. He was played by a very seasoned actor, Jack Albertson. He would go on to later achieve high television fame in the TV show, 'Chico and the Man' playing the man. Legendary actress Mae West appeared as herself in some episodes, as did actor, director, Clint Eastwood.

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Seasons
Ed Goes to College
13. Ed Goes to College
February 6, 1966
Ed decides to enroll in college so that he can become a doctor.
Cherokee Ed
12. Cherokee Ed
January 9, 1966
After Ed discovers that he's part Native American, he refuses to have anything to do with a newly purchased parrot that is reputedly a descendant of one of General Custer's pets.
Ed and the Motorcycle
11. Ed and the Motorcycle
January 2, 1966
Wilbur buys a motorcycle for transportation when Ed insists that his master only ride him bareback.
Ed the Bridegroom
10. Ed the Bridegroom
December 26, 1965
Ed decides to settle down with a cute filly so he asks Wilbur to get a justice of the peace to perform the marriage ceremony.
Don't Skin That Bear
9. Don't Skin That Bear
November 7, 1965
Carol's father gives Wilbur a bearskin rug. He hates it but decides to keep it so as not to anger his father-in-law. Ed, who doesn't like the rug either, decides to get rid of it anyhow.
The Horse and the Pussycat
8. The Horse and the Pussycat
October 31, 1965
Carol's friend asks her to look after her feline but she gets busy and pawns the job off on Wilbur.
TV or Not TV
7. TV or Not TV
October 24, 1965
Ed wins a color television set by answering a tough question about chess on a radio quiz.
Anybody Got a Zebra?
6. Anybody Got a Zebra?
October 17, 1965
Ed and Wilbur once again get involved with spies when government intelligence asks Wilbur to discover who has been stealing papers from their offices.
Love and the Single Horse
5. Love and the Single Horse
October 10, 1965
Ed writes his memoirs mostly about his love life and when Carol reads them she decides to have them published. This makes our palomino angry and he runs away to a wax museum.
Spies Strike Back
4. Spies Strike Back
October 3, 1965
Once again, Ed and Wilbur battle spies who discover that they have given a top secret radio to the government. They get kidnapped by the baddies but the palomino figures out a way to escape.
Ed Sniffs Out a Cold Clue
3. Ed Sniffs Out a Cold Clue
September 26, 1965
After capturing spies in a previous episode, Ed and Wilbur are asked to help intelligence find a top secret radio that has disappeared.
Ed-a-Go-Go
2. Ed-a-Go-Go
September 19, 1965
To help Wilbur win a new job, Ed teaches him an appreciaton of "go-go" music.
Ed the Counterspy
1. Ed the Counterspy
September 12, 1965
Ed and Wilbur are in danger when they discover that a spy ring is operating in the area.
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Mister Ed was a dramatic television show that ran in the 1960's. It centered around a white palomino horse named 'Mister Ed'. The horse, Mister Ed could only speak in English to his owner Wilbur. No one else could hear Mister Ed speak. It was an unusual concept for a television show, even a comedy at that time. The show quickly took off to big ratings and became a part of pop culture of that era. The horse used in the show to play Mister Ed was a retired race horse named Gelding Bamboo Harvestor. The actor, Allan Lane, provided Mister Ed's voice. Interestingly, Lane was fearful of being able to procure other parts in Westerns that he had been regularly featured in. To protect his career at the time, Lane received no credits during the show's tenure. Mister Ed's owner, Wilbur Post was portrayed by actor Alan Young. Mrs. Post was portrayed by seasoned character actress, Connie Hines. The show was based on several short stories named 'The Talking Horse'.

Many creative ploys were used by various crew members of the production to simulate Mister Ed speaking. Like putting peanut butter and other food in his gums shortly prior to the camera rolling. Another working horse of the day, 'Pumpkin' served as Mister Ed's stunt double on the show. Pumpkin went on to achieve fame of his own on the television show, 'Green Acres'. Many of the episodes highlighted the fact that Wilbur was a very likable klutz. Mister Ed, often times engaged in mischievous behavior to make Wilbur look even more klutzy. There was an interesting assortment of supporting cast members to lend to the interesting story lines. The Posts and various neighbors were prominently featured on many episodes. Halfway through the series the Addisons were portrayed by actors Larry Keating and Edna Skinner. Another character that was prominently featured throughout the show was neighbor and friend, Paul Fenton. He was played by a very seasoned actor, Jack Albertson. He would go on to later achieve high television fame in the TV show, 'Chico and the Man' playing the man. Legendary actress Mae West appeared as herself in some episodes, as did actor, director, Clint Eastwood.

Mister Ed is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (143 episodes). The series first aired on January 5, 1961.

Where to Watch Mister Ed

Mister Ed is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mister Ed on demand at Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 5, 1961
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (3,948)