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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1962!
Mr. Ed opening screenshot
In 1962, Mr. Ed made his television debut. Originally a hard-drinking horse in a magazine short story series by Walter Brooks, director Arthur Lubin optioned the series for the television show.

It was difficult for Lubin to generate network interest for the show concept, but when George Burns got behind the project, the eventual success was assured.

Click here to listen to the opening sequence from Mr. Ed. (File is in .wav format)
Main Characters:
  • Mr. Ed as himself
  • Allan "Rocky" Lane as the voice of Mr. Ed
  • Alan Young as Wilbur Post
  • Connie Hines as Carol Post
  • Leon Ames as Gordon Kirkwood
  • Larry Keating as Roger Addison
  • Florence MacMichael as Winnie Kirkwood
  • Edna Skinner as Kay Addison

Show Concept:

  • The show focused on Mr. Ed, a talking horse conversant in Latin and able to recite Shakespeare, and his owner, Wilbur Post, a young architect who was the only human Ed would talk to. The talkative palamino created hilarious situations from which his owner and best friend, Wilbur, would have to extricate himself.

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • Directed by John Rich, Arthur Lubin, Rod Amateau, Justus Addiss, and Ira Stewart
  • Written by Ben Starr, Larry Rhine, Stanley Adams, Bill Davenport, Michael Fessier, William Burns, Phil Davis, Wally Green, Irving Elinson, Lou Derman, Robert O'Brien, Bill Crewson, and a dozen others...


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • CBS

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered in January 5, 1961
  • Final episode in 1966
  • Approximately 150 episodes released


  • The show's success was attributed to the fondness Americans had for the 50's comedies about "Frances, the Talking Mule."
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