Season 4, Episode 21: Mae West Meets Mister Ed
Original Air Date—22 March 1964
Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961 and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966.
The stars of the show are Mister Ed, a palomino horse who could talk ("played" by gelding Bamboo Harvester and voiced by Allan Lane), and his owner, an eccentric and enormously klutzy architect named Wilbur Post (portrayed by Alan Young). Much of the program's humor stemmed from the fact Mister Ed would speak only to Wilbur, as well as Ed's notoriety as a troublemaker. According to the show's producer, Arthur Lubin, Young was chosen as the lead character because he "just seemed like the sort of guy a horse would talk to". Lubin, a friend of Mae West, scored a coup by persuading the screen icon to guest star in one episode.
In the United States, reruns aired on Nick at Nite from March 3, 1986 to February 1, 1993. Sister station TV Land also reran the show from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2003 to 2006. The series is currently broadcast every morning on This TV, along with sister series The Patty Duke Show. As of January 1, 2011 the first two seasons of the show are available on Hulu.