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The World of 'Mr. Ed' — What You Didn't Know About the Talking Horse (Of Course)

One day, out of the blue, a horse starts talking to his owner. Amazing, right? But how do you prove to other people that you're not losing your mind when the horse refuses to speak to anyone else? That was part of the premise behind Mister Ed, the Classic TV series that ran from 1961-66, offering viewers 143 episodes in total that continued to explore that dynamic, the horse proving himself to be just as needy, petty and selfish as any human being could be —while at the same time having those moments where he reveals himself to be a true best friend. So how do you get five and a half years out of that idea? The answer is that the show, as crazy as it sounds on the surface, was genuinely funny and done in such a way that it allowed the audience to buy into what the producers were selling.

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