Here for the first time on DVD are all 26 episodes from the third season of the classic TV sitcom.
Architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young, The Time Machine) and his wife Carol (Connie Hines) are once again up to their ears in trouble, and hilarity, with all of the mischief brought on by their meddlesome talking horse. This season Ed gets amnesia, finds himself in a lions cage (with a lion!) and experiences his first taste of show biz. Featured guest stars this season include Richard Deacon (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and Jack LaLanne. !
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"What am I going to do with you?" an exasperated Wilbur Post (Alan Young) asks his best friend, the talking horse Mister Ed, at one point in this third season. "Love me," Ed replies. How can you not? He may be a slacker who devotes his days to eating and sleeping when he's not sleeping and eating, but Ed has a heart of gold and is devoted to Wilbur, the only human being to whom he will speak. Coming off its Golden Globe-winning second season, Mister Ed trots along with genuinely funny episodes that are of more than nostalgic entertainment for boomers. Children will surely delight in the mischief Ed makes, whether its pilfering apples from cheapskate neighbor Roger (Larry Keating), teaming with Wilbur to foil a couple of card sharks, or helping a performing elephant regain her confidence. What keeps Mister Ed's fantastic premise grounded is that the series does take place in the real world. There are various pop culture references to fads and personalities of the day, including the twist, iconic news team Huntley and Brinkley, and the Kennedy clan ("On my day off I wouldn't allow young Caroline on my back," Ed states in "Ed and the Secret Service"). As the great character actor Hans Conreid, portraying a temperamental artist, proclaims in "Ed and Paul Revere," "That horse is magnificent." But not for nothing was Mister Ed honored with a TV Land Award for Most Heart Warming Pet-Human Relationship. Even though it's Ed who gets top billing, it's a testament to the modest genius of the eminently likable Young that we really believe the palpable bond between Wilbur and Ed. There are episodes of the type one gets in a series' third season ("Ed Gets Amnesia," "Ed the Pilgrim," in which Ed tells the real story of Thanksgiving featuring the cast in historical roles). Better is "Horse Talk," a kind of dramatic episode in which Wilbur and Ed team up to clear the name of a handyman accused of doping a horse, and "Wilbur's Father," in which Young plays a dual role as Wilbur's 70-year-old father, whom Wilbur believes is remarrying a young gold digger. The set's lone extra is a career-spanning Internet radio interview with Young and knowledgeable and enthusiastic host Stu Shostak. The Complete Third Season comes highly recommended. Dare we say it tops our "gallop" poll. --Donald Liebenson