Sep. 18, 1965
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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I Dream of Jeannie

Captain Tony Nelson is an astronaut. While on a mission, he discovered a mysterious bottle. Opening it, he released Jeannie (a Genie) who was so overjoyed at her release she promised to serve Captain Nelson. Nelson is unsure what to make of Jeannie, especially given that his work is highly secret and his superiors tend to keep a close eye on him.

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  • Sidney Sheldon didn't want a blonde to play Jeannie because he didn't want unfavorable comparisons to Bewitched. However, none of the other actresses competing for the role was able to play the roles the way he wrote them. Barbara Eden impressed Sheldon in The Brass Bottle (1964), so she got the role.
  • Barbara Eden was the first blonde who auditioned for the role of Jeannie.
  • During season one, Jeannie's mother was portrayed by Florence Sundstrom and Lurene Tuttle, in later episodes "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Jeannie and the Wild Pipchicks (#4.2)} and "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Is There a Doctor in the House? (#4.18)}. Barbara Eden accepted the additional character role.
  • In a few early color episodes, Jeannie wears a green harem outfit instead of her customary pink. In another episode she changes her hair color to black in an attempt to convince Tony to keep her. The green harem outfit and black hair color would later be trademarks of Jeannie's almost identical sister, who had a completely different personality.
  • Jeannie's extremely diabolical sister was officially named by NBC TV, as Jeannie II.
  • General Schaeffer's dog was named "Jupiter".
  • Michael Ansara, first husband of leading actress, Barbara Eden, guest-starred in three episodes and directed one episode. In order, they were "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Happy Anniversary (#2.1)}, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Battle of Waikiki (#3.15)}, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {My Sister, the Home Wrecker (#5.12)}, he acted in. He directed "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind (#5.25)}.
  • Paul Lynde guest-starred in three episodes. Each time, he had a different character role. In order, they were: "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {My Master, the Rich Tycoon (#2.3)}, (as Harry Huggins), "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Everybody's a Movie Star (#3.7)}, (as Allen Kerr) and "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Please, Don't Feed the Astronauts (#3.20)}, as Porter.
  • The fancy antique bottle which Jeannie called home was actually a decorative Jim Beam liquor decanter, which originally contained "Beam's Choice" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The bottle had been decorated and painted with gold leaf by one of the show's art department employees.
  • Anthony Nelson was in the Air Force; Roger Healey was in the Army. This accurately reflected the experience of the actors, Larry Hagman having served in the United States Air Force and Bill Daily having served in the US Army as an artilleryman in the Korean War.
  • While filming season 1, Barbara Eden was pregnant with her only son, Matthew Ansara. Her pregnancy was disguised by filming her in close-up or with a copious veil covering her front.
  • According to Barbara Eden, network executives and censors were unconcerned about her navel being seen until someone casually mentioned during the third season that it was occasionally visible when the waistband of her costume shifted. After that her navel was required to be covered.
  • Jeannie's pink 1960s-era harem costume is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. The green one is probably there also, next to the far more popular pink.
  • The famous theme music was actually not used during season one. That season was not syndicated with the rest of the series, so few people have seen it. The black and white episodes used jazz-influenced background music, while the color episodes used pop-influenced background music.
  • When asked why the show went off the air, Barbara Eden replied that producers felt they had enough episodes for a syndication sale, and the show lost viewers when Tony and Jeannie got married. Sidney Sheldon, Larry Hagman, and Bill Daily agreed with the latter.
  • During several interviews, Sidney Sheldon admitted that he used the comedy movie, The Brass Bottle (1964), a film about a man, portrayed by Tony Randall, that he unleashed a male genie, that was portrayed by Burl Ives, but causes more problems for its master than it solves - as a working model for the show. In the movie, Tony Randall's girlfriend was played by Barbara Eden.
  • Jeannie's harem shoes were made by Neiman Marcus. They were available in three colors: pink (Jeannie), green (Jeannie II), and white. Originally decorated with lace and beads, the insole read "Taj From India".
  • In the middle of the first season, Tony and Roger were both promoted from the rank of captain to major.
  • In one episode, Tony and Roger are working on training a chimp, that was named "Sam". This was seen as a slap at the show Bewitched, as if they were making fun of the name, Samantha, the producers accused "Jeannie" of stealing some of their ideas.
  • In the episode "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Mrs. Djinn Djinn (#5.18)}, you can catch a peek of Barbara Eden's navel, while it was banned.
  • All of the characters drive Pontiacs. The only exception is the General, who drove a Cadillac convertible in the series finale.
  • Located on the Columbia Pictures back lot - the "Columbia Ranch" - in Burbank the exterior facade used as the Bellows' house was also used as the Stephens' house in Bewitched.
  • Tony Nelson's Air Force decorations are: Airman's Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Ribbon, Korean Service Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon.
  • General Chuck Yeager, the first astronaut that broke the sound barrier, on Tuesday, October 14th, 1947, on Dwight D. Eisenhower's 57th birthday also, made a cameo appearance in one episode during opening season, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {Bigger Than a Bread Box and Better Than a Genie (#1.25)}.
  • Robert Conrad tested for the role of Major Tony Nelson, and was seriously considered, as was Darren McGavin. Actors Gary Collins and Jack Warden. They screen tested together as Tony and Dr. Bellows.
  • Before taking the role of Amanda Bellows, Emmaline Henry appeared in an the episode "Is There an Extra Genie in the House" as a magician's assistant (the magician was played by Bernard Fox, "Dr. Bombay" from Bewitched.)
  • According to Sidney Sheldon in his autobiography "The Other Side Of Me", NBC wanted to film season 1 in black and white because they didn't believe the show would last more than 1 season. He offered to pay the extra $400 per episode needed for color filming. Screen Gems executive Jerry Hyams advised him, "Sidney, don't throw your money away." The first season was filmed in black and white, then colorized much later.
  • Larry Hagman could be so hard to work with that the producers seriously considered replacing him with another actor. Darren McGavin was at the top of the list for Hagman's replacement. They even wrote out a story with Tony losing Jeannie and McGavin finding her. However, studio executives liked Hagman much more than they did.
  • During the first season, while in black and white, the smoke effect was usually a screen overlay of billowing smoke, sometimes combined with animation. Early color episodes used a purely animated smoke effect. Sometime later, a live smoke pack, lifted out of the bottle on a wire, was used.
  • I Dream of Jeannie was the last television series to be broadcast in black and white on NBC. At the beginning of a broadcast, the NBC peacock would fan its tail with a harp, flute and soft horns playing, as the announcer intoned; "The following program, (title, of show or movie, about to be televised) is brought to you in living color, on NBC."

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