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 originally want a blonde actress to play Jeannie (lest the show draw unfavorable comparisons to Bewitched.) However, none of the other actresses competing for the role, was able to play the roles, the way he had wrote them. Blonde, Barbara Eden impressed Sheldon though in The Brass Bottle (1964) movie she acted in, so she was given the role, after all.
  • Barbara Eden was the first blonde that auditioned for the leading character role, of Jeannie. All other actresses that competed for the role had dark hair, most of them were brown brunette's or raven black's.
  • 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 couple of early color episodes, Jeannie is wearing a green harem outfit instead of her customary pink one and in another episode she changes her hair color to black in an attempt to convince Tony to keep her. The green harem outfit as well as the black hair color would later be trademarks of Jeannie's almost identical and very diabolical look-alike sister, that 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 in 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.
  • Barbara Eden was pregnant with her only son, Matthew Ansara, during the filming of season one. Her pregnancy was disguised and very well hidden, 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, but since the first season was black and white, it was generally 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 did the show go off the air, Barbara Eden replied that producers felt they have enough episodes (over 100) for a syndication sale. She also attributed the end of the show to the fact that Tony and Jeannie got married, so the show lost viewers. Sidney Sheldon, Larry Hagman, and Bill Daily also 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.
  • In the episode, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {How to Marry an Astronaut (#4.10)}, Barbara Eden's numerous cries for help from inside the champagne bottle were real, but she was ignored. As a prank, director, Claudio Guzmán called "lunch!" and had everyone leave the set, leaving Eden trapped in the bottle. While everyone waited in a nearby hallway, the cameras kept rolling, and the resulting footage was used in the episode shown on TV.
  • 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 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.
  • In the episode _"I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) My Poor Master the Civilian}_, Jeannie uses a future telling machine to see how Tony's life would turn out if he quit the space program and took a civilian job. The interior set used for Tony's office is the set used for Darrin Stephens' office in Bewitched.
  • On the show, all of the characters drove Pontiac automobiles. The General drove a Cadillac Convertable in the five series' ending finale, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) {My Master, the Chili King (#5.26)}.
  • 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, so was Darren McGavin. Actors Gary Collins and Jack Warden 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.)
  • NBC wanted to film season one in black-and-white because they did not want to pay for the extra expense of filming it in color (The network did not believe the series would last beyond one season. According to Sidney Sheldon in his autobiography "The Other Side Of Me", he offered to pay the extra $400 an episode needed for color filming at the beginning of the series. Screen Gems executive Jerry Hyams advised him, "Sidney, don't throw your money away.") Ultimately, the first season was filmed in color.
  • Occcasionally, actor Larry Hagman was extremely hard to work with, to the extent, that the program's producers seriously considered getting rid of him and replacing him with another actor. Darren McGavin was on the top of the list for Hagman's replacement. They even wrote out a story, that Tony lost Jeannie and McGavin found her, but the studio executives liked Hagman much more, than they thought and did not make the change, they strongly considered.

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