I Dream of Jeannie

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I Dream of Jeannie had a premise of astronaut Tony Nelson finding a beautiful, blond 2000-year-old genie in a bottle after a flight. Jeannie turns out to be mischievous, a little innocent and very much in love with her master. The only other person who knows their secret is Roger Healey, Tony's best friend and fellow astronaut. NASA psychiatrist Dr. Alfred Bellows is frustrated and flustered by the strange things that always seem to happen around Major Nelson, but never actually finds out what's causing them. The 30 episodes in the first season was in black and white while the remaining 109 episodes were color. The show was written, produced and created by Sidney Sheldon. The show went into production in December, 1964. The 1st season 30 episodes were filmed in black and white film. (The black and white episodes have been colorized for reruns by some syndicated packages). The show went into color in 1966. The show finished filming in January, 1970. A Jeannie reunion on The Today Show on March 1, 1995 had an interview with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman. Barbara Eden reprised her role of Jeannie in the movie A Very Brady Sequel and in a commercial for Lexus in 1998. The Donny and Marie Show had guests Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Sidney Sheldon in November, 1999. Barbara Eden hosted a 8 part segment for the syndicated Entertainment Tonight and Entertainment This Week in May, 1984 about 1960's comedy shows including I Dream Of Jeannie. That segment had interviews with Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Hayden Rorke. Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and Bill Daily reunited for a group interview with Larry King in June, 2003.moreless

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • An astronaut finds a genie named Jeannie and wackiness ensues in 1960's Florida.

      7.5
      This series is a classic gem of television. Created to capitalize on the popularity of 'Bewitched', 'I Dream of Jeannie' put it's own spin on the supernatural meeting modern domesticity. Jeannie is from ancient Babylon where she has been imprisoned in her bottle for 2000 years. She is discovered and rescued by astronaut Anthony 'Tony' Nelson, who she lovingly accepts as her new 'master'. Tony is a career minded bachelor and reluctantly accepts his new housemate. The duo are later joined in their hijinx by Roger Healey, Tony's best friend and fellow astronaut who discovers Jeannie is an actual genie.



      A majority of the show's premise is rather simple, Jeannie's nave and eager to please manner cause constant and unexpected interferences to Tony and Roger's work at NASA. Tony wants her to behave more like a traditional modern woman while Roger thinks Tony is crazy for not taking advantage of the opportunities Jeannie's magic offers.



      PROS: Larry Hagman is handsome and charming with great physical comedy timing. Barbara Eden plays the nave genie wonderfully, and is able to distinguish characterization when also playing her sister and military nature of Tony's job give the show a classic and ageless feel (only marred by obvious 60's references). You can even track the progress of the relationship by the dcor of Tony's home: very simple and Spartan in Season 1, with more colorful additions to reflect Jeannie every year to being completely remodeled in Season 5.



      CONS: The creators were never concerned with continuity, as Jeannie's origin and her mother are changed almost every season. While the show has no real villain, the most consistent antagonist is Dr. Bellows, the NASA psychiatrist. Along with his wife Amanda, they are constantly interfering in Tony's personal life and always seeing things from Jeannie's magic they aren't supposed to. Numerous times they rudely barge into Tony's house with no invitation (or watch though his windows) and the Bellows demands explanations for what Tony does in the privacy of his own home. The Bellows then try to get Tony in trouble with a revolving door of superior officers, but it backfires when Jeannie saves the day with her magic. It is in almost every episode and gets annoyingly repetitive very fast.



      The show is episodic so you can watch just about any episode randomly and still follow it easily. Overall, it is a fun show with a simple premise (boy meets girl) with a twist (she's magic).moreless
    • Classic 60's sitcom

      10
      One of my favorite old sitcoms along with Gilligan's Island. Jeannie is so hot. I love this show.
    • Magic Women of the 60s

      10
      Few ep (09)
    • I Dream of Jeannie With the Blond Hair

      10
      I loved this show when I was a little girl as well. I saw the black & white episodes as well as the ones in color. Thanks to sites like & Hulu, I can really have a good time watching the shows I used to watch when I was a little girl. And it's never a waste of time, either! Seeing shows like this again make me age slower. I'm so happy I get another chance in my life to watch these wonderful shows. Thanksmoreless
    • Larry Hagman's comic timing and physical slapstick

      10
      I have been watching Larry Hagman closely in the IDOJ reruns and I think he is BRILLIANT! He does many of his own pratfalls and physical stunts and has the perfect comedic timing to portray a formerly cool dude who's life becomes a chaotic mess due to a well-intentioned but meddling, bumbling genie named Jeannie. Larry Hagman is very under-appreciated and under-recognized for his comedic genius. I love this show so much. It definitely belongs in the top 5 TV comedy shows ever. When the writers decided to get them married, it became cute and sweet and romantic too. I wish it went on forever. Thank heavens for reruns!!!!moreless
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    for the nostalgic, Sitcoms, love story, 60s, outrageous situations