I DREAM OF JEANNIE is an American fantasy and comedy sitcom starring
* 1 Plot
* 2 Cast and characters
* 2.1 Main * 2.2 Recurring
* 3 Production
* 3.1 Background * 3.2 Opening sequence * 3.3 Setting * 3.4 Jeannie\'s origin * 3.5 Theme music * 3.6 The bottle
* 4 Broadcast
* 4.1 Multi-part story arcs
* 5 Reception
* 5.1 Nielsen ratings * 5.2 Syndication
* 6 Reunion movies * 7 Animated series * 8 Factual and geographic errors * 9 In popular culture * 10 References * 11 Further reading * 12 External links
Main article: List of I Dream of Jeannie episodes Jeannie, free from her bottle, is excited to meet Tony.
In the pilot episode, "
The Lady in the Bottle ", astronaut Captain
United States Air Force
They cannot understand each other until Tony expresses his wish that Jeannie (a homophone of genie ) could speak English, which she then does. Then, per his instructions, she "blinks" and causes a recovery helicopter to show up to rescue Tony, who is so grateful, he tells her she is free, but Jeannie, who has fallen in love with Tony at first sight after being trapped for 2,000 years, re-enters her bottle and rolls it into Tony's duffel bag so she can accompany him back home. One of the first things Jeannie does, in a subsequent episode, is break up Tony's engagement to his commanding general's daughter, who, along with that particular general, is never seen again. This event reflects producer Sidney Sheldon's decision that the engagement depicted in the pilot episode would not be part of the series continuity; he realized the romantic triangle he created between Jeannie, "Master", and Melissa Stone would not pan out in the long run.
Tony at first keeps Jeannie in her bottle most of the time, but he finally relents and allows her to enjoy a life of her own. However, her life is devoted mostly to his, and most of their problems stem from her love and affection towards Tony, and her desire to please him and fulfill her ancient heritage as a genie, especially when he does not want her to do so. His efforts to cover up Jeannie's antics, because of his fear that he would be dismissed from the space program if her existence were known, brings him to the attention of NASA's resident psychiatrist , U.S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows. In a running gag , Dr. Bellows tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled ("He's done it to me, again!") and Tony's job remains secure. A frequently used plot device is that Jeannie loses her powers when she is confined in a closed space. She is unable to leave her bottle when it is corked, and under certain circumstances, the person who removed the cork would become her new master. A multiple-episode story arc involves Jeannie (in miniature) becoming trapped in a safe when it is accidentally locked. Eden with husband Michael Ansara as The Blue Djinn (1966)
Tony's best friend and fellow astronaut, United States Army Corps of
Engineers Captain Roger Healey, does not know about Jeannie for
several episodes; when he finds out (in the episode "The Richest
Jeannie's evil fraternal twin sister, mentioned in a second-season
episode (also named Jeannie and also portrayed by
Early in the fifth season (September 30, 1969), Jeannie is called upon by her Uncle Sully ( Jackie Coogan ) to become queen of their family's native country, Basenji. Tony inadvertently gives grave offense to Basenji national pride in their feud with neighboring Kasja. To regain favor, Tony is required by Sully to marry Jeannie and avenge Basenji's honor, by killing the ambassador from Kasja when he visits NASA. After Sully puts Tony through an ordeal of nearly killing the ambassador, Tony responds in a fit of anger that he is fed up with Sully and his cohorts and he would not marry Jeannie if she were "the last genie on earth". Hearing this, Jeannie bitterly leaves Tony and returns to Basenji. With Jeannie gone, Tony realizes how deeply he loves her. That outweighs all concerns he has had about Jeannie's threat to his career. He flies to Basenji to win Jeannie back. Upon their return to NASA, Tony introduces Jeannie as his fiancée, in which she attires herself as a modern American woman in public and it is easily accepted Tony found a girlfriend. This changed the show's premise in that instead of the avoidance of Jeannie's exposure, it was to hide her magical abilities. This is contrary to the mythology created by Sidney Sheldon's own season-two script for "The Birds and Bees Bit", in which it was claimed that, upon marriage, a genie loses all of her magical powers.
CAST AND CHARACTERS
Philip Ober as Brig. Gen. Wingard Stone (season 1, episodes 1 and
Karen Sharpe as Melissa (season 1, episodes 1 and 4)
* Florence Sundstrom as Jeannie's mother (season 1, episode 2)
Lurene Tuttle as Jeannie's mother (season 1, episode 14)
Barton MacLane as Maj. Gen. Martin Peterson (seasons 1–4)
Emmaline Henry as Amanda Bellows (seasons 2–5)
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Tony and Jeannie.
The series was created and produced by
Sidney Sheldon in response to
the great success of rival network ABC 's
Bewitched series, which had
debuted in 1964 as the second-most watched program in the United
States. Sheldon, inspired by the movie The Brass Bottle , which had
Tony Randall ,
When casting was opened for the role of Jeannie, producer Sidney
Sheldon could not find an actress who could play the role the way that
he had written it. He did have one specific rule: He did not want a
blonde genie, because the similarity with the blonde witch on
Bewitched would be too much. However, after many unsuccessful
auditions, he called Barbara Eden's agent. When
According to Dreaming of Jeannie, a book by Stephen Cox and Howard
Frank, Sheldon originally wanted to film season one in color, but NBC
did not want to pay for the extra expenses, as the network (and Screen
Gems) believed the series would not make it to a second season.
According to Sheldon in his autobiography The Other Side of Me, he
offered to pay the extra US$400 an episode needed for color filming at
the beginning of the series, but
The first few episodes after the pilot (episodes two through eight)
used a nonanimated, expository opening narrated by
Although the series was set in and around Cape Kennedy,
The cast and crew only made two visits to Florida's
Space Coast ,
both in 1969. On June 27, a parade in Cocoa Beach escorted Eden and
the rest of the cast to Cocoa Beach City Hall, where she was greeted
by fans and city officials. They were then taken to LC-43 at Cape
Canaveral where she pressed a button to launch a Loki-Dart weather
rocket . They had dinner at Bernard's Surf, where Eden was given the
state of Florida's Commodore Award for outstanding acting. Later, the
entourage went to Lee Caron's Carnival Club, where Eden was showered
with gifts and kissed astronaut
The cast and crew returned on November 25, 1969, for three days for a mock wedding of Eden and Hagman staged for television writers from around the nation (timed to the airing of the nuptials episode on December 2) at the Patrick Air Force Base Officers Club. Then-Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. , attended and cut the cake for the couple.
Eden returned 27 years later, in July 1996, as a featured speaker for
Space Days at the
Kennedy Space Center
On September 15, 2005, the area held a "We Dream of Jeannie" festival, including a Jeannie lookalike contest. Plans for one in 2004 were interrupted by Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne . However, a Jeannie lookalike contest was held in 2004, with Bill Daily attending.
On August 24, 2012, Cocoa Beach City leaders honored the show with a roadside plaque outside Lori Wilson Park.
In the first season, Jeannie clearly was originally a human who was
turned into a genie by (as later revealed (Season 1, Episode 2: My
Hero?) the Blue Djinn when she refused to marry him (the term "djinn"
is synonymous with "genie"). Several members of Jeannie's family,
including her parents, are rather eccentric, but none is a genie. Her
mother describes the family as "just peasants from the old country"
(Season 1, Episode 14, What House Across the Street?). The Blue Djinn
was played by Barbara Eden's first husband,
The topic of Jeannie originally being human is restated in season two during the episode, "How to be a Genie in 10 Easy Lessons". Jeannie mentions that she has a sister who is a genie, but the phrasing – "she was a genie when I left Baghdad" – does bring up the question of whether she, too, was born a genie. One small subplot that lasted over multiple episodes was WHEN Jeanie was born. In Season 2, Episode 10, "The Girl Who Never Had a Birthday" it was revealed that Jeanie was born in 46 BC and in Season 2, Episode 13 "My Master, the Great Caruso" it was revealed that she was born on April 1.
In the third season, this continuity was changed retroactively and
Jeannie was assumed to have always been a genie. All her relatives are
then also genies, including, by the fourth season, her mother (also
The TV movie I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later (1985 ) reiterates most of Jeannie's first-season origin when she tells her son, Tony Jr., that she was trapped in her bottle by an evil djinn after she refused to marry him. (No specific statement is given, however, about whether he turned her into a genie at that time or if she had been born one.)
In a 1966 paperback novel I Dream of Jeannie, by Dennis Brewster,
Pocket Books , very loosely based on the series, Jeannie
(in the book, her real name is revealed as "Fawzia") and her immediate
family were established in the story as genies living in Tehran
hundreds of years before Tony found her bottle on an island in the
The first-season theme music was an instrumental jazz waltz written by Richard Wess. Eventually, Sidney Sheldon became dissatisfied with Wess's theme and musical score. From the second season on, it was replaced by a new theme entitled "Jeannie", composed by Hugo Montenegro with lyrics by Buddy Kaye . Episodes 20 and 25 used a rerecorded ending of "Jeannie" for the closing credits with new, longer drum breaks and a different closing riff. The lyrics were never used in the show.
In the third and fourth seasons of the show, another instrumental theme by Hugo Montenegro was introduced that was played during the show's campy scenes. Simply titled "Mischief", the theme was heard mainly on outdoor locations, showing the characters attempting to do something such as Jeannie learning to drive, Major Nelson arriving up the driveway, a monkey walking around, or reactions to Doctor Bellows. This theme featured the accompaniment of a sideshow organ , a trombone , and electric bass. It was introduced in the first episode of season 3, "Fly Me to the Moon".
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Jeannie's famous bottle was not created for the show. The actual
bottle was a special Christmas 1964
Jim Beam liquor decanter
containing "Beam's Choice" bourbon whiskey . It was designed by Roy
Kramer for the Wheaton Bottle Company. For years,
Sidney Sheldon was
said to have received one as a gift and thought it would be a perfect
design for the series. Several people in the
Jeannie's bottle was left in its original dark, smoke-green color,
with a painted gold-leaf pattern (to make it look like an antique),
during the first season. The plot description of the pilot episode in
The first season bottle had a clear glass stopper that Tony took from a 1956 Old Grand-Dad Bourbon bottle in his home, as the original stopper was left behind on the beach where Tony found Jeannie. In the first color episode, Jeannie returns to the beach, and her bottle is seen to have its original stopper (painted to match the bottle), presumably retrieved by her upon her return there. The rest of the TV series (and the movies) used the original bottle stopper. (During some close-ups, one can still see the plastic rings that hold the cork part of the stopper in place.)
During the first season, 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.
Jeannie's color-episodes bottle was painted mainly in pinks and purples, while the bottle for the Blue Djinn was a first-season design with a heavy green wash, and Jeannie's sister's bottle was simply a plain, unpainted Jim Beam bottle.
No one knows exactly how many bottles were used during the show, but members of the production have estimated that 12 bottles were painted and used during the run of the series. The stunt bottle used mostly for the smoke effect was broken frequently by the heat and chemicals used to produce Jeannie's smoke. In the pilot episode, several bottles were used for the opening scene on the beach; one was drilled through the bottom for smoke, and another was used to walk across the sand and slip into Tony's pack. Two bottles were used from promotional tours to kick off the first season, and one bottle was used for the first-season production.
In the penultimate episode, "Hurricane Jeannie", Nelson dreams that Dr. Bellows discovers Jeannie's secret, and that Jeannie's bottle is broken when dropped. A broken bottle is shown on camera. This was intended to be the series' final episode and is often shown that way in syndication.
Main article: List of I Dream of Jeannie episodes
SEASON EPISODES ORIGINALLY AIRED
FIRST AIRED LAST AIRED
1 30 September 18, 1965 (1965-09-18) May 7, 1966 (1966-05-07)
2 31 September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12) April 24, 1967 (1967-04-24)
3 26 September 12, 1967 (1967-09-12) March 26, 1968 (1968-03-26)
4 26 September 16, 1968 (1968-09-16) May 12, 1969 (1969-05-12)
5 26 September 16, 1969 (1969-09-16) May 26, 1970 (1970-05-26)
TV movies 2 October 20, 1985 (1985-10-20) October 20, 1991 (1991-10-20)
MULTI-PART STORY ARCS
On several occasions, multipart story arcs were created to serve as backgrounds for national contests. During the second season, in a story that is the focus of a two-part episode and a peripheral plot of two further episodes (the "Guess Jeannie's Birthday" contest began with the opening two-part episode on November 14, 1966, concluding with the name of the winner revealed after the end of the fourth episode, "My Master, the Great Caruso", on December 5), it was established that Jeannie did not know her birthday, and her family members could not agree when it was, either. Tony and Roger use NASA's powerful new computer and horoscopic guidance based on Jeannie's traits to calculate it. The year is quickly established as 64 BC, but only Roger is privy to the exact date and he decides to make a game out of revealing it. This date became the basis of the contest. Jeannie finally forces it out of him at the end of the fourth episode: April 1. This date conflicts with the birthday given to her in the season 1 episode "G.I. Jeannie": July 1.
In a third-season four-part episode ("Genie, Genie, Who's Got the
Genie?" January 16 – February 6, 1968), Jeannie is locked in a safe
bound for the moon. Any attempt to force the safe or use the wrong
combination will destroy it with an explosive. Jeannie is in there so
long that whoever opens the safe will become her master. The episodes
spread out over four weeks, during which a contest was held to guess
the safe's combination. This explains why
In the fourth season, a two-part episode, "The Case Of My Vanishing
Master" (January 6–13, 1969), concerned Tony being taken to a secret
location somewhere in the world, while a perfect double took his place
at home. A contest was held to guess the location where Tony had been
taken. Unlike earlier contests, the answer was not revealed within the
story. At the end of "Invisible House For Sale" (February 3, 1969), a
special "contest epilogue" had Jeannie and Tony reveal to the audience
the "secret location",
SEASON TIME RANK RATING
1965–66 Saturday at 8:00-8:30 PM #27 21.8 (tie)
1966–67 Monday at 8:00-8:30 PM Not in the Top 30
1967–68 Tuesday at 7:30-8:00 PM
1968–69 Monday at 7:30-8:00 PM #26 20.7
1969–70 Tuesday at 7:30-8:00 PM Not in the Top 30
When reruns debuted on New York's
Two made-for-television reunion movies were made that followed the
further exploits of Jeannie and Tony in the successive years. For
FACTUAL AND GEOGRAPHIC ERRORS
Many of the exterior shots of Tony's home or other areas show
mountains or hills in the background. The actual respective terrains
IN POPULAR CULTURE
* Philadelphia punk rock band
The Dead Milkmen has a song called "I
Dream of Jesus", in which the singer's mother finds
* ^ Sheldon, Sidney (Aug 1, 2006). The Other Side of Me. Hachette
* ^ James Henerson (writer) & Claudio Guzman (director) (January
27, 1969). "Ride 'Em Astronaut". I Dream of Jeannie. Season 4. Episode
* Cox, Stephen ; Howard Frank (2000). Dreaming of Jeannie: TV's Prime Time in a Bottle. St. Martin\'s Griffin . ISBN 0-312-20417-5 . * Sheldon, Sidney (2005). The Other Side Of Me. Warner Books . ISBN 0-446-53267-3 . * Brewster, Dennis (1966). I Dream Of Jeannie (novel). Pocket Books . * Kluger, Jeffery (1994). Apollo 13: Lost Moon. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-618-61958-0 .
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