“I Dream Of Jeannie” with Barbara Eden

I Dream Of Jeannie

Jeannie (Barbara Eden): “Let me see now. A six letter word
for rat….. M-A-S-T-E-R.”

Barbara Eden - I Dream Of Jeannie

Barbara Eden in “I Dream Of Jeannie”

I Dream of Jeannie is a very popular 1960s American sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show originally aired from September 1965 to May 1970 with new episodes, and through September 1970 with season repeats, on NBC. The show ran for five seasons and produced 139 episodes. The first season consisted of 30 episodes filmed in black and white. The other 109 episodes were filmed in color. The show has continued to air in reruns ever since.

 Barbara Eden, Karen Sharpe, and Larry Hagman in the1965 pilot show of "I Dream Of Jeannie"

Barbara Eden, Karen Sharpe, and Larry Hagman in the1965 pilot show of “I Dream Of Jeannie”

I Dream Of Jeannie Trivia/Fun Facts

Jeannie was born on 1 April 64 B.C.

General Schaeffer’s dog was named “Jupiter”.

Michael Ansara, husband of star Barbara Eden, guest-starred in three episodes and directed one episode.

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 Whisky. The bottle had been decorated and painted with gold leaf by the show’s art department.

Barbara Eden personally selected the pink/maroon color combination of Jeannie’s harem outfit (The two colors symbolize different aspects of Jeannie’s personality: pink symbolizes the playful, girlish aspects of her personality while maroon symbolizes the fiery, headstrong aspects of her personality.) Barbara also selected the purple trim of her bottle.

Jeannie’s ’60s-era harem costume is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C..

Jeannie’s harem shoes were made by Neiman Marcus.

On the show, all of the characters drove Pontiac automobiles.

Season one was filmed in black-and-white because NBC 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.”

“I Dream of Jeannie” was the last television series to be broadcast in black and white. It began broadcasting “in living color” beginning with Season 2.

Jeannie II was created by former Bewitched writer ‘James Henerson’, who was fired from “Bewitched” when they discovered he was writing for both shows.

In one episode, Tony and Roger are working training a chimp named “Sam”. This was seen as a slap at the show Bewitched, whose producers accused “Jeannie” of stealing some of their ideas.

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.

Barbara Eden - I Dream Of Jeannie

Barbara Eden – I Dream Of Jeannie

 

Barbara Eden - I Dream Of Jeannie

Barbara Eden – I Dream Of Jeannie.

 

Barbara Eden in the pilot show of "I Dream Of Jeannie" (1965)

Barbara Eden in the pilot show of “I Dream Of Jeannie” (1965)

Barbara Eden - I Dream of Jeannie

Barbara Eden – I Dream of Jeannie.

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4 Responses to “I Dream Of Jeannie” with Barbara Eden

  1. Randy Colucci says:

    Barbara Eden was one of the most gorgeous women on TV then and to date. I had a crush on her for years…me and about 50 million other guys! The story line was corny but surely resonated with the males of the country: having beautiful woman at your beck and call and all she wanted to do was please you. Yet the show, as corny and predictable as it was, had characters you cared about and that made it special. Hagman, of course, was a great comedic actor, vaudevillian in many respects given his athletic aptitude for the pratfalls he would perform. Roger Healy played by Bill Daily was an indispensable part of the show as Roger played off Tony like many of the great comedic tandems. And lets not forget Alfred Bellows with wife Amanda; both were wonderful. It brings back great memories of a more simple time in America.

  2. Jimmie Hutchinson says:

    I dream of Jeannie is in my opinion one of the best most entertaining shows to ever come on television. Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman worked perfect together. It is a shame they took the show off the air after just five seasons; just because Tony and Jeannie got married. The show was still very interesting. And there was no concluding episode. It just ended. Cut off. That is a shame. I will always love reruns of this wonderful show.
    Jimmie Hutchinson

    • Art says:

      I agree Jimmie, Loved the show when I was a kid and love it still. Was one of the best….. Thanks for visiting Arts-Stew and taking the time to comment. 🙂
      -art-

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