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