Everything You Need To Know About The Hit Show ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’

Published on 11/03/2020
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The network executives at NBC knew that they had to do something after seeing the meteoric popularity of a rival show, Bewitched. They were delighted to see I Dream of Jeannie, which was on the air from 1965 to 1970. It earned a very devoted fanbase and rave reviews. The series followed a NASA Astronaut called Tony Nelson and his Jeannie in a bottle! There was one particular episode that the viewers unanimously hated… Can you guess which one is that? Read on to learn more about this fascinating show!

What You Did Not Know

This endearing show captured the hearts of readers and continues to charm the new generation even to this day. How cool is that for a show that first went on the air five decades ago? Get ready because we are here to check in our favorite cast members. It has been quite a while since those days, so it would be fun to see what they have been up to do! Even the biggest fans will be surprised by these facts.

What You Did Not Know

What You Did Not Know

The Pregnancy Of Barbara Eden

Part of her appeal was the skimpy harem costumes, which were deemed revealing in those days. Apart from the 1965 pilot, Barbara Eden was covered up in the first ten episodes of the show. These days, no one would even bat an eye at it. However, the truth was that she had to wear more fabric since she was pregnant. This trick did a good enough job of hiding her baby bump as the show shot to popularity.

The Pregnancy Of Barbara Eden

The Pregnancy Of Barbara Eden

Larry Hagman Then

You probably remember Larry Hagman, who played United States Air Force Captain Tony Nelson. A NASA astronaut as well, he worked for the government and spent his nights with his Jeannie. In the beginning, he was a rather uptight guy who preferred to focus on his job, but he eventually got closer to Jeannie and even got married to her! Don’t worry, we will talk about the wedding some more later.

Larry Hagman Then

Larry Hagman Then

Larry Hagman In Later Years

After the show came to an end, Larry Hagman appeared in a number of film and TV projects in the ‘70s. He is probably best known for playing J.R. Ewing in a popular soap opera called Dallas. In this role, he even brought home nominations for two Emmys and four Golden Globes! After that, he made guest appearances in shows like The Simpsons and Nip/Tuck. As a result of his heavy drinking, the actor underwent a liver transplant in 1995. Unfortunately, he died in 2012.

Larry Hagman In Later Years

Larry Hagman In Later Years

Larry Hagman And His Drinking Problem

The sad truth is that it is not rare for famous people to suffer from substance abuse problems. Their infamous behavior under the influence of drugs and alcohol is also widely reported. Larry Hagman started to drink more as he became more and more dissatisfied with I Dream of Jeannie, he started displaying strange behavior on the set. For one thing, he arrived in a gorilla suit for a day of filming at one point. There was also a time when he showed up with an ax and went on a vulgar tirade!

Larry Hagman And His Drinking Problem

Larry Hagman And His Drinking Problem

There Was Trouble In Paradise

I Dream of Jeannie … Fifteen Years Later focuses on the promotion of Major Nelson. It causes issues for him and Jeannie. Evil Jeannie, on the other hand, comes up with an evil plan to ruin the marriage! When Tony gets fatally endangered on the job, Jeannie is locked in her bottle. It is a good thing that their son is there to release her! The movie came out on DVD in 2013, so check it out.

Trouble In Paradise

There Was Trouble In Paradise

He Was Not Informed

Can you believe that Larry Hagman was not notified of the show’s cancelation? He did not learn about it until he arrived at the studio where they filmed the show. That was the only point that a guard informed him about the news. Rumor has it that he had been vacationing in South America after they shot the fifth season. Upon his return from the trip, he planned to get something from the dressing room. This was when the guard stepped in to let him know that their show was not in production anymore.

He Was Not Informed

He Was Not Informed

Bill Daily Then

On the show, Bill Daily played Roger Healey. His character was another astronaut who was a good pal to Tony Nelson. He regularly appeared on the show. His storylines typically had something to do with the friendship of these two men. Aside from that, he often tries to stop Healey from learning about the true nature of Jeannie. As you can imagine, he provided a lot of comic relief on the show as well.

Bill Daily Then

Bill Daily Then

Bill Daily In Later Years

The actor eventually appeared in The Bob Newhart Show in the role of Howard Borden, a neighbor of the Hartley family. Aside from that, he was also cast in the role of Larry in Alf. A lot of people are very fond of him in that sitcom! He eventually reprised his old role when he starred in the I Dream Of Jeannie TV movies. Sadly, he passed away in September 2018.

Bill Daily In Later Years

Bill Daily In Later Years

Phil Spector, Before He Went To Prison

Do you know Phil Spector? Before he was convicted on charges of murder, he was in an episode of the show. It is the one in which she tries to be a singer. However, there was something unusual about his appearance on the show! For one thing, the credits say that he played a man called “Steve Davis,” even though the character was called “Phil Spector” throughout the episode. He has been in jail since 2009.

Phil Spector, Before He Went To Prison

Phil Spector, Before He Went To Prison

William (Hayden) Rorke Then

The show did not really have a big cast. As a matter of fact, there was only one other semi-regular character apart from Jeannie, Tony, and Roger. We are talking about Dr. Bellows, a NASA psychiatrist brought to life by William Rorke. The actor actually used a stage name. He chose Hayden, which was the surname of his murder. Before the show, he made an uncredited appearance in This is the Army.

William (Hayden) Rorke Then

William (Hayden) Rorke Then

William (Hayden) Rorke In Later Years

The actor made his final appearance in the 1985 reunion movie of the TV show. Aside from that, he had small parts in other movies such as Pillow Talk, which boasted actors like Rick Hudson and Doris Day. Sadly, the actor passed away at the age of 76 in 1987. At the time, he was battling a form of cancer called multiple myeloma. Barbara Eden called Hayden Rorke a “prince” in her memoir!

William (Hayden) Rorke In Later Years

William (Hayden) Rorke In Later Years

Barbara Eden Got Along With The Lion

Can you believe that there was a real lion on the set?! Apparently, Barbara was good at dealing with the animal. She told Hagman that he should “stand very still” and let the lion get a whiff of him. Next, he should “lean forward very, very gingerly and stroke him as gently as you can.” It is said that Hagman replied, “I’m not making friends with any [bleeping] lion!” Even though the lead actress and the massive creature got along just fine, the lion roared as soon as Hagman entered the set for taping.

Barbara Eden Got Along With The Lion

Barbara Eden Got Along With The Lion

The Difference Between Two Seasons

The audience only got to hear the iconic theme song of the show when the second season came out. This was not the only difference between the first two seasons, however. For one thing, the second one was shot in color! The first one was shot in black and white, so it must have been quite jarring. Aside from that, the producers of the show played around with their options until they decided on a song.

The Difference Between Two Seasons

The Difference Between Two Seasons

The Wedding Episode Ruined The Show

The publicity department of NBC held a fake wedding for Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman a week before the broadcast of the wedding episode. They invited writers from all over the country to the event, which was held at the Officer’s Club at Patrick Air Force Base. Sadly, the actors and the fans hated the wedding episode of the show! No one thought that it was practical or sincere. Everyone then turned away from I Dream Of Jeannie, which was canceled not long after the wedding episode came out.

The Wedding Episode Ruined The Show

The Wedding Episode Ruined The Show

Their Marriage Was A Mistake

Did you know that Barbara Eden was against the wedding between Tony and Jeannie? She said that her character was not human. On top of that, she knew that it was going to ruin the sexual tension of the show and ruin its credibility. No matter how she felt about it, they did look good together. The show addressed the fact that she was a genie, but people did not forget that she can’t be photographed!

Their Marriage Was A Mistake

Their Marriage Was A Mistake

What The Actors Thought Of Their Characters

According to Barbara Eden, her character was a “tomboy.” A lot of fans beg to differ. In an interview with Larry Hagman, he said, “Here’s a guy who’s square and there’s this beautiful, gorgeous woman putting the make on him all the time and he says, ‘no, no, no I have my career…’” That explains why it took Tony and Jeannie such a long time to get married. Sadly, it would have been better if they didn’t.

What The Actors Thought Of Their Characters

What The Actors Thought Of Their Characters

The Second Season Made History

After its first season came out, all the TV networks started to transition into color television. Since the second season also introduced the theme song, it pretty much ushered in this new era of entertainment. It also had an iconic animation sequence created by Friz Freleng. He is best known for working on Looney Tunes and creating beloved characters like Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, and Porky Pig!

The Second Season Made History

The Second Season Made History

In The Bedroom

Over the course of the show, we saw Jeannie leave the room when she and Tony go into the bedroom with each other. Did you ever feel confused about this? Well, the truth is that this had something to do with the strict censorship rules of the time. Back then, TV shows often showed twin beds in the bedroom. It was not at all common to show couples sharing a bed even when they were married!

In The Bedroom

In The Bedroom

Taking Pride In The Role

Many people hate being associated with a single character for the rest of their careers. Barbara did not mind it so much. “She’s not human; this is a fantasy,” she shared with The Chicago Tribune. The actress went on, “She was a genie: It was her job, and she loved her job. The word ‘master’ — note the semantics — it may mean one thing to humans. But to a genie, that’s what (Maj. Nelson) was. And that’s all. He was the first to take the cap off the bottle. You can’t compare a career girl with a genie.”

Taking Pride In The Role

Taking Pride In The Role

Her Evil Twin

Isn’t it funny that a lot of fans failed to realize that the actress was the same person playing the evil sister on the show? People often wrote to her to ask who the dark-haired actress was! To make things even more confusing, the evil sister was also called Jeannie. It must have been very confusing when they went to family reunions. These days, it is not all that unusual for an actor to take on many roles.

Her Evil Twin

Her Evil Twin

Despite The Cold Weather

Did you know that the first episode of the show was hot on Zuma Beach, Malibu? This location was meant to be a deserted island in the South Pacific. You would not have thought it, but the scenes were taped in winter. This meant that it was freezing when they filmed that scene! Eden claimed that it remains her favorite episode even though it was super cold. She admitted, “I was freezing.”

Despite The Cold Weather

Despite The Cold Weather

Barbara Eden Ruined Most Of Her Costumes

The actress was so physical on the set that she constantly caught them on her shoes. It was not hard since those pants were very billowy. Every time that she ripped her costumes, they had to replace the outfit. This meant that the costume designers of the show had to work hard. Only a couple of outfits remained by the end of the show! In 2013, Barbara Eden slipped one of them on for a charity gala.

Barbara Eden Ruined Most Of Her Costumes

Barbara Eden Ruined Most Of Her Costumes

The Actress Kept The Jeannie Bottle

Barbara Eden kept the original bottle from the show even after it ended. However, she eventually made up her mind to donate it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. It remains one of the most popular television props in history! In 2011, she talked about it before giving it away: “I have the original bottle. It was in the office for a long time and then people said you know, ‘That shouldn’t be around, there’s only one,’” Eden said. “So I put it in the bank (in a vault) but it’s on its way to the Smithsonian.”

The Actress Kept The Jeannie Bottle

The Actress Kept The Jeannie Bottle

Her Bottle Was Not Super Fancy

The truth was that the bottle was fashioned out of a 1964 Jim Beam decanter. This was a rather simple solution, although the art department still shelled out a couple of hundred bucks to decorate and hand paint it! Thanks to its cost, everyone had to be careful with its handling. They had to make sure that it did not break and have to be replaced. Jim Beam allegedly stopped making this bottle in the late ‘90s.

Her Bottle Was Not Super Fancy

Her Bottle Was Not Super Fancy

No Belly Buttons Allowed

We mentioned the bedroom rules on the show, but did you know that they were not allowed to show her belly button either? The TV network had very specific censorship rules about this particular part of the body. Isn’t it amusing to hear that her sexy outfits were fine as long as they did not show her belly button? The first person to bare her navel on the TV screen was Yvette Mimieux in 1964.

No Belly Buttons Allowed

No Belly Buttons Allowed

They Burned Down The Set

After the cancelation of the show, the whole set had to be burned down. The producers of the show realized that it would be very costly to store the props, which was they simply destroyed everything that no one took from the set. In those days, there was nothing really unusual about this practice. We are glad that some artifacts from the show were not destroyed. Barbara Eden kept her genie lamp for years!

They Burned Down The Set

They Burned Down The Set

Not Afraid Of Lions

Remember when we told you that story about the real lion on the set? It turns out that the lion once let out a terrifying roar that made man on the set flee in fear! Everyone was so scared that they were going to become lunch for the mighty beast. But Barbara Eden did not even flinch a muscle. She just went up to the animal and petted him. Not long after that, the animal calmed down enough to resume filming.

Not Afraid Of Lions

Not Afraid Of Lions

The Movie That Inspired The Show

Sidney Sheldon, a producer of the show, was a huge fan of a movie called The Brass Bottle. He even ended up using it as the basis of the show! The movie starred Barbara Eden, Burle Ives, and Tony Randall. He was a fan of the female genie concept and used it as the premise of I Dream Of Jeannie. As you can see, it was not a complete Bewitched rip-off.

The Movie That Inspired The Show

The Movie That Inspired The Show

A Reference In The Monkees

The rock band The Monkees had a TV show of their own, quite similar to Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles. Their show was broadcasted on the same network as I Dream of Jeannie. This explains all the references about the show that appeared in The Monkees. If you need an example, there was a time when one of them finds a genie lamp. Once Davy Jones finds it, he says, “Imagine that — wrong show.”

A Reference In The Monkees

A Reference In The Monkees

Magic In Black And White

During the first season of the show, the team decided to shoot it in black and white. This was because the “magic” used for the smoke was difficult to do in color. Luckily, they eventually found a way around it and shot the next season in color. It meant that it was the last TV show to air an episode in black and white! It was said that the network did not want to pay $400 more per episode for the upgrade as well.

Magic In Black And White

Magic In Black And White

The City Of Cocoa Beach

Barbara Eden returned to deliver a speech at the Kennedy Space Center 27 years after the final episode was aired. In 1996, Cocoa Beach Mayor Joe Morgan declared “Jeannie Day” and paid tribute to the show with an I Dream of Jeannie Lane street sign. She also joined a space shuttle tour during the trip. When she spoke to Senior Life, she said, “They allowed me to put on the boots and the coveralls and go right into the capsule itself, and that was awe-inspiring, just wonderful.”

The City Of Cocoa Beach

The City Of Cocoa Beach

The Color Of The Bottle Changed

The bottle on the show changed colors when the show transitioned from black and white to color. It was initially a smoke-green hue with a gold-leaf pattern that gave it an antique look. One scene in the first season even called it a “green bottle.” It became a purple bottle in the second season and remained that way until the fifth season. A lot of people did not realize it, and we don’t blame them for overlooking it.

The Color Of The Bottle Changed

The Color Of The Bottle Changed

Not Entirely Accurate About NASA

The show was set in Florida, which was where astronauts allegedly worked back then. However, there was no truth to this at all! The astronauts had already left Florida by then and started to train at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Texas. The Houston hub is now known as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Oh well, it was a fantasy series, so we are willing to forgive it for the inaccuracy.

Not Entirely Accurate About NASA

Not Entirely Accurate About NASA

Charmed Had An I Dream of Jeannie Reference

Even though it has been a very long time since it was on the air, the show remains super popular. There was even an episode of Charmed that paid tribute to the old show. It was called “I Dream of Phoebe” and follows the character as she becomes a genie. Her costume was a pale blue version of what Jeannie wore on the show! If you want to check it out, it is the 15th episode of the sixth season.

Charmed Had An I Dream Of Jeannie Reference

Charmed Had An I Dream Of Jeannie Reference

The Mad Monk Of Malibu

Thanks to the eccentric behavior he displayed, Larry Hagman became known as “The Mad Monk of Malibu.” There was a time when he rode his Harley-Davidson to the grocery store in a chicken suit! Aside from that, he was said to add bourbon to his cereal. He vanished from the limelight for some time but later made his comeback in 1978. By then, he was a bit less “mad.” Aging will do that to all of us!

The Mad Monk Of Malibu

The Mad Monk Of Malibu

A Lot Of California Landmarks

In case you did not know, the TV show was meant to take place in Cape Kennedy, Florida. As a matter of fact, the address of Tony Nelson was said to be 1020 Palm Drive, Cocoa Beach. But the truth was that the exterior of the office used by Roger Healey was the main building of the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, which was near Los Angeles! They originally shot Cocoa Beach episodes in the Hollywood Hills.

A Lot Of California Landmarks

A Lot Of California Landmarks

The Title Of A 1854 Parlor Ballad

There is more to the title of the show than just a play on “genie.” This was also the title of a parlor ballad from 1854! The original song “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” was sung by Stephen Foster. Its opening line goes, “I Dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair.” The whole show was actually based on existing works. Isn’t it impressive to hear that its origin story goes all the way back to the 1800s?

The Title Of A 1854 Parlor Ballad

The Title Of A 1854 Parlor Ballad

Her Husband In Real Life

Michael Ansara brought the Blue Djinn to life, but what makes it even more interesting was that he was married to Barbara Eden! We wonder if this made things awkward for them. There were many cameos who appeared on the show, which was a common practice across its run of five seasons. If you watch the show again, you might want to pay extra attention to the scenes between Blue Djinn and Jeannie!

Her Husband In Real Life

Her Husband In Real Life

She Was In The Brady Bunch

Did you watch A Very Brady Sequel? If this is the case, you could not have missed Barbara Eden reprising her most iconic role in it. She appeared at the second wedding between Mike and Carol, introducing herself as his wife! This was a fun and shocking plot twist. Did you know that Maureen McCormick, who famously brought Marcia to life on The Brady Bunch was in I Dream of Jeannie as well? She played a young patient in an episode of the first season!

She Was In The Brady Bunch

She Was In The Brady Bunch

Fact Checking Was Not A Priority

In reality, there is nothing odd about continuity errors every now and then. A lot of people are dedicated to catching every single mistake ever made, however! In the ‘60s and ‘70s, this was not such a big deal. There was an episode when Tony goes to Rome, Italy and informs Jeannie that she might know it as “Gaul” instead. The problem is that this was the name used for modern-day France, not Rome!

Fact Checking Was Not A Priority

Fact Checking Was Not A Priority

The Cartoon Was Loosely Based On It

I Dream Of Jeannie was replaced by a Hanna-Barbera cartoon called Jeannie. This animated show was only loosely based on the original series. It was on the air from 1973 to 1975. It involves a teenage surfer discovering the bottle and using it to keep himself safe from bullies at school. Mark Hamill was on the cast as a voice actor, as were Joe Besser, Bob Hastings, and Julie McWhirter!

The Cartoon Was Loosely Based On It

The Cartoon Was Loosely Based On It

The Reunion Of Jeannie And Tony

The two biggest stars of I Dream of Jeannie were reunited when they worked on Dallas. On the show, Larry Hagman portrayed J.R. Ewing. On the other hand, Barbara Eden played a character called Lee Ann De La Vega for five episodes. In the last one, she admitted that her maiden name was actually “Lee Nelson,” which was a fun jab at their unpopular onscreen marriage from a different show.

The Reunion Of Jeannie And Tony

The Reunion Of Jeannie And Tony

Only Made It To The Top 30 List Twice

The show did very well once it entered syndication, but it only made it to the list of top 30 TV shows on two separate occasions during the original run. Its highest rating was No. 26. Sadly, I Dream of Jeannie did not go any higher than that! Despite this, it has become a cultural phenomenon with a legacy spanning many decades. We wonder if magic played a part in this turn of events!

Only Made It To The Top 30 List Twice

Only Made It To The Top 30 List Twice

Not Looking For Blondes

We can’t deny that Barbara Eden did a great job of portraying the blonde genie, but the truth is that her hair almost cost her the role. The producers of the show wanted to distinguish themselves from a rival show called Bewitched, which starred a blonde actress. However, they simply could not find a better woman for the job than Barbara Eden! This was how she ended up getting the role in the end. If you ask us, they did the right thing since the show simply would not have been the same without her.

Not Looking For Blondes

Not Looking For Blondes

Barbara Eden Then

The actress did an amazing job as the hilarious and sensual main character. Fans and critics adored her. We are not surprised to hear that she was nominated for two Golden Globes! We have to credit the sexual tension between her and Major Nelson for propelling the show to the heights that it reached, but the wedding in the final season put an end to all of that. There are still websites dedicated to Jeannie!

Barbara Eden Then

Barbara Eden Then

The Show Achieved The Most Popularity In Reruns

The show might not have been the highest-rated TV show upon its debut. It did not claim the top spot during its original run. However, it performed very well when it went into syndication at WPIX. The TV series even earned a 23 share of the audience and a 13 rating. It kept doing well in various areas and made history as the first off-network series to beat network competition in terms of ratings! Whoa.

The Show Achieved The Most Popularity In Reruns

The Show Achieved The Most Popularity In Reruns

Barbara Eden, After The Show

Just so you know, the end of the show did not mark the end of her time playing the character. Barbara Eden returned for two television movies: I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991). Outside of the show, she was also in a short-lived show called Harper Valley, PTA. In 1990, she worked with Hagman once more on a few episodes of Dallas. In 2006, the colleagues reunited for the DVD release tour of their old show!

Barbara Eden, After The Show

Barbara Eden, After The Show

The Origin Story Is Very Messy

Did you know that Jeannie was not always a Jeannie? Initially, she was supposed to be a young mortal who turned down the marriage proposal of the Blue Djinn. He decided to turn her into a genie and trapped her in a bottle for her disobedience. Producers later changed the story to say that she came from a family of genies. However, her rejection of the Blue Djinn resulted in her banishment.

The Origin Story Is Very Messy

The Origin Story Is Very Messy

His First Success

A lot of his fans probably had no idea that he first made it big on the stage! His success in the New York theater scene was followed by TV roles until he finally earned his big break in I Dream Of Jeannie. He was the son of a Broadway actress called Mary Martin, while his father was a lawyer by the name of Benjamin Hagman. She was in Broadway productions of Peter Pan and The Sound of Music. His training as a theater actor helped him with his screen career.

His First Success

His First Success

She Did Not Have Female Competition

The show was on the air for five seasons, but did you notice the lack of female competition for Barbara Eden? Emmaline Henry did have a recurring role in the form of Amanda Bellows, but that was about it. Barbara Eden was not even supposed to be on the show for her blonde hair, but she received the vast majority of attention on the show! It felt like every single person adored her portrayal of Barbara Eden.

She Did Not Have Female Competition

She Did Not Have Female Competition

Barton MacLane

There was one actor who suddenly vanished from the show for some reason. The show only had a couple of regulars, and Barton MacLane was one of them. Unfortunately, he suffered from a nasty bout of pneumonia and passed away in 1969. The actor was most famous for his career as a character actor in various films and TV shows. It was truly an unfortunate way to go. Rest in peace, Mr. MacLane.

Barton MacLane

Barton MacLane

Bewitched And I Dream Of Jeannie

Paul Lynde was cast to play Uncle Arthur on Bewitched! He eventually showed up three times on its rival show, I Dream of Jeannie. Aside from playing an IRS agent by the name of Harry Huggins, the comedic actor also played a Hollywood director and a physical fitness instructor who totally wipes out Healy and Nelson. Unfortunately, the actor died in 1982. He is gone but not forgotten!

Bewitched And I Dream Of Jeannie

Bewitched And I Dream Of Jeannie

Sidney Sheldon And His Track Record

If anyone knows how to make a hit show, it was Sidney Sheldon. After all, we are talking about the person who was not only behind I Dream of Jeannie but also The Patty Duke Show and Hart to Hart! Aside from that, he also penned best-selling novels like “The Rage of Angels” and “The Other Side of Midnight.” He is even considered one of the best-selling fiction authors in history! Unfortunately, he passed away in 2007. We are glad that his legacy remains in paperback form and in syndication.

Sidney Sheldon And His Track Record

Sidney Sheldon And His Track Record

Barbara Eden Suffered A Tragic Loss

Barbara Eden and Michael Ansara got married in 1958. They had a son called Matthew and remained husband and wife until 1974. Sadly, the two of them let the world know that their son passed away after a drug overdose. They did not talk about his death very much and only really announced his passing. Eden eventually opened up about the tragedy and said that their son had been dealing with drugs for the longest time.

Barbara Eden Suffered A Tragic Loss

Barbara Eden Suffered A Tragic Loss

Her Magical Powers

If you ask us, it was always fascinating to see Jeannie summon her powers! We are all familiar with that gesture, the one that involves nodding her head and blinking once. She was supposed to fold her arms and do several flutters! No doubt, the show would not have been the same if it did not have this magical movement. However, it was also compared to the nose wriggling thing in Bewitched.

Her Magical Powers

Her Magical Powers

A Former Bewitched Writer

James S. Henerson is the man who came up with the idea of an evil sister called Jeannie! He used to be a part of the Bewitched writers’ room, but he was eventually removed after it was discovered that he was also writing for I Dream of Jeannie. This definitely explains why there were so many similarities between the two shows! Despite this, it did not look like this hurt his career since he ended up writing for more shows after this faux pas.

A Former Bewitched Writer

A Former Bewitched Writer

The Nelson Home

The famous Nelson home is no longer used to film the TV, but it is still alive and well on the Warner Brothers Ranch. Located in Burbank, the house is used as the office of the Ranch Operations. It has undergone a couple of minor cosmetic changes but remains more or less the same after five decades. A lot of dedicated fans draw up floor plans of it based on the interior shots seen on the show!

The Nelson Home

The Nelson Home

His Military Service Was Real

There was one way in which the TV show stayed true to life. Anthony Nelson on the show served in the Air Force, whereas Roger Healey was in the Army! Larry Hagman, on the other hand, was in the United States Air Force for some time. His co-star Bill Daily was in service in the U.S. Army as an artilleryman during the Korean War. Their experience allowed them to lend a certain accuracy to the roles.

His Military Service Was Real

His Military Service Was Real

Larry Hagman Discussed His Personal Demons

We already said this earlier, but Larry Hagman drank a lot while working on the movie. The truth was that he said that he was high on drugs when they shot many scenes! In 2011, Barbara Eden released an autobiography called “Jeannie Out of the Bottle.” She said that he did not regret the drug use and drinking that he did but was concerned about how it was going to impact his health. His daughter released an autobiography in 2016. This was what she said about his wild ways: “He so completely embraced the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll ethos of the era that he lived it to the end of his days.”

Larry Hagman Discussed His Personal Demons

Larry Hagman Discussed His Personal Demons

Not The Right Rank

Do you recall the episode in which Tony gets promoted to Major? If you were observant, you would have noticed that he wore the wrong rank! The uniform shows silver clusters for a Lieutenant Colonel! In the second season of the show, the rank clusters change from silver to gold, which is correct for the rank of a Major. Knowing this, you can keep an eye out for it the next time that you watch the show!

Not The Right Rank

Not The Right Rank

The Two Reunion Movies

NBC released I Dream Of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later fifteen years after it came to an end. Six years after that, it released a second reunion TV movie called I Still Dream Of Jeannie. The two projects showed the life of the magical housewife and her marriage to Tony Nelson. They also have a young son! The movies gave the actress the chance to reprise her role and done the crop top once more.

The Two Reunion Movies

The Two Reunion Movies

I Dream Of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later

In 1985, I Dream Of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later debuted on national television. Fans were happy to see the old cast together once again! Barbara Eden was accompanied by Bill Daly as Roger Healy and Hayden Rorke as Dr. Aldre Bellows. Wayne Rogers ended up stepping in to take over the role of Tony Nelson. At the time, Larry Hagman had been too busy taping Dallas and could not join the original cast members for the reunion movie.

I Dream Of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later

I Dream Of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later

Stopping An Incoming Meteoroid

In I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later, the team has to work together to stop a meteoroid headed in our direction. Jeannie has to leave her husband, which involves forgetting that she exists. The good news is that she discovers a loophole and enchants a “new beginning” to lure him into her on a street corner. Barbara Eden turns to the camera to say, “Haji made me agree to an ending. He never said there couldn’t be a new beginning.”

Stopping An Incoming Meteoroid

Stopping An Incoming Meteoroid

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I Dream Of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later came with a lovely piece of nostalgia for the viewers! There was a beach scene that was taken at the same place that the pilot episode was shot all the way back in 1964. Tony Nelson and Jeannie got to return to the place where the story all began. Of course, it was a little anticlimactic that Larry Hagman was replaced by a different actor. Oh well!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I Still Dream Of Jeannie

Sadly, it was even worse in the second reunion movie. In I Still Dream Of Jeannie, only two of the cast members reprised their original roles: Barbara Eden and Bill Daily. Released in 1991, the movie was shot in British Columbia, Canada. This ended up being the last installment of the franchise! Sony decided not to go with the DVD release and kept it strictly on the small screen until Region 1 released it in 2013. This project was part of the Sony Pictures Choice Collection.

I Still Dream Of Jeannie

I Still Dream Of Jeannie

How To Explain Where He Was

The producers needed to explain why the original Tony Nelson did not appear in the reunion films. Everyone wanted to know where Larry Hagman was! In the second reunion special, they made the decision to say that the character was away on a NASA mission. The character was hardly mentioned in the movie, especially after the opening sequence. Jeannie had no master in this plane of reality, so she needed to find someone else to stay here. This was why she went to singles bars in the hopes of finding a new adventure!

How To Explain Where He Was

How To Explain Where He Was

Friends And I Dream Of Jeannie

John Bennett Perry was the name of the actor who portrayed the sporting goods store owner in Jeannie: 15 Years Later. Fun fact: he is the father of Matthew Perry of Friends fame. There was another interesting connection between the two shows. The foundation in the opening sequence of Friends has actually appeared in episodes of I Dream of Jeannie! The fountain is found across the street from the Nelson house on what is now called the Warner Ranch.

Friends And I Dream Of Jeannie

Friends And I Dream Of Jeannie

The 50th Anniversary Of The Show

Barbara Eden worked with NBC for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of I Dream of Jeannie. The star talked about the show and her experience portraying the main character. After all, not everyone gets to bring such a legendary character to life! If anyone could do it, there was no question that this actress was the person for the job. Fans were also amazed by how well she has aged over the years. It was truly remarkable!

The 50th Anniversary Of The Show

The 50th Anniversary Of The Show

If You Want A Jeannie Bottle

There is a company by the name of Jeannie Bottles. This is the place to go if you are interested in getting a replica of the bottle on the show. It is also possible to get a customized bottle if you are so inclined! The website of the store says that Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman were fans. “I own several of Mario’s Artworks, his talent is truly second to none. He is a true master artist and I am very proud to have his work displayed in my home,” it quoted the actress.

If You Want A Jeannie Bottle

If You Want A Jeannie Bottle

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