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I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)

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A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie.


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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Jeannie / ... (139 episodes, 1965-1970)
 Major Anthony Nelson / ... (139 episodes, 1965-1970)
 Major Roger Healey / ... (131 episodes, 1965-1970)
 Dr. Bellows / ... (129 episodes, 1965-1970)


Captain Tony Nelson is an astronaut. While on a mission, he discovered a mysterious bottle. Opening it, he released Jeannie (a Genie) who was so overjoyed at her release she promised to serve Captain Nelson. Nelson is unsure what to make of Jeannie, especially given that his work is highly secret and his superiors tend to keep a close eye on him. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

18 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi bella genio  »

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(139 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)


(1965-1966)| (1966-1970)

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Did You Know?


When asked why the show went off the air, Barbara Eden replied that producers felt they had enough episodes for a syndication sale, and the show lost viewers when Tony and Jeannie got married. Sidney Sheldon, Larry Hagman, and Bill Daily agreed with the latter. See more »


In episode, I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie Breaks the Bank, Jeannie's eyes are dilated after getting an exam. She is unable blink a jewelry shop out of Tony's office, but after saying she can't blink, she does. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration-episodes 1.2 through 1.8] Once upon a time, in a mythical place called Cape Kennedy, an astronaut named Tony Nelson went up on a space mission. The missile went up, but something went wrong and they had to bring it down. Captain Nelson landed on an island in the South Pacific where he found a bottle. At least it looked like a bottle. But it didn't act like a bottle... because in it was a genie. Oh, not your average, everyday genie. But a beautiful genie... who could grant any ...
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by Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye
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An underrated gem
25 January 2000 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In my view, this is one of the top 10 or 15 sitcoms ever, and it certainly is one of my personal favorites. Its misfortune was to be produced during an era full of silly, mostly non-topical comedies (Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, My Favorite Martian and so on) and I think it's been underrated because of that.

But sit down sometime and take a good look. You'll see a spirited ensemble performance from the actors, with standout work from Larry Hagman and Hayden Rorke. I don't think Hagman ever got enough credit for the wonderfully manic and nervous mannerisms that made Major Nelson so damn funny and endearing. And Rorke's prissy and arrogant Dr. Bellows was a terrific comic foil -- cartoonish in the best sense of that word.

Bill Daily did a good comic turn as Major Healy, although I think his character never was allowed to develop as much as Hagman's and Rorke's. (His finest comic hour was to come, on "The Bob Newhart Show.") And of course, there was the gorgeous Barbara Eden as Jeannie, sprightly and innocent and an excellent counterpoint to Hagman's world-weary astronaut. The romantic chemistry between Jeannie and Tony was one of the strongest in TV history.

The show was fast-paced, rarely sappy, full of pleasant "NBC Peacock" colors, and a showcase for fine comic timing and physical slapstick.

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