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
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No one keeps this impish, delightful genie bottled up - she's back for another season. Barbara Eden stars as the genial genie with Larry Hagman in the role of her harassed, latter day Aladdin. See more »
During several interviews, Sidney Sheldon admitted that he used the comedy movie, The Brass Bottle (1964), a film about a man, portrayed by Tony Randall, that he unleashed a male genie, that was portrayed by Burl Ives, but causes more problems for its master than it solves - as a working model for the show. In the movie, Tony Randall's girlfriend was played by Barbara Eden. See more »
In one episode Tony goes to Italy. When he explains it to Jeannie he mentions she probably knew it as Gaul. In ancient times Gaul was France not Italy. See more »
[Dr Bellows to Major Nelson after one of Jeannie's mishaps]
Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD:
Some men dedicate their lives to science. Some men dedicate their lives to politics. I'm dedicating my life to understanding you.
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This television show (1965-1970) was one of the best TV shows to my opinion. The premise of the show based on an astronaut Tony (Larry Hagman)who's space mission was aborted due to malfunction. His capsule lands on a small island beach in South Pacific. He comes in contact of a bottle and rubs it and out came a genie named Jeannie (Barbara Eden), she has been imprisoned in the bottle for 2000 years because a wicked Genie put her there for not marrying her. Tony try let her go but she followed him back to Cocoa Beach Florida and turned his life upside down. Later Roger (Bill Daily) helps Tony from letting Dr Bellows (Hayden Rorke) know and NASA. Being an astronaut is all what Tony dreamed of doing. 1st season was in black and white but later in syndication was in colour. The reason why this show is the best is Comparing it to sitcom today and then (NOT IDOJ and Bewitched, I am not that biased), is easily comparable. They don't make shows like this anymore. The reason this show works is 2 things.
1, CAST: *Barbara Eden easily one of the sexiest women in television. *Larry Hagman, this is one of 2 iconic characters he made, he and Barbara had chemistry and a cute on-screen couple. *Bill Daily, played the lovable and loyal and trusting Tony's best friend. *Hayden Rorke, suspicious and a fun character, the running gag of the show. A great Dr.
2. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.
Cocoa Beach Florida, in a time of aerospace era when NASA was the forerunner of technology. The house in 1st 2 season was my favourite, nice colour bachelor's house, in season 3 and on they changed the interior to ugly panelling and then season 5, a new house. By then it wasn't the same.
Closing: the only flaw is the continuity. For a genie locked up for 2000 years in a bottle, how does she know figures of modern era? And for Tony being a smart and wise character, doesn't question this. Nevertheless, I will watch this show 10000 times before Jersey Shore. With having a beautiful sexy genie at Tony's disposal, they kept it clean and pure. Unlike today's shows.
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