I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
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The Lady in the Bottle 

American astronaut Tony Nelson splashes down near a deserted island and finds a bottle that contains a beautiful genie named Jeannie. After helping him get rescued he sets her free, but she... See full summary »

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American astronaut Tony Nelson splashes down near a deserted island and finds a bottle that contains a beautiful genie named Jeannie. After helping him get rescued he sets her free, but she prefers to come home with him. Besides she is very much in love with her handsome master and she will grant his every wish or desire no matter how much trouble he gets in. Written by laird-3

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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18 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Once she was out of the bottle, Jeannie spoke Persian - not Arabic, as is often stated, because the producer Sidney Sheldon was unable to find a tutor for Barbara Eden to learn Arabic phonetically, and had to settle for one who taught her Persian. Jeannie began speaking English after Tony wishes her to. See more »

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The first time Jeannie comes out of the bottle on the island as "smoke" the steam they actually use condenses some and a few water drops can be seen spraying up from the bottle's rim. See more »

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[Jeannie walks into the room wearing only one of Captain Nelson's shirts]
Major Nelson: Well. Well, look - look who's here.
Melissa Stone: I'm looking.
Major Nelson: Oh, uh, Me-Melissa, this is - This is Jeannie.
Melissa Stone: Tony. I've always prided myself on being tolerant, but - But would you explain to me, what is that girl doing here?
Major Nelson: Uh, w-well, that's the explanation. She's not here.
[Jeannie giggles]
Melissa Stone: What?
Major Nelson: Uh, w-well, she is here, but of course, uh, she's not a girl.
[Jeannie folds her arms, clearly mad]
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Crazy Credits

Although called Anthony Nelson in the episode and in the newspaper headlines in the episode, Larry Hagman's character is identified as Anthony Wilson in the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.132 (2009) See more »

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The Lady in the Bottle
12 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first episode sees astronaut Captain Tony Nelson Larry Hagman) on a space flight when his capsule comes near a deserted island. On the beach he notices a strange bottle which keeps rolling away as he writes a SOS notice on the beach. When he rubs it a genie materialises speaking a foreign language.

He cannot understand her until he wishes she could speak English which she then does. He then wishes that he could be rescued and a rescue helicopter shows up.

Tony sets the genie free but she manages to accompany him back home causing chaos. He is engaged to a General's daughter and his superiors think he has been hallucinating. When Jeannie materialises in Florida, Tony wants to make sure his fiancée does not see her and really wants Jeannie to go away.

A promising beginning to a series that was inspired by the success of Bewitched and Hagman and Barbara Eden make a good pairing and a few humorous incidents in the first episode.


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