I Dream of Jeannie: Season 1, Episode 1

The Lady in the Bottle (18 Sep. 1965)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
General Stone
Baynes Barron ...
Joe Higgins ...
Second Garbage Man
Richard Reeves ...
First Garbage Man
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Husband (as Warren Kemmerling)
Patricia Scott ...
Don Dubbins ...
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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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18 September 1965 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


General Stone and Melissa find Tony in an Arabian costume when they visit him at night. As they enter his house, Jeannie blinks his clothes back to normal, but the others don't seem to notice that his entire outfit changed in an instant while their backs were turned. They make no mention of it. See more »


Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD: What was this genie like?
Major Nelson: Oh, she was - um, just your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill genie.
Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD: Of course. Beautiful?
Major Nelson: Yes, yeah.
Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD: Desirable? And helpful?
Major Nelson: Yes, yes.
Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD: Captain, that's the classic fantasy. A beautiful girl on a desert island. A girl who would do anything for you. Do you know who that girl was?
Major Nelson: No, sir. I've never seen her before in my life.
Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD: She was your mother.
Major Nelson: My mother's in Salt Lake City, sir.
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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 »


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

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Great Cork out of Bottle
8 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching this one recently, this might have been the funniest start ever for a sitcom. The NBC Execs should have been sold on this in the first 10 minutes.

This one sets up all the main characters in the series on the run. The opening sequence giving Jeannie a hard edge in confronting Tony make it a shock too the system but it works so well.

If I had been a NASA Astronaut in the 1960's, this opening would have been my dream. I mean never has a scrubbed mission had better results. This is a whole lot more fun than the real thing NASA's space pioneers really did. Even though 1965 is a long time ago, the humor of this opening has not gone stale.

Warning- you do not fall in love with this Jeannie on first sight. You do find the relationship between Tony and her evolves from this point, this is one series where watching this first show should be required. This one makes the viewer appreciate what comes later even more.

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