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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In this pilot episode Anthony Nelson's character name is listed as Anthony Wilson in the end credits. See more »


When Major Nelson is preparing for his space flight he is shown wearing his space suit. Yet when he is rescued on the desert island he is wearing an Air Force jumpsuit. He would not have taken a change of clothes with him on his flight. See more »


Melissa Stone: Goodbye Tony.
Major Nelson: No, no. You don't understand.
Melissa Stone: Oh, I'm afraid I do understand.
[Melissa stares at Jeannie standing in front of Tony's bedroom, still clad in 'Master's' shirt, before she faces him again, trying to stay calm]
Melissa Stone: Tony... I may be, tolerant, but...
[explodes in frustration]
Melissa Stone: But that's a GIRL!
[running to front door]
Melissa Stone: IT'S A GIRL!
[slams door on her way out]
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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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