A single mother reluctantly accepts the services of a genie, who's been imprisoned in a magic carpet for two thousand years.

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Michael Jacobs
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1998   1997  
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John Ales ...  Genie 13 episodes, 1997-1998
Harley Jane Kozak ...  Gillian Apple 13 episodes, 1997-1998
Alex McKenna ...  Mickey Apple 13 episodes, 1997-1998
Nathan Lawrence ...  Travis Apple 13 episodes, 1997-1998
Jerry Van Dyke ...  Grandpa Max / ... 10 episodes, 1997-1998
John Rhys-Davies ...  Mustafa / ... 4 episodes, 1997-1998
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A single mother reluctantly accepts the services of a genie, who's been imprisoned in a magic carpet for two thousand years.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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Genie See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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ABC had no regard for story continuity, as they aired most of the episodes out of sequence. See more »

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"A" for effort
8 September 2004 | by rockhopper10rSee all my reviews

This show tried hard. First, it was fun to see a male character with magic powers. I loved Samantha and liked Jeannie, Sabrina and the others, but it was almost always a woman who got to do the magic stuff.

John Ales was so cute as the manic Genie. He was kind of like a humanoid Bugs Bunny. His magic reflected his off-the-wall personality beautifully.

In retrospect, the show should have been more of a romantic comedy, playing on the tension between Genie and Gillian (the fabulous Harley Jane Kozak). Yes, that would have made it more like _I Dream of Jeannie_,but that formula works better in this genre than the family sitcom with kids having to learn a "valuable lesson". It tried to be a little of both, leaning toward the family sitcom, which weakened it. Adding Jerry Van Dyke was a mistake. He is a wonderful comic actor, but he detracted from the Genie/Gillian relationship.

They put forth an earnest effort, but ultimately it went down the wrong path. It would be interesting to see a new version of this concept--the magical romantic comedy--with either a magical male character and a mortal woman, or, perhaps, a magical male character and a mortal man!


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