What Is "I Dream of Jeannie" About?

What Is "I Dream of Jeannie" About?

"I Dream of Jeannie" is a sitcom about an astronaut who discovers a genie living in a bottle and brings her home to Florida with him. The show ran on NBC for five seasons, starting in 1965 and running through 1970.

In the show's pilot, astronaut Tony Nelson crashes on a deserted island and discovers a bottle that contains Jeannie, a 2,000-year-old genie. Jeannie shrinks down to miniature when she is in her bottle but otherwise looks like a human woman. When Tony is rescued, Jeannie goes into her bottle and sneaks herself into Tony's bag so she can return to the United States with him.

Jeannie is flighty, unused to modern life and infatuated with Tony, whom she calls "master." Many episodes revolve around his exasperation with her failure to follow his rules and keep her genie status secret, but he often ends up needing Jeannie's help to get out of trouble. The show included a number of fantasy elements; for instance, Jeannie has magical powers and her family is royalty in a fictional land.

The series ended with Tony falling in love with Jeannie and the pair becoming engaged.

Jeannie is played by Barbara Eden. Tony is played by Larry Hagman.

The first season of "I Dream of Jeannie" was played in black and white. Subsequent seasons were aired in color.