"I Dream of Jeannie" debuted in September 1965 and aired until May 1970. The show aired for five seasons with a total of 139 episodes. The first season was filmed in black and white and consisted of 30 episodes.
"I Dream of Jeannie" was inspired by the movie "The Brass Bottle" for its use of a beautiful female genie. Producer Shidney Sheldon was hesitant about hiring a blond genie, as it was too similar to another Screen Gems production, "Bewitched," but after many unsuccessful auditions, he cast Barbara Eden for the part.
"I Dream of Jeannie" was one of the two regularly scheduled programs on NBC that remained black and white by the Fall of 1965 after most of NBC's prime time television shows converted to color. The show relied heavily on special effects that were not ready to be brought to color TV at the time but converted to color during its second season in 1966.