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YMMV: I Dream of Jeannie
  • Dueling Shows: With Bewitched.
    • Ironically, many foreign dubs (the Italian, the Japanese, and the German dubs) changed Jeannie to be a witch. It is rumored that the dubbers mistook the show for a spin-off (or tried to retcon it into being one).
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: In "The Moving Finger," Jeannie schemes to become a Hollywood actress in order to impress Tony, who seems to be starting a budding romance with a starlet named Rita Mitchell. At Jeannie's screentest, it is revealed that Jeannie cannot be filmed. Humiliated and cheated, Jeannie breaks down crying, being reminded yet again how she will never be good enough for Tony. Meanwhile, Tony sneaks in and explains he broke his date with Rita to see Jeannie's test. Upon hearing this, Jeannie lights up and says, "I cannot believe it...I have taken thee away from the greatest star in Hollywood!."
  • Ear Worm: The upbeat theme tune that was used from Season 2 on.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Wicked Jeannie, not that the Good Jeannie is any less...
  • Fair for Its Day: The alternative interpretation to Reactionary Fantasy. Tony explicitly freed Jeannie in the first episode, never took advantage of her Happiness in Slavery and consistently refused to exploit her powers for his own advancement — all fairly enlightened for a man of his era. So was his alleged desire for mundane conformity actually a sign of integrity? One could easily see how a man with enough drive to become an astronaut would not want a walking Deus ex Machina to just hand him the things he was intent on achieving on his own merits.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Mrs. Djinn-Djinn", a woman asks Jeannie whether she is pregnant. At the time, Barbara Eden was pregnant with her second child, but complications with it caused it, in short, to end in a miscarriage.
  • Ho Yay: Tony generally seems more interested in hanging out with his astronaut buddies than giving Jeannie, a pretty blonde in a harem girl costume who is willing to be his literal slave and bride, the time of day. The fact that he has no problem whatsoever with his fiancee, Melissa, leaving him also has shades of this.
    • The Man Show had a sketch that uses this Trope to explain why Tony wouldn't be interested in a smoking hot genie... that and It convinced Jimmy that Adam's gay since he played Tony in that sketch.
  • Love to Hate: Jeannie's sister.
  • Memetic Mutation: Jeannie's magical fold-arms-and-nod-head gesture.
  • Older Than They Think: Barbara Eden's career as an actress. She had already appeared on a TV version of How to Marry a Millionaire, so no, I Dream of Jeannie was not her first series.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Of a young Farrah Fawcett in the final season.
  • Sampled Up: The theme song, courtesy of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Actually quite fitting, considering the show's nature:
    Listen homeboy, don't mean to bust yo' bubble
    But girls of the world ain't nothin' but trouble!
    So next time a girl gives you the play
    Just remember my rhyme and get the hell away!
  • Strawman Has a Point: "Divorce, Jeannie Style" points out how abusive Tony is to Jeannie; it is treated as being all right because she is a genie.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: The show's infamous rivalry with Bewitched stemmed in part from this. While many episodes share the basic plot of earlier Bewitched episodes, the two most infamous examples were giving the heroine an evil dark-haired twin relative (Cousin Serena/Jeannie's sister) and retconning Jeannie's backstory from being a former human into her coming from a family of genies, much like the situation on Bewitched.
    • Apparently, this was because the writer who developed Serena went to work for I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Values Dissonance: There was considerable controversy during the episodes where Jeannie's costume showed off her belly button. Modern viewers who hear about the bellybutton issue wonder why, since the rest of her costume consists of see-through harem pants and a top she spills out of, both of which would seem like a much more hot-button issue.
  • Vindicated by Cable: While the show was by no means a flop, and its cancellation was due more to it being the network's plaything than anything, the show did tremendously well in syndication.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In early episodes, Tony has a fiancée, Melissa, until Jeannie successfully breaks up the match. Jeannie actually broke up a potential marriage out of jealousy and is essentially rewarded for it. To her credit, it is implied Tony was not going to go along with the marriage anyway.
  • The Woobie: Jeannie. Her tragic backstory consisted of being stripped of her humanity and being trapped in a bottle by a wicked djinn (though she was later retconned to have been born a genie), her mother and sister are outright evil, and Tony could be cruel to her.
    • Tony's treatment of Jeannie gets lampshaded in "Divorce, Jeannie Style", in which the Bellows meet Jeannie and mistake her for Tony's wife, and nearly bring Tony to the authorities over Domestic Abuse.
    • Her actress, Barbara Eden, counts as a woobie, too.
    • Dr. Bellows. How can you not feel sorry for him every now and then? Especially since he and Amanda are very friendly to Jeannie when they finally meet her!

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