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Series / The Genie from Down Under

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Genie from Down Under follows Penelope Towns, a former rich English snob whose family has run out of money after the death of her father. It was created in the 8 year period between seasons 2 and 3 of Round the Twist by the same production crew (the ACTF).

While searching through her attic, Penelope finds an opal, and upon rubbing it, out pops an Australian man and his son who claim to be genies, and that they will grant Penelope's wishes in exchange for their freedom. Penelope names the pair Bruce and Baz, and decides she'd rather keep the genies in her service then set them free. However, when she wishes for 20 million pounds, she is transported to a ranch in the Australian Outback, where she's informed she has inherited 500 acres of land worth 20 million.


This work provides examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: Otto believes that his ancestors good fortune came from possessing the opal. He's right, but he thinks it's just a Good Luck Charm, not the home for two genies.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Bruce spend an episode as human because of a bet with Penelope. He has difficulty getting by, since an ancient Flying Carpet license is not a substitute for a driver's license.
  • Fountain of Youth: After Penelope forces him to grant over 200 wishes in an hour, Bruce intentionally makes a wish of hers backfire, turning her into a baby.
  • Freeing the Genie: All Bruce wants is for him and Baz to be set free.. There's a very elaborate method for the genie to free themselves: the master has to go into a special cave where the opal was originally found and wish themselves inside the opal which is the only place the genie can hold the opal (yes the opal is inside itself, recursive reality much). Then and only then may the genie wish themselves free.
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  • Genie in a Bottle: Well, genie in an OPAL, but Tropes Are Flexible.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Happens to the housekeeper in one episode.
  • Hollywood Mirage: Played for Laughs in one episode when most of the cast are stuck in the desert. Penelope wishes for the water in a canteen to not run out and the maid (who doesn't know about the genies) dismisses it as a mirage, not drinking any of it. The maid can be seen at the end of the episode when they are back in civilization watering the garden with the canteen.
  • Jackass Genie: An unusually sympathetic example. Bruce and Baz tend to intentionally mess with Penelope's wishes for their own agendas, but only because Penelope tends to make selfish wishes and refuses to free them from their servitude.
  • Land Poor: The Towns family. They own a massive estate in England, but it is in need of massive repairs, and they are required to rent it out like a hotel to pay the bills. Similarly, they "inherit" (via wish) a massive section of land in Australia valued at 20 million dollars, but still live in a tiny shack.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Penelope may be a jerkass, but Bruce would rather be in her service than have to work for the Von Meisters.
  • Literal Genie: While they have to grant wishes, it is up to Bruce and Baz if they actually follow the intent of the wish-for instance a guy wishes for a shirt full of muscles and he gets a shirt of the molluscs. The theme for the show even has Penelope wishing for them to actually do what she wants them to do.
  • Our Genies Are Different
  • Really 700 Years Old: The genies.
  • Reset Button: Courtesy of the genies, it's pushed nearly every episode.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Penelope is egotistical and greedy, and is openly disdainful of Australians.
  • With Friends Like These...: Penelope and her "friends" are mutually bitchy.