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  • Actor-Inspired Element: It was Barbara Eden's idea for Jeannie's costume to be pink. It was also her idea to give Jeannie's bottle its purple trim.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Major Nelson, Larry Hagman met his future wife while serving in the Air Force.
  • Author Existence Failure: Barton MacLane, who played the recurring role of General Peterson, contracted pneumonia and died on January 1, 1969, partway through season four. His character was replaced by General Schaeffer, played by Vinton Hayworth (uncle of Rita). Oddly enough, Hayworth himself also died while on the role in 1970, but it happened only five days before the series' final episode was broadcast, so a recasting wasn't necessary in his case.
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  • California Doubling: The series takes place in Cocoa Beach, Florida, however the production never filmed at the actual location. Most exteriors were filmed at the Warner Ranch in Burbank, California, while interiors were shot at the Columbia Pictures studio lot in Hollywood. The Edwards Air Force Base, located north of Los Angeles was used to depict Cape Kennedy.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Barbara Eden does a singing routine in one episode.
    • Major Healy plays the double bass in "How to Be a Genie in 10 Easy Lessons" and "The Mod Party". Bill Daily was a professional bass player before becoming an actor.
  • Descended Creator: Director Hal Cooper appears as Milton Berle's chauffeur / sidekick in "The Second Greatest Con Artist in the World" (directed by the other series director, Claudio Guzman). When the actor originally hired for the part became unavailable, Cooper - who was on location in Hawaii, prepping for the next episode - volunteered to fill the role as a last minute replacement.
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  • Directed by Cast Member: Several later episodes had Larry Hagman in the director's seat.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • In "Tony's Wife", Tony traps Jeannie's sister inside a perfume bottle. Filming for it involved an oversized mock-up of the bottle, which Barbara Eden couldn't get out of without help. In order to get a realistic performance from her for the scene where Jeannie II bangs on the glass and cries for help, the director had everyone on the set leave for lunch and pretend they had forgotten Eden was in the bottle, while a camera was actually still rolling. The result is in the final cut of the episode.
    • Larry Hagman was genuinely terrified of the pet lion Jeannie blinked up in "The Americanization of Jeannie". Barbara Eden, who has worked with lions previously, told him how to make himself familiar to the lion, so it would recognize his smell and would act restrained around him, but Hagman refused.
  • Executive Meddling:
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    • Network executives were obsessed about Barbara Eden's costume, terrified that it could be seen as obscene by more conservative parts of the country. They mandated that Jeannie's navel must never be seen on camera, leading to the creation of the high-waisted harem pants that Jeannie wears. Barbara Eden, in retrospectives, said that her navel peeked out all the time and no one seemed to care.
    • Tony and Jeannie's wedding was mandated by NBC executives, as a last drastic measure to boost falling ratings. Even though the production staff gave in, this didn't help the series (which had to compete against The Mod Squad), and Jeannie was cancelled at the end of the fifth season.
  • Fake Russian: Arlene Martel and Richard Gilden in "Russian Roulette". Noam Pitlik in "Never Put a Genie on a Budget".
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Barbara Eden was pregnant during the first episodes and this was hidden behind Jeannie's veil. In one of these episodes, "Whatever Happened to Baby Custer?", Eden's pregnant belly is clearly visible when Jeannie is wearing a one-piece swimsuit.
  • I Am Not Spock: Pretty much how many viewers see Barbara Eden, and one of the two ways they see Larry Hagman. Barbara Eden has said, however, that if people are going to remember her for one role, she's glad that Jeannie is that one role.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Wayne Rogers as Tony in Fifteen Years Later.
    • Jeannie's mother was played by two different actresses in different episodes during the first season. In the fourth season Barbara Eden took over the role for the rest of her appearances.
  • Pen Name: During the third and fourth seasons, series creator Sidney Sheldon stopped taking screen credit for his scripts and was credited under various pen names, including Christopher Golato, Allan Devon and Mark Rowane.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • The Blue Djinn, whom Jeannie had scorned 2000 years ago, was played by Michael Ansara, Barbara Eden's husband. He also played two other characters, including one whom Jeannie II "makes love" to (in the milder sense; but still, who better to play such scenes with than your real-life husband, eh). Ansara also directed episodes of the series.
    • Jeannie's nephew Abdullah was played by Barbara Eden's real life infant son Matthew.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Efforts were made to hide Eden's pregnancy early in the series, which is why she wears that body-enveloping veil in the earliest episodes.
    • Larry Hagman's work on Dallas led to the recasting of Tony in the first reunion movie, and the character's outright absence in the second.
  • Referenced by...: One episode of Seinfeld has Jerry's apartment get robbed. George walks in without buzzing. Jerry asks "How did you get here?" George replies by crossing his arms and blinking Jeannie style.
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  • Screwed by the Network: When it looked as if Season Five would be the last season, the writers wrote a script for a final episode in which Dr. Bellows finally learns the truth about Jeannie. When the network decided that the series would be renewed for at least another season, the script was changed to where Dr. Bellows' revelation was a nightmare Tony had. After the episode had wrapped up production, and was in the can, the network changed its mind again and decided to cancel the show after all. The TV movie from the 1980s seems to hint that Dr. Bellows may actually still have learned the truth about Jeannie, however.
  • Shootthe Money: The episodes that take place in Hawaii feature some outstanding Scenery Porn.
  • Star-Making Role: For both Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The TV movies were loaded with 1980s fashion. It is very telling that the original 1960s series aged much better, with only the final season airing in 1970. To their credit, the second movie had the sense to put Jeannie in her iconic harem costume for most of the movie.
    • The actual show somewhat averts this in that most people seem to misremember the show as some 1970s icon. In reality, the show was from the late 1960s. This is somewhat justified, as the show did better in syndication than in its original run.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • One of several attempts at a potential movie remake that failed before they even began would have cast Lindsay Lohan and Jimmy Fallon as Jeannie and Tony, respectively.
    • The creators wanted Jeannie to be a brunette to contrast Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched, only after being dissatisfied with the brunette actresses that auditioned they cast naturally blonde Barbara Eden instead.
    • Robert Conrad tested for the role of Major Tony Nelson, and was seriously considered.
    • The episode "My Son, the Genie" was originally written as a vehicle for Jerry Lewis, however, Lewis was busy on another project, and was replaced by Bob Denver.
  • The Wiki Rule: The I Dream of Jeannie Wiki.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Michael Ansara appeared three times in the series: as the Djinn who trapped Jeannie in her bottle 2000 years ago, as King Kamehameha himself, and as an astronaut whom Jeannie's sister seduces to make it look like Jeannie is having an affair.
    • Emmaline Henry appeared in a first-season episode as a magician's assistant before taking on the role of Amanda Bellows the following season.
    • Paul Lynde made numerous guest appearances, playing a wide range of different one-shot characters, from an IRS agent auditing Tony, to a flustered Hollywood movie director making a documentary about NASA and Tony's and Roger's lives.

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