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  • Actor Allusion: One episode has Billy Mumy play a kid interested in going into space. To make it all the more interesting, Dr. Bellow unscrupulous manipulation of Mumy's character is in the vein of Dr. Smith's taking advantage of Will Robinson's youth and credulousness. Not to mention Bellows and Smith are each medical men and colonels involved in the space program.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Major Nelson, Larry Hagman met his future wife while serving in the Air Force.
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  • The Cameo: Groucho Marx appears for the final gag of one episode.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Several later episodes had Larry Hagman in the director's seat.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • 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, who threatened to cancel the show if it weren't made to happen. Even though the production staff gave in, NBC execs still exiled the program to weak timeslots throughout its fifth season in order to give themselves an excuse to kill the series anyway.
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  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Barbara Eden was pregnant during the first episodes and this was hidden behind Jeannie's veil.
  • 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 an entirely different actress in her first episode, before she became a minor, recurring character, and the role was taken over by Barbara Eden.
  • 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 what?)
  • 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.
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    • Larry Hagman's work on Dallas led to the recasting of Tony and the character's outright absence in the two reunion movies.
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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.
  • 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 them, 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 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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