I Dream of Jeannie Review

By. Daniel Heminger

Following in the magical fantasy footsteps of Bewitched (1964-1972), I Dream of Jeannie was one of the classic sitcoms of the 1960s. Perched precariously between the conservative 1950s and the sexual revolution, it was both a paragon of wish fulfillment and a product of the Cold War and the Space Race, thanks to the memorable device of making the hero an astronaut.

From September 18th, 1965 to September 7th, 1970 through 139 half hour episodes, the series depicts the wacky situations Jeannie gets her ‘master’ and his goofy best friend “Major Roger Healey” (Bill Daily) into, and out of. From showing Tony he truly did not love his first fiancée, to finally marrying him in 1970. As well as unintentionally driving a very sane Dr. Bellows out of his mind with her wacky, misguided magic. The two
go through many wacky adventures and experiences and provide us with many hours of entertainment.

Along the way appearances are made by Jeannie’s mother, her crazy uncles, her magical and usually invisible dog Djinn-Djinn and her unforgettable, worldwide infamous, wicked, raven haired twin sister also named Jeannie. Not to mention a long line of celebrity guest stars from Sammy Davis Jr. to Groucho Marx.

I Dream of Jeannie is a classic show with eternal appeal. Each generation will enjoy this classic sitcom. I’m sure two thousand years from now our descendants will be watching the girl in the bottle play ‘spin the astronaut!