I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
TV-G | 18 September 1965 (USA)
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    Simply A Masterpiece

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    Simple and well acted, it has tension enough to knot the stomach.

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    I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.

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    Portia Hilton

    Blistering performances.

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    The 1960s saw some very good to classic shows. One doesn't have to have been born then or before to feel that way, speaking as someone born in the 1990s but has always been fascinated by older shows. 'I Dream of Jeannie' is one such show, has much enjoyment still and perhaps deserves more credit.'I Dream of Jeannie', with the unique (then and even now) concept of the pairing of a genie and an astronaut, is a dream to watch when at its best and is still watchable when it isn't quite. Like 'Bewitched', a show that is often compared with 'I Dream of Jeannie' (put them about equal myself), the early seasons fare better than the later ones, where the stories do start to lack freshness and the sexual tension is stronger in the earlier seasons.Also, 'I Dream of Jeannie' can have some sloppy continuity errors and can fall into silliness, like going back in time in Persia.On the other hand, 'I Dream of Jeannie' is particularly noteworthy for the very likable and memorable assortment of characters, the regulars are not easy to forget and the supporting/secondary cast are really good fun, and a great cast.Barbara Eden is beautiful, charming and sensual, you would be hard pressed to find genies portrayed in this way. Larry Hagman's mannerisms are a true joy and Hagman has wonderful comic timing and endearment that is deserving of more credit. His chemistry with Eden is one of a kind, one of television's finest ever chemistries and a huge part of the show's appeal.There has probably never been a funnier doctor in television than the hilariously prissy one portrayed by Hayden Rorke. Bill Daily's Healey doesn't develop as much, or as much as could, but Daily clearly has fun with the character and makes it his own.Production values were clearly made with love and affection, with beautiful use of both black and white and colour, and the slick photography complements them well. For the 60s, the show does still look pretty good. Like with 'Bewitched', the effects are not always special (particularly early on) and there could have been more of them but most of the time they are hardly slapdash and have real charm. The bottle is famous for good reason.Music is dynamic and groovy, with all the theme music tunes being noteworthy. The animated opening sequence is both beautiful and lively and is utilised cleverly. The expository narration of the first few episodes, up to episode 8, delivered by Paul Frees was not used as much and not as striking as the animated sequence, but nonetheless was interesting and made its mark.Writing is funny, snappy, charming and thoughtful, while the stories have magic, sexual tension, charm and immense likability on the most part, though the earlier seasons have more freshness.Overall, a dream to watch. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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    I dream of Jeannie is a typical slapstick comedy. Made in the 60'ties it follow the usual silly, kind of wacky style. Jeannie is the beautiful, naive, all to eager to please Genie that is found by an Astronaut. From that day his life is turned upside down. He want a simple steady workday, where Genie want fun and use every vague formulated sentence to interpret a wish.That and the Genies terrible jealous temper makes every day a challenge for the astronaut.On the plus side, Barbara Eden is the very beautiful female Genie, Larry Hagman and more actors play well.Compared to modern series, it lack development of characters, there is no real depth in the persons, all play very naive, and much too silly. But that was the standard at that time.With a few exceptions, you can watch each episode independent and figure out the plot-line in 10 seconds flat.I give it 7 of 10, because it was well made (for that time). Barbara Eden is stunning beautiful in all 4 first series and play very well. But if it had been anyone else, I doubt the series would have survive for more seasons. Despite being a 2000 year old Genie, you can see how she ages, particular in series 5.

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    Dalbert Pringle

    TV's I Dream Of Jeannie was pretty much just a simple-minded one-note joke that got real stale, real fast.With the Jeannie character being just a glorified boy-toy Barbie Doll, I guess that she was created to somehow fulfill the wish of everyman's secret sexual fantasy.I found this show to be shallow, petty, painfully predictable and completely unfunny. Its desperate attempts to generate some much-needed laughs were so downright stupid that it was literally brain-dead.I thought that astronaut, Tony Nelson, was a total square who used Jeannie like a doormat. If only Jeannie would've finally wised-up and realized that she had been rescued from her bottle by the biggest bore in the entire world, bar none.The rapport that took place between Jeannie and Tony was as trite and contrived as you could possibly imagine. I totally hated the annoying way that Jeannie and Tony volleyed their ridiculous fits of jealousy back and forth between each other.All-in-all, this mid-1960s Sit-Com was dumb to the 10th power.

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    No IDOJ's misfortune was it tried to copy a much better show...Bewitched. IDOJ aired a year after Bewitched but was cancelled 3 years before Bewitched. That's because people didn't fall for the pretty dumb blonde in a mini dress doing slap stick. They preferred better writing and story lines from a pretty smart blonde who seemed to care about people. Bewitched had better characters and touching story lines that nearly everyone can remembers. I can't remember one good episode of IDOJ. Yes Jeannie was pretty but the show didn't even compare to the writing in the Munsters. I still like watching IDOJ because it takes me back to the 60's, but I prefer Bewitched. I love Samantha, Tabitha, both Darrins, Endora, Aunt Clara, Paul Lynne, the Tates and the Cravaths.

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