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I Dream of Jeannie

Harvey Pekar, Cleveland comic-book legend, dies at age 70
July 15, 2010

Created by Sidney Sheldon, NBC aired 139 episodes of I Dream of Jeannie between September 18, 1965 and September 1, 1970. The first 30 episodes were originally filmed in black and white.

The basic plot had an astronaut finding a beautiful genie in a bottle after his space capsule landed on a desert island. The show was set in Cocoa Beach, Florida and the cast included Barbara Eden as Jeannie, Larry Hagman as U.S. Air Force Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson and Bill Daily as Major Roger Healey.

The show’s writers included Sidney Sheldon, Arnold Howitt and Bill Daily, and directors included Gene Nelson. Hugo Montenegro wrote the popular theme. Censors allowed Jeannie and Tony to live in the same house with Barbara Eden wearing a sexy harem costume but took exception to her exposed navel.

Hanna-Barbera produced a 1973 cartoon series with Jeannie portrayed as a red headed teenager. Voice talent included Mark Hamill, Julie McWhorter and Joe Besser.

NBC aired the reunion movies I Dream Of Jeannie: 15 Years Later in 1985 and I Still Dream Of Jeannie in 1991.

Dell published two comic books with full color photo covers in 1965-1966. Barbara Eden’s costume is in the Smithsonian and the image of Barbara wearing it is in a lot of collectors’ minds.

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