In 1965, I Dream of Jeannie, a comedy about a 2,000-year-old genie and her ”master” hit NBC with a spell for sitcom success: a pinch of Gilligan’s Island (cue: marooned astronaut Tony Nelson…), a slice of Bewitched (…discovers a beautiful blonde who wields magic facial twitches), and a dash of I Love Lucy (back in Florida, she’s a well-intentioned mischief maker). But despite its conventions, I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete First Season gave audiences something new — a program centered on an unmarried couple cohabiting at a time when an exposed navel still irked censors.
EXTRAS The digitally remastered four-disc set comes in two editions, color and the original black and white. In ”I Dream of Jeannie Out of the Bottle,” creator Sidney Sheldon and cast reminisce (on the day she landed the midriff-baring role, Barbara Eden learned she was pregnant, forcing production to speed up). The pilot includes commentary with a giggly Eden, a subdued Larry Hagman, and a gushing Bill Daily (Major Healy): ”Gorgeous, both of you…gorgeous.”