When we hear or read the word genie, two things come to our mind. One is Genie from Aladdin, and the other is Christiana Aguilera's 1999 single, Genie in a Bottle! We would be able to meet another genie if we could travel roughly 50 years back in time. Her name is Jeannie. She bewitched people with her gorgeous appearance and superb acting skills in the mid-1960s. Oh yes, we are talking about the famous 60s American fantasy sitcom, "I Dream of Jeannie." The exciting TV series remains one of the best television shows of all time. Read these 15 lesser-known facts about "I Dream of Jeannie."
1.The Iconic Theme Music Didn't Exist In The First Season
The 70s kids know how the show's theme song would make them run to the TV! It is a short yet catchy piece of instrumental music. Hugo Montenegro composed it. Buddy Kaye penned the lyrics. Interestingly, the lyrical part of the music was never used in the show. The first season did have theme music. Richard Wess composed it. However, the show's creator, Sidney Sheldon didn't like it. He asked Hugo to write an upbeat song for the second season, and the legendary American music composer delivered what Sheldon wanted exactly. If you haven't heard the song before, here is "I Dream of Jeannie" theme music for you.
2.Barbara Eden Didn't Like Tony Nelson And Jeannie's Wedding
The entire plot revolves around the show's two leading characters, Tony Nelson and Jeannie. The romantic relationship between the couple is the heart and soul of the sitcom. In the last season, Tony and Jeannie get married. Many people didn't like the marriage. Barbara Eden, the actress who portrayed Jeannie, didn't like the wedding at all. According to her, a marriage between a human and Genie sounds impractical even on fictional grounds. She thinks it ruined the show's credibility.
As you know, Jeannie lives inside a spectacular pink colored bottle. Anyone who has seen the show knows how beautiful the bottle looks. Did you know that the famous "I Dream of Jeannie" bottle was not made for the show? It was a Christmas special bourbon whiskey bottle made by Jim Beam in 1964. It is believed that a friend of Sidney Sheldon gifted him a Jim Beam's whiskey bottle that he later used for the show. The first season had the original dark colored Jim Beam bottle appearing on the show. The crew customized it with vibrant colors for the subsequent seasons.