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I Dream of Jeannie

Classic comedy offers laughs, sexist stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series reflects the values of its time, including now-dated gender roles and sexist stereotypes.

Positive role models

Major Nelson and Jeannie have a genuine affection for each other. Major Nelson and Major Healey are loyal friends. Healey sometimes attempts to use Jeannie's powers to make money.

Violence

Contains some mild pushing, shoving, punching, and references to torture. Jeannie occasionally uses her powers to punish people for what they want (or don’t want) to do.

Sex

Contains some very mild sexual innuendo. Jeannie’s outfit reveals her mid torso, and in later seasons, her navel.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasionally drinking (wine, hard liquor, champagne) is visible. As is typical for the time, characters occasionally smoke cigarettes and cigars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic comedy series features some dated messages about gender roles. It's family-friendly, but does contain some very mild sexual innuendo (especially mild by today’s standards). Champagne, wine, hard liquor, and smoking is occasionally visible.

What's the story?

The classic comedy I DREAM OF JEANNIE, which originally aired from 1965-1970, features Barbara Eden as Jeannie, a 2000+ year old genie who was released from her bottle after being found on a desert island by astronaut and Air Force Major Anthony Nelson (Larry Hagman). After helping him back to his Cocoa Beach, Florida home, Jeannie convinces Major Nelson to become her new Master. Things get crazy as the Major tries to keep her existence a secret while she misguidedly uses her powers to help him whenever she thinks he’s in a bind. Despite the help of friend and colleague Major Roger Healey (Bill Daily), Jeannie’s presence manages to raise the suspicion of NASA psychiatrist Dr. Alfred Bellows (Hayden Rorke), who is intent on proving that Major Nelson is suffering from delusions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The show’s plotlines surrounding Jeannie’s efforts to please her master and her attempts to keep him away from other women reflect some of the female gender roles and stereotypes of the time. Feminine sex appeal (characterized by Jeannie’s curve-revealing harem outfit) and a woman’s desire to get married are also highlighted throughout the series’ five-year run.

Some of its messages are definitely dated, and unlike shows that aired simultaneously, including Bewitched and Get Smart, it fails to address some of the social transitions of the time. But its likable characters, fantasy-oriented storylines, and running gags still make it a classic favorite.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how women's changing role in society has been depicted in the media over the years. How has that portrayal changed in the time since this show originally aired? Do you think there are things that have stayed the same? If so, what?

TV details

Premiere date:September 18, 1965
Cast:Barbara Eden, Bill Daily, Larry Hagman
Networks:Nickelodeon, Syndicated, WGN
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 January 31, 2011

Nice show

I watched a few episodes on YouTube abs it was nice. There is little sex: there is some mild innuendo, but it's no big deal. Jeanie does wear a revealing outfit, though. There is drinking and smoking, but it was okay on a kids' show back then.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 2, 4, and 5 year old Written bynmaab January 11, 2011

Love it!!

I love this show it is funny and it makes you want more too bad they are all reruns of course all good things must come to an end!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old May 6, 2016

Very annoying, innaproprate, rushed and stupid show

I dream of Jeannie is incredibly dumb and very innaproprate. The genie is so annoying. I couldn't recommend this on any level.
What other families should know
Too much sex