Seemingly one of only a few old TV shows that hasn't been made into a movie, "I Dream of Jeannie" was a popular 60's sitcom that ran for 5 years ('65-70) before putting the cap on the bottle and calling it quits. The series focused on major Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman), an astronaut who, in the first season, found a genie named Jeannie (Barbara Eden) in a bottle when he found himself stranded on a desert island during a failed NASA mission. Having let her out of the bottle, he became her new master and, as such, he was entitled to wishes.
Most of the episodes had Major Nelson getting into various predicaments thanks to another idea or wish that Jeannie has managed to make a reality. Occasionally, Nelson would get assistance in hiding Jeannie from his friend, Captain Roger Healey (Bill Dailey). There was also the matter of the NASA psychologist, Dr. Bellows (Hayden Rorke), who always was just able to get Nelson in trouble.
The series was pretty formulaic, but the performances remained quite entertaining, as Hagman and Eden were a terrific match and supporting players like Dailey and Rorke filled out the cast well. The series does look dated at this point, but it's still a lot of fun and most of the episodes get quite a few good laughs.
Some of the highlights of this season include: "Fly Me to the Moon" (Jeannie hears that NASA is training a chimp to fly to the moon so she turns the chimp into a human), "Jeannie or the Tiger" (Jeannie's wicked sister traps her in her bottle, steals Tony and sends Roger across the globe to keep him from telling her secret), "My Turned-On Master" (Jeannie promises to transfer her powers to someone else for 24 hours if Tony lets her join him at a reception - but Tony is surprised when he finds out who Jeannie plans to transfer her powers to), "Who Are You Calling a Genie?" (after a bump on the head, Genie forgets who she is), "Genie, Genie, Who's Got the Genie?" (a 4-parter that has Tony desperately trying to save Jeannie when she gets locked in a high security safe) and "Operation: First Couple on the Moon" (when Jeannie finds out that Tony may be headed to the moon with a beautiful doctor, she seeks out her sister's help in setting it up so that she will end up going with Tony instead.)
Includes 26 episodes, including: Fly Me to the Moon, Jeannie or the Tiger?, The Second Greatest Con Artist in the World, My Turned-On Master, My Master, the Weakling, Jeannie, the Hip Hippie, Everybody’s A Movie Star, Who Are You Calling a Jeannie?, Meet My Master’s Mother, Here Comes Bootsie Nightingale, Tony’s Wife, Jeannie and the Great Bank Robbery, My Son, the Genie, Jeannie Goes Honolulu, The Battle of Waikiki, Genie, Genie, Who’s Got the Genie? (1), Genie, Genie, Who’s Got the Genie? (2), Genie, Genie, Who’s Got the Genie? (3), Genie, Genie, Who’s Got the Genie? (4), Please Don’t Feed the Astronauts, My Master, the Ghostbreaker, Divorce, Jeannie Style, My Double-Crossing Master, Have You Ever Had a Jeannie Hate You?, Operation: First Couple on the Moon, Haven’t I Seen Me Someplace Before?
VIDEO: "I Dream of Jeannie" is presented by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in color in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The presentation quality is perfectly satisfactory, considering the age of the series. Sharpness and detail were fairly pleasing, as the picture mostly appeared crisp and clear. Some grain was occasionally present, as were the occasional speck on the elements, but the majority of the episodes appeared crisp and clean. No edge enhancement, pixelation or other additional issues were spotted. Colors remained bright and lively, looking nicely saturated and never smeary.
SOUND: The mono soundtrack didn't fare quite as well as the image quality, sounding a bit thin at times. Still, for a program from this era, the overall audio quality was reasonably good.
Final Thoughts: "I Dream of Jeannie" continues to be a fun, light romp in this third season. The DVD set doesn't provide any supplements, but audio/video quality is fine.