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 found a way to get Nelson into 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. The fifth season was the last for the series, but the cast did get back together for a couple of reunion movies years later.
Some of the highlights of the final season include: "Jeannie and the Piano" (Tony's forced to perform at Carnegie Hall after Jeannie blinks magic into a NASA piano he was playing), "Jeannie and the Bachelor Party" (Jeannie and Mrs. Bellows find out when Roger and Tony plan a bachelor party), "Guess Who's Going to Be a Bride?" (Tony must rush to the Far East to get Jeannie back, even if it means proposing to her), "The Wedding" (It's time for the wedding, but Jeannie can't be photographed), "One of Our Hotels Is Growing" (When Tony, Roger and the Bellowses are informed the hotel they booked is full, Jeannie blinks a thirteenth floor), "The Solid Gold Jeannie" (Jeannie blinks into Tony's decontamination chamber at NASA without knowing she must remain hidden there for 21 days) and "Hurricane Jeannie" (Dr. Bellows witnesses multiple acts of magic during a hurricane that exposes Jeannie as a Genie.)
5- 1 16 Sep 69 Jeannie at the Piano
5- 2 23 Sep 69 Djinn, Djinn, the Pied Piper
5- 3 30 Sep 69 Guess Who's Going to Be a Bride (1)
5- 4 7 Oct 69 Guess Who's Going to Be a Bride (2)
5- 5 14 Oct 69 Jeannie's Beauty Cream
5- 6 21 Oct 69 Jeannie and the Bachelor Party
5- 7 28 Oct 69 The Blood of a Jeannie
5- 8 4 Nov 69 See You in Cuba
5- 9 11 Nov 69 The Mad Home Wrecker
5-10 25 Nov 69 Uncles a Go-Go
5-11 2 Dec 69 The Wedding
5-12 9 Dec 69 My Sister, the Homemaker
5-13 16 Dec 69 Jeannie, the Matchmaker
5-14 30 Dec 69 Never Put a Genie on a Budget
5-15 6 Jan 70 Please Don't Give My Genie No More Wine
5-16 13 Jan 70 One of Our Hotels Is Growing
5-17 20 Jan 70 The Solid Gold Jeannie
5-18 3 Feb 70 Mrs. Djinn Djinn
5-19 10 Feb 70 Jeannie and the Curious Kid
5-20 24 Feb 70 Jeannie, the Recording Secretary
5-21 3 Mar 70 Help, Help a Shark
5-22 17 Mar 70 Eternally Yours, Jeannie
5-23 24 Mar 70 An Astronaut in Sheep's Clothing
5-24 28 Apr 70 Hurricane Jeannie
5-25 19 May 70 One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind
5-26 26 May 70 My Master, the Chili King
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.
EXTRAS: Snippets of episodes (minisodes) from "Fantasy Island" and "Bewitched". It's really very surprising that no show-related extras were rounded up for this final season of "Jeannie".
Final Thoughts: "I Dream of Jeannie" goes out on a good note in this entertaining last season. The DVD set doesn't provide any supplements, but audio/video quality is fine.