10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’
6. In Black and White
The very first season of I Dream of Jeannie was filmed in black and white, despite it being the time when many networks and series switched to color. In his autobiography “The Other Side of Me,” creator Sidney Sheldon revealed that NBC actually wanted the show filmed in black and white because they weren’t convinced it would last more than one season. Sheldon even offered to pay the extra $400 per episode to have the show shot in color, but he was told to not “throw” his money away.
5. The Ending
Due to how iconic the show is for many people, it is often surprising to be reminded that it only last for five seasons. While that is a respectable run, popular shows usually last longer and many fans, as well as the cast and crew, can point to why the show came to an end. It seems it all went downhill after the writers and producers made the decision for Tony and Jeannie to get married. In an interview years later on the Today show, Barbara Eden bluntly stated that “it ruined the show,” adding, “Because [Jeannie] wasn’t human…She thought she was, and [Tony] knew she wasn’t…I think it broke credibility.”