10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’
From 1965 to 1970, I Dream of Jeannie aired on NBC as the last sitcom produced in black and white. Running for five seasons, the series starred icon Barbara Eden as well as the likes of Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, and Hayden Rourke, and along the way amassed a huge and loyal fanbase. To this day, fans still tune into re-runs, and over the years have learned more and more about the series and what really happened on set. Take a look at 10 things you never knew about I Dream of Jeannie!
10. The Reception
With how popular and talked about I Dream of Jeannie is even to this day, many fans don’t realize that it really wasn’t a huge hit for the five years it aired. In its five seasons, it only hit Nielsen’s Top 30 ratings twice, and didn’t find major success until it went into syndication and fans watched it on re-runs.
9. Larry Hagman Problem
On-screen, no one would guess what was really going on with the man behind Captain Tony Nelson. Larry Hagman was both an alcoholic and an addict who drank heavily and also did drugs on set and has admitted that he was drunk in many of the episodes. He often terrorized the set which included an incident in which he urinated everywhere and at one point he came very close to being fired. Darren McGavin was in line to replace Hagman, and writers had gone so far as to complete a storyline in which Tony lost Jeannie and McGavin found her instead. Luckily studio executives fought for him, and he kept his job.