I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
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The Lady in the Bottle 

American astronaut Tony Nelson splashes down near a deserted island and finds a bottle that contains a beautiful genie named Jeannie. After helping him get rescued he sets her free, but she... See full summary »


Gene Nelson


Sidney Sheldon (created by), Sidney Sheldon


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Episode cast overview:
Barbara Eden ... Jeannie
Larry Hagman ... Capt. Anthony Nelson
Karen Sharpe ... Melissa Stone
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Bellows
Philip Ober ... General Wingard Stone
Baynes Barron ... Commander
Joe Higgins ... 2nd Garbage Man
Richard Reeves ... 1st Garbage Man
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Husband (as Warren Kemmerling)
Patricia Scott Patricia Scott ... Wife
Don Dubbins ... Lt. Pete Conway, USNR
Bill Daily ... Capt. Roger Healey


American astronaut Tony Nelson splashes down near a deserted island and finds a bottle that contains a beautiful genie named Jeannie. After helping him get rescued he sets her free, but she prefers to come home with him. Besides she is very much in love with her handsome master and she will grant his every wish or desire no matter how much trouble he gets in. Written by laird-3

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

18 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Did You Know?


In this pilot episode Anthony Nelson's character name is listed as Anthony Wilson in the end credits. See more »


General Stone and Melissa find Tony in an Arabian costume when they visit him at night. As they enter his house, Jeannie blinks his clothes back to normal, but the others don't seem to notice that his entire outfit changed in an instant while their backs were turned. They make no mention of it. See more »


[Jeannie walks into the room wearing only one of Captain Nelson's shirts]
Major Nelson: Well. Well, look - look who's here.
Melissa Stone: I'm looking.
Major Nelson: Oh, uh, Me-Melissa, this is - This is Jeannie.
Melissa Stone: Tony. I've always prided myself on being tolerant, but - But would you explain to me, what is that girl doing here?
Major Nelson: Uh, w-well, that's the explanation. She's not here.
[Jeannie giggles]
Melissa Stone: What?
Major Nelson: Uh, w-well, she is here, but of course, uh, she's not a girl.
[Jeannie folds her arms, clearly mad]
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Crazy Credits

Although called Anthony Nelson in the episode and in the newspaper headlines in the episode, Larry Hagman's character is identified as Anthony Wilson in the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version for syndication and DVD release. See more »


Featured in I Dream of Jeannie: Eternally Yours, Jeannie (1970) See more »

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The Lady in the Bottle
12 September 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The first episode sees astronaut Captain Tony Nelson Larry Hagman) on a space flight when his capsule comes near a deserted island. On the beach he notices a strange bottle which keeps rolling away as he writes a SOS notice on the beach. When he rubs it a genie materialises speaking a foreign language.

He cannot understand her until he wishes she could speak English which she then does. He then wishes that he could be rescued and a rescue helicopter shows up.

Tony sets the genie free but she manages to accompany him back home causing chaos. He is engaged to a General's daughter and his superiors think he has been hallucinating. When Jeannie materialises in Florida, Tony wants to make sure his fiancée does not see her and really wants Jeannie to go away.

A promising beginning to a series that was inspired by the success of Bewitched and Hagman and Barbara Eden make a good pairing and a few humorous incidents in the first episode.

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