During the '60s, television entertained us with silly sitcoms. The week began with Goldie in LAUGH-IN, followed by Barabara Eden's I DREAM OF JEANNIE, Elizabeth Montgomery in BEWITCHED, Eva Gabor on GREEN ACRES, and bodacious Barbara Feldon GETting SMART, closing with F TROOP on Saturday night. I don't know why anybody else looked at these fluffs; Monday through Friday, I was in love with the leading ladies. None were so vivacious, bubbly, captivating, and sexy as JEANNIE.
Astronaut Major Tony Nelson crash lands on a desert island to find a bottle holding a genie captive for millenia. Once released, she falls in love with her "Master", eager to grant his every wish by crossing her arms and blinking. JEANNIE is everyman's fantasy of a magical love slave; actually, Jeannie's dark side makes a love slave of her master --- be careful with your wishes. Seriously challenged for androgens, the Major, Mary Martin's son Larry Hagman who went on to greater stardom in DALLAS, doesn't want a voluptuous love slave or a gift nightmare. And so the show proceeded for 5 years, with JEANNIE screwing up Nelson's life byher unwanted and malaprop miracles that keep psychiatrist Colonel Bellows, played by Hayden Roarke, continually befuddled; "I saw it with my own eyes."
A vacuous treat for people who love fairy-tale nonsense. Or Barbara Eden.
Ms. Eden's (nee Huffman) considerable thespian talents, drive for stardom, and enchanting mezzo soprano voice failed to raise her above pretty girl bit parts in frothy comedies. After her breakout role as JEANNIE, she made another hit as the irrepressible housewife in THE HARPER VALLEY PTA, followed by singing gigs in Las Vegas. Shaken by the tragedy of her son ODing on recreational drugs, she tried a come that never made it back, still a beauty in her sixth decade, as a psychic sleuth on a TV series that died in its first season.
Most stories need a half-dozen main roles for character interest; count 'em in MASH, CHEERS, and STAR TREK. The silly sitcoms exhibit their poverty by lugging on 3 or 4 stock roles. Their humour is beaten out of the lies the protagonists tell to avoid embarrassing truths; redeeming social value is the penalties the suffer for prevaricating.I Dream of Jeannie:[[ASIN:B000TD48SI I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Fifth Season