When I was a kid, my dad didn’t like me watching shows that were too adult like Dallas (and probably screened too late too), so I never knew that the actor who played Tony on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ was the same famous actor who played JR on the soap opera, Dallas. I also had no idea how handsome Larry Hagman used to be, till I watched the old clips on YouTube. As a kid I was totally enamoured by Jeannie’s powers and wanted genie powers of my own to finish my homework with a blink. I loved the cartoon introduction too. The show was created by none other than Sidney Sheldon who was with NBC, in response to ABC’s popular Bewitched series. It was such a different time then, that censors allowed Jeannie to be depicted living in a house with an unmarried man only because it was clear she slept in her own bottle. Feminists may find the master business sexist, but I guess she was a genie after all and she never really listened to him. It was just a more innocent time and you can feel that when you watch old shows. I just loved that there was absolutely no cursing and swearing that’s prevalent these days.
Were there any shows you were not allowed to watch as a kid, because they were deemed too adult?
Barbara Eden is now 76 and Larry Hagman 79. I would love to read Barbara Eden’s memoirs that she just wrote called ‘Jeanie Out of a Bottle’. Now that’s a real life lived and not some silly memoir written by a young socialite or hollywood kid actress. And what’s not to love about Larry who had this comment about his fellow Texan George Bush before the Iraq war. “A sad figure (Bush)—not too well educated, who doesn’t get out of America much. He’s leading the country towards fascism”