What Really Happened Behind The Scenes Of ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’

After witnessing the success of Bewitched, network executives at NBC dreamed up I Dream of Jeannie. They wanted to duplicate Bewitched rise to popularity and double their earnings on shows about beautiful, magical women.

Just as expected, I Dream of Jeannie was an immediate hit. The series ran from 1965 to 1970. It received rave reviews and amassed a loyal fan following. For a while, it looked like this show could do no wrong until one episode made fans completely turn on the program.

Barbara Eden Was Pregnant During The First Season Of The Show

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When Barbara Eden played Jeanie in I Dream of Jeannie, she wore pretty revealing outfits— at least, revealing for the ’60s. It may surprise you to learn that in every I Dream of Jeannie episode in the first season of the show (other than the pilot) Barbara Eden was actually pregnant.

Producers found clever ways to hide her pregnant belly during filming. Barbara’s baby’s father was her first husband, stage, screen, and voice actor, Michael Ansara.