Created to compete against the other big magical female-centric sitcom of its day, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie popped onto the scene on September 18, 1965. The show starred Arizona native Barbara Eden as the genie Jeannie, and Texan Larry Hagman as her astronaut “master,” Major Tony Nelson.

I Dream of Jeannie ran for five seasons, and over the course of the series’ 139 episodes, the 2000-year-old, green-blooded Jeannie created a steady-stream of misunderstandings and all other manner of chaos for Major Nelson.

One of the show’s most popular sets was that of the inside of Jeannie’s true home — her bottle. In reality, instead of this bottle being an exotic antique, its origins were much more humble — and much more local. It was, in fact, a cleverly-painted Jim Bean decanter, circa 1964.

See inside Jeannie’s cozy bottle below!

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Jeannie in a bottle

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On the bottle set

A look at the “I Dream of Jeannie” crew/cameraman filming Barbara Eden in the “bottle”

How they filmed the scenes inside the bottle in I Dream of Jeannie


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