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Used to watch this show as a kid in the 1980s, when I stayed home from school (it was broadcast each weekday on a second-tier network, like a lot of sitcoms from earlier decades).

Thinking about it recently, and wondering specifically about the title -- to whom does the "I" in "I Dream of Jeannie" refer?

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The "I" does not refer to any specific in-show character. The show takes its name from the opening line of the Stephen Foster song Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, from 1854:

The opening line notably got used as the basis for the title of the TV series I Dream of Jeannie.

Here it is on Youtube.

The opening line is "I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair."

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I think that adding the lyrics to your answer will be a nice bonus :) +1 –  coleopterist Sep 26 '13 at 18:49
    
Thanks for the answer. I edited by adding the opening line from the song. The "light brown hair" part might also explain why the show's creator originally tried to avoid casting a blonde. –  Shiz Z. Sep 26 '13 at 19:08
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@ShaneFinneran I believe that Sidney Sheldon wanted a brunette in order to avoid his genie looking like the one on Bewitched which was a show on a rival network. –  coleopterist Sep 26 '13 at 19:25
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@coleopterist - There is no way those two would ever be mistaken for one another. One could act, the other had large breasts. –  wbogacz Sep 26 '13 at 20:50

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