Overlooked Facts About Beloved Sitcoms That Will Take You Back In Time

March 26, 2024

Marriage Killed "I Dream of Jeannie". 

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black-and-white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite past series. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black-and-white television shows.


Who knows? I Dream of Jeannie may still be going strong today, 52 years after it was canceled, had it not been for the one thing that totally killed the TV series … marriage. For five seasons, fans of the fantasy show tuned in to see the obvious sexual tension between Larry Hagman, the dedicated career astronaut, and Barbara Eden, the beautiful 2000-year-old genie in a bottle. In fact, it was that sexual tension that kept the show exciting. When an exec at NBC announced that the two would marry, everyone spoke out against it – Hagman, Eden, the show’s creator Sydney Sheldon. But NBC went ahead with the TV wedding anyway. As predicted, I Dream of Jeannie’s ratings plummeted afterward. Larry Hagman later said that he heard that the show had been canceled from the guy working the gate at the studio. 

"My Favorite Martian" Nearly Ruined Ray Walston's Acting Career. 


When it debuted in 1963, My Favorite Martian was the first television sitcom with a science fiction theme. It was often lumped with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as the earliest sci-fi series, but the later two are really based in magic, whereas My Favorite Martian is a focused on science and technology. Character actor Ray Walston was cast as the title role. Later, Walston said he regretted taking the role, but he did so because he needed the money. After the show ended in 1966, Walston had trouble landing other roles. Casting directors had trouble seeing him in more serious roles. Despite this, Walston said that the best thing about the show was meeting his co-star, Bill Bixby. Walston and Bixby became good friends.