Saturday, July 1, 2017

Famous Firsts: Jeannie in Surf's Up (1973)

Our Famous First this month features Jeannie.

As we have previously documented, the series launched three years after NBC's I Dream of Jeannie had ended its run. With the blessing of Screen Gems, Hanna-Barbera rebooted, and transformed Jeannie (Julie McWhirter) into a jealous redhead who had eyes only for her new master, Cory Anders (Mark Hamill), and wouldn't let Cory near any other girl.

In "Surf's Up", Jeannie bulls her way into teaming with Cory for a mixed surfing competition. Jeannie in a bikini? Priceless.

Four years later, H-B had intended to bring Jeannie back for Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics, but Columbia said no. Only Jeannie's apprentice, Babu (Joe Besser), joined the Scooby-Doobies, and once that series ended after 2 seasons, that would be the end of Babu. Besser ended his run at H-B around the same time, having worked on Yogi's Space Race as well.

Rating: B.

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