Television as viewers know it today contains just about anything imaginable. Expand to movies, and if someone can imagine it, it\u2019s been filmed. But jump back to the \u201860s, when a genie and a witch ruled the channels in an ongoing rivalry, certain things were actually taboo. Subtly, but adamantly, for instance, Barbara Eden could never show her belly button on TV. That was all due to censorship regulations at the time. They\u2019re roughly the same rules that prohibited married couples from appearing in the same bed, or that discouraged pregnant women from showing their baby bump, covered or not. The likes of Lucille Ball would break major ground with her insistence of breaking the mold, but some habits die hard. So, here\u2019s how the show creatively worked around this surprising rule. A revealing outfit is fine, but don\u2019t show that belly button! The show went to great lengths to hide Eden's belly button \/ Everett Collection Barbara Eden\u2019s costume on I Dream of Jeannie gave the show\u2019s staff plenty of problems. For one thing, the special effects team used smoke that caused her parachute pants to shrivel and shrink. Then there\u2019s the revealing nature of its waistline. The top and bottom left the expanse of Eden\u2019s torso showing. That was perfectly acceptable until it showed a belly button. RELATED: \u2018I Dream Of Jeannie\u2019 Cast Then And Now 2021 Eden discussed this restriction in a 2005 interview. She explained that NBC executives worried whenever her belly button risked showing. \u201cThey became very strict about the navel,\u201d she further shared. This seemed only to extend to Eden\u2019s torso, however, as TODAY further notes that during a beach episode, several bikini-clad women frolic around Jeannie and Tony with belly buttons in full scandalous view. A novel navel scandal https:\/\/twitter.com\/hawaii_isla808\/status\/811621276817113088 Producer George Schlatter caused a stir among the network when he voiced plans to \u201cpremiere\u201d Eden\u2019s belly button. So, executives congregated to discuss her torso with all the seriousness of an executive board meeting. Eden further confirmed, \u201cGeorge said he had never seen so many suits sitting around a table in his life discussing someone's anatomy.\u201d Often, Jeannie\u2019s outfit would shift, sometimes revealing her navel, which earned criticism from executives and censors, and requiring editing. When she stood stationary, the camera would stay angled in such a way to act as a safeguard. Furthermore, they also had to censor Eden\u2019s own baby bump during the first season of I Dream of Jeannie, because although Lucille Ball made headway with that, it took some time for this revolutionary vision to set in.