Jeannie versus Samantha:
As a kid I loved watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. Matters of magic and the occult on television were still portrayed as make-believe as opposed to current shows portrayal of such matters as genuine. Nevertheless in real life I wanted my own Genie or to be Samantha from Bewitched or to be Farrah Fawcett but that’s another story and another show.
The premise or plot outline for I Dream of Jeannie:
Astronaut Captain Tony Nelson is on a space flight when his one-man capsule comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island. Tony notices a strange bottle that rolls by itself, and when he rubs it after removing the cork, smoke starts shooting out and Jeannie materializes. "I must have gone further into orbit than I thought!" he says. Eventually, Jeannie, who was locked up in her bottle 2,000 years prior by the Blue Djinn, "blinks" a recovery helicopter into the area to rescue Tony, who is so grateful for her help that he tells her she's free. But Jeannie, who falls in love with Tony at first sight, reenters her bottle and moves it into Tony's duffel bag so she can accompany him back home.
Wikipedia overview of I dream of Jeannie...
The premise or plot outline for Bewitched:
The focus of the show, is on the mixed marriage of a nose-twitching witch, Samantha Stephens and her mortal husband, Darrin. The series, a romantic comedy, shows how true love can endure the most vexing of situations, even between a witch and a human. Samantha's mother Endora disapproves of Darrin, as indeed do most of Samantha's family. Many episodes revolve around Endora, or another of Darrin's spell-binding in-laws, using magic to undermine the union. Although Endora casts countless spells on Darrin, she never outright banishes him from Samantha's life, or casts any spells of permanence. Endora's ploy seems to be to provoke Darrin into leaving Samantha, but the mortal's love for his wife overcomes every obstacle. Endora refuses to even remember Darrin's name, invariably calling him "Durwood", "Darwin,", and even "Dum-Dum", much to Darrin's annoyance.
Wikipedia overview of Bewitched...
Jeannie was well a genie and as such had unlimited power except that it was under the control of her master.
Samantha on the other hand had power but it was limited to existing materials. I.E. one episode Endora zapped up a car for Darrin, he asked where it came from and she said, “Detroit, where else would it come from.”
My question is this: Who was more powerful, Jeannie or Samantha?