In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
, life changes overnight for William "Will" Smith. He's sent from the streets of Philadelphia to live with his Aunt Viv (Janet Huber-Whitten, later Daphne Maxwell Reid
), a professor of Black History and Literature, and Uncle Phil (James Avery
), a lawyer, in their Bel-Air mansion.
Will's mom Viola "Vy" Smith-Wilkes (Vernee Watson-Johnson
) hopes that Will will learn a thing or two about how to be successful and will get a good education. Though Will's street smarts clash with his spoiled cousins, Hilary (Karyn Parsons
) and Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro
), and snooty butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell
), the Banks soon warm to their fun-loving nephew.
Youngest cousin Ashley (Tatyana Ali
) loves and relies on Will's hip knowledge of music and fashion. When the Banks mansion becomes too much for him, he has friend Jaz (D.J. Jazzy Jeff
) to keep him grounded.