The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

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The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans...

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 William 'Will' Smith / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Philip Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Carlton Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Hilary Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Ashley Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Geoffrey Butler / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Vivian Banks / ... (75 episodes, 1993-1996)
 Vivian Banks (74 episodes, 1990-1996)
 Nicky Banks / ... (50 episodes, 1994-1996)
 Jazz (47 episodes, 1990-1996)


When Will, an inner-city teenager from Philly is sent by his mother to live with his relatives (the Banks') in Bel-Air, everybody is in for a surprise. It is funny how influence can go both ways... Written by Steve Richer <>

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10 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Prinz von Bel-Air  »

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The character of Vivian Banks was originally named Wendy Banks. The name was changed when Debbie Allen was brought in to direct the pilot episode. Debbie Allen's mother and daughter are both named Vivian, and she changed the character's name when Janet Hubert reminded her of her mother. See more »


The living room changed, although they lived in the same house. After they changed it, the stairs were in the living room, they originally weren't there. See more »


Will: Girl, you look so good, I would marry your brother just to get in your family.
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Bloopers are often shown during the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Killer Flick (1998) See more »


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and Jeffrey A. Townes
Performed by Will Smith
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I absolutely love this show! I cannot ever recall an episode in which I did not laugh. Will Smith is so hilarious, everything he says always cracks me up. He also has this way of making eye contact with the camera whenever he's done something stupid or did something clever. I love the way Will always picks on Carlton and Uncle Phil. Will Smith, I think he's one of the best megastars in the world today. Vivian (Daphane Maxwell Reid and Janet Hubert Whitten), both portrayed the character excellently I must say. Carlton, what can I say? He always cracks me up. I'll never forget the episode where he and Will were imprisoned and Carlton started freaking out, wow, man, I literally fell down laughing away. Ashley (Tatyana Ali) I love her character. Uncle Phil (James Avery), he's a lawyer turned judge and a father who teaches good moral values to his children. I love his character. There is also Geoffrey. Wow, he is the most sarcastic butler around. He always makes fun of Uncle Phil and boy do I get off with laughter whenever I see him. But the show only had one problem and that was the character Hilary. No offence to Karyn Parsons whom I think is a beautiful and talented actress but the character of Hilary was seriously messed up. Here you have a 21 year old woman still living with her parents and won't go out to look for a job. All she concerned with is the way she looks. I think Hilary was the most annoying person on show. I HATED HILARY. She shouldn't have been like that. Gosh, everytime I had to see her, I would switch the channel until that part was gone. But nevertheless, I still loved the show. I've been watching the reruns since 2000 and I must say, I never get fed up of it. I look forward to it EVERYDAY. I was surprised that it was not included on RANK's Top 25 comedies of all time. This show should have at the top. If anyone does not think this show is funny, then something must be wrong. If I feel depressed and need a good laugh, all I have to do is watch this show and get tonnes of jokes. I wish they would have like the whole 5 or 6 seasons on DVD or VHS so I could go buy it. I give this show two thumbs up. Rating- 10/10, 100% Pure and raw comedy!

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