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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 William 'Will' Smith / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Philip Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Carlton Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Hilary Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Ashley Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Geoffrey Butler / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Vivian Banks / ... (75 episodes, 1993-1996)
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 Vivian Banks (74 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Nicky Banks / ... (50 episodes, 1994-1996)
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 Jazz / ... (47 episodes, 1990-1996)
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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 <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The part of Aunt Vivian Banks was portrayed by two different actresses during the series run. 'Janet Hubert-Whitten' portrayed the original Vivian during seasons 1-3, but growing problems between Will Smith, the producers, and Hubert-Whitten caused her to depart in 1994. The producers offered Hubert-Whitten a 12/25 contract for season four, but she declined. Daphne Maxwell Reid replaced her in the role from 1994-1996, seasons 4-6. See more »

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During the weekend that Carlton is staying in Compton, there are posters on the wall of Jazz's apartment. Whenever the camera cuts in their direction, they switch walls, go in different orders, and are in different directions. See more »

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Will: Oh my god, Carlton! What's that hideous thing growing out of your neck?
Carlton: Where? Where?
Will: Ah, never mind. It's just your head.
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Janet Hubert-Whitten was credited simply as Janet Hubert during the first three episodes. During that time, the theme song was its full uncut version. From episode 4 onward the theme song was reduced by one verse and the "-Whitten" was added to Janet's credit. See more »

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Referenced in Hagan Reviews: Battle of the Bone (2012) See more »

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and Jeffrey A. Townes
Performed by Will Smith
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Favorite show ever
31 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is definitely the best show ever. It is hard to laugh at nearly every joke, but they make it possible in this. Every character is awesome. This started Will Smith and I am proud to say that this was good. The storylines in this are excellent. Every character is well developed perfectly. James Avery and the two Vivians are really good as the parents. They convinced me perfectly. Alfonso Ribeiro is perfect as the dorky cousin of Will and he convinced me very much. Karyn Parsons is good as the snobby cousin and she definitely convinced me. Tatyana Ali is good as Ashley and her character developed for the better over the time. Joseph Marcell is perfect as the butler Geoffrey and he made me laugh everytime he said something funny. Ross Bagley is convincing as little Nicky and he was cool. And last, but definitely not least, is Will Smith. He convinced me very much as the hood who changes when he moves in with his rich family and I loved his character the most.

Overall the entire show is perfect and definitely my favorite. Rating ***** out of ****. (Favorite Show)


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