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 show was actually cancelled during its fourth season, with "The Philadelphia Story" serving as the finale. The overwhelming response, with viewers writing in by the truckload to NBC and Will Smith, convinced the network to go back on this decision, allowing it to run for what became two more seasons. See more »


When Carlton spends the weekend in Compton, Will tells Vivian and she becomes very upset. In one shot she takes an earring out of her ear but a few shots later Phil tells her to put her earring back in and the missing earring has switched sides. See more »


Will: Carlton, you'll never guess what happened!
Carlton: well there's no since in me playing is there!
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Crazy Credits

For a couple of episodes, the show was entitled 'The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia???' for when Will decided to stay in Philly. See more »


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and Jeffrey A. Townes
Performed by Will Smith
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Sexy, upscale, funny, and intelligent that was "The, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"!
29 May 2001 | by (Oakwood, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

Inner-city rap met upscale Beverly Hills society in this black sitcom. Philadelphia homeboy Will Smith was off to Beverly Hills to live with his rich, pretentious relatives the Banks. Only you had differences occur Will brought a little soul to the strict Beverly Hills mansion, only to be taught a few things by the Banks as well. The Banks family had the uncle of Will that was Philip (James Avery) a successful attorney who knew all about the problems a black man faced in a white society. The Banks had two daughters who I describe both as being just as sexy and beautiful as ever first the oldest and spoiled Hillary (Karyn Parsons) and the youngest the pretty Ashley (Tatyana Ali). The Banks family always had to deal with problems in life and had fun of it in the process. The theme song by Smith and partner Jeff Townes "Parents Just Don't Understand" said it all. You can now catch the reruns of the famous Will Smith on both cable channels TBS and WGN this popular black sitcom is still well enjoyed.

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