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 running gag of the "Carlton Dance" throughout the show was actually a parody of the dance Courteney Cox did on the Bruce Springsteen music video "Dancing in the Dark" in 1984. See more »


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 »


Will: [when realizing that Carlton has taken the drugs from his locker] Hey, Carlton. Carlton! Carlton, listen. Something terrible has happened, man! Come on, I gotta get you to the hospital!
Carlton: [while dancing erratically on the prom stage] Why? This is the greatest night of my...
[Carlton suddenly passes out on the dance floor]
Carlton's Date: [screams as Carlton falls on the floor] CARLTON!
Will: [Will grabs hold of Carlton] YO! Carlton, man...
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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 »


Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Nostalgic Animated Shows (2008) See more »


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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