A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »
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 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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 Ashley Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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 Hilary 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 (49 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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10 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Der Prinz von Bel-Air  »

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(148 episodes)

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Trivia

Will Smith has stated that he encouraged the writers of the show to write more serious and dramatic episodes after being inspired by the many emotional moments on Roseanne (1988). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Will: Now, come on, the only way that my plan is gonna work is if you follow my instructions to the letter!
Carlton: Great! What are the instructions?
Will: "Shut The Hell Up!"
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Wild Wild West (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Performed by Will Smith
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The greatest show ever with a 'fresh' attitude.
26 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A++

Starring: Will Smith, James Avery, and Alfonso Ribeiro.

A boy born and raised in the inner city of Philidelphia is sent by his mother to live with a much richer family, the Banks, in Bel-Air. Will's transition from 'inner-city boy' to 'rich boy' is wonderful. The characters always make me laugh. The characters developments are excellent, especially Carlton's. He's hysterical as the 'geeky' type. If you want to watch any show on TV, you better watch this.

Rank: 1st


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