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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 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 (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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Der Prinz von Bel-Air  »

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During the fall of 1991-92 season, NBC gained two hit television shows to anchor their Monday night line-up ("Blossom" aired after "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). To gain popularity between the two shows, Will Smith appeared in an episode as himself under the rap persona of The Fresh Prince. Several episodes later, Karyn Parsons showed up in an episode of "Blossom", as Hilary Banks. Parsons also appeared in the Patti LaBelle sitcom, "Out All Night" as her Fresh Prince character. See more »

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In the beginning of the episode where Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil go to Palm Springs for the weekend and Will can't go, he is wearing an inner tube that is under the left arm. In the next shot it is under the right and keeps moving back and forth. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Hard Luck (2006) See more »

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Performed by Will Smith
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i have no problem with this being nick at nite's only show!
17 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this show is very funny. Will is always cracking jokes. Jokes about Carlton's height, Uncle Phil's weight, and women. Will's low intellect is what makes him so funny. And of course, you have Hilary who is funny because she has the intellect of a rock. And what would the show be like without Geoffrey's sarcasm? The witty butler always has some smart alek thing to say. The smartest people and consequently, the least humorous are Phil and Vivian and Ashley. And even they are pretty funny. That just goes to show you how funny and creative this show truly is. My favorite character would have to be Will because his humor and sarcasm are priceless. Don't forget about Jazz, I always find him to be quite funny and when he gets "thrown" out of the house by Phil, it adds to the humor.


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