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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Der Prinz von Bel-Air  »

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According to Will Smith in an interview, the reason for his character being named "Will Smith" was that, during the creation of the show, he and Alfonso Ribeiro were brainstorming names for their characters. Alfonso remarked that Will had to be careful in naming his character, as people would refer to him in public by that name for the rest of his life, and suggested that he name the character "Will Smith". See more »

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In the first episode ( "The Fresh Prince Project") Will is using a staple gun to put up a poster of Malcolm X. He repeatedly jumps towards the wall and punches the staple gun to secure the poster. Numerous times, when he hits the wall, you can see the wall shaking. See more »

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

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Featured in Like Mike (2002) 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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