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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1990–1996)
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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Prinz von Bel-Air  »

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Did You Know?


In the UK, the show was exclusively aired on BBC Two up until the Summer of 2004, originally in the DEF II programming block. The channel edited some of the episodes so that, like the pilot, the titles would come before the beginning of the episode; this was indicated by the lack of credits in the first scene. See more »


In the first season, Hilary is discussing interviews with Geoffrey. Geoffrey asks her what her name is, and she replies "Hilary S. Banks". But, in the second season, when Baby Nicky is about to be born, Will's mother grabs Hilary and refers to her middle name as being Violet. See more »


Will: Man, I love Halloween! It's the only time of year when a black man can wear a mask at night and not get arrested!
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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 »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Bebe's Kids (2010) See more »


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 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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