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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 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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Trivia

The part of Aunt Vivian Banks was portrayed by two different actresses during the series run. Janet Hubert-Whitten portrayed the original Vivian during seasons 1-3, but growing problems between Will Smith, the producers, and Hubert-Whitten caused her to depart in 1994. The producers offered Hubert-Whitten a 12/25 contract for season four, but she declined. Daphne Maxwell Reid replaced her in the role from 1994-1996, seasons 4-6. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Will: My horoscope says that I'm gonna be a famous rapper with a TV show.
Hilary Banks: Those things are stupid. What does mine say?
Will: Yours says "Be prepared for a fall. Remember, accidents may happen."
Hilary Banks: Those things are stupid.
[walks away]
Hilary Banks: [screaming and crashing]
Will: I wonder what I'll name my TV show.
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Opening credits are shown as graffiti. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Independence Day (2010) 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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Sexy, upscale, funny, and intelligent that was "The, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"!
29 May 2001 | by (Oakwood, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

Inner-city rap met upscale Beverly Hills society in this black sitcom. Philadelphia homeboy Will Smith was off to Beverly Hills to live with his rich, pretentious relatives the Banks. Only you had differences occur Will brought a little soul to the strict Beverly Hills mansion, only to be taught a few things by the Banks as well. The Banks family had the uncle of Will that was Philip (James Avery) a successful attorney who knew all about the problems a black man faced in a white society. The Banks had two daughters who I describe both as being just as sexy and beautiful as ever first the oldest and spoiled Hillary (Karyn Parsons) and the youngest the pretty Ashley (Tatyana Ali). The Banks family always had to deal with problems in life and had fun of it in the process. The theme song by Smith and partner Jeff Townes "Parents Just Don't Understand" said it all. You can now catch the reruns of the famous Will Smith on both cable channels TBS and WGN this popular black sitcom is still well enjoyed.


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