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Seasons:
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Release Date:
10 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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THE BEST COMEDY OF ALL TIME!!!!! See more (94 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 98)

Will Smith ... William 'Will' Smith / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)

James Avery ... Philip Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)

Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)

Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)

Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks / ... (147 episodes, 1990-1996)

Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler / ... (147 episodes, 1990-1996)

Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks / ... (75 episodes, 1993-1996)

Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (73 episodes, 1990-1993)
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Series Directed by
Shelley Jensen (86 episodes, 1992-1996)
Jeff Melman (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ellen Falcon (18 episodes, 1991-1992)
Madeline Cripe (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Chuck Vinson (4 episodes, 1992-1995)
Rita Rogers (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Maynard C. Virgil I (3 episodes, 1993-1995)
Debbie Allen (2 episodes, 1990)
Rae Kraus (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Werner Walian (2 episodes, 1993-1996)
 
Series Writing credits
Andy Borowitz (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
Susan Stevenson (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
Benny Medina (143 episodes, 1990-1996)
Jeff Pollack (143 episodes, 1990-1996)
Lisa Rosenthal (11 episodes, 1990-1996)
Samm-Art Williams (9 episodes, 1990-1993)
David Steven Simon (9 episodes, 1992-1994)
Leslie Ray (8 episodes, 1992-1994)
David Zuckerman (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
Bennie R. Richburg Jr. (7 episodes, 1990-1995)
Cheryl Gard (7 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bryan Winter (7 episodes, 1991-1993)
Maiya Williams (7 episodes, 1993-1995)
Efrem Seeger (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
Eddie Gorodetsky (6 episodes, 1993-1995)
Barry Gurstein (6 episodes, 1993-1995)
David Pitlik (6 episodes, 1993-1995)
Michael Soccio (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Shannon Gaughan (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Winifred Hervey (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
Bill Boulware (4 episodes, 1993-1994)
Gary H. Miller (4 episodes, 1993-1994)
Adam Markowitz (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Rob Edwards (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Sandy Frank (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Devon Shepard (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
Tom Devanney (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joel Madison (3 episodes, 1995)
Michael Fry (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
K. Snyder (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Gayle Abrams (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Andrea Allen-Wiley (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
John Ridley (2 episodes, 1994)
Robert Bruce (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Matt Tarses (2 episodes, 1995-1996)

Series Produced by
Quincy Jones .... executive producer (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
Werner Walian .... producer (147 episodes, 1990-1996)
Benny Medina .... co-producer / co-executive producer (146 episodes, 1990-1996)
Jeff Pollack .... co-producer / co-executive producer (124 episodes, 1990-1995)
Mara Lopez .... associate producer (123 episodes, 1990-1995)
Andy Borowitz .... executive producer (73 episodes, 1990-1993)
Susan Stevenson .... executive producer (73 episodes, 1990-1993)
Samm-Art Williams .... co-executive producer / producer / ... (72 episodes, 1990-1993)
Leslie Ray .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (67 episodes, 1992-1995)
David Steven Simon .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (67 episodes, 1992-1995)
Cheryl Gard .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (58 episodes, 1990-1995)
Maiya Williams .... supervising producer / producer / ... (51 episodes, 1993-1995)
Barry Gurstein .... co-producer / producer (48 episodes, 1993-1995)
David Pitlik .... co-producer / producer (48 episodes, 1993-1995)
Gary H. Miller .... executive producer (41 episodes, 1993-1995)
Winifred Hervey .... executive producer (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kevin Wendle .... executive producer (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bill Boulware .... supervising producer (25 episodes, 1993-1994)
Eddie Gorodetsky .... co-producer (25 episodes, 1994-1995)
David Zuckerman .... co-producer (25 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lisa Rosenthal .... producer (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mary Ellen Jones .... co-producer (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Will Smith .... executive producer (24 episodes, 1994-1996)
Larry Wilmore .... co-producer (24 episodes, 1995-1996)
Bennie R. Richburg Jr. .... supervising producer (23 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ilene Chaiken .... coordinating producer (22 episodes, 1990-1992)
Tom Devanney .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (22 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joel Madison .... producer / supervising producer (22 episodes, 1995-1996)
Adam Markowitz .... producer / supervising producer (22 episodes, 1995-1996)
Efrem Seeger .... co-producer (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bryan Winter .... co-producer (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert Bruce .... consulting producer (19 episodes, 1995-1996)
Josh Goldstein .... co-executive producer (13 episodes, 1994-1995)
Leilani Downer .... producer (9 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Original Music by
Quincy Jones III (147 episodes, 1990-1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jim McQueen (44 episodes, 1990-1992)
John Doutt (17 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jesse Hoke (12 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Casting by
Allison Jones (113 episodes, 1990-1995)
Sally Stiner (113 episodes, 1990-1995)
Monica Swann (22 episodes, 1991-1994)
Lisa Miller Katz (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Production Design by
Fred M. Duer (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dahl Delu (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
John C. Mula (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Fred M. Duer (21 episodes, 1992-1994)
Greg Wolfson (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Greg Wolfson (14 episodes, 1990)

Ron Olsen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Violette Jones-Faison (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
Judy Richman (7 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joann Kozloff .... makeup department head / makeup artist (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
Stacey Morris .... hair stylist (121 episodes, 1991-1996)
Carol McCoo .... hair stylist (60 episodes, 1990-1993)
David Abbott .... makeup artist (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Meta Hahn .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1994-1995)
K-Bobby .... hair stylist (12 episodes, 1993-1994)

Roddy Stayton .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Gary Considine .... executive in charge of production (123 episodes, 1991-1996)
William F. Phillips .... executive in charge of production (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Sean O'Brien .... production manager (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rita Rogers .... associate director (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Madeline Cripe .... associate director (23 episodes, 1992-1995)
Mattie Caruthers .... associate director (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Art Department
Ron 'Ron Dog' Valentine .... props (48 episodes, 1990-1992)
Fred M. Duer .... assistant art director (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Alan Okazaki .... assistant art director (20 episodes, 1992-1995)
Ron Olsen .... associate art director (2 episodes, 1991)
Rich Hobaica .... props (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Rhonda Robinson .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Allen Patapoff .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (46 episodes, 1990-1992)
Craig Porter .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (45 episodes, 1990-1992)
Ron Garrard .... sound editor (25 episodes, 1994)
John Macheca .... audio / sound (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Fred Tator .... sound re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
James L. Mylenek .... audio / sound (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jeffrey C. Smith .... sound mixer / audio mixer / ... (13 episodes, 1994-1995)
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (10 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Ross Martin .... camera operator (124 episodes, 1990-1995)
Victoria Walker .... camera operator (96 episodes, 1990-1995)
Robin Strickland .... lighting director (28 episodes, 1990-1991)
William Gardhouse .... video (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Walter Glover .... lighting director (16 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jim Jensen .... lighting director (11 episodes, 1993-1995)

Art Busch .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
John C. Mula .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Paul Garnica .... background casting (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Allison Jones .... original casting (11 episodes, 1993-1995)
Sally Stiner .... original casting (11 episodes, 1993-1995)

Domenic Andreoli .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Jen Friesen .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Richman .... costume department supervisor / costume supervisor (49 episodes, 1990-1994)
Nelson Bisbal .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (36 episodes, 1991-1995)
Dawn Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Gregory B. Peña .... costumer / set costumer (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Marcy Craig .... costume supervisor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Penny Larson .... costumer (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Cynthia Michaels .... costumer (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Melissa Franz .... key costumer (15 episodes, 1992-1993)
Loring I. Spicer .... key costumer (5 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Music Department
Will Smith .... composer: theme music / performer: theme song / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
Tom Kramer .... music editor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Michael Blakey .... music producer (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Other crew
Mattie Caruthers .... associate director / script supervisor (138 episodes, 1990-1996)
Andy Borowitz .... executive consultant (123 episodes, 1991-1996)
Chris Klausen .... stage manager (122 episodes, 1991-1996)
Susan Stevenson .... executive consultant (117 episodes, 1991-1996)
Kevin King .... director of payroll (98 episodes, 1991-1995)
Michael Stramisky .... technical director (45 episodes, 1990-1992)
Sean O'Brien .... production coordinator (44 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bryan Winter .... executive story editor / consultant / ... (40 episodes, 1991-1996)
Terri Prizant .... production assistant / script supervisor (39 episodes, 1991-1995)
Jim Eddy .... assistant to producer / production assistant / ... (36 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bobreta Franklin .... assistant to executive producer / assistant production coordinator / ... (34 episodes, 1991-1993)
Herman Cox .... production assistant (33 episodes, 1991-1994)
Maynard C. Virgil I .... stage manager (32 episodes, 1991-1995)
Eddie Gorodetsky .... story editor / executive story editor (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
David Zuckerman .... story editor / executive story editor (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Michael A. Joseph .... technical director (25 episodes, 1990-1995)
Juanesta Holmes .... production assistant / script supervisor (24 episodes, 1990-1992)
Kathryn Dow .... writers assistant / production assistant (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rob Edwards .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Sandy Frank .... executive story editor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shannon Gaughan .... story editor / executive story editor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Elvin Ivory .... stage manager (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lynn M. McCracken .... stage manager (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lisa Rosenthal .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dave Shulman .... assistant to writers (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Latrice Williams .... set production assistant / production assistant (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Ridley .... story editor (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
William Gardhouse .... video (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bennie R. Richburg Jr. .... story editor / consultant: West Philly homeboys (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Steve Hoefer .... production assistant (22 episodes, 1990-1992)
Anita Cooper-Avrick .... stage manager (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Tama Schierer .... production assistant (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Efrem Seeger .... executive story editor / story editor (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Russ Reinsel .... technical director (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
Steven W. Bauerfeind .... production assistant (16 episodes, 1991-1992)
Denise McIver .... assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Perry M. Rein .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rae Kraus .... associate director (12 episodes, 1990-1992)
Eunetta T. Boone .... story editor (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
P. Karen Raper .... story editor (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jennifer Knight .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Danita Patterson .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Gayle Abrams .... assistant to executive producer / production assistant (12 episodes, 1994-1995)
Erma Elzy-Jones .... associate director (10 episodes, 1991-1992)
Linda M. Yearwood .... story editor (10 episodes, 1992)
Rich Hosek .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
Tim Trivette .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
Doreen Spicer .... assistant to executive producer (10 episodes, 1995)
Mike Kelley .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
Shayne Lewin .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lauree Sugar .... student (6 episodes, 1992-1995)
Marc Savoy .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
Denise Jennings .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1991)
Paul D. Lewis .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1993)
Irene Izaguirre .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lionell Hilliard .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1995)
Rachel Hauck .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1991)
Ilene Chaiken .... supervising executive (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kevin Holden .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Deborah Kaplan .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Danielle Satinover .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Pamela Oas Williams .... supervising executive (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Devon Shepard .... story editor (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
Annemarie Cosway .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1994)
Kim Hunter .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1994)
Kendra Oldershaw .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1994)
Merv Hawkins .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Bob Jones .... technical director (2 episodes, 1994)
Marcus G. Lindsey .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1994)
Tim Shannon .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1994)

Larry Cogan .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Laura Gary .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
Christophe Smith .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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24 min (148 episodes)
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | UK:U (most episodes) | UK:12 (one episode) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sherman Hemsley appeared as two different characters throughout the show, once as Judge Carl Robertson and again later as a cameo playing George JeffersonSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The living room changed, although they lived in the same house. After they changed it, the stairs were in the living room, they originally weren't there.See more »
Quotes:
Phillip Banks:Will, going to college isn't just about finding a job. It's about finding yourself, and finding what you do best that makes a contribution to the community. It shouldn't be just about money.
Will:You really believe that, Uncle Phil?
Phillip Banks:Yes, son, I really do.
Will:Then how do you explain becoming a lawyer?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in How Hip Hop Changed the World (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirSee more »

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64 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
THE BEST COMEDY OF ALL TIME!!!!!, 29 May 2003

I absolutely love this show! I cannot ever recall an episode in which I did not laugh. Will Smith is so hilarious, everything he says always cracks me up. He also has this way of making eye contact with the camera whenever he's done something stupid or did something clever. I love the way Will always picks on Carlton and Uncle Phil. Will Smith, I think he's one of the best megastars in the world today. Vivian (Daphane Maxwell Reid and Janet Hubert Whitten), both portrayed the character excellently I must say. Carlton, what can I say? He always cracks me up. I'll never forget the episode where he and Will were imprisoned and Carlton started freaking out, wow, man, I literally fell down laughing away. Ashley (Tatyana Ali) I love her character. Uncle Phil (James Avery), he's a lawyer turned judge and a father who teaches good moral values to his children. I love his character. There is also Geoffrey. Wow, he is the most sarcastic butler around. He always makes fun of Uncle Phil and boy do I get off with laughter whenever I see him. But the show only had one problem and that was the character Hilary. No offence to Karyn Parsons whom I think is a beautiful and talented actress but the character of Hilary was seriously messed up. Here you have a 21 year old woman still living with her parents and won't go out to look for a job. All she concerned with is the way she looks. I think Hilary was the most annoying person on show. I HATED HILARY. She shouldn't have been like that. Gosh, everytime I had to see her, I would switch the channel until that part was gone. But nevertheless, I still loved the show. I've been watching the reruns since 2000 and I must say, I never get fed up of it. I look forward to it EVERYDAY. I was surprised that it was not included on RANK's Top 25 comedies of all time. This show should have at the top. If anyone does not think this show is funny, then something must be wrong. If I feel depressed and need a good laugh, all I have to do is watch this show and get tonnes of jokes. I wish they would have like the whole 5 or 6 seasons on DVD or VHS so I could go buy it. I give this show two thumbs up. Rating- 10/10, 100% Pure and raw comedy!

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