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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 99)

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

James Avery ... Philip Banks / ... (147 episodes, 1990-1996)

Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks / ... (147 episodes, 1990-1996)

Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks / ... (146 episodes, 1990-1996)

Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks / ... (145 episodes, 1990-1996)

Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler / ... (145 episodes, 1990-1996)

Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks / ... (73 episodes, 1993-1996)

Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (72 episodes, 1990-1993)

Ross Bagley ... Nicky Banks / ... (48 episodes, 1994-1996)

Jeffrey A. Townes ... Jazz / ... (46 episodes, 1990-1996)
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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)
Benny Medina (143 episodes, 1990-1996)
Jeff Pollack (143 episodes, 1990-1996)
Susan Stevenson (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)
Michael Soccio (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Shannon Gaughan (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Winifred Hervey (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
Barry Gurstein (5 episodes, 1993-1995)
David Pitlik (5 episodes, 1993-1995)
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)
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:
Will Smith was approached by the television network NBC, who signed him on to a contract and created a sitcom that focused on him.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Will:Girl, you look so good, I would marry your brother just to get in your family.See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirSee more »

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How many times has Jazz been thrown out?
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79 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
My all-time favourite TV series, 10 September 2003
Author: quixoboy from Ottawa, Ontario

Of all the shows, I believe that "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is the one with which I can most identify with, since I have surely seen every single episode at least a dozen times - and yet it STILL never gets tired! I cannot get sick of this show, and it's making me a bit disturbed! Just what is it that makes this show so continually appealing, even around seven years since its final episode? I'm not sure...it's certainly not just one element. Every part of this show is magic: the wonderful acting from all involved; the witty (and often painfully hysterical) one-liners and banter between characters; the hip, cool atmosphere; the music...it all perfectly fits into what has to be one of the most remarkable and well-made sitcoms of the '90s.

I find myself shocked sometimes at the number of people who have totally forgotten about this show. Granted, it DID end in 1996, and obviously a lot has happened since then (most notably the skyrocketing music & film career of a certain lead star), but I mean, come on! This show is an undisputed classic! Who can forget the wild, crazy, and just plain amusing adventures we've had with Will Smith and the Banks family?

There were times when I was just addicted to this show, I remember...it was a while back when the episodes were running in syndication every evening on TBS SuperStation...I can't believe how this show can always manage to crack me up. It's incredible. I've grown to love all these characters so much, and even now, I still wouldn't pass up an opportunity to watch yet another priceless rerun.

I agree, though, that yes, a lot of the late, LATE episodes (around the second-last and final season) had their fair share of groans, and showed some glaring signs of tedium, but thankfully, the overwhelming positive qualities of the series tower over such minor flaws - including the mysterious re-casting of Aunt Vivian's role from Janet Hubert-Whitten to Daphne Maxwell Reid; the increasingly old-hat shtick of using the same stock footage whenever Jazz gets thrown out of the Banks residence for the umpteenth time; the cursed addition of a new cast member - little Nicky Banks (Ross Bagley), etc....

It's not an entirely perfect show, certainly (but then - what show is?), and it has had its fair share of ups and downs in its moderately impressive run of six years. However, when all is said and done, in the end, this show can proudly stand on its own as a pop culture treasure. It has evolved from what seemed initially to be an awkward, cheesy, quaint little '80s/'90s Cosby rip-off to a mature, slick, and fabulously written/produced/directed program. Pure gold is what this show is.

A truly underrated, and always entertaining, gem. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is one for the ages.

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