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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 & 23 nominations See more »
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Still fresh after all these years See more (100 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 99)

Will Smith ... 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)

Ross Bagley ... Nicky Banks (50 episodes, 1994-1996)

DJ Jazzy Jeff ... 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 Gittelsohn (18 episodes, 1991-1992)
Madeline Cripe (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Chuck Vinson (4 episodes, 1992-1995)
Rita Rogers Blye (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 Borowitz (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 Borowitz .... 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)
David Hoge .... co-producer (3 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Original Music by
Quincy Jones III (147 episodes, 1990-1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jim McQueen (45 episodes, 1990-1992)
John Doutt (20 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jesse Hoke (15 episodes, 1993-1995)
 
Series Casting by
Allison Jones (49 episodes, 1990-1992)
Sally Stiner (49 episodes, 1990-1992)
Monica Swann (28 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
Fred M. Duer (27 episodes, 1992-1994)
Dahl Delu (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
John C. Mula (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Greg Wolfson (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Greg Wolfson (13 episodes, 1990)

Ron Olsen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Violette Jones-Faison (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
Judy Richman (7 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joann Kozloff .... makeup artist / makeup department head (144 episodes, 1990-1996)
Stacey Morris .... hair stylist (95 episodes, 1991-1996)
Carol McCoo .... hair stylist (62 episodes, 1990-1993)
David Abbott .... makeup artist (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Meta Hahn .... hair stylist (16 episodes, 1993-1995)
K-Bobby .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 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 (13 episodes, 1993-1995)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mattie Caruthers .... associate director (76 episodes, 1991-1996)
Madeline Cripe .... associate director (28 episodes, 1992-1995)
Rita Rogers Blye .... associate director (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rae Kraus .... associate director (12 episodes, 1990-1992)
Erma Elzy-Jones .... associate director (10 episodes, 1991-1992)
 
Series Art Department
Ron 'Ron Dog' Valentine .... props (48 episodes, 1990-1992)
Alan Okazaki .... assistant art director (25 episodes, 1992-1995)
Fred M. Duer .... assistant art director (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ron Olsen .... associate art director (2 episodes, 1991)
Rich Hobaica .... props (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Rhonda Robinson .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Jeffrey C. Smith .... sound mixer / audio mixer / ... (75 episodes, 1991-1996)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording mixer (46 episodes, 1990-1992)
Craig Porter .... re-recording mixer / sound mixer (46 episodes, 1990-1992)
John Macheca .... audio / sound (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ron Garrard .... sound editor (24 episodes, 1994)
James L. Mylenek .... audio / sound (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (10 episodes, 1994)
Fred Tator .... re-recording mixer (9 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Ross Martin .... camera operator (95 episodes, 1990-1995)
Victoria Walker .... camera operator (71 episodes, 1990-1995)
William Gardhouse .... video (34 episodes, 1990-1992)
Robin Strickland .... lighting director (28 episodes, 1990-1991)
Joey Del Valle .... still photographer (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jim Jensen .... lighting director (22 episodes, 1992-1995)
Walter Glover .... lighting director (17 episodes, 1991-1992)

Art Busch .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
John C. Mula .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Paul Cruz .... background casting (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Allison Jones .... original casting (22 episodes, 1992-1995)
Sally Stiner .... original casting (22 episodes, 1992-1995)

Domenic Andreoli .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Jen Friesen .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Richman .... costume department supervisor / costume supervisor (52 episodes, 1990-1994)
Nelson Bisbal .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (39 episodes, 1991-1995)
Dawn J. Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Gregory B. Peña .... costumer / set costumer (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Marcy Craig .... costume supervisor (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Penny Larson .... costumer (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Cynthia Michaels .... costumer (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Melissa Franz .... key costumer (17 episodes, 1992-1993)
Loring I. Spicer .... key costumer (5 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Editorial Department
Eric Johannsen .... assistant editor (25 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
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
Andy Borowitz .... executive consultant (123 episodes, 1991-1996)
Chris Klausen .... stage manager (122 episodes, 1991-1996)
Susan Borowitz .... executive consultant (117 episodes, 1991-1996)
Kevin King .... director of payroll (71 episodes, 1991-1995)
Mattie Caruthers .... script supervisor (61 episodes, 1990-1993)
Sean O'Brien .... production coordinator (48 episodes, 1990-1992)
Michael Stramisky .... technical director (45 episodes, 1990-1992)
Terri Prizant .... production assistant / script supervisor (42 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bryan Winter .... executive story editor / consultant / ... (40 episodes, 1991-1996)
Jim Eddy .... assistant to producer / production assistant / ... (39 episodes, 1991-1995)
Maynard C. Virgil I .... stage manager (37 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bobreta Franklin .... assistant to executive producer / assistant production coordinator / ... (34 episodes, 1991-1993)
Herman Cox .... production assistant (33 episodes, 1991-1994)
Eddie Gorodetsky .... story editor / executive story editor (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
David Zuckerman .... story editor / executive story editor (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Juanesta Holmes .... production assistant / script supervisor (25 episodes, 1990-1992)
Michael A. Joseph .... technical director (24 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 / production assistant (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Latrice Williams .... set production assistant / production assistant (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Ridley .... story editor (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Steve Hoefer .... production assistant (23 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bennie R. Richburg Jr. .... story editor / consultant: West Philly homeboys (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Anita Cooper-Avrick .... stage manager (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Russ Reinsel .... technical director (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
Tama Schierer .... production assistant (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Efrem Seeger .... executive story editor / story editor (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Steven W. Bauerfeind .... production assistant (16 episodes, 1991-1992)
Gayle Abrams .... assistant to executive producer / production assistant (15 episodes, 1993-1995)
William Gardhouse .... video (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Denise McIver .... assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Perry M. Rein .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Shawn Stevens .... caterer (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)
Linda M. Yearwood .... story editor (11 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)
Devon Shepard .... story editor (6 episodes, 1993-1994)
Rayniece Holmes .... stage manager / stage manager 1990-1991 (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Denise Jennings .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1991)
Bob Jones .... technical director (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Paul D. Lewis .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1993)
Irene Izaguirre .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lionell Hilliard .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1995)
Ilene Chaiken .... supervising executive (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kevin Holden .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Deborah Kaplan .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Danielle Satinover .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Pamela Oas Williams .... supervising executive (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rachel Hauck .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1991)
Annemarie Cosway .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1994)
Kim Hunter .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1994)
Kendra Oldershaw .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1994)
Russell Legare .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1990)
Merv Hawkins .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
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)
 

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22 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, Karyn Parsons, and James Avery are the only cast members to appear in every episode. (Karyn Parsons didn't have any new scenes in the episode "Love in an Elevator," but she appeared in flashback scenes, so she technically was absent from that episode only, although she did appear).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the episode where Hillary obtains a job as a caterer there is a scene where Hillary is talking to the assembled group of her family. In this scene Will's apron disappears and reappears during shots.See more »
Quotes:
Hilary:I mean, we must all do our parts to protect the environment. Every time we cut down a tree, it just takes us one step closer to global warming. And we must do it not just for ourselves or our children, but for all of humanity.
Margaret Furth:Why, I never knew it was such a problem. I think it's great that you have the courage to want to do something about it.
Hilary:Thanks. It's my passion.
Margaret Furth:Where should I make a donation?
Hilary:I don't know.
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Still fresh after all these years, 5 December 2005
Author: dee.reid from United States

I like to think of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" as a memorable rap song from a time when it wasn't afraid to be creative or witty. Think of a song by Public Enemy, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, or hell, even The Fresh Prince's duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff (who guest stars frequently as Jazz), as the two were known back in rap's Golden Age as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.

Of course, this show flourished during a time when rap was still good, and I can't help but make comparisons to the hip-hop community. There is no question that Will Smith is a born entertainer, and he got his break in stardom outside of hip-hop with "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." In it, Will Smith pretty much plays Will Smith (I bet creators Andy and Susan Borowitz had a lot of difficulty thinking up that name), a Philadelphia ghetto youth who gets shipped out by his mother to the posh excess of Bel-Air to live with relatives - The Banks.

Once out there, he finds rivalry with cousins - the preppy Carlton and airheaded would-be blonde Hilary Banks (Alfonso Ribiero and Karyn Parsons), young cousin Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) emulates Will's hip-hop attitude, and Aunt Vivian (alternately played by actresses Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid) keeps husband and successful lawyer Uncle Phil's (James Avery) head cool when Will gets into trouble. To keep everything tidy and in order, their loyal, sarcastic British butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) is there too.

It's still fresh after all these years. It never fails to stir up careful, thoughtful, moving, and intelligent laughs from the viewer and I'm surprised I avoided it for so long. (Why do I do this to myself all the time?)

The acting is cool and fresh by all, especially from Smith, and the ladies of the house, Karyn and Tatyana, are both pretty cute to look at too.

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