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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1990–1996)
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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 14 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Joseph Marcell ...  Geoffrey Butler / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Daphne Reid ...  Vivian Banks / ... 75 episodes, 1993-1996
Janet Hubert ...  Vivian Banks 74 episodes, 1990-1996
Ross Bagley ...  Nicky Banks / ... 49 episodes, 1994-1996
DJ Jazzy Jeff ...  Jazz 47 episodes, 1990-1996
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In this popular African-American sitcom, Will Smith (played by Will Smith in his first acting gig) is a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia, who is sent to live with his wealthy relatives at their Bel-Air mansion in Los Angeles, California by his mother after getting into a fight with some thugs whilst playing basketball. His relatives include Philip Banks (played by James Avery), Will's strict and gruff uncle, who is a successful lawyer (later Judge) and Vivian Banks (played by Janet Hubert and later by Daphne Reid), Will's no-nonsense, forthright, and career-minded aunt who is a University Professor. Other members of the Banks family include Carlton Banks (played by Alfonso Ribeiro), Will's preppy and arrogant cousin, Hilary Banks (played by Karyn Parsons), Will's attractive but dull-witted, eldest cousin, Ashley Banks (played by Tatyana Ali), Will's youngest cousin who often looks u to Will, and Geoffrey, the family's cynical Butler. Will's working class background ends up... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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This may have been the first television series saved from cancellation by pleas from television station managers. The first four seasons aired in syndication after the fourth season, while the fifth season ran on NBC. NBC wanted to pull the plug because the new episodes were getting a mediocre 8.6 rating, but the reruns were drawing a 7.4. The managers of the local stations thought it might be a series that people watch religiously, and watch their favorite episodes often. To avoid over-running the shows they already had (about one hundred, already run three times), the station managers agreed to buy the fifth and sixth seasons at a greatly inflated price, adding fifty more shows to their libraries, meaning NBC would not lose money by picking up the show. See more »

Goofs

Whenever Queen Elizabeth is mentioned, Geoffrey refers to her as "Queen Elizabeth". British subjects address the Monarch as "His Majesty" or "Her Majesty", so Geoffrey would say "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth". See more »

Quotes

Vivian Banks: [stressed out from being pregnant] I can't do this anymore.
Will: Look, me neither! I mean, getting woke up in the middle of the night by a naked man running around the house!
Geoffrey: I'm sorry! I thought you were all asleep!
Will: Not you, G...
Geoffrey: Oh, never mind!
Vivian Banks: Look, now, everybody calm down. False alarms happen all the time.
Will: But Uncle Phil was *naked* Aunt Viv!
Phillip Banks: [annoyed] Shut up, Will!
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers are often shown during the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (2015) See more »

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Performed by Will Smith
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THE BEST COMEDY OF ALL TIME!!!!!
29 May 2003 | by DominqueZarinhaSee all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

10 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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(148 episodes)

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