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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

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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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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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Storyline

When Will (Will Smith), 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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Release Date:

10 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air See more »

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Runtime:

(148 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

In the U.K., the show aired exclusively on BBC Two, in the DEF II programming block, until summer 2004. The channel edited some episodes so the titles would come before the beginning. It's indicated by the lack of credits in the first scene. See more »

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In many early episodes, Will Smith visibly mouths his co-stars' words before his lines come up. See more »

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Phillip Banks: [Phillip and Dr. Hoover are in a fight] Dr. Hoover, the school where you got your degree, did you find it on the back of a matchbook?
Dr. Hoover: Penn State, my brother.
Phillip Banks: Really? Good school. I was thinking of going there if my scholarship to Princeton, Yale, Warton, and Talladega Tech had fallen through!
Dr. Hoover: Impressive, you must of been quite an athlete in your thinner days.
Phillip Banks: Hey, hey, lets stick to the topic okay?
Dr. Hoover: Fine. Speaking as a doctor, I think your daughter should be heavily sedated and immediately ...
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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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Still fresh after all these years
5 December 2005 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

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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