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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1990–1996)
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 / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Philip Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Carlton Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Ashley Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Hilary Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Geoffrey Butler / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Vivian Banks / ... 75 episodes, 1993-1996
...  Vivian Banks 74 episodes, 1990-1996
...  Nicky Banks 49 episodes, 1994-1996
...  Jazz / ... 47 episodes, 1990-1996
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When Will, 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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10 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Prinz von Bel-Air  »

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Trivia

Only once did Geoffrey address Will by what he's commonly called. He did this in the final scene of the series. See more »

Goofs

In the first season, Hilary is discussing interviews with Geoffrey. Geoffrey asks her what her name is, and she replies "Hilary S. Banks". But, in the second season, when Baby Nicky is about to be born, Will's mother grabs Hilary and refers to her middle name as being Violet. See more »

Quotes

Carlton: [after being scolded by Will for being selfish] You know what your problem is?
Will: No, I don't...
Carlton: You're a slacker. You say you want things but you're never willing to work for it! You never make the sacrifice. You think you're just gonna charm your way through; just like your father!
Will: [pause] Let me tell you something. I am *nothing* like my father, all right?
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Crazy Credits

For a couple of episodes, the show was entitled 'The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia???' for when Will decided to stay in Philly. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Marci X (2018) 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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Sexy, upscale, funny, and intelligent that was "The, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"!
29 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Inner-city rap met upscale Beverly Hills society in this black sitcom. Philadelphia homeboy Will Smith was off to Beverly Hills to live with his rich, pretentious relatives the Banks. Only you had differences occur Will brought a little soul to the strict Beverly Hills mansion, only to be taught a few things by the Banks as well. The Banks family had the uncle of Will that was Philip (James Avery) a successful attorney who knew all about the problems a black man faced in a white society. The Banks had two daughters who I describe both as being just as sexy and beautiful as ever first the oldest and spoiled Hillary (Karyn Parsons) and the youngest the pretty Ashley (Tatyana Ali). The Banks family always had to deal with problems in life and had fun of it in the process. The theme song by Smith and partner Jeff Townes "Parents Just Don't Understand" said it all. You can now catch the reruns of the famous Will Smith on both cable channels TBS and WGN this popular black sitcom is still well enjoyed.


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