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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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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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Trivia

Alfonso Ribeiro invented the Carlton dance. When Riberio first read the script, it said "Carlton Dances", with nothing specific. Riberio later stated in an interview that the Carlton dance was inspired by Eddie Murphy's white boy dance and Courteney Cox dancing in Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark (1984). See more »

Goofs

Whenever Jazz ins thrown out of the house, he is wearing dark glasses, even if he entered the house in clear glasses. The footage of Jazz being thrown out was done once, and the director made sure he was wearing the same shirt in episodes where he was thrown out. See more »

Quotes

Will: [rejecting Phil's gift] I- I can't take this, Uncle Phil. I, um- There's something I need to tell you.
Philip Banks: What is it?
Will: [nervously] Those pills that Carlton took... um, they- they were from my locker.
Philip Banks: [shocked] What?
Will: [stammers] Uncle Phil, I was keeping them in case I needed them...
Philip Banks: How could you be so stupid? You know you shouldn't be messing with drugs!
Will: [stutters nervously] I know, Uncle Phil! Somebody gave them to me at school. I didn't mean for Carlton to take them. I mean, I didn't even know if *I* was ...
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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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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Performed by Will Smith
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The greatest show ever with a 'fresh' attitude.
26 December 2002 | by smla02See all my reviews

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Starring: Will Smith, James Avery, and Alfonso Ribeiro.

A boy born and raised in the inner city of Philidelphia is sent by his mother to live with a much richer family, the Banks, in Bel-Air. Will's transition from 'inner-city boy' to 'rich boy' is wonderful. The characters always make me laugh. The characters developments are excellent, especially Carlton's. He's hysterical as the 'geeky' type. If you want to watch any show on TV, you better watch this.

Rank: 1st


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Release Date:

10 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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(148 episodes)

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