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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

Karyn Parsons could be heard crying backstage at the end of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse (1994), when the camera cuts to the statue. See more »

Goofs

When Carlton spends the weekend in Compton, Will tells Vivian and she becomes very upset. In one shot she takes an earring out of her ear but a few shots later Phil tells her to put her earring back in and the missing earring has switched sides. See more »

Quotes

Will: [when realizing that Carlton has taken the drugs from his locker] Hey, Carlton. Carlton! Carlton, listen. Something terrible has happened, man! Come on, I gotta get you to the hospital!
Carlton: [while dancing erratically on the prom stage] Why? This is the greatest night of my...
[Carlton suddenly passes out on the dance floor]
Carlton's Date: [screams as Carlton falls on the floor] CARLTON!
Will: [Will grabs hold of Carlton] YO! Carlton, man...
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Crazy Credits

Janet Hubert-Whitten was credited simply as Janet Hubert during the first three episodes. During that time, the theme song was its full uncut version. From episode 4 onward the theme song was reduced by one verse and the "-Whitten" was added to Janet's credit. See more »

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Featured in America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998) 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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