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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ()


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  • TV-PG
  • 22min
  • Comedy
  • TV Series



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 13 wins & 23 nominations.
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  Will Smith / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Philip Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Carlton Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Ashley Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Hilary Banks / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Geoffrey Butler / ... (148 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Vivian Banks / ... (75 episodes, 1993-1996)
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  Vivian Banks (74 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Nicky Banks (49 episodes, 1994-1996)
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  Jazz / ... (47 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Lisa Wilkes / ... (16 episodes, 1991-1995)
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  Viola 'Vy' Smith (15 episodes, 1990-1995)
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  Jackie Ames (9 episodes, 1993-1995)
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  Aunt Helen (8 episodes, 1991-1996)
Beverly Jackson ...
  Nurse Avner / ... (8 episodes, 1990-1995)
John Petlock ...
  Henry Furth / ... (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Trevor (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
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  Hattie Banks (6 episodes, 1990-1995)
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  Kellogg Lieberbaum / ... (6 episodes, 1990-1992)
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  Werner / ... (6 episodes, 1993-1996)
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  Jonathan Cartwell (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Perry Moore ...
  Tyriq Johnson (7 episodes, 1991-1995)
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  Judge Carl Robertson / ... (5 episodes, 1992-1996)
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  Bridesmaid / ... (5 episodes, 1993-1995)
Dave Florek ...
  Coach Smiley / ... (4 episodes, 1990-1992)
Lisa Fuller ...
  Toni (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
William Cort ...
  Headmaster Wallace Thorvald (4 episodes, 1990-1993)
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  Janice (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
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  Chadney Hunt (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Darryl Sivad ...
  Counselor / ... (4 episodes, 1993-1995)
Tom Williams ...
  Baby / ... (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
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  Fred Wilkes (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
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  Ned Fellows / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Helen Page Camp ...
  Margaret Furth (3 episodes, 1990)
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  Cheerleader #1 / ... (3 episodes, 1991-1995)
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  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1992-1995)
Ajai Sanders ...
  Candace / ... (3 episodes, 1995)
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  Lester (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
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  Janet (3 episodes, 1995)
Bree Walker ...
  Herself (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Yunoka Doyle ...
  Keesha (3 episodes, 1995)
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  Eugene / ... (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Rolandas Hendricks ...
  Jamal / ... (3 episodes, 1993-1996)
Valentina Marie Lomborg ...
  Audience Member / ... (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Alain Mickelson ...
  Hotel Patron / ... (3 episodes, 1993-1996)
Tyler Collins ...
  Cindy (2 episodes, 1990)
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  Dee Dee / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
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  Steve (2 episodes, 1995)
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  Bryan / ... (2 episodes, 1991-1994)
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  Himself (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Le prince de Bel-Air (France)
  • Der Prinz von Bel-Air (Germany)
  • O príncipe de Bel-Air (Spain, Gallegan title)
  • El príncipe de Bel-Air (Spain)
  • El príncep de Bel-Air (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 22 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Will Smith in an interview, the reason for his character being named "Will Smith" was that, during the creation of the show, he and Alfonso Ribeiro were brainstorming names for their characters. Alfonso remarked that Will had to be careful in naming his character, as people would possibly refer to him in public by that name for the rest of his life, and suggested that he name the character "Will Smith". See more »
Goofs In many of the early episodes you can see Will Smith mouthing the words of his co-stars before his lines come up. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998). See more »
Soundtracks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air See more »
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 »
Quotes [Will's father came back into town, and then lied to Will about being around more and left. Phillip is trying to comfort him]
Will: Hey, you no what, you ain't got to do nothing, Uncle Phil. You know, ain't like I'm still five years old, you know? Ain't like I'm gonna be sitting every night asking my mom 'when's daddy coming home?' You know? Who needs him? Hey, he wasn't there to teach me how to shoot my first basket, but I learned it, didn't I? And I got pretty damn good at it too, didn't I, Uncle Phil?
Phillip Banks: Yeah, you did.
Will: Got to do my first date without him, right? I learned how to ride, I learned how to shave, I learned how to fight without him. I had *fourteen* great birthdays without him; he never even sent me a damn card. The hell with him!
[pause]
Will: I didn't need him then, I won't need him now.
Phillip Banks: Will...
Will: No, you know what, Uncle Phil? I'm gonna get through college without him, I'm gonna get a great job without him, I'm gonna marry me a beautiful honey and I'm having a whole bunch of kids. I'm gonna be a better father than he ever was. And I sure as hell don't need him for that, 'cause there ain't a damn thing he can teach me about how to love my kids!
[long pause; he's crying]
Will: How come he don't want me, man?
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