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A Night at the Oprah 

The Oprah Show personal contact Philip Banks to appear on the show with his family. The Banks travel to Chicago and Will is ecstatic. Unfortunately, he is not invited to be part of the show.


Shelley Jensen


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler (credit only)
Oprah Winfrey ... Herself
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Trevor (as Brian Mitchell)
Lou Felder Lou Felder ... Howard Marshall
Victoria Morsell Victoria Morsell ... Lydia Marshall
Deborah Swisher Deborah Swisher ... Alexis
General S. James General S. James ... Audience Member


The Oprah Show personal contact Philip Banks to appear on the show with his family. The Banks travel to Chicago and Will is ecstatic. Unfortunately, he is not invited to be part of the show.

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Release Date:

9 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phil gets angry and throws Will out of the house for tampering with his TV campaign ad. After the commercial break, Phil lets Will back into the house but now Will is wearing different clothes. See more »


Vivian Banks: Hilary, you are not to have men in the pool house.
Carlton Banks: I hate to tell tales out of school, but Trevor keeps a makeup case there.
Hilary Banks: That's a lie!
Carlton Banks: Is not!
Hilary Banks: Stand on a chair and say that to my face!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a blooper of Aunt Viv, Carlton & Hilary is shown. See more »


References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

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stand on a chair and say that to my face..
1 April 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

A Night At The Oprah

The origin of Will Smith's fame and too many mentions from The Graham Norton Show got me to binge watch this series which I think has a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom. The creators made the relations pretty much clear from the first frame now all one seek and wait for is their character development through this journey with hopefully no dips on content or humor. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seems interesting (something to look forward especially when she grows up) and is definitely supposed to bring the laughs whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there.

The second season definitely narrowed down the priorities and showed what they will focus on and what it is all about like Geoffrey, Vivian and Ashley turns out to be supportive (at least for now it seems like) cast while surprisingly Carlton and Hillary had almost parallel role and maybe also because these characters are strong and have genuine depth in them. And as far as the plot is concerned they still haven't advanced from what they started so they better boost up and bring out the big guns.

The build up to the scrutiny that is portrayed in here is worth the time spent and so is the show and the guest appearance but beyond that it fails to deliver the essential points that would satisfy the viewers and instead goes for the punch lines.

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