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Blood Is Thicker Than Mud 

Both Will and Carlton try out for the same frat house at college. Everyone likes Will, and finds Carlton a bit of a geek.


Chuck Vinson


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Tyra Banks ... Jackie Ames (as Tyra)
Glenn Plummer ... Top Dog
Mushond Lee Mushond Lee ... Orlando
Tanya Baetz Tanya Baetz ... Tanya
Jermaine Montell ... Pledgee
David Drew Gallagher David Drew Gallagher ... Nerdy Frat Guy
Ryan Holihan Ryan Holihan ... Nerdy Frat Guy
Rob Moore ... Nerdy Frat Guy


Both Will and Carlton try out for the same frat house at college. Everyone likes Will, and finds Carlton a bit of a geek.

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Release Date:

1 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Steppers are all members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and part of the Southern California All-Star Step Team. This is the same fraternity as Actor Hill Harper, Hall of Fame Football Player Charles Haley, and Martin Luther King, Jr to name a few. Will and Alfonso even tried to learn some of their steps between takes. The addition of Stepping to the episode made it one of the more popular episodes of 1993 as well as the series. See more »


In one episode Carlton says his house is across the road from the Aaron Spelling mansion, but in a later episode, Uncle Phil says that Aunt Viv has gone round to the Aaron Spelling mansion next door. See more »


Will: And in the words of my illustrious cousin: "We will make like a tree and leave."
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Crazy Credits

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


References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »


Working In The Coal Mine
written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Devo
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Look at Yourself In the Mirror Top Dog
26 April 2017 | by LadyAminaSee all my reviews

I am a Nigerian woman and I have read and studied what African Americans went through to get equal rights and end segregation. It especially broke my heart reading about Ruby Bridges, who because of her skin colour, parents withdrew their children from the elementary school, all the teachers except one refused to teach her and she had to be taken to school and taken home every day by four federal marshals for her protection. Therefore I was furious with the President of the fraternity Will and Carlton wanted to join. True, Carlton is sheltered and privileged but he represents how far Civil Rights had gone- how many boys before he was born were allowed to go to a top class prep school? The idea of rising through your humble beginnings and work hard is to make a better life for yourself, not look down on those who have and then call them sell outs. People like Top Dog will blame white people, saying they are the ones holding the black man down, when in fact it's people like him who are guilty of it! A very good episode.

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