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Courting Disaster 

Will's talents help him become a basketball star at school, but cause Carlton to begin feeling insignificant and inferior to him.


Jeff Melman


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

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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
Isiah Thomas ... Himself
DJ Jazzy Jeff ... Jazz (as D.J. Jazzy Jeff)
William Cort William Cort ... Headmaster Wallace Thorvald (as Bill Cort)
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Coach
Ron Perkins ... O'Donnell
Keith Bogart ... Jonathan Cartwell
Michael Landes ... Chadney Hunt
Michael Weiner ... Kellogg Lieberbaum


Will joins the school basketball with Carlton already on it. Will becomes the star of the team and Carlton becomes jealous and the competition between the two starts. Carlton decides to steal the ball from Will and take the game winning shot. Written by Psycho697186

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12 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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At the start of the basketball game near the end of the show, you get a glimpse of the top of the gymnasium set and stage lights. See more »


Carlton Banks: [to Philip] You started coming to my games only after Will joined the team.
Philip Banks: I wanted to support Will.
Carlton Banks: But you wouldn't come when it was just me.
Philip Banks: Carlton, I'd like to come to everything you do. I always come to your tennis matches, to your glee club concerts, to your debate matches. Frankly, keeping up with your extracurricular activities is a 24-hour a day job.
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9 March 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Courting Disaster

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.

As often happens, the first season is good and demands attention from the viewers wanting them more of the family drama which writers better deliver if not all of it but some of it (its diplomatic to keep big guns for the future) and would be wise of them if they keep an open-end on some tracks to pick up swiftly on season 2.

The whole plot and even the twists were visible far before they hit you but still the concept and the methodology that is invested in it is plausible and also they could easily edited out the part where Will brags and enjoys the attention he was getting.

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