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I, Bowl Buster 

Instead of going to Princeton, Carlton wants to become a professional bowler.


Shelley Jensen


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




Episode credited cast:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid) (credit only)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali) (credit only)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Ross Bagley ... Nicky Banks (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doreen Brown Doreen Brown ... Rhonda
Ashley Monique Clark ... Blue Bird #3
Darlene Kardon Darlene Kardon ... Madge
Larry Marks Larry Marks ... Jed
Marley McClean Marley McClean ... Kid
Paige Tamada Paige Tamada ... Blue Bird #2
Davida Williams ... Blue Bird #1


Instead of going to Princeton, Carlton wants to become a professional bowler.

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Release Date:

26 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phil mentions that Vivian is bowling at Aaron Spelling's house. See more »


Carlton bowls a 6 and then picks up a spare during his first throw at the alley. However, the scoring sheet wrongly reads 9/ when it should really say 6/. See more »

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26 May 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

I, Bowl Buster

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 thought had a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom, but turned out to be something more than that. 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, that it fortunately delivers till the end. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seemed interesting on earlier season where the writers could have gone easily (but wasn't explored to that extent) and instead were directed towards Alfonso Rebeiro that draws out the laughs from your typical "sibling rivalry" formula whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there that binds it all.

After a bumpy season, the expectations are higher on the final season which unfortunately doesn't go as anticipated and the reason would be the writers that are running out of ideas and creativity that results onto creating a repetitive slog which is a punch in the gut for the viewers as there is a genuine shock and disappointment in the air.

I, Bowl Buster isn't flawed or loosely placed but it also doesn't suggest in any way that it is a good or entertaining one for it lacks humor and some concrete material to feed off the audience for its runtime despite of having a fresh concept that is intriguing enough to invest in it.

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