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Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse 

Will's father Lou shows up after fourteen years and spends a lot of time with Will. Will's very pleased with this, uncle Phil however thinks Lou will again disappoint his son.

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Shelley Jensen

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
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
Ben Vereen ... Lou Smith
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Will's father Lou shows up after fourteen years and spends a lot of time with Will. Will's very pleased with this, uncle Phil however thinks Lou will again disappoint his son.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Vereen and James Avery appeared together on Webster: Webster Long: Part 2 (1984). See more »

Goofs

Will's dad refers himself as Lou Smith, but in an earlier episode Will's Aunt Vivian refers to her and her sisters as the Smith sisters which included Will's mum. Unless Lou had had a coincidental same surname as Will's mum, they couldn't all be Smiths. See more »

Quotes

Lou Smith: [to Will] You see, the day you were born was the happiest day of my life. The first time I held you, I didn't think I'd ever put you down.
William 'Will' Smith: So why did you?
Lou Smith: I just wasn't ready to be a father. I started feeling trapped. Well, one day, I just panicked and ran. It was selfish and cowardly, but that's what I did. I'm sorry.
William 'Will' Smith: Look, why are you telling me this now?
Lou Smith: Because you're my son and I love you. And I'm a different man now. I'm ready to be part of your life if you'll let me.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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he made a mistake..
12 May 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

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Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse

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.

After third season one can easily deduce that the bonding between Alfonso Rebeiro and Will Smith despite of being polar opposite in nature and taste that they rely upon. Having said that, the other characters are left undercooked except for James Avery whose portrayal as a disturbed father of teen kids is brilliant. Karyn Parsons' same old ideology may provide a laugh here and there but it can also annoy you.

A new character always changes the energy of the scene especially when it has always been buzzed about and never encountered before after these many episodes but unfortunately the writing isn't as concrete as the emotion it attempts to draw out from it.


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