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The Mother of All Battles 

Will and Carlton try to help solve Ashley's bully problems at school until Philip and Vivian find out and try to solve the problem their own way.


Ellen Gittelsohn (as Ellen Falcon)


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 3 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
Ebony Monique Solomon Ebony Monique Solomon ... Paula Hoover (as Ebony Solomon)
Rosa Nevin Rosa Nevin ... Francesca
Tina Lifford ... Mrs. Hoover
John Wesley ... Dr. Hoover


Will and Carlton try to help solve Ashley's bully problems at school until Philip and Vivian find out and try to solve the problem their own way.

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Release Date:

16 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Hoover is played by John Wesley. About a year later, Wesley appeared in the _Baywatch(1989)_ episode _"Baywatch" (1989) {Showdown at Malibu Beach High (#3.4)}_ as an unnamed police captain, another character implied to have been punched in the face. See more »


When Paula knees Carlton on the groin, she clearly doesn't actually make contact. See more »


[fighting the school bully]
Ashley: Back up! Back up!
[to the crowd of onlookers]
Ashley: Mind your business, that's all! Just mind your business!
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References LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (1991) See more »

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to simpler times..
17 March 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

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The Mother Of All Battles

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 the first season which basically was just a mere introduction to every character and their mundane life which puts more pressure on them in the second one for they better thicken the plot and develop the character further more if they care for the quality offered to the audience. The relation between Carlton and Will is surprisingly been far better than any other for it encourages the typical sibling rivalry and a knack to pull each others leg.

The bullying premise is good, interesting and it enfolds into further thick plot as it ages on screen and addition to that it keeps the viewers engaged with cut throat punch lines and hardcore humor even though the one-liners are lame.

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