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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

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A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.
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Series cast summary:
Will Smith ...  Will Smith / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
James Avery ...  Philip Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Alfonso Ribeiro ...  Carlton Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Tatyana Ali ...  Ashley Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Karyn Parsons ...  Hilary Banks / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Joseph Marcell ...  Geoffrey Butler / ... 148 episodes, 1990-1996
Daphne Reid ...  Vivian Banks / ... 75 episodes, 1993-1996
Janet Hubert ...  Vivian Banks 74 episodes, 1990-1996
Ross Bagley ...  Nicky Banks / ... 49 episodes, 1994-1996
DJ Jazzy Jeff ...  Jazz 47 episodes, 1990-1996
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When Will, an inner-city teenager from Philly is sent by his mother to live with his relatives (the Banks') in Bel-Air, everybody is in for a surprise. It is funny how influence can go both ways... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

10 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air See more »

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Runtime:

(148 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Will Smith has stated that he encouraged the writers of the show to write more serious and dramatic episodes after being inspired by the many emotional moments on Roseanne (1988). See more »

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Whenever Queen Elizabeth is mentioned, Geoffrey refers to her as "Queen Elizabeth". British subjects address the Monarch as "His Majesty" or "Her Majesty", so Geoffrey would say "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth". See more »

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Will: Girl, if God created anything less beautiful than you, I hope He kept it for Himself.
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For a couple of episodes, the show was entitled 'The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia???' for when Will decided to stay in Philly. See more »

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Written by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Performed by Will Smith
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My all-time favourite TV series
10 September 2003 | by quixoboySee all my reviews

Of all the shows, I believe that "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is the one with which I can most identify with, since I have surely seen every single episode at least a dozen times - and yet it STILL never gets tired! I cannot get sick of this show, and it's making me a bit disturbed! Just what is it that makes this show so continually appealing, even around seven years since its final episode? I'm not sure...it's certainly not just one element. Every part of this show is magic: the wonderful acting from all involved; the witty (and often painfully hysterical) one-liners and banter between characters; the hip, cool atmosphere; the music...it all perfectly fits into what has to be one of the most remarkable and well-made sitcoms of the '90s.

I find myself shocked sometimes at the number of people who have totally forgotten about this show. Granted, it DID end in 1996, and obviously a lot has happened since then (most notably the skyrocketing music & film career of a certain lead star), but I mean, come on! This show is an undisputed classic! Who can forget the wild, crazy, and just plain amusing adventures we've had with Will Smith and the Banks family?

There were times when I was just addicted to this show, I remember...it was a while back when the episodes were running in syndication every evening on TBS SuperStation...I can't believe how this show can always manage to crack me up. It's incredible. I've grown to love all these characters so much, and even now, I still wouldn't pass up an opportunity to watch yet another priceless rerun.

I agree, though, that yes, a lot of the late, LATE episodes (around the second-last and final season) had their fair share of groans, and showed some glaring signs of tedium, but thankfully, the overwhelming positive qualities of the series tower over such minor flaws - including the mysterious re-casting of Aunt Vivian's role from Janet Hubert-Whitten to Daphne Maxwell Reid; the increasingly old-hat shtick of using the same stock footage whenever Jazz gets thrown out of the Banks residence for the umpteenth time; the cursed addition of a new cast member - little Nicky Banks (Ross Bagley), etc....

It's not an entirely perfect show, certainly (but then - what show is?), and it has had its fair share of ups and downs in its moderately impressive run of six years. However, when all is said and done, in the end, this show can proudly stand on its own as a pop culture treasure. It has evolved from what seemed initially to be an awkward, cheesy, quaint little '80s/'90s Cosby rip-off to a mature, slick, and fabulously written/produced/directed program. Pure gold is what this show is.

A truly underrated, and always entertaining, gem. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is one for the ages.


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