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Blood Is Thicker Than Mud 

Both Will and Carlton try out for the same frat house at college. Everyone likes Will, and finds Carlton a bit of a geek.


Chuck Vinson


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Tyra Banks ... Jackie Ames (as Tyra)
Glenn Plummer ... Top Dog
Mushond Lee Mushond Lee ... Orlando
Tanya Baetz Tanya Baetz ... Tanya
Jermaine Montell ... Pledgee
David Drew Gallagher David Drew Gallagher ... Nerdy Frat Guy
Ryan Holihan Ryan Holihan ... Nerdy Frat Guy
Rob Moore ... Nerdy Frat Guy


Both Will and Carlton try out for the same frat house at college. Everyone likes Will, and finds Carlton a bit of a geek.

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Release Date:

1 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Steppers are all members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and part of the Southern California All-Star Step Team. This is the same fraternity as Actor Hill Harper, Hall of Fame Football Player Charles Haley, and Martin Luther King, Jr to name a few. Will and Alfonso even tried to learn some of their steps between takes. The addition of Stepping to the episode made it one of the more popular episodes of 1993 as well as the series. See more »


In one episode Carlton says his house is across the road from the Aaron Spelling mansion, but in a later episode, Uncle Phil says that Aunt Viv has gone round to the Aaron Spelling mansion next door. See more »


Top Dog: [to Will] Yo, homey, I'm not supposed to say anything but you have nothing to worry about. You're in.
Will: Yo, word. Me and Carlton got in?
Top Dog: Well, not exactly. I mean, you're cool and all, but Carlton... well, he's not exactly our type.
Will: Say what do you mean, "not our type"?
Top Dog: Well, Carlton is not like you and me. You know what I'm saying?
Will: No, I don't know what you're saying.
Top Dog: Will, Carlton doesn't exactly exemplify what I think a Phi Beta Gamma is.
Will: Oh, and what is that?
Top Dog: Well, it's not Ralph Lauren shirts...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a blooper of Will & Carlton is shown. See more »


References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »


Working In The Coal Mine
written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Devo
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8 May 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Blood Is Thicker Than Mud

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.

The first half of the episode is funny, light and breezy and sets out its plot which one can easily predict but still when the second half hits it gives a genuine reason or soul to it but doesn't connect as anticipated with the audience which shows the lack of execution skills.

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