The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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  • S 6 : Ep 24

    I, Done (2)

    Aired 5/20/96

  • S 6 : Ep 23

    I, Done (1)

    Aired 5/20/96

  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Eye, Tooth

    Aired 5/13/96

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    I, Stank Hole in One

    Aired 5/6/96

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    I, Stank Horse

    Aired 4/22/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Will Smith

    Will Smith

  • James Avery (I)

    Philip Banks

  • Alfonso Ribeiro

    Carlton Banks

  • Janet Hubert-Whitten

    Vivian Banks

  • Daphne Maxwell Reid

    Vivian Banks

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  • A wealthy family living in Bel-Air, California, receives a dubious gift from their poorer relations in Philadelphia when Grammy Award-winner Will Smith arrives as The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. His mother wants him to learn some good old-fashioned values from his successful relatives. But Will shatters the sophisticated serenity of Bel-Air with his streetwise common sense, much to the dismay of his upper-crust uncle, Philip Banks (James Avery), Aunt Vivian (Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid) and three conceited cousins, Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), Hilary (Karyn Parsons) and Ashley (Tatyana Ali) - and even the butler, Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell). As the Banks family opens their home - and their checkbook - to their needy relative, Will adapts easily to their indulgent lifestyle. Yet, he reminds everyone that the simplest pleasures of family life can't be bought at any price.Repeats can be seen on Nick at Nite, The N (Noggin's nightime program lineup), and weekday afternoons on TBS.Nielsen Ratings (Top 20 or better)Not in Top 20 in the 1990 - 1991 Season #18 in the 1991 - 1992 Season #14 in the 1992 - 1993 Season Not in Top 20 in the 1993 - 1994 Season Not in Top 20 in the 1994 - 1995 Season Not in Top 20 in the 1995 - 1996 Season Theme Song: "Fresh Prince" Lyrics and music by Will Smith. Produced by Will Smith in association with "A Touch Of Jazz". Now this is the story all about how My life got flipped, turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air In West Philadelphia born and raised On the playground where I spent most of my days Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool And shootin' some B-ball outside of the school When a couple of guys who were up to no good Started making trouble in my neighbourhood I got in one little fight and my mom got scared She said "you're moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air" I whistled for a cab and when it came near the License plate said "Fresh" and had dice in the mirror If anything I could say that this cab was rare But I thought nah, forget it, yo homes to bel-air I pulled up to a house about seven or eight And I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes, smell you later Looked at my kingdom I was finally there To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Airmoreless

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    • Vivian (to Ashley): Sweetie would you say grace? Ashley: Yes Mommy. (raps) Hey there Lord, my name is Ashley Banks. My family and friends want to give you some thanks, so before this dinner's all swallowed and chewed, thank you God for this stupid food.

    • Philip: You deliberately tried to embarass me tonight and I don't get it. Your aunt and I went through a lot of trouble to bring you out here. And this is the thanks we get? Will: I ain't asked to come out here. Everyone's talking about shippin' me off, dressin' me up and changing me into something that I don't want to be. Philip: Nobody wants to change you. Will: You told me yourself I gotta straighten out and when in doubt act as Carlton. I don't want to be like Carlton. I'm a joker, I play around, I have fun. Philip: Being a joker is what got you into trouble. Now you may think its cool to out on the streets, but when you're my age its a waste. Will: Well, I can't think that far ahead.

    • Philip: Will, we promised your mother you were here to work hard, straighten out, and learn some good old fashion American values. (Hilary walks in) Hilary: Dad, I need three hundred dollars. Vivian: Hilary, your cousin Will is here. Hilary: Hi. Dad, I need three hundred dollars.

    • Vivian: We used slang when we were kids. Do you remember our first date? You took one look at me and said Vivian, that is a bad dress. Now you could've just said it was a good dress. Philip: I could've if I liked it. Actually, it was a bad dress.

    • Will: I remind you of where you came from and what you used to be. Now I don't know somewhere between Princeton and the office, you got soft. You forgot who you are and where you came from. Philip: You think you're so wise. (Will looks away from Philip) Look at me when I'm talking to you. Let me tell you something, son. I grew up on the streets just like you. I encountered bigotry you could not imagine. Now you have a nice poster of Malcolm X on your wall. I heard the brother speak, I read every word he wrote. Believe me, I know where I come from. Will: You actually heard Malcolm speak? Philip: That's right. So before you criticize somebody, you find out what he's all about.

    • Ashley: I'm really glad that you're living here, Will. Will: Oh thanks, Ash. Ashley: You're like the big brother I never had. Will: Oh, wait. What are you talking about? You got Carl... You're right. I see your point.

    • Vivian: Ashley, would you say grace, please? Ashley: Yes, mommy... Hey there, lord. My name is Ashley Banks. My family and friends want to give you some thanks. So before this dinner's all swallowed and chewed, thank you God for this stupid food!

    • Vivian: Did you enjoy the trip? Will: Oh, yo, the plane ride was stupid. I was looking for first class... Philip: Excuse me? Will: No, I was sayin' the plane was dope. So, I was lookin' for... Philip: Excuse me? Will: No. Stupid. Dope. Oh. No, that doesn't mean what you... Um... How would he say it? Oh, the flight was really neat, yeah.

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    Notes (319)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Př√≠let (Arrival by Air)

    • Alfonso Ribeiro's last name is incorrectly spelled 'Ribiero' in the credits.

    • Will wears the same outfit he wears in the opening credits.

    • Ashley spells Will's name with only one L on her painting.

    • In this episode only, the hallway on the left side of the living room has an arched opening into the dining room. For the rest of season 1, there are doors in that spot.

    • In the pilot episode, the back of the living room set has 2 windows. For the rest of season 1, there are doors leading out of the house.

    • According to the retrospective included as an extra feature on the first season boxset, Vivian Banks name was to be Wendy Banks. However, director Debbie Allen felt Vivian would be a better name and the producers loved it right away.

    • All episodes that use the extended opening credit Janet Hubert-Whitten as "Janet Hubert".

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    Trivia (215)

    • The cab driver in the opening sequence is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's executive producer, Quincy Jones.

    • Will Smith recorded The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song which is on his Greatest Hits CD.

    • In the opening scene of the episode, Will sings Back 2 Life, which was a hit by Soul 2 Soul in 1989.

    • At the end of the episode, Carlton is singing Silly Love Songs in the shower. Silly Love Songs was a 1976 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings.

    • Geoffrey introduces himself to Will verbally as Geoffrey (but never tells him how it's spelled). A short time later, Will refers to him as G even though the common U.S. spelling would seem to call for the letter J.

    • Will was 17 when he first moved in with his aunt and uncle, but Will Smith was actually 19 when he taped this pilot episode.

    • In the scene where Will sees himself looking like Carlton, the mirror was actually covered by a rectangle with another scene in which Will wears clothing like Carlton's.

    • The song Will played on the piano after the party is Fur Elise by Beethoven.

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    Allusions (219)

    • Will tells Ashley "Here's Ashley my little Fly Girl". The Fly Girls were dancers on In Living Color, a show that had comedy sketches. The series ran from 1990-1994.

    • Will: Hey, look who's here Benson. This is an allusion to the butler on the 1970s sitcom, Soap. A successful spin off series entitled Benson was created in 1979 and ran until 1986.

    • Philip: Will, this is Firth, Winn, and Meyer. This is an allusion to the 1970s musical group, Earth, Wind & Fire. They had hits such as September, Serpentine Fire , and Sing A Song among others.

    • Will:This is not going to be another one of those Theo moments? Will was talking about Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show (played by Malcolm Jamal Warner), and who was the son of Cliff and Claire Huxtable. The show ran from 1984-1992.

    • Will:Yes M, I'll be more than happy to drive you to the Piggly Wiggly Miss Daisy. This is from the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy where an African American chauffeur (played by Morgan Freeman) who drives Daisy around where she needs to be (played by Jessica Tandy), who was hired by her son (played by Dan Aykroyd). The movie reflects on the changing times from 1948-1973 and they were great friends.

    • Will: Everybody, repeat after me. I got the power. The power is a song by Snap. in 1990.

    • This episode title is an allusion to the Todd Rundgren song Bang the Drum All Day .

    • Vivian: Snap is a good band. Carlton: When Crackle and Pop make a single, give me a ring. This alludes to the characters on the Rice Krispies Cereal Box, which are Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

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  • Fan Reviews (356)
  • Go Will Smith

    By bautistakenrick856, Aug 29, 2014

  • turning it up

    By janiblablabla, Oct 04, 2013

  • Favorite.

    By wuzzjohnson, Jul 20, 2013

  • Funny but missing something.

    By emeraldcity, May 30, 2013

  • love this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By KAITY123, Mar 12, 2013

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