The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 1 Episode 17

The Ethnic Tip

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Will proposes a black history class be instituted at Bel-Air Academy and gets a surprise when his Aunt Viv arrives to teach it. Will learns quite a lesson from Aunt Viv and also learns one from Uncle Phil. Will thinks he knows it all, but watch to see what all he doesn't know.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Will fails History and wants a black history to be taught so Vivian becomes their teacher

    This episode was really a unique and well made episode. I liked the various little twists they took in this one. I mean, I liked how Vivian became their teacher and instead of us believing that Will would become a brighter student, he does not. I also love how we believe Carlton would just excel at the work but he himself, being a mother's boy, cannot stand his mother.

    This was a great episode and made me constantly laughmoreless
  • Viv becomes a teacher at Will and Carlton's School

    A very solid episode. One of the best of the season. We get to explore into the character of Vivian more. This episode made you appreciate it more. You also appreciate Will more. Someone who talks about this history of black people gets a lesson from his aunt, a very powerful one. This also showed while Will appreciates black history it does show how lazy he is but also how smart he can be when Will applies himself. (see the meeting scene) This episode also had some funny parts to balance out the seriousness. Seeing the other students (all white) was a sight to see. The best part was at the end when Viv told Will how she feels about it. It was not a lecture or a talk down but a way to Will to open his eyes. This episode showed that a comedy can have serious endings. This episode is probably top 5 if not 3 of season 1.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the fresh prince will is having trouble in history and he gets a F on his last test and he needs to bring it home and sign and so he trys to gets it sign secretly but carlton rats on him and will gets introuble but he makes up a excuse by saying they dont teach enough black history in the school vivan gives him the idea by telling it at the next board meeting and he does and they allow black history but they did not count on the teacher being carltons mother. and so they thought it was going to be easy but turns out they gets pushed to the limits and carlton and will cant handle it but the other students like it and they want her to come back but she realizes that will and carlton dont like it and she gets mad them and they disscuss it and she tells them why she pushed them hard. this was a good epmoreless
  • The Ethnic Tip

    Why did the coach not join the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a full-time star? He definitely brought the laughs and could have filled the role of the goofy white guy that these shows love to have.

    The episode focused a bit too much on Vivian, who is good in small doses, but can get really irritating when she is featured too heavily on an episode. Her borderline racist views grow tiring after awhile, and she is way too serious for a goofy family comedy like this show.

    Funny episode, but not exactly one of the best episodes.moreless
  • Black History

    Will proposes a black history class, and Vivian is the teacher. Will thinks he knows everything about black history, but does he? Apparently not, judging from the speech he is given by Viv at the end.

    I liked this episode, some of it bores me but overall I really liked the message about learning the history to better understand it. Overall I felt this episode was powerful in what it was trying to say, and I think it was very well-done, with humor of course and a serious plot too. My overall grade for this episode is of course, A+moreless
Michael Landes

Michael Landes

Chadney Hunt

Guest Star

Edward Edwards

Edward Edwards

Assistant Headmaster Armstrong

Guest Star

Monica Beavers

Monica Beavers

Cheerleader #1

Guest Star

Keith Bogart

Keith Bogart

Jonathan Cartwell

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