The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 4 Episode 26

The Philadelphia Story

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 23, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was canceled at the end of the fourth season when Will returned to Philadelphia because ratings had declined. The fifth and sixth seasons happened for a couple of reasons. First, both Will Smith and NBC received a large amount of mail begging them to keep the series on the air. Second, the NBC affiliates were repeating the old episodes and those repeats were getting high ratings. Most of the station managers were worried that with only 99 episodes audiences would soon tire of seeing the same old episodes over and over again so many of them offered to pay a much higher fee than usual for the rights to run the repeats if NBC would produce 50 more episodes.

    • Goof: In the Talking Turkey episode from the first season, Will's mother said he used to mow the lawn all the time back in Philly, but when they show Will's childhood home, he lived in an upstairs apartment that had no lawn.

    • Goof: In one shot, you see a guy with a red hat next to Will. In the next shot, the hat is orange.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Na návštěvě ve Philadelphii (On a Visit in Philadelphia)

    • The end of this episode features the shows logo, but in this format:
      The Fresh Prince of

      This was shown right after Will tells Philip over the phone that he does not intend to return to Bel-Air.

    • The end credits feature Will running up the steps (as he did in the episode). When he gets to the top, he faints. While he is on the ground, someone comes up to him and robs him!

    • This was originally a series finale as the show was supposed to be canceled, but then they signed the contract for another season.

  • Allusions

    • Title: The Philadelphia Story
      The title of this episode was taken from the 1940 classic film, The Philadelphia Story starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart.