The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Series Summary
Will Smith more or less plays himself in this good-natured NBC sitcom. As the show's popular theme song explains, fictional Will's mom sends him away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood to live with wealthy Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air. Will often has fun at the expense of stuck-up cousins Carlton and Hilary.

Air Dates: 1990 - Present

Genres: Sitcom

Network: NBC

  • Season 6, Ep. 24 : I, DoneMay 20, 1996

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    As the Banks family prepares to move, Will tries to discourage potential buyers from purchasing the home.

  • Season 6, Ep. 23 : I, DoneMay 20, 1996

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    As the Banks family prepares to move, Will tries to discourage potential buyers from purchasing the home.

  • Season 6, Ep. 22 : Eye, ToothMay 13, 1996

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    Carlton's (Alfonso Ribeiro) Trekkie obsession keeps William Shatner (as himself) from appearing on Hilary's (Karyn Parsons) show. With James Avery.

  • Season 6, Ep. 21 : I, Stank Hole in OneMay 6, 1996

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    Will (Will Smith) goes golfing with Uncle Phil (James Avery); Hilary (Karyn Parsons) acts as Regis Philbin's (as himself) co-host.

  • Season 6, Ep. 20 : I, Stank HorseApr 22, 1996

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    Will (Will Smith) takes Carlton, Ashley and Hilary (Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana M. Ali, Karyn Parsons) to the racetrack; Ashley is discovered by a director.

ratings & reviews

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  • But the writers blow it; they don't keep Fresh Prince in character. When he arrives at the Bel Air mansion and the black butler opens the door, Fresh Prince mistakes him for a relative - a believable lapse for an inner-city kid. But the next thing you know, he's doing a dead-on impression of an English butler...Fresh Prince shows up for a formal dinner in his gaudy street threads and doesn't know which fork to use, yet he's an accomplished classical pianist. None of this adds up, and it drains away most of the fish-out-of-water tension that could have produced a terrific comedy. [10 Sept 1990, p.C1] Show More

  • The punch lines are predictable, but the kid and his stern uncle generate a great deal of comic energy. Show More

  • Fresh Prince of Bel Air is being touted as a sure hit. If it becomes one, it will be because of the raw likability of its star, rapper Will Smith, not because of his acting skills or even anything that's been written for him in this NBC comedy. [10 Sept 1990, p.F9] Show More

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