The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air : Synopsis, Pictures, Photos, Trivia, Filming Locations

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Dates : 1990 - 1996
148 episodes of 25 min
First broadcasting : 1992
Creator(s) : Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
Producer(s) : Werner Walian
Music : Will Smith
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The young Will Smith, a teenager of the difficult neighborhoods of Philadelphia, is sent by his mother to live with his uncle, a wealthy lawyer, in the very chic Bel-Air district in Los Angeles, in order to give him a better chance to succeed in life.

The teenager, a fan of rap and basketball, is faced with cousins ‚Äč‚Äčand cousins ‚Äč‚Äčnot having at all the same centers of interest, which is, of course, one of the comic springs of this sitcom.

The prince of Bel-Air (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) was an American television series broadcast between 1990 and 1996 on NBC. The series was created by Andy and Susan Borowitz, and was produced by Quincy Jones. She told the adventures of the young Will Smith, from Philadelphia, who is sent to live with her uncle and aunt in a rich suburb of Los Angeles, Bel-Air.

The Prince of Bel-Air was a real television phenomenon at the time of its broadcast, thanks to its colorful characters and its intelligent humor and pincer-rire. The series also launched Will Smith's career as a television director, and he has become one of the most popular and profitable actors in Hollywood.

The prince of Bel-Air featured a diverse and talented casting, including James Avery as uncle Philip Banks, Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid as aunt Vivian Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Tatyana M. Ali as Ashley Banks, and Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey Butler. The series was known for its family, social and culture themes, and for its thoughtful treatment of these subjects.

The series of the series, interpreted by Will Smith, has become a classic on television, and was used for several generations of fans of the series. The series won several prizes, including an Award from NAACP in 1993 for its positive representation of people of colored on television.

In summary, the prince of Bel-Air was a successful American television series of the 1990s, known for his endearing characters, his intelligent humor and his diversified representation of the family and culture. The series has launched Will Smith's career as a television director, and remains a classic on television for many fans around the world.

The Actors

Alfonso Ribeiro - Carlton Banks

Alfonso Ribeiro

(Carlton Banks)

Will Smith - Will Smith

Will Smith

(Will Smith)

James Avery - Philip

James Avery

(Philip "Phill" Banks)

Tatyana Ali - Ashley Banks

Tatyana Ali

(Ashley Banks)

Joseph Marcell - Jeffrey

Joseph Marcell


Karyn Parsons - Hilary Banks

Karyn Parsons

(Hilary Banks)


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Will Smith's character name in the show is actually different than in real life. In the show, he is "William" Smith, in real life he's "Willard" Smith. This is referred to when one of Will's girlfriend's father calls him Williard as a joke.

Lisa's real name is Beula.

Will Smith's future wife 'Jada Pinkett-Smith' auditioned for a role of his girlfriend, Lisa, on his show, but was told she was too short.

The term "Fresh Prince" in the title is a reference to the stage name used by Will Smith as a rap artist in the 1980s.

The character 'Philip Banks' was ranked #34 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).

The address of the Banks' house is 805 St. Cloud Road

The part of Aunt Vivian Banks was portrayed by two different actresses during the series run. 'Janet Hubert-Whitten' portrayed the original Vivian during seasons 1-3, but growing problems between Will Smith, the producers, and Hubert-Whitten caused her to depart in 1994. The producers offered Hubert-Whitten a 12/25 contract for season four, but she declined. Daphne Maxwell Reid replaced her in the role from 1994-1996, seasons 4-6.

The running gag of the "Carlton Dance" throughout the show was actually a parody of the dance Courteney Cox did on the Bruce Springsteen music video "Dancing in the Dark" in 1984.

In the episode "Lucky Charm" in season one, we learn that Will's birthday is 3 July 1973 and that Carlton's birthday is on August 4th 1974

The show was originally canceled by NBC after the fourth season, with the series finale being the episode where Will moves back to Philadelphia. However, fan reaction and letters written to Will Smith and NBC persuaded them to renew the show and it ended up continuing for two more seasons.

May have been the first TV series saved from cancellation by pleas from TV-station managers. The show aired its 1990-1994 episodes in syndication after the fourth season while running the fifth season on network. At the end of that season, NBC wanted to pull the plug because the new episodes were getting a mediocre 8.6 rating. But the reruns were drawing a 7.4, extremely good for an ad-hoc collection of shows you've seen three or four times, and the managers of the local stations thought they might have one of those "phenom" series where people religiously watch their favorite episodes and a lot of them. To avoid over-running the shows they already had (about a hundred, already run three times), the station managers agreed to buy the fifth and sixth seasons at a greatly inflated price (adding 50 more shows to their libraries and helping avoid burning out the audiences) -- meaning NBC would NOT lose money by picking up the show after all.

In the episode "Lucky Charm" in season one, we learn that Philip's birthday is January 30th.

In the episode "Love Hurts" in season five, we learn that Hilary's birthday is August 18th.

The cab driver in the opening credits is Quincy Jones, the executive producer on the show.

Sherman Hemsley appeared as two different characters throughout the show, once as Judge Carl Robertson and again later as a cameo playing George Jefferson

Nicky's full name is Nicholas Michael Shawn Nathan Wanya Banks. He is named after the four members of Boyz II Men, after they performed at his christening.

Geoffrey's last name is Butler and in the episode Hare Today, it's revealed that his middle name is Barbara.

As it required on-location shooting, only one shot of Jazz being thrown out of the house was done (with only a few exceptions). Therefore, to avoid continuity errors, it is made sure that Jazz is always wearing the same shirt in episodes where he's thrown out.


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  • Creation date: 2008/05/09 by pierre.lenoir-50

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