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The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a popular television show that aired on NBC in the 1990's. The show was about the character Will Smith, played by Will Smith. While the character had many of the personality quirks of the actor, the story was fictional and involved fictional characters. At the time that the show aired, Will Smith was making music with his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. DJ Jazzy Jeff made numerous appearances on the show as well.

At the start of the series, Will Smith was living in Philadelphia with his mother. He got into a fight in the city and his mother became worried about him. She sent him to live in the posh neighborhood of Bel Air with his aunt, uncle, their three children and their butler Geoffrey. Many of the conversations between the characters highlight the socioeconomic differences between Will and his California family. These differences cause conflict and confusion with his uncle Phil, his cousin Carlton and his cousin Hilary in particular. He gets along best with his youngest cousin Ashley, who seems to look up to him.

When Will first arrives in Bel Air, he is sent to school at Bel Air Academy, where his dorky cousin Carlton goes to school. He has some adjustment issues, but eventually graduates with his cousin and goes on to the University of Los Angeles with him. Many plot lines that involve Will's conflicts with Carlton and his romantic interests involve episodes shot at both school sets. While Carlton and Will have a great many differences and barely anything in common, there are episodes that highlight the fact that they love each other, despite these differences.

The show occasionally leaves Bel Air and Los Angeles and takes Will back to his old home in Philadelphia. His mom Vy also appears in Bel Air on occasion. She tends to be critical of the lifestyle Will is given in Bel Air, but is reminded on at least one occasion that Will is being cared for there. The show touches on a lot of issues involving family, including pregnancy, health scares and teen intimacy. It holds to these themes through its run.

6 Seasons, 153 Episodes - Canceled
September 10, 1990
Comedy, Drama
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  • With the Banks selling up and Will still no place to go, he attempts to send off all potential buyers. However, when this plan fails, Will must confess to Phil and Vivian that he has no place to go. Alas, the family moves on to their own separate lives, leaving the house behind for good.

  • When Carlton, Ashley, and Hilary all move onto bigger things, Will tells them he bought an apartment. Now he must find one when Uncle Phil puts the house for sale.

  • William Shatner guest stars in this episode on Hilary's talk show, which she says is moving to New York. Ashley also wants to go to New York for her future, but Phil is reluctant to let her go.

  • Hilary gets to sub in for Kathy Lee on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, but they don't get along very well. In the meantime, Carlton takes his father for granted in a golf tournament, where Will subs in later. Will and Phil have a great time, making Carlton envious of Will, and wants to play with his father again.

  • Ashley gets an offer from and ad agency to appear in a bikini. Phil takes offense to this, and takes her out of it. What he doesn't know: this could be the beginning of Ashley's future.

  • Will Smith takes Dick Clark on a behind the scenes look at the show, including bloopers and outtakes.

  • Will catches the Church reverend making a pass at Vivian. In the meantime, Carlton and Ashley compete for the lead in the church choir.

  • Geoffrey's long lost son visits, but Will discovers his true intentions.

  • Carlton decides he wants to be a bowler instead of going to college.

  • The other members of the family feel that Phil and Vivian's breaking up will affect their lives negatively, so, Will, Carlton, and Helen try to bring them back together.

  • Philip gets involved with politics, and Vivian feels that this is affecting their personal lives, so she breaks up with him. In the meantime, Ashley gets a job offer from a modeling agency after being discovered at her job.

  • Will, Phil, and Carlton are trying to get to court for a trial, but get stopped by a clown who claims to have a bomb strapped to his waist.

  • Will is knocked out by a female boxer.

  • After witnessing a birth on her first national show, Hilary decides she wants to have a baby.

  • Will and Phil are arrested at a massage parlor while Hilary and Carlton learn lessons at a soup kitchen.

  • Carlton and Hilary volunteer in a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving, but for selfish reasons. Meanwhile, Will takes Uncle Phil to a massage parlor as the family prepares Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Will and Carlton go to Las Vegas to celebrate Carlton's 21st birthday, but soon Carlton gets a gambling problem, and loses all their money. Will and Carlton have to enter a dance contest to get the money to go back home.

  • Will and Carlton overhear Ashley's conversation about sex.

  • Carlton misses out on a date with the perfect woman for him, and ends up lonely again. Will decides to take him out on a double date with someone else and his date. That would have gone fine, before Mad Dog shows up.

  • For Hilary's show, Will decides to book a juror from Phil's big celebrity sex scandal case.

  • After being disappointed many times by grades, friends, etc., Carlton decides to run away prior to an interview with a representative from Princeton. It's up to Will to get him back, no matter what it takes, even if it means dressing up like him.

  • Hilary needs help, and Will wants to give it to her, but he also has an important meeting. In the meantime, it's career day at Ashley's school, but Phil can't make it. Carlton, thinking he's going to get a job offer, subs in for him, but at the last minute, he finds out he didn't get it, making matters tough for him.

  • To show Uncle Phil how mature he is, Will decides to take out the ugly sister of a comedian booked on Hilary's show.

  • Will starts a fire on the day an important judge is coming over for dinner. He and Geoffrey must put out the fire and save dinner. Meanwhile, Carlton goes to a republican summer camp.

  • Will gets cold feet the day before his wedding.

  • When Will, Carlton, and Jazz are stuck in an elevator, their lives flash before them in a series of clips.

  • A girl tries to get Will to forget Lisa; she also becomes friends with Lisa.

  • Will's dream job turns bad when he is offered a bonus to help bribe a councilman.

  • Will gets a role in a soap opera.

  • Will's advice to buy Jazz's apartment is useless when the plan backfires.

  • When Lisa's dad and Phil can't agree on the wedding arrangements, Will and Lisa decide to elope in Vegas.

  • Will and Lisa get relationship counseling and Hillary wants Geoffrey to come along with her to her new home.

  • After getting shot, Will proposes marriage to Lisa, but she says no. Accident prone Hilary prolongs Will's recovery.

  • Will takes a bullet for Carlton when a robber shoots at them in an attempt to rob them.

  • Will and Lisa each lie about their evening plans, then wind up at the same party -- where Ashley is found in the coat room with a football player.

  • Will and Carlton's ski trip is interrupted by Lisa.

  • Will tries to make a good impression on Fred, Lisa's father, but regrets it later. Hillary, Carlton, and Ashley look for Phil's will.

  • Will is on a date with a girl, and realizes he loves Lisa. Also, Susan Powter helps the family exercise.

  • Will tries his hand at journalism to impress Lisa, but his efforts get him sued by Jay Leno.

  • A guy tries to flirt with Lisa, and when he punches Will, Lisa comes to his defense. When Lisa beats the guy up, Will feels humiliated.

  • Vivian recalls Phillip's marriage proposal and Carlton and Will are in a dance contest.

  • Ashley changes from private to public school and Will must stop Uncle Phil from finding out.

  • Geoffrey gets injured while working, and may turn to legal actions to settle it, and a sorority recruit may make Will pay.

  • Will tells a story about being put into a witness-protection program in Alabama, where he is planned to get married to a chubby girl, who is a little crazy.

  • According to Will, Carlton stole his date on a double date and gets angry at Carlton. Then Will gets knocked out. Ashley is being taught how to drive by Phil and Hillary.

  • Will knocks out Dougie, a kiddie hero who is Nicky's idol.

  • Phil doesn't exactly agree with Ashley's career as a singer.

  • Ashley becomes a popular singer. Her manager is none other than Will.

  • Watch the clip "Stress" from Season 5 of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Most Popular The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Episodes

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  • Season 2 Episode 2 The Mother of All Battles 9/16/1991
  • Season 3 Episode 7 Here Comes the Judge 10/26/1992
  • Season 6 Episode 20 I, Stank Horse 4/22/1996

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air News

Will Smith Honors the Late James Avery: 'Everyone Needs an Uncle Phil'

Uncle Phil has just received some kind words from his favorite nephew. Will Smith posted his regards on Facebook to the late James Avery, who starred alongside Smith in the hit 90's sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." "Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery," Smith wrote. "Every young man needs an Uncle Phil.

Janet Hubert Finally Wants to Mend Fences With Will Smith, Attend 'Fresh Prince' Reunion

Is the original Aunt Viv changing her tune? After a twenty-year long feud with Will Smith, the actress says she is ready to end the bad blood between them and would "absolutely" be interested in a "Fresh Prince" reunion.

Former 'Fresh Prince' Cast Member: Will Smith Is An 'A$%hole'

Seventeen years apparently doesn't make sour grapes any fresher. The actress that originally starred with Will Smith on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" said she has good reason why she didn't join the December cast reunion: she still feels Smith owes her an apology for getting her fired after her first three seasons.

Carlton's Christmas Miracle: The Fresh Prince 'Fam' Together Again!

A recent reunion of "The Fresh Prince" family reminds us that there's no place like a Bel Air home for the holidays. Find out what brought the crew together and left Will Smith pumped for the holidays.

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