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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.

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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.

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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. Rest in Peace." The "Men in Black" star was joined by other castmates and members of the fictional Banks family in eulogizing Avery after his death from complications following open heart surgery.

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

Former “Fresh Prince” mom Janet Hubert has been edging her way into the media lately, and saying that finally, after twenty years, she wants to end the feud between herself and Will Smith. “I would say to him [Smith], we need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said ... I’m tired. Aren’t you tired Will?” Hubert says she would “absolutely” attend a reunion for the show if invited.

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

Have another look at that "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" cast-reunion photo taken early this month at an event benefiting Karyn Paron's (cousin Hillary Banks) Sweet Blackberry Foundation. Some faces seem conspicuous by their absences, no? In at least one instance, that's not without reason. "Fresh Prince" alumni Daphne Reid and Joseph Hubert (sarcastic-but-loyal butler Geoffrey) opted out, but so did the original "Aunt Vivian," Janet Hubert. Reid played Vivian from the 1993 season until the show's 1996 finale following Hubert's removal after playing Vivian the first three seasons - and that's exactly why Hubert told TMZ she won't go near any reunion with star Will Smith in the immediate vicinity.

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

Nothing says holiday cheer like a reunion from one of TV’s favorite on-screen families. While the Banks weren’t caught regaling in a wealthy Bel Air mansion, the cast from the 90’s hit sitcom were recently spotted together – nearly 16 years since they worked together on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” According to TMZ, the cast has kept in touch and were reunited at a luncheon last week for Karyn Paron’s (Hillary’s) charity Sweet Blackberry, an organization that shares stories of African American achievement with youth.

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