The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 6 Seasons
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.