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      Season 1 – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

      1990 Comedy List
      83% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 88% 100+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Mar 23 Buy Now

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      The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air — Season 1

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      Now this is the story of how Will Smith's career got flipped -- turned upside down -- from Top 40 rapper with bankable flair to a transcendent star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 10, 1990 Pilot An inner-city wiseacre is sent to live with wealthy relatives. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 17, 1990 Bang the Drum Ashley Will (Will Smith) convinces Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) to pawn her dreaded violin for a drum set. Jeff Townes guest stars. Details Episode 3 Aired Sep 24, 1990 Clubba Hubba Will (Will Smith) "straightens up" to get a date with a woman (Victoria Rowell) from the country club. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 1, 1990 Not With My Pig, You Don't Will (Will Smith) assumes the role of peacemaker when Philip's (James Avery) rural parents (Virginia Capers, Gilbert Lewis) visit. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 8, 1990 Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy Hilary (Karyn Parsons) falls hard for Ice Tray (Don Cheadle), Will's (Will Smith) visiting hometown friend. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 15, 1990 Mistaken Identity Will and Carlton (Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro) are arrested for driving someone else's Mercedes. Guest star: John Petlock. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 22, 1990 Def Poet's Society As a new poetry club member, Will (Will Smith) is forced to do some quick thinking. With Joseph Marcell. Details Episode 8 Aired Oct 29, 1990 Some Day Your Prince Will Be in Effect Seeking a date at the mall, Will (Will Smith) boasts about the many famous people he knows. Cameo appearances by Quincy Jones and Bo Jackson. Details Episode 9 Aired Oct 29, 1990 Some Day Your Prince Will Be in Effect Seeking a date at the mall, Will (Will Smith) boasts about the many famous people he knows. Cameo appearances by Quincy Jones and Bo Jackson. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 5, 1990 Kiss My Butler Will (Will Smith) is attracted to the woman (Naomi Campbell) he and Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) have lined up for Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell). Details Episode 11 Aired Nov 12, 1990 Courting Disaster Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) feels inferior to star basketball player Will (Will Smith). Cameo by Isiah Thomas. Details Episode 12 Aired Nov 19, 1990 Talking Turkey Will's visiting mom (Vernee Watson-Johnson) coerces Vivian (Janet Hubert) into canceling the catered Thanksgiving dinner. Details Episode 13 Aired Nov 26, 1990 Knowledge Is Power Will (Will Smith) uses his knowledge of Hilary's (Karyn Parsons) secret to make her his servant. With James Avery. Details Episode 14 Aired Dec 3, 1990 Day Damn One Trouble awaits Will (Will Smith) on his first day of prep school. With Alfonso Ribeiro and James Avery. Details Episode 15 Aired Dec 10, 1990 Deck the Halls Will's Christmas decorating annoys the neighbors, especially Evander Holyfield. Details Episode 16 Aired Jan 7, 1991 Lucky Charm Will's (Will Smith) remarks have too much influence over Philip's superstitious client (Tom O'Rourke). With James Avery. Details Episode 17 Aired Jan 14, 1991 The Ethnic Tip Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert-Whitten) offers to teach a new black-history course at Bel-Air Academy. With Will Smith, James Avery. Details Episode 18 Aired Jan 21, 1991 The Young and the Restless Will (Will Smith) secretly takes Philip's elderly mother, Hattie (Virginia Capers), for a night on the town. With James Avery. Details Episode 19 Aired Feb 4, 1991 It Had to Be You Will (Will Smith) uses Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) to escape from a woman (Vivica A. Fox). Jeff Townes guest stars. Details Episode 20 Aired Feb 11, 1991 Nice Lady Will (Will Smith) takes a shy house guest (Sherrie Krenn) to a dance club hoping she will learn to party. With James Avery. Details Episode 21 Aired Feb 18, 1991 Love at First Fight Will's (Will Smith) new lady friend (Jasmine Guy) lets their love affair interfere with her schoolwork. With James Avery. Details Episode 22 Aired Feb 25, 1991 Bank's Shot Philip (James Avery) takes the cue and sets out to stick it to pool hustlers who tricked Will (Will Smith). With Joseph Marcell. Details Episode 23 Aired Mar 11, 1991 72 Hours Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) spends three days in Jazz's (Jeff Townes) neighborhood after being challenged by Will (Will Smith). Details Episode 24 Aired Apr 29, 1991 Just Infatuation Ashley's (Tatyana M. Ali) birthday wish comes true when her idol, Little T (Tevin Campbell), attends her party. Stars Will Smith. Details Episode 25 Aired May 6, 1991 Working It Out To keep her job, Hilary (Karyn Parsons) asks Will (Will Smith) to date her celebrity boss (rap artist Queen Latifah). Details Next
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      Previous Debi Enker The Age (Australia) Reliant on the considerable anarchic appeal of Grammy Award-winner Will Smith in the title role, it sets black yuppies and preppies against the earthy street values embodied by Smith. Apr 9, 2021 Full Review Robin Oliver Sydney Morning Herald Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an exceptionally charming show. Its star, Will Smith, is making his acting debut and comes out shining. Apr 9, 2021 Full Review Jon Casimir Sydney Morning Herald It works because it is set in the here and now, because the dialogue is believable and funny, and because Smith has great delivery, mugging for the camera at every opportunity and making the best use of the lines. Apr 9, 2021 Full Review Janis D. Froelich Tampa Bay Times This is a cute sitcom, and TV is allowed one or two of these endearing comedies each season. Apr 9, 2021 Full Review Tom Jicha South Florida Sun-Sentinel The pilot is a platinum coming out party for Smith, the kind of roaring breakthrough that suggests this could be the next Eddie Murphy. Apr 9, 2021 Full Review Joyce Millman San Francisco Examiner The characters' dislocation, guilt, affectation and pride, though sitcom-exaggerated, ring so true. Apr 9, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Audience Member Will Smith was the epitome of cool back in the early '90s. Show was almost entirely light hearted at the beginning, but added some heavier elements in later seasons. The episodes about Will's dad, Will being shot, & the final episode with Will in the empty house are all emotional & amazing. Uncle Phil is a strong & impactful character throughout. And Carlton's dance is burned into my memory. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Will Smith is here in his freshed role. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Still funny. One of the best sitcoms of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member the best ilove it will the best Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Even though the series were still trying to figure out what works and what doesn't, it is still a pretty good season. My favorite episode of the season is "Not with My Pig, You Don't". Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is awesome! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Director
      Jeff Melman, Debbie Allen, Rita Rogers Blye, Rae Kraus
      Executive Producer
      Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz, Quincy Jones, Kevin Wendle
      Network
      NBC
      Rating
      TV-PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Sep 10, 1990
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