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      23.04.2010 16:17
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      classic 90's sit com

      Fresh Prince of Bel Air is widely regarded as the show which helped to launch the career of actor, film producer and rapper, Will Smith. It turned into a classic show and although the show only ran from 1990 and 1996 it has been repeated quite alot and is still shown on television with some episodes currently on the Virgin freeview channel. It ran for 6 season with a total of 148 episodes. Each episode has a running time of just under 25 minutes.

      The show is described as a situation comedy and stars Will Smith pretty much playing Will Smith. He is an inner-city teenager from Philadelphia and he is sent by his mother to live with his relatives (the Banks') in Bel-Air,Los Angeles. The Banks are a respectable Californian family and they take Will into their home. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature but things don't always tend to go according to plan with Will.

      This show was a great one and has become a classic. Will is the main star of the show but there are plenty of other weird and wonderful characters to keep you entertained and laughing throughout.

      Will is always making jokes especially about Carlton (his cousins) height, Uncle Phil's weight, and women in general. Will is portrayed as being not very smart and this is also part of what makes him funny also. Hilary (another cousin) is also funny because she seems to have the looks but no brains. Geoffrey is their smart Alec Butler and is the sarcastic one of the group. There is also Aunt Vivian and Ashley who are with Uncle Phil the smarter members of the family and even though they are not the funniest they still provide some good laughs. Will is probably the best character in the show but his relationships with the other characters is also what makes the show so good. He is also assisted by his friend Jazzy Jeff who seems to get thrown out of the house on quite a few occasions by Uncle Phil.

      Overall this show is great and is a 90's classic. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars and even though it seems a bit out of date now, if you grew up with this then it will always be something that you will enjoy watching.

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      09.03.2010 14:57
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      Thumbs up!

      The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran from 1990 to 1996 featuring the now famous Will Smith staring as him self - a 'cool' teenager from a rough area in Philadelphia but after a fight his mother sent him to go live with his rich Auntie and Uncles family (the Banks) in Bel-Air. 148 episodes were produced over six seasons

      Each show is filled with laughs often based around Will different lifestyle and ideology to that of his new family. Carlton, Wills cousin of roughly the same age, is what could be classed as a geek - the way he dresses and the way he talks if often a point of ridicule in the show. Him and Will often go head to head over things causing a raucous in the Banks household. The eldest Banks sibling, Hilary, has a lesser role in most scenes only having a line or two, usually stereotyping a pretty but stupid persona only caring about her looks, often her lines take the literal meaning of words and her miss-understanding to create a laughable moment. "Hilary: I've always wondered... since coffee is made from beans, does that make it a vegetable?"
      Ashlee is the younger sibling and some what idolises Will. Geoffry the butler and of course Phillip and Vivian Bank.
      The acting throughout is first class and the actors reactions with the camera create a whole new dimension of viewing.

      The show has won and been nominated for numerous awards which shows its high quality.

      The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is now being shown on the Virgin1 channel. There is a very retro feel to it now though due to the clothing and slang used, however it is just as funny but would probably appeal to someone who has watched to show before rather than a first time viewer.
      Highly recommend for a trip down memory lane!

      "yo homie, smell you later" :)

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        04.03.2010 13:42
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        Will Smith, is fresh in Bel Air.

        The fresh prince of bel air is an extremely funny tv show, which, although is not currently being made anymore, will still make people laugh for years to come. The characters are all halarious, but none more than Will Smith, the main character. It is great to see how Will Smith started is acting career. In the first couple of seasons, it is obvious he is young and very new at acting, but still manages to make people laugh.
        The other characters are :

        Alfonso Riberio as Carlton - amazing dancer and an allround nerd.
        James Avery as Uncle Phil
        Tatyana M. Ali as Ashley
        Janet Hubert Whitten as aunt viv ( from season 1-3)
        Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv (from seasons 4-6)
        Karyn Parsons as Hilary
        Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey the butler.
        The show is based around Will Smith who moved from his house in philadelphia to Bel Air in california with his uncle and aunt. Will being from philadelphia is thrown into a very different lifestyle with his rich uncle in Bel Air. This lands him in trouble in almost every episode, but the majority of the time it is not his fault, and he is trying to do his best for others.

        Watch it, and you will instanlty enjoy it. the theme tune at the beginning is definatly a winner, and will be stuck in your head for a long long time!

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          27.02.2010 11:29
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          A quality retro comedy with a message

          Classic American comedy that launched the career of the now stratospherically successful Mr Will Smith. There were 147 episodes between 1990-1996 and it used to be one of the more successful imports being shown at 6pm on BBC2, it can now be viewed every so often on Virgin 1.

          Whats it about:

          Philidelphia Resident, Will gets himself into some trouble with some local hoods and moves in to live with his well to do uncle and auntie in the well to do area of Bel Air, constant hilarity ensues as we have mix ups, Will teaches his up tight family how to be cool, while they teach him some of the airs and graces of their lifestyle.

          Whose in it:


          Will Smith ... William 'Will' Smith
          Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
          James Avery ... Philip Banks
          Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
          Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks
          Joseph Marcell - Geoffrey
          Janet Hubert - Vivian Banks

          Obviously Will is the star of the show with his humour and coolness, however Alfonso Ribeiro is awesome as the uptight Carlton, a perfect precursor for the glee generation with his excellent dancing and barbershop quartet singing style.

          Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey is a constant source of humour as the sarcastic butler. The rest of the cast support strongly.

          Is it any good:

          Being honest it has dated enormously, it is funny and the acting is good quality, but the outfits are so dated now and it makes all the references to looks and coolness slightly out of kilter. Smith clearly had star quality and at the time was a rapper, the show is light hearted but deals with serious subjects but is utterly harmless and fun for all the family.

          Who should watch it?

          Probably more for people wanting to look back on their childhood than people looking for humour as it is dated and may only appeal now to original fans.

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          17.01.2010 11:29
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          Watch on living channel (On everyday) and do not buy DVDs

          The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that was aired from 1990 to 1996. In terms of the UK, it is shown on the living channel and used to be aired on BBC 2 a few years ago.

          The show stars Will Smith as a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to live with his wealthy relatives in a Bel Air mansion, who is the main reason character of the show

          The relatives he lives with are below:

          Phillip Banks - The father of the family, a lawyer and if you watch it for the first time, you will know who he is as soon as you see him. His nickname is "uncle phil". Will when given the opportunity takes the chance to skit at him for being bigger than the average man

          Vivian Banks - The mother of the family and is a lecturer at school, who is a typical mother who is smart and stops phil and will from killing each other

          Charlton Banks - The oldest son of the family, who is very clever and ...... short. Will always take the micky of his height

          Hilary Banks - The oldest daugther in the family, who is stupid. Am example, "Will you told me to take keys and a potato to scratch my rivals car, but I couldnt do it, as I put the keys in her exhausts and kept rubbing her car with the potato!!!!"

          Ashley Banks - The youngest daughther in the family who's life is always being controlled by phillip as a typical father would do for his youngest

          Nicholas Banks - Who does not feature at the start of the sitcom as he is the youngest in the family as he is born into the fmaily by the end of the 3rd season. He is referred to as Nicky and surprising clever

          Geoffrey Butler - Your typical butler of the family who helps the look after the family, who complains of his low pay and joking about phils weight

          Overall and without giving too much away, its funny, unique, the storys are interesting but can be predictable sometimes. However as the sitcom is so funny, you ignore the fact that you may know whats going to happen. It also teaches you what was occuring at the time in american in terms of racism and how to overcome it and that no matter what colour you skin is that we are all equal and have a right to live which is the something, I personally feel strongly about

          This launched Will Smith into stardom and you will see why. My other favourite character is uncle phil who reminds of my father, he scares the bejesus out of you but is always there for you.

          My favourite episode is the pool hall one and when you see it you'll know why

          They made six seasons which you can buy on DVD but I would recommend to watch it on living to save you money but also as they made 148 episodes which willl be shown so its not worth buying them all.

          Thank you for reading my review and if you watch it for the first time you will enjoy it

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            25.11.2009 16:47
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            The show that launched Will Smith

            Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped for a Dooyoo crown,
            Now I'd like to take a minute just sit right there and I'll tell you all about the Prince of Bel Air.

            I admit that the original was a lot better but I deserve some points for that right? Ok maybe not...but onto my review of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

            The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is the fairly short running tv programme that starred Will Smith as the main character. After being forced to move from his home in a poor area of Philadelphia to the posh Bel Air home of his uncle, the programme follows Will's attempts to adapt to his new life and surroundings.

            Although Will Smith is the main character his surrounding family and their butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) also have big roles to play throughout the series' of the show. Uncle Phil (James Avery) and his wife Vivian (Janet Hubert-Whitten and later Daphne Maxwell Reid) were the parental figures of the programme who tried to instil some sense of discipline into their children and Will. Cousins Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), Hilary (Karyn Parsons) and Ashley (Tatyana Ali) are all very different characters who also have some funny moments during the shows run. Carlton has his main focus of getting into Princeton College, Hilary is happy to spend her way through life and Ashley is the youngest who later has a music career.

            The concept of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is one that has been used time and time again on TV but yet this programme still remains funny even now years later. Maybe the type of humour used isn't funny to everyone but I always enjoyed it and it gave many a laugh over the time I used to watch it. It's still repeated now on a few of the Sky channels which I still watch sometimes if there isn't much else on. The variety of the cast means that there are several types of ways in which they're funny. From Uncle Phil's more straight faced character to Geoffrey's quick put downs there is something here for most people to enjoy.

            While mostly being a funny programme, it did also dip into occasional episodes that had a more serious back story but still retained the usual tone of the programme. Will Smith is the only cast member who really went onto bigger and better things but the collection of these actors and actresses made for a great blend for this series.

            Growing up I found The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to be always guaranteed to make me laugh and even now it still does. There is bound to be something in it that will make you laugh or at least crack a smile, even if it is only Carltons dancing. The DVD's are all available for around £10 but if you check through the Sky channels you're bound to see it on too.

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            30.07.2009 02:59
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            Not a bad show, but certainly not great.

            The Fresh Prince of Bel Air - a show about a kid growing up on the streets of Philadelphia, who has to move to Bel Air because he got in a fight. Doesn't really seem a good enough reason but never mind. He lives with his Uncle, Aunt and 3 counsins. (Which will eventually become 4).

            This was the show which launched Will Smith's acting career, however the character he portrays is noticeably annoying a lot of the time. Constant overacting and breaking the 4th wall really don't help him in this show, and now it's difficult to look beyond Will Smith's goofy acting, at least for me.

            This doesn't in any way help the show. It can be good for cheap laughs but it's almost impossible to take it seriously whenever a "serious" story is presented, because Will comes up with some non-sensical joke or Carlton (His cousin) starts doing a weird dance. With the only constantly serious actor being James Avery (Who plays Will's uncle) it's difficult to feel like it's real. However, this is not a dig at the actual actors as they do absolutely fine.

            The show often concentrates on the race of the members of the family, with such stories about black history being taught in schools and racism from white cops. However, it seems that the show can sometimes be a bit ironic in this sense, as quite often white people are only used in a negative sense (Such as "Cornflake", the guy at school who tries to be like Will, criminals often appear to be white too eg. Robber in episode where Will tries prove he's a man, guy who robs the family on holiday). Of course this may all be coincidence, but it is something to note.

            The stories on the Fresh Prince can be good, perhaps the most emotional episode (One of the few that can be taken seriously) when Will's father returns, only to disappoint Will again. The acting is all around brilliant and it is possibly the best episode they made. However, like all shows it has some bad episodes, perhaps the stupidest one where Carlton is told he has a son, and he parades around with his "son" and even runs away from home to marry the mother, only to reveal at the end of the episode that he's actually a virgin.

            ...

            Stories like this bring the show down, perhaps other strange happenings such as Will's Philosophy teacher also being Hilary's producer and Sherman Hemsley appearing as George Jefferson but also as a judge competing against Phillip. This could be fine if the times were stretched out, but the Fresh Prince was only running for 6 years so it's very blatant. The recasting of Vivian (Will's aunt) happening half way through the show was also a little bit strange. (Something which Will once again broke the 4th wall so as to make obvious.)

            While the show can be annoying it is still something that you can enjoy watching, and is guaranteed to give you a few laughs. I think it's about half and half with negatives and positives, personally.

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              05.07.2009 20:15
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              Another great from the 90's. They dont make them like this anymore

              The fresh prince of bel air started in 1990 and ran for 6 seasons until 1996. Although it ended 13 years ago now, many channels all over the world still show re runs.

              Sent from home in Philadelphia, Will Smith is sent to live with his rich aunt and uncle in Bel Air. Will has been a troublesome teen up to now and his mother hopes sending him away will turn him into a respectable young man. Will is from the hood and because his aunt and uncle's family are rich and very 'proper' they dont always see eye to eye.

              Will Smith stars as the character with the same name and also wrote and sung the theme song for the show and appears on his Greatest Hits album. Unlike many shows that change the theme song after a couple of seasons, this one stuck the whole way throughout. Allthough Will is excited to move to Bel Air, things rarely go as he plans. His uncle Phillip has a lot of rules which Will pretty much always disobeys.

              Phillip is a bad tempered and very strict man. He's extremely overweight and none of his children have the nerves to say anything out of line in front of him. Will doesnt see things the same way though, he grabs every opportunity to make fun of his uncle.

              Phillip's wife Vivian Banks was played by 2 different women with the change over happening after season 3. She always tries to reason with both Phillip and Will but never really gets anywhere.

              Phillip and Vivian have 3 children, Hilary, Carlton and Ashley.

              Hilary is the dim witted but extremely fashionable older sister. She always relies on the butler, Geoffery to do anything for her. She always takes advantage of her families wealth and thinks she can get anything she wants and normally has her dad wrapped around her little finger.

              Carlton is the extremely smart one. He's stuck up and thinks his wealth gives him higher standing than other people he knows. Will and Carlton have a love/ hate relationship but deep down they really care for each other. Carlton is a bit nieve and tends to let Will play practical jokes on him without his knowing. One of the best things about Carlton is that he is a terrible dancer. Quite a few episodes make a point of making out just how bad he is.

              Ashley is the youngest of the 3 and was played by Tatyana Ali who had a short lived singing career. Her singing talents also featured in some of the later episodes. I saw Tatyana Ali support Backstreet Boys once and she was actually pretty good. Both her parents tried to protect her and make sure she didnt turn out like other girls her age but Will tends to lead her astray and she becomes more rebellious as she gets older.

              Geoffery is the Banks' butler from England. He is probably one of my favourite characters due to his witty and sarcastic one liners. As well as being very faithful to the family, once Will arrives, he starts to rebel as well, hence the sarcastic comments.

              One of the things i love about this show is how silly it is. The fresh price was well known for its slapstick comedy. You can watch any episode from any season and not really be lost as to what is going on. Each character worked really well with each other and made a very believable family. I think thats one of the things that makes it so funny, the fact that a family could come so close to something on tv.

              This is the show that made Will Smith famous and he is every bit as great as he is now in The fresh prince. Although Smith can play serious role's well, he does comedy even better.

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                30.06.2009 23:47
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                One of the funniest TV shows out there for the younger generation

                Welcome to the birth of Will Smith, well not literally obviously! However this is where it all started. Back in 1990 TV screens were introduced to the Will Smith, 20 years later he is one of the biggest actors in the world. It's easy to say Fresh Prince is all about Will Smith himself, after all the plot of the show is about him, but what made Fresh Prince such a success was the whole cast. It's a real shame the rest of the main crew haven't got onto to have great success because I loved them to bits. Looking at IMDB all of them went onto other TV shows and films, most noticeably James Avery (Phillip Banks) who has racked up over 60 other appearances yet I genuinely haven't seem since the Fresh Prince. Maybe if I was living in America he, and the rest of the cast, would appear more popular to me.

                Just a note to demonstrate how successful this show was for Will Smith, it ran between 1990 and 1996 in which Will Smith starred in the first Bad Boys film in 1995 and then went onto to do Independence Day straight after Fresh Prince ended in 1996. Not bad hey?

                Anyway, back to the important matter; The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. For those who have managed to miss this series (How is that possible!) the plot is as follows, Will Smith is sent to live in Bel Air with his rich Aunt and Uncle to get a good education and develop as a man. He came from a rough background in Philadelphia and his dad left him at an early age. The show lasted 6 years and racked up 147 episodes throughout which we see the development of Will from an immature stupid child to a grown man ready to live on his own and tackle life alone.

                I've grown up with this show, I've watched it when I was a little kid and I'm still watching it now religiously as a student. What impresses me the most is the fact they managed to sustain certain set jokes throughout the whole life of the show and not make them boring. What I mean here is, fat jokes for Uncle Phil, short jokes for Carlton, dumb jokes for Hilary and so on. I must have watched every episode several times yet the jokes have never got old. Fresh Prince has a cheeky and rude sense to the humor which appeals to all ages. The constant references to sex give it an adult feel but the banter between the younger members of the family keep make it appealing to younger audiences. It's a fantastic show because it appeals to all, its one of the reasons why I'm still able to watch the show after so many years because you begin to appreciate each episode differently as you grow older.

                The amount of emotional/serious moments is spot on here. I'm not normally a fan of soppy emotional moments in sitcoms. I can't stand it when a TV show over does it however the balance Is just right in Fresh Prince. The serious moments are spread out evenly but most importantly they come at the right times. If you watch the show in order you do begin to see the development of the characters and the bonds that are developed between the characters. Towards the end of the show it will almost bring a smile to your face when Will and Uncle Phil get on together or Will and Carlton act like brothers. They have built up the characters exceptionally well over the years and it's a very sad moment in the finale when it all comes to an end.

                Will is obviously the star of the show, he does a fantastic job throughout the 147 years in keeping the show together. The other actors deserve a mention, the show would not be the same without Alfonso Ribiero playing Carlton the way he did. I remember watching 'In the house' with him in it but I couldn't shake the image of Carlton. Will Smith took the spot light but any fan of the show knows that the whole cast were fantastic, right down to the likes of Jazz and Nicky. The only downside to the show was the change in actor for Vivian. The original Vivian (Janet Hubert) was a strong and empowering figure but the later Vivian (Daphne Reid) was much quieter, weaker and to put it honest, not as funny. It was a shame they had to lose Janet because there is a considerable difference between the two actors. It was lucky that the swap over came half way through the shows life so they had roughly the same number of appearances. It was weird watching the new Vivian but after a while she fits in nicely by the end.

                Special mention has to go for Will's chat up lines. I won't mention any in here because they have to be said to be appreciated however they are just one example of Will Smith at his best (Ignoring the Headline obviously!). There's a compilation of them on youtube if you look carefully. Other mentions must go to the celebrity appearances. Being an American show some are hard to recognize when they make an appearance however Fresh Prince managed to capture the likes of Tom Jones and William Shatner for some brilliant episodes.

                Summary

                Simply, one of my favorite shows of all time. 6 years of brilliant comedy. Funny for a wide range of ages with it's own brand of jokes that never get old. Some fantastic one liners and memories throughout the 147 episodes. It's always on Virgin 1 at the moment and I think it's on Trouble a lot so you can't miss the show if you have Sky TV. If for some how you have never seen Fresh Prince and you`re around 25 or under, go buy the box sets and watch them religiously till you know every episode back to front.

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                  26.06.2009 18:13
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                  'I looked at my kingdom I was finally there, to sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air'.

                  The Fresh Prince of Bel Air follows the life of Will Smith, a troublesome teenager, sent from his home in West Philadelphia to live with his aunt's family in Bel Air, with the hope of turning him into a mature and responsible young man. However, Will has other plans in mind and his addition to the Banks family ends up having a huge influence on everyone involved.

                  ~ William 'Will' Smith (Will Smith) ~
                  Causing many problems for his mother, he excitedly moves in with the wealthy Banks family hoping that he can gain a lot from living in a mansion in the rich and luxurious Bel Air. But, through all his trouble-making and mistakes, Will ends up coming to love his new life with the Banks family.

                  ~ Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) ~
                  Carlton is Will's sensible, snobbish yet over-the-top and naïve cousin who becomes both a friend and foe to Will, acting like the brother each one never had but also having a lot of fights and constantly insulting each other. Carlton is famous for his hilarious dance moves.

                  ~ Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons) ~
                  The eldest of the three Banks children, Hilary is a complete air-head - beautiful and snooty but with no brains. She has expensive tastes and is a shopaholic using daddy's credit card to treat herself to whatever she wants.

                  ~ Ashley Banks (Tatyana Ali) ~
                  Ashley was the baby of the family until the very late and unexpected arrival of baby Nicky. She loves Will who, having lived with the family since Ashley was a young girl, becomes a very influential character in her life to the dismay of her father.

                  ~ Phillip Banks (James Avery) ~
                  The very strict and bad tempered father who, although he cares for Will and treats him like his own son, despises his nephew corrupting his children's minds. Will often teases Phillip, usually about his heavy weight and big appetite, but the other three children are often too scared to say anything out of line in front of their father.

                  ~ Vivian Banks (Janet Hubert-Whitten seasons 1-3, Daphne Maxwell Reid seasons 4-6) ~
                  The role of Aunt Vivian varied between the two different actress, with Hubert-Whitten playing the role of an ambitious no-nonsense mother, similar to the personality of her husband, whilst Reid played the role of a family woman who goes out of her way to help those who are important to her.

                  ~ Geoffrey Butler (Joseph Marcell) ~
                  The Banks' cynical and gentlemanly English butler and as much a part of the family as any other member. He refers to Will as 'Master William' and has many sarcastic comments towards the rest of the family causing many comic moments.

                  The American sitcom was aired on NBC and produced six seasons, running from 1990 to 1996. Although pretty old now, this is one of those sitcoms that never gets boring as it is so hilariously funny. There are many comical lines but I think the comedy is mostly down to the cast who are all absolutely brilliant. Each one has the best facial expressions and body language and they all work so well together that you can just imagine a family like this in real life. Will Smith is of course the star of the show and this is what made him famous. He is just as good as the Fresh Prince as he is in everything else he does. It's also nice to see him as a younger and more haphazard character.

                  The theme song, written and performed by Will Smith, is a very popular one at the start of the show outlining his move to Bel Air.

                  The Fresh Prince is now shown on Virgin 1. It will always be one of those shows that I just love and is great for a quick pick-me-up or just for a good laugh at this brilliant classic American sitcom.

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                    Everyone needs a rich relative...

                    Creators: Andy and Susan Borowitz
                    Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Janet Hubert Whitten (Daphne Maxwell Reid), Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons and Tatyana Ali.

                    First aired in September 1990, creating nearly 150 episodes into 6 series, finishing in the summer of 1996.

                    MAIN CHARACTERS...

                    * Will Smith (-himself- )is a street wise teenage delinquent from the tough streets of West Philadelphia who, as his mother is worried he is heading for a fate worse than prison, is force to live with his wealthy relations in a Bel Air mansion.
                    He is a typical loud mouth young man with attitude who believes he know what's best for his life, usual to the annoyance of his rich uncle.

                    * Philip Banks (-James Avery-) is Will's rich uncle, starting as a being a high flying lawyer, then as a Judge, with a very 'large' personality. His no nonsense attitude to teenage delinquents is put to the test when Will arrives on the scene and he sees it as a challenge to control the feisty young man.
                    He is mainly seen as a miserable man, who dotes on his wife and kids, although he tries to teach his children the values of money he does tend to spoil his eldest daughter

                    * Vivien (-Janet Hubert-Whitten series 1-3/ Daphne Maxwell Reid series 4-6) is the beautiful wife of Philip, working as a professor of black history and having a PHD.
                    She originally started as a career woman but as the show went on she turned into a homemaker, caring for her husband and children.

                    * Hilary (-Karyn Parsons-) is Philip and Viviens eldest daughter who is a very spoilt young lady, demanding everything and anything from her parents, usually getting her own way with her father. She is seen as a bit of a bimbo and spends her time mainly pampering herself and shopping for the latest fashions, on daddies credit card of course.
                    She has no capabilities of taking care of herself and relies heavily on the mansions butler.

                    * Carlton (-Alfonso Ribeiro) is the slightly pompous son of the Vivien and Philip, with his selfish attitude and rather immature behaviour.
                    Although he tries to be cool in character he is soon showing his true colours with his love for Tom Jones songs and his very jittery dance steps.

                    * Ashley (-Tatyana Ali-) is the youngest of the family, (until Vivien had another baby in later series) and loves spending time with her mother, that is until Will appears on the scene with his calm outlook on life, slowly changing her way of living.

                    * Geoffrey Butler (-Joseph Marcell-) is the Banks's household butler. He has a very calm attitude, which helps a lot considering the people he has to work for, and his proper use of the queens English, who seems to bond well with Will. He has a very dry sense of humour and enjoys making witty remarks, especially to Philip.
                    He has spent years as a butler for people such as Led Zeppelin and Chuck Norris.

                    * Jazz (- Jeffrey A. Townes) is Wills friend, who comes across as a very irritating person indeed, especially to Philip. He has a crush on Hilary and is always trying to get her to go on a date with him, with many disappointments.
                    He dresses a bit like a pimp and has a personality to match, much to the disgust of Philip, who, in many episodes deals with Jazz in a certain way.

                    * Nicky (- Ross Bagley-) is the new edition to the family, arriving in the 3rd series.


                    * BRIEF IDEA...

                    With Will's mother frightened about her son growing up in Philadelphia she packs him off to her sisters house in Bel Air in the hope of him getting a better education.
                    So with Will having to settle into his new life with his rich relations in there huge mansion he soon begins to create a lot of hassle for everyone, especially his Uncle Phil, who tends to see raising Will as a challenge, due to his rather laid back attitude and 'I don't care' attitude to life.
                    Uncle Phil, The big man of the house, takes an instant dislike the new edition of the house, finding himself irritated by Wills behaviour, mainly due to the colourful way he dresses and the sarcastic one liners he comes out with.
                    But Uncle Phil is the least of Wills trouble as he has to contend with his cousin, Carlton, who is a black man with a white mans attitude, with his bad dancing style and his love of Tom Jones songs, Will certainly has a lot to deal with in his new ready made family.


                    ** Special guest have included...
                    Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Naomi Cambell, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tom Jones and many many more...






                    ** IN CONCLUSION...

                    A brilliant sitcom which is full of sarcastic one liners from a combination of comical characters.
                    Each character has there own 'uniqueness' with-in the series, each as likable as the others, all seeming to combine to create a side splitting show from start to finish.
                    Although the show tries to revolve more around Smith and his day to day life, with his comical abilities and brilliantly funny expression, it is really down to the entire cast that has made this show as popular as it has become.
                    With the likes of Ribeiro as Carlton, with his strange spoilt attitude and his love all things on the 'camp' side...and not forgetting his jellyfish like dance technique which will have you rolling on the floor.
                    Then we have Parsons portraying Hilary to perfection, with her totally selfish nature, wanting everything she see right there right now...
                    And Ali as Ashley, the youngest member of the clan, although she doesn't really come into her own until later in the series.
                    Avery pull of the big guy Phil with some brilliance, coming across as firm but fair, whilst seemingly terrified by his wife, who Whitten takes on the role in this series so well....although with the Banks family under the guidance of these two you will be wondering how the family has stayed together for so long..?

                    Then there's the excellent way that Marcell portrays Geoffrey, the butler, with his no nonsense attitude and witty one liners, seeming to keep the Banks family form walking all over him...
                    And to add the very comical character of Townes as the colourful and slightly irritating Jazz this show is one of the best sitcoms ever made...( IMO anyway)

                    In all, this is a brilliant comical series and is well worth buying on the DVD series, each series on sale for around £10.00 each, although only series 1-4 are available on region 2 DVDs.

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                      07.01.2009 15:25
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                      Just imagine if you found out that you had some rich relatives and your mother was sending you away from your violent urban home to go and live with them in a luxury mansion and attend the best private school in the area, well that is the premise for this comedy that launched the on screen career of Will Smith who at the time of this TV shows creation was a moderately well known rap artist whereas these days he is a top Hollywood earner with a string of top movies behind him.

                      He pretty much plays himself after being moved to Bel Air in California to live with his Uncle Phillip and family along with his Aunt and three preppy cousins, Carlton is the funniest of the lot as he is so much the opposite to street wise Will.

                      This is a funny and entertaining comedy driven by the over the top larger than life character of Will and the fact that he cracks jokes at the expense of those around him, comically he is matched by Geoffrey the butler who has a nice dry English wit.

                      As far as enetertainment goes this is a fairly harmless comedy with a decent amount of laughs per episode even if the heavy moralising American messages that seem to alwys be in their sitcoms about family life has to make an appearence in each episode.

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                        The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a US comedy show that took the rapper The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith from the recording studio to the small screen and since then he has moved on t join the Hollywood elite and a man who commands a huge fee for his movies, plus he can still churn out the occasional hit record.

                        This is a harmless enough comedy that has its funny moments, Will Smith effectively plays himeslf as a kid from a rough area of Philidelphia who is shipped out to his rich aunts house in Bel Air after he gets into trouble with some local yobs.

                        Streetwise and with a penchant for flashy clothes he finds his rich preppie black cousins a bit of a culture shop especially the nerdy cousin who is his age Carlton, there is the spoilt self obsessed older cousin and the cuter younger one with his Uncle Phil a successful lawyer the butt of many of Smith jokes because of his size, Geoffrey is the families English butler who delivers his sarcastic swipes in a dead pan style.

                        When I was younger I loved this comedy which can still be found on cable channel Trouble at the moment however these days the over the top audience laughter annoys me and the humour misses more than it hits but that is mainly because this is aimed at young teens and maybe I'm moving away too far from that age group.

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                          08.11.2008 02:31

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                          you should really watch it if you have never seen it

                          I really cant get enough of this programme it used to be around years ago and now is back on channel trouble at 4.00 two episodes and finishes at 5.00 and also repeats at 5.00.6.00 on the next chanel up.

                          Its about will smith starring as will smith.He moves to bel air to live with his mums rich sister married to a lawyer philp banks it allways makes me laugh and i cant not watch it they have a daughet hillary who loves her self and is very what dum.

                          And there son carlton who is very short for his age and younger daughter who seems actually quite perfect named ashley but will' s not perfect and does not care hes very good with the ladies and gets in to a bit of trouble and his best friend helps him with that to he is called jazz if you are readin this and havent seen it before u really should tune in to sky to trouble channel 172 and 173.

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                          30.10.2008 15:19
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                          Will be remembered for a long time!

                          I never realised how popular this show was - i used to watch it, but it seems everyone did! The theme song came on when i was out in a club once and everyone went mad, and all knew the words!

                          This is about will smith (played by will smith) moving from philladelphia to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins as he got into a fight with a bully. He is portrayed as a street smart "cool" (sorry for using that word) guy, and his aunt and uncle, live in a mansion, and are very rich! So he is hanging around with posh people, and getting into trouble etc. It ran for 6 years, and according to wikipedia, there were 148 episodes.

                          Thats all ill do for telling you the story as im sure you have watched it before, if not, it is usually repeated on sky, on lots of different chanells - i think virgin now.

                          This was a fantastic program, which is why everyone still remembers it, and this made will smith, and he is brilliant in it, just like the others. Although Tatiana Ali grew up to be a hoty, in the programs she is much too young to look at like that! and my favourite was Hillary (Karren Parsons). Jazzy Jeff is also in this!

                          In short, this is a great program, and it will be remembered for a long time, although i think it is more for kids, or for people who first saw it as kids!

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