The Fresh Prince of Bel-air is a sitcom that originally aired from 1990-1996. A young Will Smith
starred in this show about a teenager from Philadelphia sent to Bel-Air to live with his mother's relatives, the Banks family. The family consists of father Uncle Phillip who is a judge, portrayed by James Avery; mother Vivian played by Janet Hubert, and their children Carlton(Alfonso Ribeiro
), Hilary(Karyn Parsons) and Ashley(Tatyana Ali). Joseph Marcell
stars as the family butler Geoffrey who is often drawn into the family's misadventures.
Hilarity ensues as Will tries to fit in with the upper crust crowd he finds himself thrown in with. Lighthearted and fun to watch the show does have occasional episodes that can bring a tear to the eye. Fresh Prince of Bel-air is great family friendly television that can even teach a lesson or two about tolerance and respect for others.
Will Smith was cast in Fresh Prince of Bel-air during the height of his singing career. This show was successful in helping him transition from music to acting seamlessly. It allowed him to showcase his range of talent from humor to heartwarming dramatic moments.
The characters are likable and funny. Carlton Banks, played by Alfonso Ribeiro
, is a perfect comedic partner for Will in this sitcom. Plots can sometimes have predictable outcomes but are always funny.