The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (American sitcom 1990) Cast Then and Now 202

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom starring Will Smith that ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996. The series follows the everyday life of a young William “Will” Smith, who is sent to Bel-Air by his mother to live there temporarily with his wealthy relatives and to obtain a good school certificate.


The series is about William “Will” Smith, an African-American teenager who grew up on the streets of Philadelphia. During a basketball game, Will misses a shot and the ball lands on a group of violent people. Fearing for her son, Will’s mother, Viola, sends him to Los Angeles to live with his wealthy aunt Vivian and her husband, the attorney-turned-judge Philip Banks, so he can graduate from high school.


Although his aunt tries to integrate Will into the family as sheltered as possible, he initially encounters some problems due to his lifestyle in the posh Bel Air district. In particular, he doesn’t get along at all with his apparently snobbish cousin Carlton and his spoiled and naive cousin Hilary at first – and uncle Philip and butler Geoffrey also hardly know how to deal with Will’s easy-going way of life at first. Only Ashley, the youngest member of the Banks family, recognizes the qualities and abilities of her cousin, who over time manages to convince the rest of the family of his charm and to take them to their hearts.

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