Will Smith
Will Smith
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The Fresh Prince, Will Smith
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Status Alive
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom and is the source of multiple internet memes (which circulated to Miiverse and LMR due to popularity).The sitcom starred Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, among others and was considered one of the "hippest" television shows on at the time, mostly due to its pop culture references and the fact that Will Smith starred in it, as he was a very popular rap artist and movie star of the 1980's and 1990's. It ran from September 10th, 1990 to May 26th, 1996.


In late 1989, the same year he won a Grammy award with Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) for "Best Rap Performance", Will Smith was approached by NBC executives with the idea of a sitcom entitled "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", which would be based on his childhood move. Smith accepted the deal as he felt he nothing left to lose, he was in extraordinarily deep debt. Though he accepted the deal for mostly money reasons, he never paid any of the money that he earned in the first three seasons of The Fresh Prince to the IRS, thus occuring 25% of his earnings from that portion of the series to be paid directly to the IRS.

The first episode began taping on May 1st, 1990, with the entire first season's production ending in March 1991. The season was extremely successful, raking in a respectable number of viewers per episode and a large amount of income to NBC and the stars.

The second and third seasons saw even greater success and the loss of a major cast member. Janet Hubert-Whitten was cast as Vivian Banks between seasons 1-3, though was fired after she had apparently began to become distraught with the show's producers after they had violated a clause in her contract when her child was born. Due to this, Nicky Banks was placed as an upcoming character to explain the situation. Will Smith stated that he had trouble working with Hubert-Whitten long before the issue arose, but to counter this argument Hubert-Whitten released a statement saying that Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro (who played Carlton Banks, son of Vivian and Phillip Banks) had done heinous things to her on set. She was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the remainder of the series.

The fourth season was initially intended to be the very last of the series, ending with Smith going back to West Philadelphia, because he needed to "grow up". The series was ressurected soon after however, as the ratings for the series had skyrocketed in the fourth season. The fifth season's debut episode explained the awkward situation, with multiple characters saying that they either "missed Will" or was angry that he was "back from his vacation". The fifth season also had great ratings like the fourth season and the sixth followed it up.

The series finale episode, which was split into two episodes for airing, was taped on March 21st, 1996, and named "I, Done". It centered around the Banks family moving away from the area. Carlton was accepted into Princeton University, Ashley and Hilary move to New York as Hilary's fictional television show had been moved there, and Ashley tags along to attend performing arts school. Geoffrey moves back to his native London to be with his son, and Vivian, Nicky, and Phillip all move to the east coast to live near their children. Will stays in California to finish school, finding an apartment.


  • Will Smith as Will Smith
  • Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks
  • Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks
  • James Avery as Phillip Banks
  • Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks (Seasons 1-3), later replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid (Seasons 4-6)
  • Tatyani M. Ali as Ashley Banks
  • Ross Bagley as Nicky Banks
  • Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey Butler
  • Jeff "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as Jazz

Show Awards

  • ASCAP Film and Television Movie Awards: Top TV Series (1994)
  • The Image Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Alfonso Ribeiro (1996)
  • The Image Awards: Outstanding Youth Actress - Tatyani M. Ali (1997)
  • TP de Oro: Best Series (1994)
  • Young Artist Awards: Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten - Ross Bagley (1995, 1996)
  • Young Artist Awards: Best New Family Television Comedy Series (1991)
  • YoungStar Awards: Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series - Tatyani M. Ali (1997)

Memes Spawned

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Lyrics
  • The Fesh Pince of Blair Series
  • "Could you make me a sandwich?"

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Lyrics

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Lyrics is a meme that regularly pops up on posts that reference the show, or on posts that are seen as uptight, or are just complaining. It is also used as people modify the lyrics to center around a new meaning.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Theme Song (Full)02:58

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Theme Song (Full)

Full Lyrics

Now, this is a story all about how

My life got flipped-turned upside down

And I'd like to take a minute

Just sit right there

I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air

In west Philadelphia born and raised

On the playground was where I spent most of my days

Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool and all shootin some b-ball outside of the school

When a couple of guys who were up to no good

Startin making trouble in my neighborhood

I got in one little fight and my mom got scared

And said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air'

I begged and pleaded with her day after day 

But she packed my suitcase and send me on my way

She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket, I put my walkman on and said, 'I might as well kick it'

First class, yo this is bad

Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass

Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?

Hmmmmm this might be alright!

But wait I hear there're prissy, bourgeois and all that

Is this the type of place that they should send this cool cat?

I don't think so, I'll see when I get there, I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air

Well, the plane landed and when I came out

There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out

I ain't trying to get arrested yet I just got here I sprang with the quickness like lightning, disappeared

I whistled for a cab and when it came near

The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror

If anything I can say that this cab was rare

But I thought 'Nah forget it, yo homes to Bel Air'

I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later'

I looked at my kingdom I was finally there

To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

The Fesh Pince of Blair Series

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The Fesh Pince of Blair-0

The first entry to the Fesh Pince series.

The Fesh Pince of Blair Series is a YouTube Poop series including two episodes created by Dikekike (KroboProductions), which features great splicing of sentences, visual and sound editing, along with exploiting tid-bits of the original episodes of the Fresh Prince. Such quotes from characters include Carlton's "Could you make me a sandwich?" (which became it's own small meme), Geoffrey's "Nooooooooo!", Uncle Phil's constant entering of his own last name into sentences, etc. The first YouTube Poop of the series, titled "The Fesh Pince of Blair" was uploaded on December 5th, 2011 on Dikekike's original account, and the second, "The Fesh Pince of Blair 2: Uncle Phil Yiffs in Heaven Again", being released on October 27th, 2014 to his second account.
The Fesh Pince of Blair 2 Uncle Phil Yiffs in Heaven Again14:50

The Fesh Pince of Blair 2 Uncle Phil Yiffs in Heaven Again

The second YTP of the Fesh Pince series.

The first YTP gained traction almost immediately and gained fame quickly, pushing Dikekike into the YTP spotlight. It gained popularity via it's clever jokes and input of pop culture references, as well as visual effects. Once the second YTP was released it just poured onto the Dikekike and Fesh Pince legacy, with even more effects, and the same amount of hilarity.
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