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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
- 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)
- 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 LyricsThe 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.
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