The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air ( Original Title: The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air) is an American sitcom that was produced from 1990 to 1996 on the NBC network.


The series is about the African- American adolescents William "Will" Smith, who grew up in the streets of Philadelphia. He receives a proper education and not end up on the wrong path, he is sent by his mother Viola to Los Angeles to live there with his wealthy aunt Vivian and her husband, the lawyer and later judge Philip Banks.

Although his aunt tries to Will as protected as possible to integrate into the family, this first encounter some problems due to his way of life in the posh district Bel Air. In particular, with its apparently snobby cousin Carlton and his spoiled and naive cousin Hilary he comes at the beginning nothing but headaches - and Uncle Philip Butler and Geoffrey know with the relaxed lifestyle Wills initially hardly deal with it. Only Ashley, the youngest family member in the house Banks, recognizes the qualities and skills of their cousins ​​who succeeds with time to convince the rest of the family of its charm.


Although the show was basically conceived as a comedy series, also serious socio-critical elements were processed every now and then. In particular, subjects who accepted the African-American subculture, were regular components of the actions of individual episodes, including discrimination, fatherlessness, poverty and social classification, as well as the philosophies of the black civil rights activist Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.


Will Smith


The Banks Family

Philip " Phil" Banks

Vivian Banks

Hilary Banks

Carlton Banks

Ashley Banks

Nicky Banks

Geoffrey, the butler


The series was dubbed by the Hermes synchronous in Berlin- Spandau. Dialogue directed by Arne Elsholtz, who also wrote the German dialogue books and said the role of the butler Geoffrey.


  • According to a BBC interview advised Alfonso Ribeiro and his colleague Will Smith to choose the name for the fictional main character well because " he would be called the rest of his life on the road like that."
  • In the fifth season of the sitcom Will is going to marry his girlfriend Lisa ( Nia Long). Originally Smith's future wife Jada Pinkett Smith was cast in the role; but she got a rejection, claiming that it was too small.
  • The television magazine TV Guide 2004 led the figure of the " Philip Banks " on # 34 of the "50 most popular television fathers of all time".
  • The title of the series is based on Will Smith's nickname " Fresh Prince ", which he received by his cheeky charm already in school. The plot of the series is basically based on Will Smith's experiences as Benny Medina, a manager of Warner Brothers, found that the story of the " naive, presumptuous Will from Philadelphia " in the village of Beverly Hills has something witty and television Mature.

Guest appearances

In the series, many famous personalities occurred: BB King, William Shatner, Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, Donald Trump, Vanessa L. Williams, DL Hughley, Elise Neal, Naomi Campbell, Tevin Campbell, Quincy Jones, Isiah Thomas, Evander Holyfield, Heavy D., Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Bo Jackson, Boyz II Men, Jasmine Guy, Vivica A. Fox, Bell Biv Devoe, Ken Griffey Jr., Chris Rock, Malcolm -Jamal Warner, Hugh Hefner, Milton Berle, Gary Coleman, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tyra Banks, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Stacey Dash, Don Cheadle, Christopher Judge, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jaleel White, Queen Latifah, Pat Morita, Hank Azaria, Ben Vereen, Naya Rivera.

The Series on DVD

  • Season 1 was released on 8 February 2005
  • Season 2 was released on 11 October 2005
  • Season 3 was released on 14 February 2006
  • Season 4 was released on 8 August 2006
  • Season 5 was released on May 11, 2010
  • Season 6 was released on April 19, 2011
  • Season 1 was released on 21 February 2005.
  • Season 2 was released on 21 November 2005.
  • Season 3 was released on 26 June 2006.
  • Season 4 was released on 22 January 2007.
  • Season 1 was released on 15 April 2005.
  • Season 2 was released on 16 June 2006.
  • Season 3 was released on 15 September 2006.
  • Season 4 was released on 12 October 2006.
  • Season 5 was released on June 18, 2010.
  • Season 6 was released on May 6, 2011.