The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a American sitcom television series created by Andy and Susan Borowitz, starring actor/comedian/rapper Will Smith (in a fictionalized version of himself) and also starred James Avery, Janet Hubert-Whitten (who would later be replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid), Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Ross Bagley and Joseph Marcell. It was produced by The Stuffed Dog Company, Quincy Jones Production, NBC Productions and Warner Bros Television, also distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.
In December of 1989, NBC signed Will Smith (who was nearly bankrupt at the time) to a contract and built the sitcom around him.
The series was aired on September 10, 1990 and concluded on May 20, 1996, lasting six seasons and 148 episodes.
The show was about Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight on a local basketball court.
In the series, Will's lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his relatives in Bel Air.
- Will Smith as Will Smith
- James Avery as Philip Banks
- Janet Hubert-Whitten (season 1-3) and Daphne Maxwell Reid (seasons 4-6) as Vivian Banks
- Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks
- Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks
- Tatyana M. Ali as Ashley Banks
- Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey Butler
- Ross Bagley as Nicholas "Nicky" Banks (seasons 5-6)
Recurring Cast Edit
- DJ Jazzy Jeff as Jazz
- Vernee Watson-Johnson as Viola "Vy" Smith-Wilkes (season 1-5, guest season 6.1-6.3)
- Virginia Capers as Grandma Hattie Banks
- Nia Long as Lisa Wilkes (season 5)
- Lisa Fuller as Toni
- John Petlock as Henry Furth
- Helen Page Camp as Margaret Furth
- Jenifer Lewis as Aunt Helen
- Jonathan Emerson as Edward "Ned" Fellows III
- Michael Landes as Chadney Hunt
- Michael Weiner as Kellogg "Cornflake" Lieberbaum
- Brian Strokes Mitchell as Trevor Collins (Newsworthy)
- Keith Bogart as Jonathan Cartwell
- Bill Cort as Headmaster Wallace Thorvald
- Dave Florek as Coach Smiley
- John Amos as Fred Wilkes (season 5)
- Tyra Banks as Jackie Ames (season 4)
Episode numbers Edit
|Season||Episodes||First air date||Last air date|
|Season 1||25||September 10, 1990||May 6, 1991|
|Season 2||24||September 9, 1991||May 4, 1992|
|Season 3||24||September 14, 1992||May 10, 1993|
|Season 4||26||September 20, 1993||May 23, 1994|
|Season 5||25||September 19, 1994||May 15, 1995|
|Season 6||25||September 18, 1995||May 20, 1996|