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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 1 (1990-1991)




Critic Consensus: Now this is the story of how Will Smith's career got flipped -- turned upside down -- from Top 40 rapper with bankable flair to a transcendent star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


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Will moves from the tough streets of West Philly to posh Bel-Air to live with his Uncle Philip, Aunt Vivian, his cousins spoiled Hilary, preppy Carlton and young Ashley and their sophisticated British butler, Geoffrey.


Will Smith
as Will Smith
James Avery
as Philip Banks
Alfonso Ribeiro
as Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons
as Hilary Banks
Tatyana M. Ali
as Ashley Banks
Janet Hubert
as Vivian Banks
Tatyana Ali
as Ashley Banks
Jonathan Emerson
as Edward Fellows III, Ned
Paris Vaughn
as Melinda
Sandy Frank
as Leonard
Virginia Capers
as Grandma Banks, Hattie Banks
Michael Landes
as Chadney, Chadney Hunt
John Petlock
as Henry Furth
Kathy Griffin
as Ms. Klein, Susan Klein
Edward Edwards
as Armstrong
Bill Cort
as Thorvald
James Tolkan
as Dr. B. Langford Oates, Dr. Oates
Victoria Rowell
as Mimi Mumford
Hank Azaria
as Jerry, Policeman
Bette Ford
as Madame Chatchka
Laurel Moglen
as Elizabeth
Tom O'Rourke
as Jameson
Gilbert Lewis
as Grandpa Banks, Joe Banks
Dan Desmond
as Sergeant
Ron Perkins
as O'Donnell
Don Cheadle
as Ice Tray
A.J. Johnson
as Christina
J.D. Hall
as Charlie the Mack
Queen Latifah
as Marissa Redman
Keith Bogart
as Jonathan
Dell Yount
as Dr. Kramer
Melvin Jones
as Tough Guy
Jasmine Guy
as Kayla Samuels
Al B. Sure!
as Himself
Sherrie Krenn
as Lady Penelope
William Glover
as Lord Fowler
Tim Russ
as Eugene
Kelly Connell
as Gadgets Salesperson
Patricia Clipper
as Pen Salesperson
Kyausha Simpson
as Cheerleader #2
Jaclyn Bernstein
as Girl at Party
Anthony Auer
as Newscaster
William Corl
as Headmaster Thorvald
Gregory Alan Williams
as Security Guard
John Towey
as Country Club Rep
Anastasia N. Ali
as Trick or Treater
William Cort
as Headmaster Thorvald
Justin Moran Shenkarow
as Kevin Driscoll
Shaun Baker
as Bystander
Garon Grigsby
as Skip Nesbitt
David Downing
as Master of Ceremonies
Heavy D
as Himself
Monica Beavers
as Cheerleader #1
Tom Holiday
as Handsome Man
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Critic Reviews for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

A triumph of mainstream mediocrity.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Even in its "regular" episodes, The Fresh Prince's exploration of race and identity shed light on the humor and heartbreak that accompanies coming of age as a young black person in a majority-white culture.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air introduced mainstream audiences to Smith as an actor, which allowed him to become the bankable, blockbuster movie star we know today.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The show transcended race, age, gender, countries, you name it. I have never met anyone in my life who hasn't seen or doesn't like the Fresh Prince.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Each episode leaves viewers with a powerful lesson on how to live life with dignity and grace.

September 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Much of the sitcom's appeal has to be credited to the man himself, Will Smith - the effortless charm and charisma... But the contribution of the show's supporting cast should not be overlooked.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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