Episode 161: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Matters…But Why Tho?

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Episode 161: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Matters…But Why Tho? is sponsored by Fun.com, the one-stop-shop for pop culture exclusive merch from clothing to toys and more. Get 15% off now with our link here!

This week, we head to Bel-Air with the sitcom that handled real issues, brought a lot of laughs, and brought Will Smith to stardom: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. With the reunion show airing on HBO Max, it seemed like the perfect time to jump into the production history of the series, the records it broke, and the series’ impact. We talk about how we connected with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and how it represented one of the first series that we could see ourselves in. And of course, we also discuss Smith rise during the tail end of the show and what has happened after.

If you’re unfamiliar, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom television series that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The series stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a street-smart teenager born and raised in West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy uncle and aunt in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in the local playground in his neighborhood. However, his lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his upper-class relatives.” The series lasted for 148 episodes over six seasons. A more dramatic reboot based on the fan film Bel-Air is in active development, with a two-season order for Peacock, meaning there is more Fresh Prince to come.

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