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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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TV Series
    (September 10, 1990-May 20, 1996)
    Aired on NBC
    Will(ard) Smith as Will(iam) Smith
    James Avery as Philip Banks
    Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks #1 (1990-1993)
    Daphne Reid as Vivian Banks #2 (1993-1996)
    Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks
    Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks
    Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks
    Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey Butler
    Ross Bagley as Nicky Banks (1994-1996)
    DJ Jazzy Jeff as Jazz
    Premise: Street-wise Philadelphia teen is sent by his mom to live at his aunt and uncle’s posh mansion in Bel-Air, California
    Named after a Will Smith song, when he went by the moniker ‘Fresh Prince’
    Will Smith portrayed a character named Will Smith – what a stretch!
    He probably drank a lot of coffee before the taping of each episode.
    Two different actresses played Aunt Viv during the show’s run.
    It had far too many ‘on a very special Fresh Prince…’ episodes.
    Not an episode occurred without Will making fun of Phil’s weight or Carlton’s short stature.
    It makes fun of blacks who act ‘white’, such as Hilary who is a 'blonde valley girl' stereotype and Carlton who constantly dances like Tom Jones.
    Despite it being a family show, it had Will treating women like objects.
    Nia Long, who played Will’s fiancée, played a different character two years before.
    Nicky Banks was an infant one season and a five-year-old the next season.
    Some say Will Smith’s rapping declined after the end of the series.
    It had several episodes where Jay Leno played himself.
    Sherman Hemsley played Judge Robertson on a few episodes, but after the character was killed off he made guest appearances as George Jefferson.
    It was one of the first sitcoms to introduce hip-hop culture to prime time television.
    It had one of the very few TV theme songs that people can rap-along to.
    It explored the cultural differences between poor urban blacks and upper-class African Americans.
    It had great recurring jokes, such as Jazz being (literally) thrown out of the house after he makes a smart comment.
    It was more realistic than other family sitcoms in its time such as ‘Family Matters,’ ‘Full House’ and ‘Step by Step’.
    It launched Will Smith’s acting career.
    Philip Banks was ranked #34 in TV Guide's list of the ‘50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time’ (2004).

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    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 6 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 17 Votes: 58.82% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 24 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 30.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 35 Votes: 74.29% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 37 Votes: 56.76% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 48 Votes: 72.92% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 101 Votes: 54.46% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 127 Votes: 48.03% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 294 Votes: 46.94% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 87 Votes: 50.57% Annoying
 
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