THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR-May God Save the Prince !

Will Smith. No, not the Suicide Squad  Will Smith.

It’s the Fresh Prince Will Smith. Back in the 90’s when he dropped out of his college, the one thing he liked was Rapping. He was an amazing rapper. Maybe that’s why the Producers went ahead with him for the title song of the series called “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” which he later acted in the lead role.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, 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, his lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his relatives in Bel Air. The series ran for six seasons and aired 148 episodes.

I would like to give exactly 5 reasons why you wanna watch this series.

[1] WILL SMITH: Period. Do I need to say more?

[2] BLACK HISTORY: The early 90’s was still not good for the American Blacks. They were still looked upon as a lower class and were racially differentiated from the upper class. But this series shows the life of an Upper Middle Class Black who rose up to a respectable position as a leading Lawyer  in the district.

[3] THE FAMILY: Will’s working-class background ends up clashing in various humorous ways with the upper class world of the Banks family – Will’s uncle Phil and aunt Vivian and their children, Will’s cousins: Hilary, Carlton, and Ashley. Also they have a Butler named Geoffrey who slightly resembles ‘Gunther’ from the FRIENDS. His one-liners are deeply rooted to his Trinidadian background and the way he delivers those is absolute top class.

[4] THE MUSIC: The theme song “Yo Home to Bel Air” was written and performed by Smith under his stage name, The Fresh Prince. It’s a typical song that every boy can relate to and the story is woven across the song. The music often used to bridge scenes together during the show is based on a similar chord structure. Also the Background scores are absolutely brilliant, with a dash of Hip-Hop sounds, giving that energetic feeling to the viewers.

[5] THE STORYLINE: It’s never boring, to be frank. Unlike other sit-coms that runs these days, there is no parallel stories which are forcefully added to the script to give that commercial angle. Every scene happens to be natural. The story even though happens in the 90s, can be relatable even today.

“Yo Hommie”, “Hey Nigga” are the usual phrases used by Smith.The flow in his language may raise a few eyebrows but soon it becomes accustomed to us.

Watch out for the cameo by Don Cheadle (guy who played War Machine/Rhodey in Avengers & Iron Man) in the 1st season. Such a Terrific Actor he is.

So why wait, catch it on Netflix or just download it and enjoy the pure Acting Master classes by Will Smith and his Family.

 

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