In West Philadelphia, born and raise, Will Smith spent most of his youth perfecting his rap game. He started his journey to fame as the MC to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It wasn’t until 1990 that the well-known movie star we now know today received his first major role.
In honor of Will Smith’s birthday, September 25th, here are 8 of our favorite episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse
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Will and his father reconnect after 14 years! This emotional episode made us love uncle Phil even more.
- M Is for the Money Things She Gave Me
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So much drama in this episode! Will have the hots for Janice’s daughter, Wendy, but he has already had a past with Janice.
- Mistaken Identity
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While driving Uncle Phil’s white colleague’s car, both Will and Carlton get pulled over. The police officer assumes that the car is stolen and throws them in jail. Uncle Phil has an amazing moment calling out the officer!
- 72 Hours
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Carlton going gangster made us laugh so hard! He was just trying to prove himself to Will! Sadly, he should just stick to his dance moves.
- Soooooooul Train
#HappyFriYay time to get rejuvenated #BackToLife #BackToReality gimme a #staplegun wall, poster & lets do thissssssss ????#FreshPrince style & yes this is how i flex in my bedroom????????????So Yo! after a manic week im ready to balance my #MindBodyAndSoul #PositiveVibesOnly ☯️#RaiseYourVibration with #Music #SoulIISoul greatest #BritishSoul group of all time ????????Ahead of their time.... clothing line, soundsystem, partynights, label, the blueprint of self branding & international chart domination... salute #TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir 4 acknowledging the UK dons #Soul2Soul .... big up one of my fav British vocalists #CaronWheeler & the visionary #JazzieB ????????p.s my fav #Jordans too! ????#FeelGoodFriday #Friday #ItsTheWeekend #AttitudeOfGratitude ☯️????????
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Philip and Vivian were cool enough to be on Soul Train! The whole episode is based around trying to get Phil to go back for a special show.
- Not With my Pig, You Don’t
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Philip won a prestigious award, but is too boring in real life. In order to help his favorite Uncle out, Will decides to tell the reporters about his “barnyard life”. Needless to say, it makes him more interesting!
- Here Comes the Judge
27 Years. The majority of this scene was improvised from the yelling and crying to the hug. This goes to show that there will never be another sitcom like this one. ❤ #TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir #90s
157 Likes, 4 Comments - no$talgia ???? (@p0.etic) on Instagram: "27 Years. The majority of this scene was improvised from the yelling and crying to the hug. This..."
Will is arrested…for one of the weirdest reasons! He had too many parking tickets.
- Father Knows Best
27 years ago on this day, one of my all time favorite television shows made it's debute. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I can still watch this show and it still makes me feel good. ????❤ #thefreshprinceofbelair #willsmith #carlton #unclephill #auntvivian #ashley #hillary #djjazzyjeff #nbc #ripjamesavery
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Ashley ditches her private school ways! She decided to try what the “real world” is like and goes to a public school. Apparently, the real world is just enrolling in a private school.