Fresh Prince of Bel Air - The Complete First Season
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The Fresh Prince of Bel Air - The Complete First Season

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Director: Debbie Allen, Jeff Melman, Rae Kraus, Rita Rogers Blye

Cast: Debbie Allen, Jeff Melman, Rae Kraus, Rita Rogers Blye

     
 
Will Smith made the jump from rap music star to respected comic actor when producer Quincy Jones tapped him to star in a situation comedy series about a streetwise kid from Philadelphia who goes to live with wealthy relatives in the Los Angeles suburb of Bel Air. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was an immediate hit in the ratings, and this special DVD box set

Overview

Will Smith made the jump from rap music star to respected comic actor when producer Quincy Jones tapped him to star in a situation comedy series about a streetwise kid from Philadelphia who goes to live with wealthy relatives in the Los Angeles suburb of Bel Air. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was an immediate hit in the ratings, and this special DVD box set features all 25 episodes from the show's hilarious first season. Guest stars appearing on this set include Queen Latifah, Don Cheadle, Naomi Campbell, Richard Roundtree, and Jasmine Guy.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
When Warner Bros. executive Benny Medina wanted to create a show based on his experiences as a poor kid growing up in Beverly Hills, he found the perfect contemporary corollary in Grammy-winning rapper Fresh Prince -- a player later to be better known as Will Smith. With music legend Quincy Jones signed on as executive producer, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air offers Smith as Will, a poor Philadelphia teen who is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, California. Uncle Phillip Banks (James Avery) and Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert-Whitten) have three children of their own: airhead Hillary (Karyn Parsons), quick-witted Ashley (Tatyana Ali), and Will's foil, Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), a mildly abrasive preppy in the mold of Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties. Streetwise Will’s assimilation into Bel-Air’s upper-crust culture is standard fish-out-of-water material, but Smith's considerable charm helped make Fresh Prince a hit and propel him to stardom. The first season is slightly unpolished as Smith and the rest of the cast find the groove, but many outings are particularly entertaining. In "Clubba Hubba," Will meets a girl at a country club and wants to impress her snobby father, so he enlists Carlton's help; "Def Poet's Society" finds Will joining his prep school's poetry club; "The Young and the Restless" finds Will sneaking Philip's elderly mother out for a night on the town; and, in "72 Hours," Will challenges Carlton to spend time in a rough neighborhood. For a premiere season, the first Fresh Prince run includes an impressive parade of guest stars, including Richard Roundtree, Hank Azaria, Naomi Campbell, Vivica A. Fox, Queen Latifah, and Don Cheadle.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0012569593909
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:48:00

Special Features

Retrospective documentary Back to Bel-Air: a Fresh Look with the stars and creative team; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Will Smith
Bette Ford Mme. Chatchka
Don Cheadle Ice Tray
Evander Holyfield Himself
J.D. Hall Charlie the Mack
James Avery Philip 'Uncle Phil' Banks
Jasmine Guy Kayla Samuels
Jeff Townes Jazz
John Petlock Henry Furth
Keith Bogart Jonathan Cartwell
Miguel A. Nuñez Slick
Naomi Campbell Helen
Queen Latifah Marissa Redman
Richard Roundtree Dr. No
Sarah Buxton Kimmy
Sherrie Krenn Lady Penelope
Tevin Campbell Little T
Tier Collins Cindy
Vernee Watson-Johnson Vy
Virginia Capers Hattie Banks
Vivica A. Fox Janet
Beverly Jackson Cindy
Carol Barbee Pamela
Emma Nasedra Dani
Gilbert Lewis Joe Banks
Greg Alan Williams Security Guard
Helen Page Camp Margaret Furth
Hugh Dane Fred
Isaiah D. Thomas Himself
Janet Hubert-Whitten Vivian 'Aunt Viv' Banks
Laurel Moglen Elizabeth
Michael Landes Chadney Hunt
Paris Vaughan Melinda
Ron Fassler Lee Cohen
Tom O'Rourke Jameson Whitworth
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Tiny
Victoria Rowell Mimi Mumford
William Glover Lord Fowler
Alfonso Ribeiro Carlton Banks
Angela Gordon Glorida
Dave Florek Coach Smiley
Dell Yount Dr. Kramer
Diane Racine Gladys
Edward Edwards Asst. Headmaster Armstrong
Hank Azaria Jerry
Israel Juarbe Jesse
J'vonne Pearson Chuck
Jaclyn Bernstein Girl at Party
James Tolkan Dr. B. Langford Oates
Jonathan Emerson Edward Fellows III
Lisa Fuller Lisa,Toni
Tim Russ Eugene
Tom Holiday Handsome Man
Tony Longo Otis
Anthony S. Johnson Christine
Carol-Ann Jeffers Gia
Claude Knobler David
Dan Desmond Desk Sergeant
Dax Biagas Jason
Jeff Chayette Louie
John Roarke Ronald Reagan
Karyn Parsons Hilary Banks
Kelly Connell Gadgets Salesperson
Monica Beavers Cheerleader #1
Patrick Van Horn Simon Stanhope
Richard Gloria Actor
Sandy Frank Peter Leonard
Shaun Baker Bystander
William Upton Bouncer
Ashley Bank Sasha
David Downing Master of Ceremonies
Garon Grigsby Skip Nesbitt
Kyausha Simpson Cheerleader #2
Larry Jones Actor
Melvin Jones Tough Guy
Michelle Simms Michelle
Patricia Clipper Pen Salesperson
Raymond McLeod Bob
Tatyana Ali Ashley Banks
Taylor Negron Vic
Joseph Marcell Geoffrey Butler

Technical Credits
Debbie Allen Director
Jeff Melman Director
Rae Kraus Director
Rita Rogers Blye Director

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
its shows like this that bring you back to the good old times ah the 90's Will Smith this is a good show has some funny moments my favorite eposides on the dvd set My price will come the one where both Carlton and Will have to find a girl to go with at the Halloween party the one when Ashely has a bday party and her favorite singer little T goes on a date with her the one when Will goes out with Jazz's bossy mean sister and the one when Hilary has a new job and agrees on going on a date with Jazz to keep her job one thing about the show that i liked was the fact that Jazz liked Hilary big time! good show Will Smith is cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show, in my opinion, is in the top 5 shows of all time. It's up there with The Simpsons, and I Love Lucy, and Seinfeld. I grew up watching this!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is so funny. and don't worry it is always funny! whenever it shows on tv i try to watch it but my homework is so big! so i just thought why not get the dvd? now when i got i it is so funny. know i can choose which episodes to watch. i can see the ones i never saw before. no more reruns but i just love all the episodes! it never stops being funny even if i watched it a lot of times!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic comedy series has Will moving from his hometown of Philly and coming to stay with his relatives at Bel Air causing mayhem and madness though has its classic and hilarous moments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch this show since I was 1 (seriously I did) N-e way i just lloovvee this show Can't get enough of it . No matter what
Anonymous More than 1 year ago