64. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Creator: Andy & Susan Borowitz
Years: 1990-1996

So in looking at the Wikipedia page prior to writing this, it appears it has been hacked. Unfortunately, the headers for every  section include a Mexican derogatory slang term for black people. Sigh.

I love Will Smith. He’s not the best actor in the world, but gosh darn it the camera loves him. Even early in the career he could switch between yukking it up and drawing out the waterworks. As for the show itself, it’s pretty much your standard safe situational comedy, with Will constantly screwing up and learning a lesson by episode’s end. Sometimes his rich family would be the screw-ups and would have to tone down their high-class snobbery. Either way, the jokes are often too easy, and the drama is often too heavy-handed. But it’s earnest.

2 thoughts on “64. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

  1. I just realized I left this theme song off my theme song countdown. It’s not the best, but it’s better than Heathcliff

  2. I probably saw this show out to the bitter end. I loved Carlton, naturally, and especially liked the occasional dramatic moment between Carlton and Will.

    Tatyana Ali was my next crush after Blossom ended and Jenna von Oy was no longer on my TV.

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