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50 Facts about The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

50

FACTS ABOUT

The fresh prince of Bel-Air



If you're a '90s child', this is the one show where you know all the words to the theme.



But do you know these 50 facts concerning Bel-Air's royalty?



WILL SMITH



BANKRUPTCY

Will Smith was saved from it by the show.



70%

The amount of his salary Will smith was forced to pay to the IRS during the first three series.



2

The number of Golden Globe nominations The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air earned Will Smith.



1996

The year the show ended, at Will Smith's request, after six series.

Fin.



WIVES

Will Smith met his when she auditioned for the role of his on-screen girlfriend.

She didn't get the part.



AUDITIONS

Will Smith didn't have one for the show. In fact, he had never acted before the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.



PRODUCER

Will Smith wrote and produced some episodes.

by W. Smith



LINES

Will Smith used to mouth other actors lines during filming, to help him remember his own. This was caught on film.



NEW DRESSING ROOMS

Will Smith's gift to his fellow cast members in 1995.



CAST AND CREW



THE BUTLER

Geoffrey the butler had a surname. It was Butler.



TWO

the number of Aunt Vivians. Janet Hubert for the first three series, Daphne Reid for the last three.



CONFLICT

Jane Hubert was rumoured to have been fired from the show upon Will Smith's request.



THRILLER

Fresh Prince producer Quincy Jones also produced THRILLER and the Michael Jackson album.



THE CAB DRIVER

The one in the opening sequence? Yep, that was Quincy Jones too.



BOYZ II MEN

The names of this boy-band were also Nicky's middle names. Remember Boyz II Men.



Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya



FIRTH, WYNN AND MEYER

The law firm Uncle Phil worked for (a play on Earth, Wind and Fire).



IN THE HOUSE

A TV show that featured the characters Ashley Banks and Carlton Banks (and the actors who played them).



JAY LENO

Was a guest star - as were Tyra Banks and Queen Latifah.



2005, 2011

The years the cast, minus the original Aunt Vivian (Janet Hubert), held reunion events.



DJ JAZZY JEFF AND THE FRESH PRINCE

Will and Jazz's friendship began long before The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air with this hip-hop double act.



THE CAST SINCE THE SHOW



WILL SMITH

A box office constant since Fresh Prince - grossed $624m in 2012 alone.



JAMES AVERY

(Philip Banks)

Has been in dozens of TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, NYPD Blue and Star Trek: Enterprise.



DAPHNE MAXWELL-REID

(Vivian Banks)

Takes and publishes photos of doors around the world.



JANET HUBERT

(Vivian Banks)

Went on to act in various programmes, and appeared as Chandler's boss in Friends.



ALFONSO RIBEIRO

(Carlton Banks)

Has been married twice and occasionally performs the 'Carlton Dance'. Not at his latest wedding though.



KARYN PARSONS

(Hilary Banks)

Is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, which promotes stories of African-American achievements.



TATYANA ALI

(Ashley Banks)

Released an album in 1998 (Kiss the Sky) which went gold.



ROSS BAGLEY

(Nicky Banks)

Joined Will Smith in Independence Day, and had minor parts in a few series.



JOSEPH MARCELL

(Geoffrey Butler)

Has starred in British TV shows The Bill and Eastenders.



JAZZY JEFF

(Jazz)

Has continued releasing music regularly and now has more than 30 releases to his name.



THE THEME TUNE



THREE MINUTES

The length of the full theme tune. It has several verses.



10 MILLION

The number of views on YouTube the theme tune has attracted.

You

Tube



6

The number of times Bel-Air is name-checked in the theme song.



"SHOOTIN' SOME B-BALL OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL"

a school in the US was locked down in 2013 after a staff member misheard that lyric on a student's voicemail.



TWICE

The number of times British TV hose Graham Norton has persuaded Will Smith to sing the Bel-Air theme tune on his show.



2013

The year the Fresh Prince theme tune was performed on British TV as part of a Fresh Prince reunion.



THE FRESH PRINCE IN THE WIDER WORLD



16 YEARS

The time it took for a Fresh Prince trivia app to be released after the show ended.

a. Fresh Prince

b. Fresh Prance

c. Fresh Prawn



BASKETBALL TRAINERS

The Fresh Prince endorsed a brand of these.



THE NETHERLANDS.

The only place to get a CD soundtrack of the show.



THE FRESH PRAWN OF BEL-AIR

The name of an animated parody of the series made by MAD TV.



1993

The year a breakfast cereal offered breakfast with the cast as a contest prize.



THE FRESH PUP OF BEL-AIR

Another parody, this time by a pet adoption group.



EL PRINCIPE DE BEL-AIR

The name of the show in Spain. In Denmark it's Rap fyr I LA.



OTHER BITS



26,000

The number of people following a Twitter account that posts a daily screen grab from the show.



11 million

The number of people who have liked a Facebook page dedicated to the Fresh Prince.

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THE WORLD'S LARGEST FLASH MOB Featured the 'Carlton Dance'



GUANTANAMO BAY

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air overtook Harry Potter as entertainment of choice at Guantanamo Bay in September 2012.



COURTNEY COX

EDDIE MURPHY

The people Alfonso Ribeiro claims the Carlton Dance was stolen from.



CANCELLATION

NBC cancelled the show after the fourth series, but had to reinstate it after fans complained.



20 million

The number of people that watched the Fresh Prince in the US.

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