It is shocking that this show, being one of the best shows I have seen, isn’t celebrated as much as F.R.I.E.N.D.S or Big Bang Theory or even How I Met Your Mother. It literally is the best thing happened to Will Smith. It gave him a path and definitely a blockbuster career.
It is a comedy show with drama and romance sprinkled over the top, created by Quincy Jones, Andy Borowitz and Susan Borowitz. It is entertaining, inclusive of good dialogue and some of the best actors you’ll ever see. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is vividly a show made for Will Smith. Most of the punch lines were given to him. The plot was based on his life (not the real one). It was ALL HIM.
It is not that he didn’t deserve it. He is a good actor and he proved that in the first few seasons. It is just sad that lesser focus was put onto all the supporting actors such as James Avery (as Philip Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (as Carlton Banks), Joseph Marcell (as Geoffrey) with his exquisite comic timing, Tatyana Ali (as Ashley Banks), Janet Hubert (as Vivian Banks) and Karyn Parsons (as Hilary Banks). All of them were exceptional. This and casting a few actors who were initially called as guests for a certain role, again, for different roles, was a little childish.
It has a casual plot with various screenplays showcased during the period of six seasons. It gave room for additional characters to become the base to every story, like every television show does. I disliked the fact that the actress Janet Hubert was dropped from the show during the midway because of the internal differences between her and Will Smith. The only reason of my disappointment of this dropout was the new character who played the character of Vivian, Daphne Reid. She wasn’t as powerful and compelling as Hubert. She wasn’t even close.
Lastly, more than Will Smith, who benefited the most out of this show, I feel lesser importance was given to Alfonso Ribeiro (as Carlton Banks), post the show, who I thought was the true winner. May it be his acting, his singing, his dancing or even his performance as a whole. Plus, I was really happy to see this show appear on Netflix. Previously, I couldn’t find a source to download or view it anywhere. The reason I was so eager to watch it was because of my curiosity (since the last few years) to know what the show was all about. A show which was responsible for the emergence of a megastar, Willard Carol Smith (Jr.).