The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Facts and Trivia

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, probably one of your favorite 90s shows, there are plenty of fun facts you might not have known about the series!

Things You Might Not Know About "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Will Smith – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Won 13 Awards and Received 23 Nominations The nominations included two Golden Globe nods (one in 1993 and one in 1994) and an Emmy nomination in 1996. The show won the 1993 Image Award for Outstanding Comedy Series …

The Name of Uncle Phil’s Law Firm Comes From a Music Group Uncle Phil’s law firm is called Firth, Wynn, and Meyer which is a play on the band name Earth, Wind & Fire. Executive producer Quincy Jones is a big fan of the …

Sherman Hemsley Appeared on the Show Twice Hemsley appeared as two different characters throughout the show’s run, once as Judge Carl Robertson and later in a cameo playing George Jefferson.

Will Smith Agreed to Star Because of IRS Troubles As he gained widespread fame as a rapper, Smith didn’t manage his money wisely or pay enough in income taxes. He owed $2.8 million to the IRS, which seized most of his …

The House Seen in the Credits Isn’t in Bel-Air The house that Smith pulls up to during the opening credits isn’t actually in Bel Air. The house is located in the nearby, affluent neighborhood of Brentwood on N. Bristol …

Quincy Jones Plays the Cab Driver The cab driver in the opening credits is Quincy Jones, who served as the executive producer on the show.

Jazz Was Only Thrown Out of the House Once Because it required on-location filming (which can get expensive), only one shot of Jazz being thrown out of the house was ever filmed. To avoid continuity errors, Jazz is …

Fans Helped Extended the Show by Two Seasons The show was originally canceled after the fourth season when Will moved back to Philadelphia. Letters from fans poured in to Will Smith and NBC persuading them to renew the …

NBC Execs Nearly Fired Will Smith During the early seasons of the show, Smith was constantly being ridiculed for his lack of acting skills. Executives at NBC noticed and nearly fired him, however the creators …

The Carlton Dance Came from Eddie Murphy and Courteney Cox The popular Carlton Dance was actually a parody of the dance Courteney Cox did in the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 hit “Dancing in the Dark.” Said …

Prisoners Prefer Fresh Prince over Harry Potter In August 2012, the Miami Herald reported that the show had leapfrogged the Harry Potter books as the entertainment of choice among prisoners at Guantanamo …

Only Four Actors Appeared in Every Episode Will Smith, Alfonso Ribiero, Karyn Parsons, and James Avery are the only cast members who appeared in every single episode of the show.

Three Cast Members Are of Trinidadian Descent Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, and Karyn Parsons are all of Trinidadian decent.

Roseanne Was the Inspiration for More Serious Episodes Will Smith has said that he encouraged the show’s writers to write more serious and dramatic episodes after being inspired by emotional moments on Roseanne.

Two Different Actresses Played Aunt Vivian Aunt Vivian Banks was portrayed by two different actresses during the series run. Janet Hubert-Whitten portrayed the original Vivian in the first three seasons, but problems …

Nicky’s Middle Name Was Inspired by Boyz II Men Nicky was first introduced in season three. His full name was Nicholas Andrew Michael Shawn Nathan Wanya Banks after the four members in R&B group Boyz II Men. They …

Geoffrey Has a Middle and Last Name The Banks family’s ever-snarky butler’s full name was Geoffrey Barbara Butler.

Two Actors Had Never Heard of Fresh Prince Before Joining the Series Janet Hubert and James Avery have said in interviews that they had never heard of Fresh Prince before they signed on for the series.

Will Isn’t Really Short For William Well, on the show it was. But in real life, Will Smith’s full first name is Willard.

Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro Worked Behind the Camera Too