History of Show

For those of you that have never watched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,¬†you are truly missing out on quality television. Will Smith, the main actor, became the face of 90’s sitcoms and hasn’t looked back. The show originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. The show now airs on TBS in the early morning. Will Smith plays a fictionalized version of himself, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who got in one little fight. This little fight, for those of you that don’t know the theme song, sent Will on his way to live with his aunt and uncle in a mansion where his lifestyle clashes with everyone around him. The show consisted of six seasons and one-hundred forty-eight episodes. Before the show, Will Smith had actually never acted. Quincy Jones, an executive producer, had known Will for a long time and thought it would be a great idea to build a show around him because of his vibrant personality. Talk about taking a chance.

The series was originally an NBC production in association with The Stuffed Dog Company and Quincy Jones Production (LATIMES). After the show had been released to syndication in 1994, the rights of the show were now given to Warner Bros. Television. Once episodes were no longer being made, WGN and TBS immediately acquired the series to show reruns on their stations. It has been acquired by many other stations since including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, and some foreign stations. The show itself and the cast won a combined nine awards from the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (IMBD). The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air catapulted the cast into stardom.

http://articles.latimes.com/1996-05-20/entertainment/ca-6351_1_fresh-prince (LATIMES)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098800/awards (IMBD)

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