Script Breakdown

The first episode of a wonderful series will be broken down for you by scene. I chose the first episode because it was the only one I could get online without downloading 4000 viruses! The first episode did not have many scenes and was greatly concentrated on the A-plot.

Scenes:

1: Will obnoxiously enters house and meets most of family. (A)

2. Will walks around house and meets more of family. (A)

3. Will is decorating room when he meets Carlton. Will jokes with Carlton and prepares for future dinner party. (A->B)

4. Hilary is seen talking with people of party. Phil and Vivian are as well. (B)

5. Will enters in a goofy outfit and begins embarrassing Phil. (A/B)

6. Party sits down for dinner and Will continue to acts obnoxious. (A/B)

7. Will is getting lectured in the living room by different members of family. (A)

8. Will bonds with Ashley. (A)

9. Will searches for bathroom. (A)

 

Yes…the entire 22 minute episode had nine scenes. The dinner and party scene were 2-4 minutes long! As you can see, the show mainly focused on the A plot and whenever the B plot was present, so was the A.

The A plot was the family trying to understand Will and keep him from being himself.

The B plot was Uncle Phil trying to impress the law firm he has over for dinner.

The two plots mixed together well because it was Will’s behavior that hinders the party.

Series Finale

After 148 episodes and six great seasons, a very popular show came to an end. Were tears shed? Maybe, but I won’t admit anything! Here is a very quick summary of one of the greatest series finales of all time.

This is how it ends: Hilary and Ashley move to New York, Carlton goes to Princeton, Geoffrey moves back to England to be with his son, Philip, Vivian, and Nicky move East and sell the house, and Uncle Phil helps Will find an apartment so he can stay and finish his education. It was a great way to end such a popular series. Will is one of those characters you really feel for and want for him to succeed. You can tell the family has grown closer in the past 6 years, and everyone has matured. Philip has come to accept Will like his own son, hence the phrase “You are my son.” That was a bit of a tearjerker. He also really cares for Will and said that Will has really grown up, and has become a man ready to realize his potential.

Sounds like a lot of action in one episode and it would have been if it wasn’t made in to a two-part show. The main aspect of the show is having everyone move on to bigger and better places. Will seems to be the only one that struggles with that but pulls through with the help of the family. For the most part, the finale was more serious than funny. Just when you think the ending is going to end on a sad note, Carlton realizes the family is driving off without him while he was in the bathroom. So Carlton runs downstairs with his pants around his ankles yelling for the family. Couldn’t have thought of a better ending myself.

Theme Song

The majority of television shows have some sort of opening credits that involve music. Some of which that will get stuck in your head or are easy to memorize. The theme song to a show is very important and can make or break a show. If a show has a terrible theme song, who is going to want to watch that? It could be a very good show, but the first two minutes could really turn a person off. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song was written and performed by Will Smith himself. This song is easy to memorize because of how catchy it is, unlike other songs that get stuck in your head because of how annoying they are (Spongebob Squarepants). Seriously, who likes a song where the same two words are yelled throughout? The theme for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a rap of sorts. Compared to Will Smith’s past raps, this is a great improvement. In other words, I actually like this one. The video that goes a long with it lets people that know that what they are about to watch will be quite humorous.

The song starts off by talking about his real life when he grew up in West Philadelphia. Unfortunately for him, he got in one little fight that scared his mother into sending him to Bel-Air. We find out in the actual show that his mother does not look like the one in the intro. She is much younger and less scary looking. The graffiti in the background is also pretty funny. Will then goes on to make his way to Bel-Air where he tells the taxi driver he smells and walks to the front door of the mansion acting like a fool.

For those of you that don’t know, there is actually an extended version of the theme song only played in the first few episodes. In the extended version we actually see Will take a plane instead of just assuming he drove the taxi from Pennsylvania to California. On the plane, he gets some Grade-A treatment from the very attractive flight attendants. This also gives a hint of what to expect from the show itself;  Will is a ladies man.

The theme song isn’t just memorable, but gives a taste of what the show is about. Unlike most theme songs, it does not go through each main character awkwardly smiling or laughing at the camera (Home Improvement). If for some reason you have never heard the theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I’m not quick to judge but I do suggest you listen to it immediately.

Everything I Know About Girls, I Learned From The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

One of the main highlights of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is how much of a sweet talker Will Smith is. His pick up lines are one of a kind and that of which every guy should use. In essence, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is not just a sitcom but an educational show on women. Yes, it took 148 episodes to get a better understanding of the complexity of women. And we barely made a dent…

Will’s pick-up lines were probably the most helpful aspect of impressing a lady. How could a woman resist a man that says, ” Girl, you look so good I wish I could plant you and grow a whole field of ya’ll!”? I would instantly fall in love with the person who said that to me. Some other classic pick up lines are “I believe I saw your picture somewhere. That’s right! It was in the dictionary next to ‘Kablaaaaam’!” and “Jean Claude Van DAM you look good!”. I have tried using these in real life and they always end up with the girl cracking up. I guess that’s better than getting clocked in the face. So yes men, it works. Will also knows how to treat a lady after the initial contact with the pick up line. Will is always dressing up and taking his “honnies” on dinner dates. What a stud! He is constantly complementing their beauty and always seems to know exactly what to say in every situation.

Then there is Carlton. He teaches us how not to act around a woman. His “pick up lines” are no where near the level of Will’s. He also seems to get even nerdier whenever he is around a girl. He tries to impress them by using big words and talking about subjects not many people care for. An example of his lack of knowledge about women comes up when he goes up to a cheerleader and says, “Hi. I’m Carlton Banks. The Carlton Banks.” This may get a good laugh out of the girl but for the wrong reasons. You want the woman laughing with you, not at you.

Yet another reason The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air should be watched by all. It is an educational program.