Some people grew up with the Tanners as their number one TV family. For others, it was the Huxtables. But for me, the Banks family on The Fresh Princeof Bel-Air always reigned supreme.
Seriously, it straight up had everything going for it. It was funny, clever and none of the Very Special Episodes were cloyingly cheesy like they were on Full House. The show dealt with issues of race and class in a way that was never ridiculously heavy handed and always had a hint of humor thrown it. Oh, and the fashion was out of this world. Seriously, I want to own everything that Hilary Banks ever wore on that show.
If you loved Fresh Prince as much as I do, you’re obviously going to love this roundup of our 14 favorite episodes, moments and characters from the show!
Aunt Viv ReplacedHonestly, I didn't hate her replacement, but nothing beats original Aunt Viv. I know that she left the show because of conflict on the set with Will Smith but it's still a bummer. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Everything About HilaryHilary was brash, bratty and ultra fashionable. Oh, and a bit of an idiot but whatever, she was hilarious. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Uncle Phil's Heart AttackOkay, this episode SERIOUSLY changed my life because it freaked me out so badly that I had to go to therapy! Let me explain: Uncle Phil has a heart attack as a result of eating too many greasy, unhealthy foods. He doesn't die, but it's a close call. I was about eight-years-old when I saw it and was so scarred! I was afraid to eat anything because I thought it was unhealthy and I was convinced I'd die of a heart attack. I repeat: I was eight-years-old. Yikes. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
JazzI loved Jazz. I loved him even more when he was thrown out of the Banks mansion. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Carlton Does Drugs...A Lot Of Them...At OnceI think that Carlton thought that those pills in Will's locker were vitamins...But the only vitamin he was eating was vitamin E. As in ecstasy. The only reason the pills were in Will's locker was because some spoiled rich dude asked him to hold it there for him. Pfft. Carlton was a dancing queen at the prom that night though. Well, until he was hospitalized. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Trevor Proposes To Hilary...And Goes SPLAT!Oh yeah, remember that time when Hilary was preparing for her BF, Trevor, to propose to her? Remember when he decided to propose to her on live TV while bungee jumping? Remember when the bungee cord failed and he, um, didn't make it? Only this show could manage to make something so grim really funny. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Geoffrey, King Of ShadeGeoffrey was a riot. F'real, he could find a way to mock just about everyone up in that Mansion. I mean, I'm sure I'd hate him in real life but as a character he is golden Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Will Gets Shot Thanks To Carlton Being StupidIf this episode taught me anything it was that if someone has a gun in your face and wants your money, don't try to reason with him like our genius pal Carlton did. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Will's Deadbeat Dad Is Still A Deadbeat DadThis episode makes me cry every time I watch it. Will's absent father comes back into the picture for a few days of father-son bonding before he abandons Will again, right when they made plans to spend time together for the summer. Uncle Phil is there to comfort Will, though, but damn. The. Tears. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Will And Carlton Get ArrestedSure, this episode is full of a lot of laughs and spontaneous singing, but the message behind this episode was important. Will and Carlton were pulled over and arrested because they seemed suspicious, but Carlton was convinced that the police were just doing their jobs and not being racist. Except...they were totally being racist. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Ashley Has A Music Career For Two SecondsThe cool thing was that Tatyana Ali, the actress who played Ashley, really was pursing a singing career at the same time. So the song she sang on the show was actually around in real life, too. Of course, this plot point didn't last very long on the show but, hey, sitcoms... Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Jumping The Shark With Cousin NickyI hate when TV shows decide to jump the shark and bring new life to a show by throwing in a baby. But Fresh Prince succumbed to this TV formula and it...well, it could have been a lot worse. Little Nicky aged about 4 years in the span of one season, but shhhhh. Let's just not talk about it. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
The CameosThere were so many cameos on this damn show, including Chris Rock (pictured rockin' that wig). I can't even list them all but someone else on the internet did. Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
Will And Lisa Almost Being EndgameLisa was THE BOMB. Seriously, she was smart, gorgeous and brassy. But she and Will tried to rush into the whole marriage thing and decided it was the wrong decision at the last minute. After that, Lisa was never seen again. WTF? Source: Fresh Prince/NBC
What Fresh Prince moments stick out to you? Who was your favorite character? Did you prefer the new Aunt Viv or the old one? Tell us in the comments!