10 Best Episodes Of ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,’ According To Fans
And if you just wanna sit there and learn how Will Smith became the prince of a town called Bel-Air, as the theme song goes, you could definitely start with the fan picks for the top 10 episodes of the NBC sitcom 1990-96.
The beloved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, who was also the subject of an HBO Max 2020 reunion specialstarred Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a teenager raised in West Philly who is sent to live with his wealthy Aunt Vivian, Uncle Philip and their children (Carlton, Hilary, Ashley and later Nicky) in chic Bel-Air.
According to ShowSkimmerthese are the highest rated episodes by fans of the original show…
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Season 1, Episode 1: “The Fresh Prince Project”
In the series premiere, directed by Fame alum and future Grey’s Anatomy star Debbie Allen, Will tries to settle into his new upper-class existence.
Season 1, Episode 6: “Mistaken Identity”
Will and his cousin Carlton (Alphonse Ribeiro) are mistakenly arrested for auto theft while driving Philip’s attorney’s Mercedes in Palm Springs. Meanwhile, Hilaire (Karyn Parson) keeps Ashley (Tatyana Ali) with disastrous results.
Season 1, Episode 22: “Banks Shot”
In another car snafu, Will loses his uncle’s wheels in a pool bet, and it’s up to Philip (James Avery) to fend off the hustlers and get his car back. (Phil even plays one hand while eating a sandwich.)
Season 1, Episode 23: “72 Hours”
After finding Carlton performing an awkward rendition of “Brick House” with his glee club, Will and his friend Jazz (DJ Jazzy Jeff) bet Carlton wouldn’t spend a weekend at Compton’s Jazz base. But Carlton is fitting in much better than expected…
Season 2, Episode 24: “Striptease for Two”
Will pawns his Aunt Vivian’s (Janet Hubert) diamond bracelet to exploit insider trading, but when his investment turns south, Will gets a job as a stripper to recoup the money. Carlton ends up taking Will’s place on stage, and he gets into the rhythm… not realizing that his mother is in the audience!
Season 3, Episode 14: “The Winner Takes Flight”
As part of their growing prank war against Geoffrey (Joseph Marcel), Will and Carlton trick the butler into thinking he’s won millions in a lottery jackpot. Geoffrey, taking the bait, leaves his post at the Banks house in dramatic fashion.
Season 3, Episode 19: “Just Say Yo”
Will begins taking amphetamines to keep up with his hectic lifestyle, but Carlton then takes the pills right before prom, mistaking the rods for vitamins. (Cue a quick version of the Carlton dance…and a health alert!)
Season 4, Episode 24: “Daddy Has a Brand New Excuse”
Broadway actor Ben Vereen guest stars in this episode, playing Will’s long-absent father, Lou. Will is happy to see his father, but Philip and Viv are suspicious – and they’re there for emotional support when Lou inevitably disappoints his son.
Season 5, Episode 15: “Bullets Over Bel-Air”
In another dramatic installment of the sitcom, this Season 5 episode took a bullet for Carlton after they got stuck at an ATM. And as Will recovers in the hospital, he takes Carlton away from a violent path. (Fans may like this episode, but Smith said in his memoirs last year he thinks that’s where Fresh Prince “jumped the shark”.)
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Season 6, Episode 24: “I’m Done: Part 2”
In the second half of the two-part series ending, Will takes charge of his future after Phil and Viv (then played by Daphne Maxwell Reid) leave the house in Bel-Air, Carlton prepares to leave for Princeton, and Hilary and Ashley leave for a new life in the Big Apple.