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  • Sep 3, 2009
I've started watching Fresh Prince reruns on TV with my wife since she never got to experience this show when it first aired in the 1990s (she grew up in a developing country). While I liked the show as a kid, I'm loving it as an adult. One of the great things about the show is that it stays PG for the kids, but pushes close to the edge in subtle ways for adults. For example, the show has some goofy moments, which will appeal to kids. However, the show's funniest moments come from the more sophisticated jokes or references to pop culture that kids might not get (such as Will calling Carlton "Arnold Schwarzen-negro" right after the latter had pumped iron at the gym). Smith is a genuinely funny actor (in my opinion one of the best actors around), and the rest of the cast is superb. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out on DVD.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996. The show starred Will Smith as a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to live with his wealthy relatives in a Bel Air mansion. His lifestyle often clashed with that of his relatives there. 148 episodes were produced over six seasons.
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