The BEST Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2020

Network: NBC

A wealthy family living in Bel-Air, California, receives a dubious gift from their poorer relations in Philadelphia when Will Smith arrives as The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Will shatters the sophisticated serenity of Bel-Air with his streetwise common sense, much to the dismay of his upper-crust uncle, Philip Banks, Aunt Vivian and three conceited cousins, Carlton, Hilary and Ashley - and butler Geoffrey. As the Banks family opens their home - and their checkbook - to their needy relative, Will adapts easily to their indulgent lifestyle. Yet, he reminds everyone that the simplest pleasures of family life can't be bought at any price.

I, Done (2)

#1 - I, Done (2)

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 1996

The Banks move out. The Jeffersons are about to move in. And Will turns out the lights.

star 8.37
303 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Jeff Pollack
Banks Shot

#2 - Banks Shot

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 25, 1991

Will crawls to Philip for help after sneaking out on the town and getting hustled by sleazy pool sharks.

star 7.94
607 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Bennie R. Richburg Jr.
Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

#3 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 9, 1994

Life without Father. Will's deadbeat dad shows up full of bright, shiny father-and-son plans.

star 7.93
478 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Bill Boulware, David Zuckerman
Six Degrees of Graduation

#4 - Six Degrees of Graduation

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 10, 1993

Vy anticipates Will's graduation with enthusiasm, but there may be discord when she learns Will is failing music. To pass his music class, Will must sing at the graduation ceremony -- with a class of eight-year-olds.

star 7.87
467 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Bryan Winter, Efrem Seeger
The Lucky Charm

#5 - The Lucky Charm

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 7, 1991

Philip may lose a superstitious client whom he advises not to make decisions based on Will's spontaneous remarks.

star 7.86
713 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Samm-Art Williams
Mistaken Identity

#6 - Mistaken Identity

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 15, 1990

Jailed, Will and Carlton stage a media stunt.

star 7.84
1,064 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
The Baby Comes Out

#7 - The Baby Comes Out

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 22, 1993

Vivian's baby is a week late, but family members and her visiting sisters are nowhere to be found when it's time to rush to the hospital.

star 7.80
500 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Winifred Hervey
72 Hours

#8 - 72 Hours

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 11, 1991

Will challenges Carlton to spend time in a tough neighborhood, trying to survive by masquerading as a financial consultant.

star 7.77
637 votes
Directors: Rae Kraus
Writers: Rob Edwards
Just Infatuation

#9 - Just Infatuation

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 29, 1991

R&B singer Tevin Campbell plays teen idol Little T, who surprises Ashley on her birthday with a special song and an invitation for a date.

star 7.76
639 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Benny Medina, Jeff Pollack
There's the Rub (2)

#10 - There's the Rub (2)

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 20, 1995

Will and Philip are arrested at a massage parlor. The Pilgrim Fathers would not be pleased.

star 7.75
269 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Joel Madison
Bang the Drum, Ashley

#11 - Bang the Drum, Ashley

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1990

Will persuades Ashley to pawn her violin for a drum set.

star 7.74
1,329 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Shannon Gaughan
The Fresh Prince Project

#12 - The Fresh Prince Project

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 1990

Aunt Vivian tries to mediate between her husband Philip and the newly arrived Will.

star 7.72
1,675 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
Viva Lost Wages

#13 - Viva Lost Wages

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1995

Birthday boy Carlton just can't stop winning at the Vegas tables...until he starts losing. Big.

star 7.69
414 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Robert Bruce
Father of the Year

#14 - Father of the Year

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1993

Daddy yo! Cooing cooeds flock around "single dad" Will when they think his baby cousin is his son.

star 7.68
473 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: David Steven Simon, Leslie Ray
PSAT Pstory

#15 - PSAT Pstory

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1991

Will is a picture of confidence, while Carlton is a frazzled bundle of nerves preparing for college aptitude tests.

star 7.68
644 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Marcus Jamal Gaines
Nice Lady

#16 - Nice Lady

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 11, 1991

Fresh Prince Will is on his best behavior for visiting royalty -- the seemingly demure Lady Penelope, who Will hopes to persuade to let herself have a good time at a party.

star 7.68
647 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Sandy Frank
The Ethnic Tip

#17 - The Ethnic Tip

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 14, 1991

Will proposes a black history class be instituted at Bel-Air Academy, and gets a surprise when Aunt Viv arrives to teach it.

star 7.68
727 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Benny Medina, Jeff Pollack
Knowledge is Power

#18 - Knowledge is Power

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 26, 1990

College is, like, soooo hard! Will discovers that Hilary has dropped out of UCLA.

star 7.67
808 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Cheryl Gard
Cased Up

#19 - Cased Up

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 11, 1991

A pompous lawyer who's dating Hilary is no fan of Will's after he's sideswiped by Will's roadster.

star 7.67
629 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Bennie R. Richburg Jr.
Granny Gets Busy

#20 - Granny Gets Busy

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 7, 1991

Mortified over spying his mother kiss the handyman, Philip can't bear to think of her having a new man in her life.

star 7.67
648 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Cheryl Gard
Love at First Fight

#21 - Love at First Fight

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 18, 1991

Jasmine Guy plays a scholarship student whose introduction to Will opens up a different world of fun and games -- and romance -- to divert her from her studies.

star 7.66
587 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Lisa Rosenthal, Samm-Art Williams
The Mother of All Battles

#22 - The Mother of All Battles

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1991

Will and Carlton arrive as reinforcements when a bully challenges Ashley to a rumble, but there's real trouble when Philip and Vivian intervene.

star 7.66
642 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Bryan Winter
There's the Rub (1)

#23 - There's the Rub (1)

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 1995

Carlton and Hilary learn a lesson in humanity when they volunteer at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving.

star 7.66
302 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Joel Madison
It Had to Be You

#24 - It Had to Be You

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 4, 1991

Will has girl problems after a date with Jazz's domineering sister, who's ready to pick out a china pattern before the night is over.

star 7.65
655 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Cheryl Gard
Not With My Pig, You Don't

#25 - Not With My Pig, You Don't

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 1, 1990

Will tries to smooth things between Philip and his very rural parents when they visit to see him receive an award.

star 7.65
1,080 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Lisa Rosenthal