The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018

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 (James Avery), Aunt Vivian (Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid) and three conceited cousins, Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), Hilary (Karyn Parsons) and Ashley (Tatyana Ali) - and butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell). 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.

Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

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

Season 4 - Episode 24

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

star 8.59
180 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Bill Boulware, David Zuckerman
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I, Done (2)

#2 - I, Done (2)

Season 6 - Episode 24

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

star 8.51
150 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Jeff Pollack
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The Fresh Prince Project

#3 - The Fresh Prince Project

Season 1 - Episode 1

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

star 8.08
912 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
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Bullets Over Bel-Air

#4 - Bullets Over Bel-Air

Season 5 - Episode 15

A confrontation with an armed robber at an ATM forever changes Will and Carlton's relationship.

star 8.05
158 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Maiya Willaims, Eddie Gorodetsky
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I, Whoops, There It Is

#5 - I, Whoops, There It Is

Season 6 - Episode 19

The blooper episode! Will takes fans behind the scenes to meet the cast and share their funniest flubs.

star 8.04
123 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Mary Beth Pemberton, Tanya Ward
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Mistaken Identity

#6 - Mistaken Identity

Season 1 - Episode 6

Jailed, Will and Carlton stage a media stunt.

star 8.01
446 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Susan Borowitz, Andy Borowitz
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Six Degrees of Graduation

#7 - Six Degrees of Graduation

Season 3 - Episode 24

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 7.99
170 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Bryan Winter, Efrem Seeger
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I, Done (1)

#8 - I, Done (1)

Season 6 - Episode 23

The mansion's for sale and everybody's in the fast lane...except Will, who's stuck on life's soft shoulder.

star 7.97
138 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Jeff Pollack
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Knowledge is Power

#9 - Knowledge is Power

Season 1 - Episode 13

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

star 7.96
292 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Cheryl Gard
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Just Say Yo

#10 - Just Say Yo

Season 3 - Episode 19

Will learns a sobering lesson after Carlton pops the wrong pills from Will's locker, mistaking amphetamines for vitamins, and winds up in hospital.

star 7.96
181 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Efrem Seeger
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Talking Turkey

#11 - Talking Turkey

Season 1 - Episode 12

A November to remember. When Will's mother visits for Thanksgiving, the turkey feathers fly.

star 7.93
295 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Cheryl Gard
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The Lucky Charm

#12 - The Lucky Charm

Season 1 - Episode 16

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

star 7.93
255 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Samm-Art Williams
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A Night at the Oprah

#13 - A Night at the Oprah

Season 3 - Episode 9

The Bankses appear on Oprah's show and fail to invite Will on-stage, which may cause Philip to lose the election.

star 7.92
210 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Leslie Ray, David Steven Simon
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Will is From Mars...

#14 - Will is From Mars...

Season 5 - Episode 17

He says kids, she says wait. He says Philly, she says Cleveland. Will and Lisa try marriage counseling.

star 7.91
146 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Mike Soccio, Andrea Wiley
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The Philadelphia Story

#15 - The Philadelphia Story

Season 4 - Episode 26

Cluck, cluck, cluck. On a trip to Philly, the Banks discover that Will has a hometown rep as a chicken.

star 7.90
137 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Maiya Williams, Eddie Gorodetsky
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Cased Up

#16 - Cased Up

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 7.89
217 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Bennie R. Richburg Jr.
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Blood is Thicker Than Mud

#17 - Blood is Thicker Than Mud

Season 4 - Episode 8

A bro with dough? Carlton's upper-class upbringing may make him unwelcome at a black fraternity.

star 7.89
178 votes
Directors: Chuck Vinson
Writers: Devon Shepard
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Robbing the Banks

#18 - Robbing the Banks

Season 3 - Episode 15

Philip is quick to judge an ex-con Will urged him to hire as a handyman and temporary assistant after the house is robbed.

star 7.88
181 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Winifred Hervey
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Just Infatuation

#19 - Just Infatuation

Season 1 - Episode 24

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 7.88
218 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Jeff Pollack, Benny Medina
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

#20 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Season 3 - Episode 11

At Vivian's Lamaze class, Will cozies up to a pregnant sportswriter, who takes him to a game -- and delivers more than just fun.

star 7.88
178 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Leslie Ray, David Steven Simon
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'M' is for the Many Things She Gave Me

#21 - 'M' is for the Many Things She Gave Me

Season 4 - Episode 22

A visit from Philip's college girlfriend makes Vivian wonder if the old flame still flickers.

star 7.88
163 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Gary H. Miller
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Bang the Drum, Ashley

#22 - Bang the Drum, Ashley

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 7.87
649 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Shannon Gaughan
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To Thine Own Self Be Blue ... and Gold

#23 - To Thine Own Self Be Blue ... and Gold

Season 5 - Episode 22

Internet dating hooks up two people with a lot in common: Hershey's Kiss (Carlton) and Brown Sugar (Hilary).

star 7.86
133 votes
Writers: Roger Garrett
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Soul Train

#24 - Soul Train

Season 5 - Episode 8

At a Soul Train reunion, middle-aged Philip feels like his train has left the station.

star 7.86
154 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: John Ridley
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Def Poet's Society

#25 - Def Poet's Society

Season 1 - Episode 7

Will joins his prep school's poetry club.

star 7.86
413 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: John Bowman
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