History Trivia / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

8th Oct '17 3:12:20 AM Green_lantern40
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** Apparently, a reunion special featuring the surviving cast members was proposed, but ultimately scrapped. The special would've seen Will and the surviving Banks family coming together in the wake of Uncle Phil's death, which would've made Phil a case of TheCharacterDiedWithHim.
8th Oct '17 3:04:27 AM Green_lantern40
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** Carlton's actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, was, and still is, an accomplished dancer. The character, [[InformedFlaw according to the other characters]], can't dance to save his life. Although this may be because his dancing is considered excessively "white".

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** Carlton's actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, was, and still is, an accomplished dancer. The character, [[InformedFlaw according to the other characters]], can't dance to save his life. Although life (although this may be because his dancing is considered excessively "white"."white" -- Ribeiro took inspiration for the dance from a ''Music/BruceSpringsteen'' video, after all).



* RecycledScript: "The Big Four-Oh" recycles elements from ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode "To Tell Or Not to Tell". In each episode, the mothers take the opportunity to rededicate themselves to dance in the hopes of finding out whether they could have "made it" if they hadn't taken different paths. Both episodes end with the women rising to the occasion and gaining the validation they sought, while acknowledging the physical strain dancing put on their (now older) bodies.

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"The Big Four-Oh" recycles elements from ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode "To Tell Or Not to Tell". In each episode, the mothers take the opportunity to rededicate themselves to dance in the hopes of finding out whether they could have "made it" if they hadn't taken different paths. Both episodes end with the women rising to the occasion and gaining the validation they sought, while acknowledging the physical strain dancing put on their (now older) bodies.


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** "Ill Will" recycles the basic A-plot of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' episode "The Operation". In both episodes, a central character (Dorothy Zbornak in "The Operation", Will in "Ill Will") must visit the hospital to have surgery done. While there, something happens to scare them into running away from the hospital and hiding out back home. Eventually they are convinced by their loved ones to go back to the hospital and have the surgery done. In both cases, listening to their roommates' stories in the hospital ward ends up making them feel foolish for chickening out. Incidentally, the writer of "The Operation", Winifred Hervey(-Stallworth), was ''Fresh Prince'''s executive producer by the time "Ill Will" came around.
4th Aug '17 3:29:45 AM AlternativeCola
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* HostlityOnTheSet: Alfonso Ribeiro confirms confirmed that the whole cast was like one big family, except for Hubert-Whitten, who was difficult to work with and toxic to be around, and really killed the mood on set. This was further corroborated by James Avery in a June 2013 edition of ''OMG! Insider'', in which he remarks remarked that he constantly had to remind Hubert-Whitten that the show was ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'', not "''Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air''."

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* HostlityOnTheSet: HostilityOnTheSet: Alfonso Ribeiro confirms confirmed that the whole cast was like one big family, except for Hubert-Whitten, who was difficult to work with and toxic to be around, and really killed the mood on set. This was further corroborated by James Avery in a June 2013 edition of ''OMG! Insider'', in which he remarks remarked that he constantly had to remind Hubert-Whitten that the show was ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'', not "''Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air''."
31st Jul '17 4:11:33 PM ClintEastwood
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* HostlityOnTheSet: Alfonso Ribeiro confirms confirmed that the whole cast was like one big family, except for Hubert-Whitten, who was difficult to work with and toxic to be around, and really killed the mood on set. This was further corroborated by James Avery in a June 2013 edition of ''OMG! Insider'', in which he remarks remarked that he constantly had to remind Hubert-Whitten that the show was ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'', not "''Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air''."
31st Jul '17 4:06:27 PM ClintEastwood
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: James Avery

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: James Avery
23rd Jul '17 10:28:03 PM creader
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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed that the whole cast was like one big family, except for Hubert-Whitten, who was difficult to work with, toxic to be around, and really killed the mood on set. This was further corroborated by James Avery in a June 2013 edition of ''OMG! Insider'', in which he remarked that he constantly had to remind Hubert-Whitten that the show was titled ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'', not "''Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air''."
* IAmNotSpock: Defied: Will Smith chose to call his character "Will Smith" because he knew he would be referred to as his character's name for the rest of his life. According to interviews, he was acting on the advice of Alfonso Ribeiro, who will probably never escape this. "When we go out together, people are like: 'Will, Will! Carlton!'"

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed that the whole cast was like one big family, except for Hubert-Whitten, who was difficult to work with, toxic to be around, and really killed the mood on set. This was further corroborated by James Avery in a June 2013 edition of ''OMG! Insider'', in which he remarked that he constantly had to remind Hubert-Whitten that the show was titled ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'', not "''Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air''."
* IAmNotSpock: Defied: Defied. Will Smith chose to call his character "Will Smith" because he knew he would be referred to as his character's name for the rest of his life. According to interviews, he was acting on the advice of Alfonso Ribeiro, who will probably never escape this. "When we go out together, people are like: 'Will, Will! Carlton!'"



** In something of a subversion, Jada Pinkett (now Jada Pinkett Smith because she married Will Smith) was turned down for a role as Will's girlfriend due to a lack of chemistry and [[HugeGuyTinyGirl their height difference: (he is 6'2", she is 5')]].

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** In something of a subversion, Jada Pinkett (now Jada Pinkett Smith Pinkett-Smith because she married Will Smith) was turned down for a role as Will's girlfriend due to a lack of chemistry and [[HugeGuyTinyGirl their height difference: (he is 6'2", she is 5')]].
15th Jul '17 2:13:47 PM Green_lantern40
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* IAmNotSpock: Defied: Will Smith chose to call his character "Will Smith" because he knew he would be referred to as his character's name for the rest of his life. According to interviews, he was acting on the advice of Alfonso Ribeiro who hasn't quite escaped this. "When we go out together, people are like: 'Will, Will! Carlton!'"

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* IAmNotSpock: Defied: Will Smith chose to call his character "Will Smith" because he knew he would be referred to as his character's name for the rest of his life. According to interviews, he was acting on the advice of Alfonso Ribeiro Ribeiro, who hasn't quite escaped will probably never escape this. "When we go out together, people are like: 'Will, Will! Carlton!'"
10th May '17 1:12:12 PM glickmam
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* UnCanceled: The show was actually cancelled during its fourth season, with "The Philadelphia Story" serving as the GrandFinale. The overwhelming response, with viewers writing in by the truckload to NBC and Will Smith, convinced the network to go back on this decision, allowing it to run for what became two more seasons.

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* UnCanceled: The show was actually cancelled during its fourth season, with "The Philadelphia Story" serving as the GrandFinale. The overwhelming response, with viewers writing in by the truckload to NBC and Will Smith, as well as demands by NBC affiliates to make more episodes so that they could have a more decent rerun syndication package, convinced the network to go back on this decision, allowing it to run for what became two more seasons.
16th Apr '17 10:29:05 AM AlternativeCola
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** The third, fourth and fifth season finales were written to be a respectable farewell in case they didn't get another season. The sixth season GrandFinale was written with the full knowledge it would not continue since Will Smith wanted to move on from the show in order to prevent it from being a FranchiseZombie.

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** The third, fourth third[[note]]Will getting graduated from high school, though last filmed from that season was Phil and fifth Vivian renewing their vows[[/note]], fourth[[note]]Will visiting his mother at Philadelphia[[/note]] and fifth[[note]]Will getting married to Lisa[[/note]] season finales were written to be a respectable farewell in case they didn't get another season. The sixth season GrandFinale was written with the full knowledge it would not continue since Will Smith wanted to move on from the show in order to prevent it from being a FranchiseZombie.
12th Apr '17 1:34:58 AM AlternativeCola
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* MoneyDearBoy: Had it not been for Will Smith's financial troubles (he overspent, and didn't pay income taxes) during his initial music career, the series would never have happened.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: James Avery
* MoneyDearBoy: [[TropesAreNotBad A positive example of the trope]]. Had it not been for Will Smith's financial troubles (he overspent, and didn't pay income taxes) during his initial music career, the series would never have happened.
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