History Trivia / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

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.
9th Apr '17 1:24:27 AM LtFedora
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* TomHanksSyndrome: Will Smith ran into a career block when trying to keep up the hip, street-savvy black guy he started portraying with this show. Ironically, no one remembered him as "The Fresh Prince" after ''Independence Day''.

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* TomHanksSyndrome: Will Smith ran into a career block when trying to keep up the hip, street-savvy black guy he started portraying with this show. Ironically, no one remembered him as "The Fresh Prince" after ''Independence Day''.''Film/IndependenceDay''.
7th Apr '17 8:12:54 PM NWolfman
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** While filming his now-famous monologue at the end of "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse," Will Smith was so overcome by the scene's RealitySubtect (see below) that James Avery dropped character and gave him a much-needed hug.

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** While filming his now-famous monologue at the end of "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse," Will Smith was so overcome by the scene's RealitySubtect RealitySubtext (see below) that James Avery dropped character and gave him a much-needed hug.
7th Apr '17 8:10:23 PM NWolfman
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* EnforcedMethodActing: The resentment the cast had towards Janet Hubert-Whitten probably made episodes like "The Baby Comes Out" easier to act.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: EnforcedMethodActing
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The resentment the cast had towards Janet Hubert-Whitten probably made episodes like "The Baby Comes Out" easier to act.act.
** While filming his now-famous monologue at the end of "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse," Will Smith was so overcome by the scene's RealitySubtect (see below) that James Avery dropped character and gave him a much-needed hug.



* RealitySubtext: "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse" is claimed to be the most emotional episode, due to the fact of how Creator/WillSmith felt about his relationship with his father, both in the show and in reality. Although Will Smith's real-life father was there for him growing up, Will had a lot of friends who never knew their fathers, and his emotions in the final scene came from thinking of all his friends who never had a father in their lives. His hug with James Avery was known to be a hug from man to man, and not them being in character.

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* RealitySubtext: Though Will Smith's father was there for him in his childhood and the two were on good terms at the time, Will's monologue at the end of "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse" is claimed to be the most emotional episode, due to the fact of how Creator/WillSmith felt about his relationship with his father, both in the show and in reality. Although Will Excuse," which Smith wrote himself, was partially inspired by their rocky relationship. More than that, it was inspired by Smith's real-life father was there for him growing up, Will had a lot memories of all of his childhood friends who with deadbeat fathers whom they never knew their fathers, knew. That CoolDownHug he and his emotions in the final scene came from thinking of all his friends who never had a father in their lives. His hug with James Avery share at the end was known to be a hug from man to man, and not them being in character. acting.



** In "The Script Formerly Known As", Will's over-the-top lip-synching "performance" of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" was not scripted, but a gag made up by Will Smith himself.

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** In "The Script Formerly Known As", Will's over-the-top lip-synching "performance" of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" was not scripted, but a gag made up improvised by Will Smith himself.Smith.



** The famous ending of "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" was improvised by Will.

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** The Will Smith personally wrote his famous ending monologue at the end of "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" was improvised by Will.Excuse."
29th Mar '17 3:06:28 PM PurpleWarrior13
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** The role of Vivian Banks was recast after Janet Hubert-Whitten violated her contract when she became pregnant; the pregnancy and birth of her character's child, Nicky Banks, was worked into the plot to accommodate the situation. After she was fired, Hubert-Whitten's character was played by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the remainder of the show's run. According to both Will Smith and Hubert-Whitten, they had difficulties working together long before her pregnancy. The other cast members also admitted to having difficulties working with Hubert-Whitten mainly due to her being toxic to be around and for wanting the show to be centered around Aunt Vivian and Uncle Phil, even though Will was the central character. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/original-aunt-vivian-fresh-prince-reunion-janet-hubert-989770?facebook_20170329 The drama continues to this day.]]

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** The role of Vivian Banks was recast after Janet Hubert-Whitten violated her contract when she became pregnant; the pregnancy and birth of her character's child, Nicky Banks, was worked into the plot to accommodate the situation. After she was fired, Hubert-Whitten's character was played by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the remainder of the show's run. According to both Will Smith and Hubert-Whitten, they had difficulties working together long before her pregnancy. The other cast members also admitted to having difficulties working with Hubert-Whitten Hubert-Whitten, mainly due to her being toxic to be around around. She also wanted a higher salary, and for wanting the show to be centered around on Aunt Vivian Viv and Uncle Phil, even though Phil. She allegedly felt insulted that Will was the central character.earning more money than her. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/original-aunt-vivian-fresh-prince-reunion-janet-hubert-989770?facebook_20170329 The drama continues to this day.]]
29th Mar '17 3:03:50 PM PurpleWarrior13
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** The role of Vivian Banks was recast after Janet Hubert-Whitten violated her contract when she became pregnant; the pregnancy and birth of her character's child, Nicky Banks, was worked into the plot to accommodate the situation. After she was fired, Hubert-Whitten's character was played by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the remainder of the show's run. According to both Will Smith and Hubert-Whitten, they had difficulties working together long before her pregnancy. The other cast members also admitted to having difficulties working with Hubert-Whitten mainly due to her being toxic to be around and for trying to make the show be more about Aunt Vivian and Uncle Phil, even though Will was the central character.

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** The role of Vivian Banks was recast after Janet Hubert-Whitten violated her contract when she became pregnant; the pregnancy and birth of her character's child, Nicky Banks, was worked into the plot to accommodate the situation. After she was fired, Hubert-Whitten's character was played by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the remainder of the show's run. According to both Will Smith and Hubert-Whitten, they had difficulties working together long before her pregnancy. The other cast members also admitted to having difficulties working with Hubert-Whitten mainly due to her being toxic to be around and for trying to make wanting the show to be more about centered around Aunt Vivian and Uncle Phil, even though Will was the central character.character. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/original-aunt-vivian-fresh-prince-reunion-janet-hubert-989770?facebook_20170329 The drama continues to this day.]]
11th Feb '17 1:39:10 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.

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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.continue since Will Smith wanted to move on from the show in order to prevent it from being a FranchiseZombie.



** Alfonso Ribeiro was almost let go after the pilot due then NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield not being fond of his acting. The staff rallied to keep him on the show.

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** Alfonso Ribeiro was almost let go after the pilot due then NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield not being fond of his acting. The staff rallied to keep him on the show and it worked as he eventually became the EnsembleDarkhorse of the show.


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** One would wonder what would happen to Season 4-6 had Janet Hubert remained instead of being played by Daphne Reid.
5th Jan '17 6:55:29 PM Pren
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show is laden with contemporary pop culture references, especially in the earlier seasons, which had frequent references to early 1990s politics such as Operation Desert Storm and Dan Quayle, and celebrity scandals such as Zsa Zsa Gabor's slapping of a police and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's arrest for solicitation. This reaches the point that a gag in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' mocking the worst excesses of the decade uses the typeface of the show's title card.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show is laden with contemporary pop culture references, especially in the earlier seasons, which had frequent references to early 1990s politics such as Operation Desert Storm and Dan Quayle, and celebrity scandals such as Zsa Zsa Gabor's slapping of a police and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's arrest for solicitation. This reaches the point that a gag in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' mocking the worst excesses of the decade uses used the typeface of the show's title card.
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