History Trivia / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

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.
5th Jan '17 6:54:59 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.

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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.
23rd Dec '16 2:37:34 AM glickmam
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** Alfonso Ribeiro was almost let go after the pilot due to the network president 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 to the network then NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield not being fond of his acting. The staff rallied to keep him on the show.
6th Dec '16 3:12:51 PM Green_lantern40
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* DawsonCasting: Will Smith was 21 when he began playing the 16-year-old titular character. His music had already established that trend, with story songs placing him in the role of a young teen in high school even though he was in his late teens and early twenties at the time.

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Will Smith was 21 when he began playing the 16-year-old titular character. His music had already established that trend, with story songs placing him in the role of a young teen in high school even though he was in his late teens and early twenties at the time.time.
** Alfonso Ribeiro was 20 when he began playing Carlton, who's stated a year younger than Will (a season one episode establishes Will as having been born in 1973, and Carlton in 1974).



* DuelingWorks: With ''Series/FamilyMatters''.

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* DuelingWorks: DuelingShows: With ''Series/FamilyMatters''.''Series/FamilyMatters''. The show made occasional mention of this by doing such things as having a character mistake Uncle Phil for Reginald [=VelJohnson=], and even having Jaleel White guest as one of Ashley's boyfriends.
5th Dec '16 6:34:06 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: There are been times, no matter which station plays it, when the series will be on morning, noon, and night. As of this writing, TBS still plays it in the mornings. Since the show is available for barter, when a station sells ad time in exchange for the show, cable and local stations get Creator/WillSmith for free. Go ahead, TBS, play the story all about how Will's life got twisted upside down 24/7.


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* DawsonCasting: Will Smith was 21 when he began playing the 16-year-old titular character. His music had already established that trend, with story songs placing him in the role of a young teen in high school even though he was in his late teens and early twenties at the time.


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* DuelingWorks: With ''Series/FamilyMatters''.


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* 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.
-->Laura Petrie: "There isn't a bone in my body that isn't screaming out "for heaven's sake! Lie down in a hot tub!""
-->Vivian Banks: "There isn't a part of my body that isn't aching for Ben-Gay!"
4th Dec '16 12:44:10 PM Green_lantern40
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** Creator/LaurenceFishburne was offered the role of Lou, Will's father, in "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse", but the producers felt his demeanour was too laid back for the part. It was later offered to Ben Vareen.

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** Creator/LaurenceFishburne was offered the role of Lou, Will's father, in "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse", but the producers felt his demeanour was too laid back for the part. It was later offered to Ben Vareen.Vereen.
4th Dec '16 9:28:28 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** The famous ending of "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" was improvised by Will.



** Jada Pinkett-Smith actually tried out for the role of Lisa but was denied because of the [[HugeGuyTinyGirl height difference]] between her and Will. Ironically, this is where the two first met and they would get married three years later.

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** Jada Pinkett-Smith Creator/JadaPinkettSmith actually tried out for the role of Lisa but was denied because of the [[HugeGuyTinyGirl height difference]] between her and Will. Ironically, this is where the two first met and they would get married three years later.later.
** Creator/LaurenceFishburne was offered the role of Lou, Will's father, in "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse", but the producers felt his demeanour was too laid back for the part. It was later offered to Ben Vareen.
2nd Dec '16 5:57:09 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* 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.



* ThrowItIn: 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 by Will Smith himself.himself.
** Carlton running around the set hysterically at the end of "Will's Misery" was unscripted and was improvised by Alfonso Ribeiro.
22nd Oct '16 10:01:34 PM Green_lantern40
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** Gregory Wheeler played five-year-old Nicky Banks in the 1998 segments of the season 4 episode "'Twas the Night Before Christening". The very next season, with SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome setting in, Ross Bagley was cast as the now-six-year-old Nicky.
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