History Trivia / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

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.
17th Sep '16 10:49:58 AM SirSapphire
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** Carlton's actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, was, and still is, an accomplished dancer. The character, largely, can't dance to save his life.

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** Carlton's actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, was, and still is, an accomplished dancer. The character, largely, [[InformedFlaw according to the other characters]], can't dance to save his life.life. Although this may be because his dancing is considered excessively "white".
21st Aug '16 9:46:40 AM billybobfred
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** Subverted. Creator/WillSmith plays Will Smith. However, in real life, Will's actual name is Willard, while in-show, Will's name is William. On an episode of ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]'', and again on ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjwbKMlmF4&feature=relmfu The Graham Norton Show]]'', Smith said that Alfonso Ribero advised him to do this, because people would be calling him by his character's name for the rest of his life, as demonstrated by the fact they went out and were called "Will!" and "Carlton!"

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** Subverted. Creator/WillSmith plays Will Smith. However, in real life, Will's actual name is Willard, while in-show, Will's name is William. On an episode of ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]'', and again on ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjwbKMlmF4&feature=relmfu The Graham Norton Show]]'', Smith said that Alfonso Ribero advised him to do this, because people would be calling him by his character's name for the rest of his life, as demonstrated by the fact they went out and were called "Will!" and "Carlton!"
14th Aug '16 5:27:56 AM PF
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* ExecutiveMeddling: At the start of Season 4, Janet Hubert-Whitten was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. Will eventually explained in a 1995 ''Jet'' magazine article, as well as in subsequent interviews throughout the years, that there was tension between him and the former (see below). Hubert-Whitten claims that it was ultimately Will Smith's behavior that played a role in her sacking.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: At the start of Season 4, Janet Hubert-Whitten was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. Will Smith eventually explained in a 1995 ''Jet'' magazine article, as well as in subsequent interviews throughout the years, that there was tension between him and the former (see below). Hubert-Whitten claims that it was ultimately Will Smith's behavior that played a role in her sacking.



** Frank Schaeffer was played by Diedrich Bader in season 2, and by Robert Torti in season 3. Both actors would go on to appear together on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.

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** Frank Schaeffer was played by Diedrich Bader in season Season 2, and by Robert Torti in season Season 3. Both actors would go on to appear together on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.
8th Aug '16 11:03:36 PM Green_lantern40
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** Frank Schaeffer was played by [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Diedrich Bader]] in season 2, and by Robert Torti in season 3.

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** Frank Schaeffer was played by [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Diedrich Bader]] Bader in season 2, and by Robert Torti in season 3.3. Both actors would go on to appear together on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.
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