Funny / The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 1

  • From the pilot, when Philip comments on the slang Will uses when he first arrives:
    Vivian: We used slang when we were kids! Do you remember our first date? You took one look at me and said, "Vivian, that is a bad dress." Now, you could've just said it was a good dress.
    Philip: I could've if I liked it. Actually, it was a bad dress.
  • This exchange in "Bang the Drum Ashley":
    Uncle Phil: I used to stand outside the Philharmonic, hoping to catch a spare note on the night air...
    Aunt Vivian: Philip, when I met you, you were into James Brown!
    • In the same episode, Will claims he'll learn the same thing from taking Ashley to her violin lessons as he would learn from banging his head against the wall; "To not do it again."
    • Carlton's hilariously terrible jokes, such as this:
      Vivian (to Phil): Snap is a great band.
      Carlton: Well, when Crackle and Pop cut a disk, THEN call me. *laughs*
  • From "Mistaken Identity":
  • Carlton's basketball team and the coach's deadpan expression and remarks.
    • Coach Smiley tries to talk Will into joining the team—capping off with offering to give him his car.
    • Phil walks in on Will leading a game of keep-away from Carlton (and Geoffrey).
      Phil: Will, how many times do I have to tell you that this is our living room? How would you like it if I went up into your room and started throwing chalk around?
      Will: [uncertainly] I'd be devastated.
  • In "Banks Shot," Will notices the car keys on the table after his uncle has left. He has a conversation with his Shoulder Devil who tells him to take it and go to the pool hall; when he looks to his other shoulder for more advice, another Devil appears. "What are you, ignorant? Pick up the damn keys!" And then the second devil Dope Slaps him.
    • The change in Phil's tone, stance, and attitude when he goes "Jeffrey? Break out Lucille." And Will looking back and forth from Phil to the hustler, trying to figure out what's just happened. And then Phil dances and eats a sandwich while he's spanking the hustler. Well, the other hustler.
  • Will, Carlton, Ashley and Hilary cooking Thanksgiving Dinner in "Talking Turkey."
  • Will and Carlton's mad dash to ask a girl they both see from opposite sides of the mall out at the end of the first part of "Someday Your Prince Will Be In Effect."
    • When the kids won't stop bothering Philip about wearing a costume to the Halloween Party:
      Philip: I'm going as Comfortable Man.
      Hilary: Is that a comic book hero?
      Philip: Sort of. He has superhuman bill-paying power so he gets to dress however he wants.
      Ashley: [quickly gets it] Great costume, daddy.
  • Geoffrey knows the lambada? "That's the forbidden dance!"
  • The ending of "72 Hours", where Carlton teases Will about caring for him, and Will desperately denying.
    Carlton: (Grins) You love me.
    Will: Yo brother you wanna take this outside!?

Season 2

  • At the end of "Striptease for Two," Phil discovers that Will and Carlton have been stripping for cash to make back the money they lost from a bad stock tip. They break down and tell him that they also pawned one of Vivian's bracelets in order to get the money for the stock in the first place...and they never bothered to get the clasp fixed. Hearing all this, Phil begins to laugh, with Will joking that instead of punishing the two of them, he ought to reward them for their honesty, because " worked for the Beav!" At this point, the three of them are laughing hysterically together, when suddenly Phil snaps: "DO I LOOK LIKE A WHITE GUY NAMED WARD?!"
    Phil: Now you get that bracelet back, and for the next six weeks, I don't want to hear you breathe...OR I'M CALLING THE FEDS MYSELF! (leaves)
    Will: (scared) I guess this probably ain't the best time to tell him we ran over the mailbox.
  • In "Did the Earth Move For You?", the scene that YouTube users refer to as "The Earthquake Song" set to the tune of "Darling Nikki" by Prince.
    Will: *singing* I'm stuck in a basement, sitting on a tricycle,
    girl gettin' on my nerves.
    (pause for audience laughter)
    Goin' out of my mind, I thought she was fine,
    don't know if her body is hers.
  • In "Ill Will," Will, Carlton and Hilary hide under Geoffrey's bed as Phillip and Vivian barge in to look for Geoffrey's memoir of the family. Phillip sits on the bed, crushing the three.
    • The revelation that Hilary was conceived at a Sly Stone concert.
      Will: And I hope those concert tickets weren't front row.
      Hilary: Ew! Is that why you always play "Hot Fun in the Summer Time" on my birthday?
      Carlton: And where was I conceived?
      Will: Probably at a white sale.
  • The incident between Jazz and Tyriq were Jazz gave him a fake Rolex and Tyriq paid with a fake bill.
    Will: (turns to Tyriq) You should have known it was fake when you saw that the warranty was only for two hours. (turns to Jazz) And you should have known that the Jackson on a twenty ain't Jermaine.
  • Will's blues solo from "Geoffrey Cleans Up" in response to Geoffrey not wanting to date a rich woman:
    Will: My butler is black.
    My butler is blue.
    'Cuz his honey got green...
    comin' out her wazoo.
  • In "Be My Baby Tonight," Ashley asks Will about sex. He has no idea what to tell her, so he opts to confer with Hilary and Carlton. Will believes someone with more experience should talk to Ashley, so he and Carlton immediately look at Hilary.
    Hilary: Well, pardon me for being attractive.
    • Listen closely to the studio audience's reaction to that line. You can actually hear James Avery laughing with the crowd.
  • "Striptease for Two" in where Will and Carlton take jobs as strippers in order to get Vivian's bracelet back, has this moment, while Carlton strips among an crowd of women, only to realize his mother is there.
    Vivian: Carlton Banks, you put your clothes on this minute!.
    Carlton: Mommy!.\\ (Covers his nipples)
  • "Geoffrey Cleans Up" has the sub-plot of Carlton having Phil try on toupees:
    (While wearing a mini Afro piece)
    Carlton: Say, is that Philip Banks or Blair Underwood?
    (Vivian begins to laugh hysterically in the background, which causes them to look at her. He then places on a smaller, curly piece.)
    Philip: (Annoyed) I look like Little Richard, Attorney-at-Law!
    (Geoffrey comes in)
    Geoffrey: Dinner is served. (Beat) Ah wop bop ba loo bop ba lop bam boom!
    • Even better, he quickly turned around after saying that comment to hide own reaction.
    • Also, how funny was that scene altogether? You could hear various audience members coughing from laughing too hard.
    • Also, while at a gala, Vivian warns him not the scratch, saying that "I didn't bring any extra glue" (while trying not to laugh) and Will's own reaction to seeing it for the first time.

Season 3

  • "Boyz in the Woods": The Mood Whiplash in Carlton's monologue about witnessing prejudice and unfairness in his life ("Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!").
    • Carlton also has a tape recorder with him to commentate on the camping trip for something called Carlton's Log. And yes, he does speak like William Shatner. And Will's perfect response.
    Will: "Will's log..."
    (Picks up a huge tree branch)
    Will: about to collide with Carlton's head!!"
    (Charges at him)
    • Phil refuses to admit that he needs to go to the gas station for directions to their campsite. Suddenly, the car comes to a stop, and...
    Will: You're right, Uncle need gas.
    • Will forgetting to pack all of their camping gear:
    Phil: Will! I thought you said you packed all our stuff!
    • As Will, Phil and Carlton continue through their unfortunate trip, Phil continues to deny that things are bad:
    Phil: Look, let's look on the bright side, okay? This will give us a perfect opportunity to pull together as a group and show what we're really made of.
    Will: *incredulously* Does Bigfoot have to come down here with a chainsaw before you admit we're in trouble?
    • The Running Gag of Phil telling the boys to get into/out of the car. Upon it beginning to snow, Phil orders them out a final time:
    Phil: Get out of the car.
    Will: But you said—
  • In the episode "Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe," Will is trying to comfort Carlton after his girlfriend leaves him at the wedding chapel and Carlton admits he is a virgin. When he first says it, a man walking by with his fiance who he just found out is pregnant says, "Well, at least somebody still is!"
    • Later on:
    Carlton: You mean you're a virgin too?
    Will: Keep your voice down man, I AIN'T NO VIRGIN! (woman in front of him gets up and leaves) Hey, look man, when it comes to me and the honeys I just say (priest walks up to him) way! Ooh, ugh yucky!
    • Will's phone conversation with his mother about the incident.
      "Ma, you'll never guess who's a daddy. No ma, not me, stop cryin'. No, ma, it's Carlton. (Beat) Ma, stop laughin'.
      A few seconds later, the family enters and Will pretends to be ordering a pizza.
      "Uh, yeah, 20 minutes? Great. Ok. Uh, I love you (Hangs up, turns to the others) That makes them bring the pizza faster."
  • Carlton dancing to the old Oprah theme.
  • Uncle Phil's campaign ad for Superior Court Judge, after a little of Will's..."judicious" editing.
  • Carlton, Ashley and Hillary making Will cry. Even funnier in the blooper reel with a full round of Corpsing from the three.
  • In "The Baby Comes Out", A...jumpy Uncle Phil wakes everybody up because he thinks pregnant Vivian is going into labor. "GET UP! HURRY, EVERYBODY, GET UP!"
      • "Poor Mom? Poor me! I saw Uncle Phil naked! And he was running!"
    • The entirety of the Annoying Patient sequence.
    • Will and Uncle Phil are trapped in an elevator at the hospital where Vivian is going into labor. Both are in desperate need of a phone to call Geoffrey at home, and it just so happens that they're trapped alongside a businessman who happens to have one...and who won't give it up. Will then decides to exercise his "straight-out-the-hood" negotiation skills on him, and the show Gilligan Cuts to...
      Will: (dancing and singing) Please, can we use your phoooone? (stops) Yo, if you don't let us use your phone, I'ma start singing Paula Abdul's Greatest Hits!
    • And after the guy says something obnoxious, a shocked Will responds with: "Stop! Ghetto time!" Then Phil decides to do his own negotiations:
    Phil: *calmly* Sir...?
    *The guy turns around indignantly only for Phil to quickly grab him by the lapels of his suit jacket, shocking the man*
    Phil: *Suddenly SHOUTING! and with significant bass in his voice* Gimme that damn phone or I'll tear your liver out and eat it raw!
    Will: *quickly leaning in on Phil's shoulder* That's right, boy, and he's about due for a snack!
    • Even better are the fact that the man gives them the phone and the supportive reactions of the other people on the elevator.
      • Special mention goes to how they ended up stuck in the first place. The businessman with the phone was chided by Phil for smoking in an elevator and he asks him to put out his cigarette. The man refuses...and Phil rips the cigarette out of his mouth and stomps it out.
        Will: That's right, boy! There's a new jack city! (high-fives Phil) You the man! You the man!
        (The elevator breaks down)
        Will: You the big man that broke the elevator!
    • The "take my hand!" running gag whenever Aunt Viv has a contraction.
    • After Will and Phil finally get out of the elevator, they can hear Vivian screaming from her room.
      Vivian: Philip!
      Phil: Vivian?
      Vivian: PHILIP!
      Phil: VIVIAN!
      Will: WILMA!
  • In "Mommy Nearest," Will is shocked when his mom tells him that she's going to take him back with her to Philadelphia, as he wants to stay in Bel-Air and go to college. Will's fear is illustrated by his mom repeating the line faster and faster until it cuts to Stock Footage of an explosion.
    • And later, Will has an Imagine Spot of him still living with his mom as an old man.
    • And this awkward moment:
      Mrs. Smith: You want to go back to Philadephia, don't you baby?
      Will: Whoosh. (tosses his hat) Look what the wind did to my hat.
  • "Robbing the Banks" has the family hiring an ex-con as a handyman. They're naturally suspicious but Will constantly proclaims the man's innocence. Gilligan Cut to the entire living room empty of furniture and Will freaking out.
    Ashley: What happened in here?!
    Will: We was robbed!
    Hillary: Oh my God! What'd they take?!
    Carlton: I knew it! I told you we shouldn't have left Luther here!
    Ashley: Luther did this? Will, Dad is gonna KILL YOU.
    Will: Me?! Wha- Why?! N-No, he's not! I mean, first of all, we don't even know that Luther did this. And second of all, Uncle Phil's a fair man. He can't blame me for none of this.
    Uncle Phil: WILL, I'LL KILL YOU!
    • Later on, when Will discovers his baseball autographed by Willie Mays is missing:
      Will: Tell me there's a baseball in this case.
      Carlton: It's empty.
      Will: I guess you wasn't listening!
    • The end where it's revealed that Ashley took it with her to baseball practice: "But somebody wrote all over it, so I washed it off."
      Will: [seething] Where are those damn Tevin Campbell posters? [runs off to Ashley's room while Ashley takes off after him]
    • Later, when Will lets it slip to Uncle Phil the ball is missing:
      Uncle Phil: What baseball?
      Will: (Hispanic accent) What baseball? Well, baseball sport where man with stick hit ball and run. Sorta like this. (tries to escape)
    • And when the Banks children finds out their new handyman is an ex-con:
      (Uncle Phil glares at him)
      Carlton: ASHLEY?!
    • Earlier in the episode, when Philip is asking Vivian to make some phone calls:
      Philip: Me too, but I still get things done!
  • The Whodunnit game sub-plot from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," especially as it reaches Brick Joke status and the "murderer" is revealed to be Vivian at the very end.
  • Will and Carlton accidentally get Geoffrey to quit, and go find him working at a restaurant to get him back. They pretend to be his kids to embarrass him.
    Will: *As if he's about to cry* This is my brother, Carlton. He knows we can't afford bigger clothes so he just doesn't grow.
    Carlton: Daddy, I wanna grow!
  • In "The Alma Matter":
    Will: I just really don't know what Princeton has to offer me. I mean...are there any cute honeys?
    Representative: (half-sternly) Mr. Smith...Princeton has some of the most intelligent young women in the country. There's no way I would make a crass generalization about such a diverse group.
    Will: ...Any cute honeys?
    Representative: No.

Season 4

  • Uncle Phil has a Food Porn moment whilst dieting. While Will and Geoffrey give each other exasperated looks.
  • Trevor proposes to Hilary on live TV.
  • The Courtroom Antics that occur in "Will Goes a Courtin'", especially Phil and Will's sides of the story.
    • In Phil's version, Will and Carlton are thuggish, and everyone is wearing revealing swimsuits, including the 15-year-old neighbor girl who wandered over. Phil himself is just a meek, quiet man who accidentally steps on Carlton's inflatable duckie inner tube. Carlton's reaction: "HEY POPS! YOU POPPED MAH DUCK!"
    • In Will and Carlton's version, the pool party is a classy, innocent affair where everyone is in old-school bathing suits and they dance in a circle holding hands. As Phil enters, a glass of water shakes a la Jurassic Park and he rips the head off of Carlton's duckie inner tube. He also yells at the fully-clothed 15-year-old neighbor girl who "wandered over, crying" as Will says. ("Hit the bricks, you little tramp! And tell your mother your father has a girlfriend!")
      • This Line:
    Phil: SILENCE! If want your opinion, I'll *BEAT* it out of you!
    • Speaking of Carlton's duckie tube, he calls it "Howard". And he runs off crying like a little girl when Phil pops it just because he tried to stand up to his dad. This is in Will's side of the story too, only more exaggerated.
  • An episode ends with Will in a philosophy class and the teacher posing the classic question of "If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?". Will responds confidently at first, then veers completely off course, asking how big the tree is, if it fell on a gopher and if the sound the gopher would make would count, and what if it fell on his Uncle Phil and that hurt the tree.
    • Earlier in the same episode, Will is about to leave his post behind the counter at the Peacock when the guy who turns out to be his philosophy professor comes up to him. Just as he's about to say something, Will brushes him off by saying, "Hey, Sting! Kick some lyrics, man!" Helped by the fact that Jim Meskimen REALLY looks like (a balding) Sting in this episode.

Season 5

  • Season 4 ended with a Wham Line where Will decided to remain in Philadelphia with his mother. Season 5 opens with an NBC executive showing up in a van marked "NBC Star Retrieval Unit" and pointing out that his contract says "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", then tossing him in a van and taking him back to California.
  • In "Reality Bites," Nicky yells at Will when he fights his favorite cartoon character. Will tries to explain it was just a guy in a suit but Nicky doesn't believe him. Ashley tells Will he shouldn't ruin Nicky's beliefs. She brings up how Will loved Shaft and "how you felt when you found out Shaft wasn't real?" Will just stares at her in confusion and Ashley realizes Will believes Shaft was real.
  • "Will's Misery" revolves around a prank in which Will is kidnapped, restrained and tortured by his date to teach him to respect women. When Will discovers Carlton was behind it all, he gets payback. Will tells Carlton about the abduction... except in this version, Will got loose and killed the girl with a rock. And her body's still up there. Carlton, in a fit of despair, runs out the back door, around the house into the living room, back into the kitchen dragging himself across the floor to the back door again, into and through the backwoods cabin, into the audience, out the elevator into the University Cafeteria, and finally off-stage into Will's arms. Freeze scene, audio continues to play clapping, cut to black.
  • "Will Steps Out": Will passing on his "Chicktionary" to Carlton.
  • "Momma noooo!!". Will and Lisa are getting married and Will finds his mother in bed with Lisa's father.
    • "Okay... Mom... I just want to say... that I'm hurt... and I don't think... that mothers are supposed to do what... what... OH MY GOD, I JUST GOT A MENTAL PICTURE!! *slaps self in the head* GET OUT!! GET OUT!!"
    • Particularly Lisa's father's smug "Yeah, I hit that" grin when Phil and Vivian walk in.
    • Carlton walks in on the scene of Will's Mom and Lisa's Dad in bed and provides one of the best examples of Comically Missing the Point:
      Carlton: What is this a pajama party?! Scooch over!
    • Ashley's reaction when she sees it. "Heey..."
      • Along with Hillary's:
        Hillary: ...Ew.
    • Will's reaction when Lisa tells him she thinks Shaft is gay.
  • After Will is shot and Jazz comes to visit him in the hospital, he starts playing with the defibrillator from the crash cart, providing us with a hilarious Shout-Out:
    "Check it out, Will! I'm the black dude on ER!"
    • Lisa warns him that it's not a toy, Jazz doesn't listen. . .and proceeds to shock himself clear across the hallway.
      • When Hilary comes to visit Will she fools around with the same defibrillator, she receives a collective NOOOOOO!!! from Will and Lisa who knew what will happen.
  • Will's entire monologue from "As The Will Turns" is gold.
    Will: That's right. I shot Carlos. And that's not all! I'm the one that shot J.R., too! And, I shot the sheriff! But I did not shoot the deputy!
    Joan: Do you ever want to work in this town again...painting portraits?
    Will: Nah. Because, you see, I'm young, and I'm restless. I only got one life to live! So I've got to follow my guiding light and search for tomorrow! Hey, who knows if I'll wind up living out the days of my life in a mansion in Dallas, or on the corner of Melrose Place drinking Falcon Crests out of a brown paper bag!
    Joan: Royce, don't you care about anybody but yourself?
    Will: Sure I do. I care about you. It's not because of those expensive clothes or your fancy jewelry, or that big Zsa Zsa wig you be wearing, I love you for who you are. Who you really are.
    (Will rips off Joan's wig, revealing a skincap with some brown hair peeking out)
  • "If we so rich... ...why we can't afford no ceiling?"
  • In "Cold Feet, Hot Body", Carlton responding to complaints about customers not getting bacon in their BLT's by claiming that the "b" doesn't have to stand for "bacon".
    Will: Bread, lettuce, and tomato?!
  • "To Thine Own Self Be Blue... And Gold" has one of the funniest subplots in TV history where Carlton and Hilary both sign up for an online dating service and unknowingly get set up with each other. Let's just say they milked it out for every bit of humor they could get away with.
  • The entirety of the story Carlton and Will tell Jazz in "Fresh Prince: The Movie".

Season 6

  • "Burning Down The House": Carlton tries to hitchhike his way home, which leads to this:
    Hippie: So what I'm saying is there shouldn't be a "rich" or a "poor." We should all just share the wealth, man!
    Carlton: Oh, I beg to differ.
    (the hippies literally throw Carlton out of their microbus)
    • Also this:
    Carlton: Thanks for picking me up. I left my wallet at the hotel, couldn't get a cab, there are no planes or buses. Boy, am I glad to see you.
    Creepy truck driver: Yeah. I'm glad to see you, too. [eyes him closely] Halston?
    Carlton: [beat] Whoa! This is my stop! [rushes out]
    • Geoffrey's entrance into the now destroyed kitchen. He walks in, greets Will cheerfully, drops off one grocery bag (which then falls into the ashen counter) and places another in a hole burned into the refrigerator, all while acting as though nothing out of the ordinary happened. Finally, he pulls up a chair, sits next to a forlorn Will and says, in an extremely calm and cheery voice:
      Geoffrey: Of all the rooms in your uncle's house. The kitchen! Are you mad, boy?
    • After Ashley finds out, Will explains the situation to her and demands that she not say anything.
      Will: Nobody has to know about this except you, me and Geoffrey!
      Hilary: (offscreen) Oh my god!
      Will: And Hilary!
    • Will's attempts at putting the fire out include shouting "Voila! In reverse!" at the flames.
  • "Boxing Helena": Carlton's Drill Sergeant Nasty of a personal trainer demands he "drop and give him twenty." Carlton drops to his knees and offers him a twenty-dollar bill.
    Carlton: Okay, but that doesn't leave much for yogurt!
  • "Eye, Tooth": Will, Carlton, and William Shatner stoned out of their gourds on laughing gas at the dentist's office.
    • Shatner actually refers to Will as Spock, but then says, "The ears are the same, but something's different."
    • Nearly all the Star Trek lines, with Will and Carlton filling in for other characters, are great. For example:
      Carlton: Captain! Our dilithium crystals are almost gone!
      Shatner: Scotty! You're... ...BLACK!
    • And:
      Shatner: Ow, my tooth! Bones, do something!
      Will: Dammit, Jim, I'm a black boy from Philly, not a doctor!
  • Pretty much the entirety of the blooper reel episode. Some very good ones can be found here.
  • Will does Dreamgirls at the end of "The Script Formerly Known As".
    • Phil's reaction to the whole thing—he looks simultaneously confused and mildly terrified and eventually decides to just leave once Will's back is turned.
    • META: Jennifer Hudson, who would go on to sing that song in the movie, said that this was where she first heard it. Hell of an introduction!
  • In "I, Stank Horse," Carlton learns an aged racing horse is going to be put down. Later, as a devastated Carlton looks over pictures of the horse, Will turns on the TV to take his mind off horses.
  • From "Not With My Cousin, You Don't":
    • Carlton is done upgrading the Banks' household intercom system, eagerly wanting to show off one of its features.
      Carlton: Check out the exciting new roam feature. Let's listen to my room. [Carlton presses a button, then smiles giddily.] Well, all's quiet in there!
      Will: [imitating Carlton's giddy look] Ooh, there's a surprise.
      Carlton: Subject: Geoffrey's room.
      Geoffrey: I wonder how I'd look if I shaved my entire body.
    • After Ashley talks to her friends about having sex with her date, Derrick (played by Jaleel White), both Will and Carlton scream in each other's direction. Then, after taking a second to regain their breath, they both scream toward the viewers/audience.
    • Once Derrick arrives, both Will and Carlton have this discussion:
      Will: You're rounding third base and you're headed for home. You're excited because you think you're about to score easy, but here's the problem: You're in the visitor's ballpark and if you do score, angry fans might not be able to be held responsible for their actions.
      Carlton: And... it's bat night.
      Derrick: Are you two in trouble with a bookie or somethin'?
      Carlton: Let's stop beating around the bush! You're playing chess. Your rook has been blindsided by the queen's gambit. Now you can play honorably — leave your bishop at home to protect your queen's virtue — or you can take the sleazy road and castle your king... and go right for the mate.
      Will: And... it's bat night!


  • All the times that Uncle Phil throws Jazz out of the house are guaranteed to bring some laughs. Highlights include the one time he threw Jazz inside the house when they were already outside, and the time when Jazz got his revenge by throwing Uncle Phil out of the house in Will's dream.
  • LITERALLY every single one of Will's pick up lines:
    Will: Baby, you look so good I wish I could plant you and grow a whole field of y'all.
    Will: Girl, you look so good I'd marry your brother just to get in your family
    Will: I could've sworn I've seen you before. Oh yeah, it was in the dictionary right next to the word "KA-BLAM"!