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The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is Getting a Reunion Special



Probably one exciting news we didn’t see coming.

The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series which ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996, will be turning 30. And there’s more: the cast will be reuniting on HBO Max for the culture. The special will be taped on September 10, the show’s actual anniversary, and will premiere around Thanksgiving. 

The popular American sitcom is about a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy uncle and aunt in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown.

The special will make for a “funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and special surprise guests,” according to the press release by Westbrook Media. It will be directed by Marcus Raboy and executive-produced by Rikki Hughes, who will also serve as showrunner, as well as Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser and Brad Haugen for Westbrook Media.

“Bel-Air is a one-hour, dramatic retelling of the beloved ’90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, that leans into the original premise of Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined version, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show,” the Universal Television spokesperson said, according to People.

Will Smith, who was the main character in the sitcom, will be joined by Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey Butler), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian Banks), and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks) after they signed up to tape the special.

Sadly, the HBO Max special will not feature James Avery, who played the beloved ‘Uncle Phil’, after he passed away at the age of 68 in 2013 from open-heart surgery complications.


  1. salma

    September 2, 2020 at 6:06 am

    ever since the will-jada drama with Alsina, i cant look at them with the same eyes i did during Fresh Prince days. Poisoned everything for me with their open marriage expose’. The innocence that made them special is gone forever………

    • Will Smith’s Side chick

      September 2, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Will Smith can do no wrong in my eyes. He’s a legend. His personal issues don’t take away from decades of hard work, consistency and all round awesomeness, but that’s just me. 😊

    • Commentator

      September 5, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Nobody is perfect. People lack grace. We come done hard on celebs because they’re weakness is publicized. Many of the most self righteous critics have the most skeletons.

      So glad man is not God. Thank God for His grace that continues to accept us even when we falter.

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