2020 might not be the year for most people – but it sure is for the iconic ’90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The series just turned 30, and to celebrate that you now have all 148 episodes of the beloved show available to stream on HBO Max, which will be the exclusive home for the upcoming cast reunion special for the series. Smith will be joined by former series regulars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro, as well as recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff. And the good thing is now Will and the original Aunt Viv have made amends.
But aside from the birthday festivities, something bigger was announced last month; the show is doing a comeback as a gritty drama. Yes, you read that right; drama. If you are as big of a fan as I am, it’s a bit hard to grasp. It’s like someone telling you, “ice is not burning hot.” But after giving it a second thought, it could actually be an interesting take.
As most of you know, the iconic series stars Will Smith as a teenager from inner-city Philadelphia who’s sent to California to live with his wealthy relatives in the hopes that they will “straighten him out and teach him some good old-fashioned values.” The new version will have the same premise, but it will be based on a viral YouTube trailer that reimagined the series as a hard-hitting drama.
As a drama or as a comedy, I honestly can’t wait to watch it. My only hope is that Alfonso Ribeiro gets to do the “Carlton Dance” at least one last time.
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