One thing that set The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ahead of the pack in its heyday was the thin layer of drama baked into the premise. The show was funny, but it never shied away from opportunities to comment on real issues of classism, racism and broken families. Everyone liked Will (Will Smith) and his attempts to either fit in with his much wealthier new family, but you never forgot seeing his futile attempts to bond with his birth father.
But what if that thin layer of seriousness became the main ingredient? That’s the question being asked in Bel-Air, which has an already wild history. The show started off as a short YouTube parody about Fresh Prince as a moody melodrama that went viral and attracted the attention of Smith himself. One thing led to another and a parody video is now patient zero for a Peacock series.
We’ve got Jabari Banks as Will and Adrian Holmes as a much trimmer Uncle Phil. Cassandra Freeman is here as Aunt Viv while Olly Sholotan looks like he’s playing a far cooler take on Carlton. Coco Jones will play Hilary, Akira Akbar is Ashley, Jordan L. Jones is Jazz and Simone Joy Jones is Lisa. Oh, and Jimmy Akingbola will be Geoffrey, who here seems a little more like a butler of the Alfred Pennyworth variety. The show debuts on February 13 right after the Super Bowl.