’90s Throwback TV Review: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-96)

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The staff of The Reflector thought about our favorite entertainment from the 1990s and decided to review them. We just had one rule: They could only review what they hadn’t already seen, heard or read.

fresh-prince-of-bel-air-season-1-tvThe “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” starring actor and rapper Will Smith was a show that I enjoyed watching and is now one of my new favorite shows. Viewers of all ages, races and ethnicities are able to take something away from this show’s comedic, yet subtly direct approach to social issues like: race, politics, stereotypes, peer pressure, politics and other social norms.

I liked that this show was able to successfully initiate commentary on social issues by including a number of racially diverse guests,  including: Chris Rock and Queen Latifah while respecting and presenting the varying sides of the issues the show  tackled. The show also leaves the viewer with a lesson that I interpreted as some of the true ideals of family. Which is accepting one another and simply enduring life as it happens.

One of my favorite parts of the show is the theme song. It is easy to remember and is catchy. Then there’s the often imitated, and goofy, “Carlton Dance” and Geoffrey’s one-line zingers.

I recommend this show if you want a 30-minute dose of comic relief whenever you are feeling down, need a laugh or distraction from the real world.


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