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Since "Bel-Air" Has Premiered, Here's A Look At The Original "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" Cast Then Vs. Now

"I looked at my kingdom, I was finally there, to sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air."

The first four episodes of Bel-Air, the reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, have aired on Peacock, and the show is taking a new approach to the original comedy series' plot.

The "Bel-Air" cast poses for a Season 1 promotional photo

And even though Bel-Air offers a ~fresh~ take on the '90s sitcom, watching these episodes still made me think back to The Fresh Prince.

So to celebrate the treasure that is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, here's a then vs. now look at the cast from the show.

In the original series, Will Smith starred as...yep, you got it, Will Smith, a character from West Philly who brought some fun to the Banks' Bel-Air home.

Will meets Carlton Banks after his arrival in Bel-Air

Now, Will is scoring top Hollywood roles and recently played the father of Venus and Serena, Richard Williams, in King Richard. The movie has received six Oscar nominations, and Will was nominated in the Best Actor category.

Will Smith appears as Richard Williams in the trailer for "King Richard"

He's also a producer of Bel-Air and kicked off its premiere with a new rendition of The Fresh Prince theme song.

Next is Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks. Carlton was the preppy, practical middle child of the Banks family. He was Will's opposite, but always remained by his side during his escapades.

Carlton talks to Will about his heroes in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" pilot

Alfonso is now the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, which is a position he's held since 2015.

Alfonso Ribeiro opens a 2022 episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos"

And he (thankfully) still busts out the famous Carlton dance from time to time!

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James Avery portrayed Philip Banks, or Uncle Phil, Will's strict but caring uncle. He was a wealthy Southern California lawyer who went on to become a judge during the series.

Uncle Phil greets Will in his Bel-Air home in "The Fresh Prince" pilot

James sadly passed away in 2013. He is remembered as being one of TV's most famous and well-loved fathers through his role as Uncle Phil.

James Avery smiles at the 24th Annual Heroes And Legends Awards on September 22, 2013

Here's Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary Banks, Will's superficial (but fashionable) cousin who was the oldest Banks sibling.

Hilary asks her dad, Phil, for $300 for a new hat

Nowadays, Karyn is an author and recently released a children's book called Saving the Day, which tells the story of Black inventor, Garrett Morgan, creating the traffic signal. She spoke about the book on GMA3: What You Need To Know on Feb. 10.

Such a pleasure! Thanks for having me!🥰🚦📘

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She's also released two other books for children about African American stories, called How High the Moon and Flying Free.

Today, our library received a donation of three books from an alumni parent who is a fan of the author, @Karyn_Parsons, and work of her organization, @swtblackberry, that brings little known stories of African American achievement to children everywhere. #BlackHistoryMonth

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She last acted in the film, Sweet Thing, in 2020.

Karyn Parsons portrays Eve in "Sweet Thing"

Fans of the show will remember Tatyana Ali for her portrayal of Ashley Banks, Will's lovable younger cousin.

Ashley tells Will more about her family's home and welcomes him to Bel-Air

Tatyana recently played the dual role of twins in the Lifetime movie,Vanished: Searching for My Sister.

Tatyana Ali fights to find her sister in "Vanished: Searching for My Sister"

She was also a guest on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune in January.

Vivian Banks, or Aunt Viv, was originally played by Janet Hubert. She was Will's mother's sister, and a steady and nurturing leader of the Banks household.

Vivian Banks attends a dinner party in the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" pilot

Janet played Denise in Single Black Female, a 2022 Lifetime film. Here she is discussing the movie during an interview with fellow cast members:

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She also buried the hatchet with Will Smith in 2020, ending a public feud of nearly 30 years that followed her departure from the show.

Will Smith and Janet Hubert discuss the past in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" HBO Max reunion

The role of Aunt Viv was taken on by Daphne Maxwell Reid beginning in Season 4.

Aunt Viv thanks Jazz for a baby present in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

Daphne starred in the BET holiday film, The Business of Christmas 2, in 2021.

Daphne Maxwell Reid is seen in the trailer for 'The Business of Christmas 2"

And she has a site selling hats, books, cards and masks.

The prim and proper, hilarious butler to the Banks family, Geoffrey Butler, was played by actor Joseph Marcell.

Geoffrey welcomes Will to the Banks' home

Joseph starred in the short, Folding, in 2022. He has another short out this year and an upcoming role in a thriller film called The Stranger in Our Bed.

Joseph Marcell poses at the premiere of "Bel-Air" in February 2022

Will's closest friend, Jazz, was played by none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff. He was a fun, good-natured character, but would sometimes (literally) get thrown out of the Banks' house for acting up.

Jazz helps Will teach Ashley how to play the drums

Jazz is running a music production workshop that will take place this month in Indiana, and he offers an online course called DJ Jazzy Jeff's How To DJ Right. He also records requested videos giving shoutouts to fans on Cameo.

DJ Jazzy Jeff poses at the premiere of "Be-Air" on February 09, 2022

Last but not least is Ross Bagley, who played Will's adorable little cousin, Nicky Banks.

Nicky Banks counts the candles on his mom's birthday cake

Ross is a realtor as well as an actor and DJ, per his Instagram bio. Some of his most recent credited roles were in films from 2015.

Ross Bagley poses at Comic Con Liverpool 2020 in March 2020

Believe it or not, he has a young son of his own. Here's a cute shot of the two of them from his Insta account:

You can watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on HBO Max, and watch the first four episodes of Bel-Air on Peacock.

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