17 Things You May Or May Not Know About “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”

“Iiiiin West Philadelphia, born and raised…”

1. Will had no acting experience before being offered the starring role in one of the most iconic shows of the ’90s.

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The fresh prince only had one appearance on an ABC school special before taking the lead on the hit show in 1990.

2. Because he was so nervous, Will would memorize his castmates’ lines as well as his own.

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3. Quincy Jones was on board as an executive producer. The show ended up being based on his family.

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Here we see Quincy, his daughter Rashida Jones, and Will in 2007 at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood.

4. Jada Pinkett Smith auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend, aka Lisa, on the show. However, she didn’t get the part because apparently she was too short.

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5. Tatyana Ali had to make up a rap in her second audition for the show. She was nine-years-old at the time.

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6. This house that you’ve seen shots of throughout the series isn’t actually in Bel-Air. But it isn’t far either, it’s actually located in a nearby neighborhood called Brentwood.

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7. Carlton’s famous dance was actually inspired by Courteney Cox, Bruce Springsteen, and Eddie Murphy.

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Weird combination, I know. The actor actually blended two dances from the entertainers together to create the dance we all know and love (and have probably tried to do at some point in our lives).

8. Daphne Maxwell-Reid was the first black woman to grace the cover of Glamour in 1969.

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The actress took over the role as Aunt Viv, after Janet Hubert left the show.

9. Andy Borowitz, who has been named one of America’s funniest writers, created the show with his former wife, Susan Borowitz.

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10. In an interview with TIME, Susan said they wanted to make the show about the different layers of being black in America.

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11. This scene was shot multiple times before Jazz said enough. So producers ended up using this clip 11 out of the 15 times Jazz was thrown out of the house on the show.

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12. Because of that, you might notice that whenever Uncle Phil throws him out, Jazz is always wearing the same shirt.

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13. Tyra Banks made her acting debut on the show as Will’s girlfriend.

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14. The cast had a secret diary that they kept stashed on set in the kitchen.

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In between scenes, the cast would write jokes or notes to each other while shooting episodes. Karyn Parsons (Hillary Banks) took the diary with her after the show went off the air.

15. Will actually borrowed money from a Fresh Prince fan once.

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He told the full story during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, LIVE!

16. The show was supposed to end for good after Season 4, but after a fan outcry for a continuance of the show, it was renewed for two more seasons.

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17. Will has said repeatedly that there will never be a reunion. However, fans can watch The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air when it airs weekdays at 10 a.m. on TBS, or by streaming it on Netflix UK.

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