The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 2
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The prince is back and fresher than ever! In the second season of this inspiring comedy, as the Banks family continues to adjust to Will living with them in Bel-Air, they find themselves questioning how they live in the process. Meanwhile, Will's fear of becoming like his uptight Uncle Philip and his preppy cousin Carlton prompts him to take drastic action to make sure this doesn't happen. Race relations become a hot topic in the Banks household when Will's mother, Viola (guest star Vernee Watson-Johnson, Southland; Sister, Sister), has trouble accepting that her sister Janice (guest star Charlayne Woodard, ER) is marrying a Caucasian man. And Philip and Vivian's past returns with open arms when a Sixties radical is invited into their home. Hilarity and heart combine in the second season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Guest stars this season include Nicholle Tom (The Nanny), Allen Payne (House of Payne) and members of New Edition Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe.]]>
But whether realistic or silly, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stays a crisp, clean sitcom, with snappy writing and brisk, capable interplay among the cast, which also included James Avery and Janet Hubert-Whitten as Mr. and Mrs. Banks, the tolerant and usually sensible parents; Karyn Parsons as the spoiled, narcissistic Hilary; Tatyana M. Ali as the cute, sassy Ashley; and Joseph Marcell as the droll British butler Geoffrey. Despite living in a fantasyland of wealth, the show regularly touched on racial and class issues--lightly, but not turning a blind eye to the complexities of American life. When Will's aunt Janice (Charlayne Woodard, The Crucible) wants to marry a white man, Vy refuses to accept the match; Geoffrey falls in love with a neighbor, but rejects her when he learns that she's an heiress and not a housekeeper. The writers are clever enough to subvert expectations, such as when Will loses a basketball game so another player can catch the eye of a pro scout--only to learn that the other player thinks professional sports are an absurd gamble and doesn't want that kind of career. Through it all, Will Smith kept the show from being just a showcase for himself; he's secure enough to let the other actors take the spotlight, but carries episodes easily when they're built around him. No longer a rookie in this season, his comic chops start to equal his cocky charm, making the second season particularly strong. --Bret Fetzer
- 24 episodes on four discs
- Best Bits of Bel-Air
- Bel-Air bloopers
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1. DID THE EARTH MOVE FOR YOU?- Will and his new girlfriend are trapped together during an earthquake.
2. THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES- Will and Carlton try to help Ashley with a bully problem.
3. WILL GETS A JOB- Will juggles school and a new job in order to pay for a homecoming party.
4. PSAT PSTORY- Will confident while preparing for college aptitude tests while Carlton is a mess.
5. GRANNY GETS BUSY- Philip can't bear to think of his widow mother having a new man in her life.
6. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO MARRY?- Will's mom forbids Will to attend the interracial marriage of Aunt Janice.
7. THE BIG FOUR-OH- Vivian's 40th birthday marks a crisis as she is determined to perfect her dance skills.
8. SHE AIN'T HEAVY- Will likes the full-figured Dee Dee (Queen Latifah) but doesn't want to ask to the dance.
9. CASED UP- A pompous lawyer (Malcom Jamal Warner) who's dating Hilary sues Will after a car accident.
10. HI-HO SILVER- Will and Carlton think a party guest (Zsa Zsa Gabor) stole their silverware.
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As far as the episodes themselves, they are high quality! Most of the jokes are clean but hilarious, although you may have your kids asking you questions about some of the "adult" content. Here are some of the episodes that highlight this wonderful season:
DID THE EARTH MOVE FOR YOU?: Will and his girlfriend get trapped in a room during an earthquake.
THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES: Will and Carlton try to help Ashley out with her bully problems at school.
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO MARRY?: One of Will's aunts causes a controversy in the family when she plans to marry a white guy.
SHE AIN'T HEAVY: Will finds the perfect woman - only problem: she's overweight.
CASED UP: Will finds himself in court when Hillary's boyfriend, an aspiring lawyer played by Malcolm Jamal Warner, sues him for damages to his car.Read more ›
1.Did the Earth Move For You?
Original Airdate 9/9/91
Whole lotta shaking going on.Will and his girlfriend hold on tight when a quake hits Los Angeles.
2.The Mother of All Battles
Original Airdate 9/16/91
It's Will and Carlton to the rescue when a bully bugs Ashley.Then her parents get involved.Uh-oh.
3.Will Gets a Job
Original Airdate 9/23/91
With an eye patch an parrot on his shoulder,Cap'n Will waits tables to pay for Homecoming expenses.
Original Airdate 9/30/91
Hip is to hop as gluconeogenesis is to-The PSAT has Will chillin and Carlton crammin'.
5.Granny Get's Busy
Original Airdate 10/7/91
Red-hot Mama.When his widowed mother shares a smooch with the handyman,Phillip freaks out.
6.Guess Who's coming to Marry?
Original Airdate 10/14/91
"Do you take this man...? "Will's aunt plan's to marry a white man... and Will mother objects.
7.The Big Four-Oh
Original Airdate 10/21/91
Gotta dance.Unerved at turning 40,Vivian dons leg warmers and a leotard and heads to dance class.
8.She Ain't Heavy
Original Airdate 11/4/91
She Aint Heavy
Will Will's cool quotient take a hit if he dates a girl who's phat...and large?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the subtitles are not synced, couldnt enjoy this show because of thatPublished 15 days ago by Jorge Ramirez
Super fun series with out all the garbage of todays teen series. Great for a fun, clean view for the family!Published 2 months ago by Texas Mel
All DVD's had the same episodes on them. Therefore I only received 4 episodes when I thought that I would be getting the entire season.Published 4 months ago by cory9807
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