The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 1
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This is good, clean, family humor and there are even a few moral lessons to be learned here and there. The innocence of this show is something that stands out compared to all of the other "darker" shows which permeate television screens these days. This is the very light hearted first season (of six) of the Fresh Prince, and although the show does get a bit more serious later on, it never escalates to the point where the show becomes unsuitable for young children. The show, as well all know of course, is comedic in nature.
Yes, there is a lot of nostalgia associated with this show for me personally, as well as probably many others who have purchased this set. But I can honestly say that this is a show I would appreciate on merit alone if I had not spent all those years growing up with show. For Fresh Prince fans, it goes without saying buy this. And for everyone else who may have missed out on this show the first time around, I think you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. While not as classic or acclaimed as a show as Seinfeld (over the years, at least), this show is still highly reccomended.
For those unfamiliar with the premise of the show, allow me to fill you in. Will Smith is a high schooler from West Philly, whose mother sends him out to Bel Air to live with his uncle and aunt. Being from a rough background, Will's new posh surroundings don't always allow for a smooth transition period. Therein lies the hilarity.
The jokes about Uncle Phil's weight, Carlton's "lack of blackness" and Geoffrey's dead-pan dry humour remains "fresh" (pardon the pun) after all these years. Will Smith is a natural right from episode one, and through the first season we see growth in his acting skills.
Besides being unbelievably funny, the show often has strong statements to make about racism, honesty, social class struggles, and more. But don't worry, not an episode will go by where you don't find yourself laughing out loud.
Extra features are limited to one short featurette about the show's birth. While it is definitely an interesting bonus, it would have been nice if there had been a little more "stuff". No interviews with Will, in fact, the only three main characters from whom we hear are Uncle Phil, Ashley, and Geoffrey.
Still this season is so awesome that I can't help but give it a full 5-star rating!
This dvd is basically no frills however, if you are looking for background commentary or Will Smith on this dvd (besides on the show) he isn't, but there is a cool retrospective starring "Uncle Phil" "Hilary" and "Geoffery" the butler..and a few more extras...
These shows get better with age! Fresh Prince came out in 1990..some of us were fairly young back then, and some jokes may have gone over our heads at the time, but watching these episodes again, after being a teen and doing things, well it is even more entertaining!
This dvd is great, because sometimes the first seasons of shows aren't as entertaining as following seasons, but Fresh Prince's first season is HILARIOUS and has a full set of episodes!
Definitely worth it!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this show as a teenager and now my teenage son is enjoying it as well. It's great when you can connect with your children with things from your own youth:)Published 1 month ago by Liz Chiles
This is one of my favorite episodes from ted Fresh Prince , I just love it.Published 2 months ago by breed
I gave it 3 stars because the product was not as advertised. I believed I would be getting a brand new item, like it said it was. It was not brand new. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Ecume
Love this show. Wish there were more like it on today's tv shows. And had no problems viewing it.Published 4 months ago by Lyndzey
This is classic watch for me and my 11 y/o The memories!! Just fly!!fresh!!Published 5 months ago by Ric B.