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5 Things You Realize About ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ As You Get Older

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Anyone that grew up in the early ’90s couldn’t get enough of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Over 20 years since its end, people still quote their favorite lines from the show. The series became a success for NBC with various accolades. Looking back, five things stood out the most.

A Change Will Do You Good

At the start of season four, fans noticed a major change about Aunt Vivian. Janet Hubert, who originally played the character, was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. The switch was done because Hubert wanted the show to be about her. “She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show,'” Will Smith told The Atlantic Journal in 1993. Years later, Hubert still has hatred for Smith. “He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011.

You Look Familiar

Some people managed to appear on the show in two different roles. Musician Branford Marsalis played himself and a repairman named Duane in season four. Richard Roundtree played Dr. Mumford in season one and Rev. Sims in season six. Queen Latifah portrayed Hilary’s boss Marissa Redman in season one and Dee Dee in season two.

Break The Wall Down

One of the best things about the show involves breaking the fourth wall. When Reid debuted as Aunt Vivian in season four’s premiere, Jazz jokingly states, “Since you had that baby, there’s something different about you.” In the episode “Same Game, Next Season,” the family brags about their riches. Will states, “If we so rich, why we can’t afford no ceiling?” before looking up at the set’s spotlights.

Hip Hop Hooray

Hip hop in the early ’90s was plagued with bad press from every corner. Luckily, the show helped bring the genre to televisions everywhere. At that point, having a rapper on primetime television was a struggle. “The media were freaking out about controversial rappers like 2 Live Crew, and even though Will’s rapping had zero in common with theirs, NBC was irrationally nervous about how the network audience would respond to a show starring a rapper,” show creator Andy Borowitz told Time. The Fresh Prince also helped rappers such as Ice-T and LL Cool J to dive into acting.

How Come He Don’t Want Me?

The most memorable scene in the show’s history involves Will and his father Lou. As Will and Uncle Phil hug, a female crying can be heard off-screen. Karyn Parsons was so overwhelmed by the performance that she broke down. “I remember when he had to do that scene, he spoke to me about it ahead of time, and he particularly spoke with James Avery (aka Uncle Phil) who gave him advice on how to approach the scene. And whatever he said, and acting with James, as you can see from the performance was invaluable,” she said in a Reddit Q&A.

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Look Inside The Homes Of Your Favorite HGTV Stars

On HGTV, hosts make a living out of turning the living arrangements of people across the country into chic, beautiful homes that make us totally jealous. From knocking down walls to create the beloved “open floor plan”, to building the perfect en suite bathrooms, HGTV hosts turn houses upside down and leave their clients with homes we can all envy. When it is your job to create the most beautiful homes, it comes as no surprise that the hosts of HGTV take time to create some pretty incredible living spaces for themselves. These hosts take audiences inside their clients’ impeccable renovations, but this time we’re taking you inside the hosts’ digs for an inside look at their own incredible living spaces.

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Is ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile’ Even Historically Accurate?

Fans of High School Musical would be shocked to see Zac Efron's killer new role as Ted Bundy. As the star of the new Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, Efron effortlessly channels the delightfully charming psychopath. This thriller portrays Bundy as his friends and family saw him— attractive, polite, and intelligent. Only near the end does the film reveal...

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‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Reboot: Get The Details Before It Premieres

We’re going back to the 1990s with the upcoming quasi-revival of the ‘90s smash hit drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. Star Tori Spelling recently commented fans will be pleasantly surprised with the reboot. But what should we expect? Will the whole cast reunite? What’s the plot? You probably have questions and we’re here to spill the details. Reuniting The Original Crew...

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