Will Smith might be one of the most recognizable movie stars in the world, but he got his start in acting on a game-changing sitcom called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The series is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and a special reunion episode will be making its way to HBO Max next week. And we have finally gotten a trailer for this historic event in television history.
Will Smith posted the trailer for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion on his YouTube channel. You can watch the trailer right here:
It looks like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion will act as something of a documentary on the iconic ’90s show, as well as a way for Will Smith to reunite with his fellow castmates. The series gave the megastar his big break in Hollywood, and it has become a cultural touchstone over its three-decade run. Seeing the remaining cast members back together is definitely going to be a treat for longtime fans of the series.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuted on September 10, 1990, and lasted for six seasons until the end of its run on May 20, 1996. The series followed Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself as he moved from the streets of West Philadelphia to the upscale world of Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California. The show would mine much of its humor from Will’s working-class culture and attitude and how it clashed with the upper-class world of his relatives.
Will Smith is producing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion and it looks like his involvement was crucial in getting all of these actors back together. In fact, one of the biggest surprises in the trailer is that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion will also feature an appearance by Jane Hubert, the actress that played the character of Aunt Viv for the first three seasons of the show before she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. This is a shock because Hubert has been very vocal about her disdain with Smith and the show. Exactly what got her to return for this special is reason enough to check it out.
HBO Max is the streaming home of the entire six seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It has been unclear how popular the Will Smith show has been on the streaming platform – many people may not even realize it’s available on HBO Max – but this reunion special will surely act as a way for audiences to discover and rediscover the landmark comedy series.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion will drop on HBO Max next week. You’ll be able to stream the special on November 19. Even viewers who aren’t fans of the show should check out this fascinating look back at one of the most pivotal television series in American history. It launched the career of Will Smith. That alone makes it an important part of pop culture. Thankfully, this documentary looks to be plenty rewarding all on its own. And it’ll probably be better than the eventual reboot.