The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1990
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Aug 16, 2013
    90
    For all of its frolic and delight, its social observations and conflict make it the television progeny of such substantive sitcoms as "All in the Family." [10 Sept 1990, p.1C]
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Stein
    Aug 16, 2013
    80
    The guess is that it will have staying power, primarily because of the presence of Will Smith, a rapper who does, indeed, go by the name of "Fresh Prince." Smith, half of the rap duo of D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, is a natural, so likable and charismatic that he already has drawn parallels to Eddie Murphy from NBC's Brandon Tartikoff. [10 Sept 1990, p.C-1]
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Paynter
    Aug 16, 2013
    80
    While Smith's act is G-rated enough to give rap a good name, the show offers a new and not-so-safe perspective of the so-called "black experience" in America. These are not the Jeffersons. These rich people have their pretentions, but they're no fools. [10 Sept 1990, p.C4]
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Aug 16, 2013
    75
    The most interesting feature of the program is how it stays specific to Smith's underclass style while fashioning a story that the whitest of white people can easily relate to. That's achieved, in part, by making Smith's relatives unbelievably broad. You've never met Boston Brahmins as preppy as these people. It's the weakest part of the program, but it allows Smith to have a great time playing Groucho Marx to his family's Margaret Dumont. [10 Sept 1990, p.35]
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 7, 2013
    75
    The punch lines are predictable, but the kid and his stern uncle generate a great deal of comic energy.
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Aug 16, 2013
    63
    Until the confrontation scene, Fresh Prince coasts along on the considerable charm of Smith, who is making his acting debut at 21. Many shows before it have relied on their stars, but that last scene gives an intriguing insight into what Fresh Prince could be. [9 Sept 1990, p.H1]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 9, 2011
    8
    Great show. Me and my brother absolutely love it! This really shows off the best of Will Smith. To sum it up in one word: Hilarious.
  2. Jan 6, 2015
    10
    Hilariously legendarily funny show. Unfortunately shows like this from the 90's could never be like this again, but this show was so funny. IHilariously legendarily funny show. Unfortunately shows like this from the 90's could never be like this again, but this show was so funny. I feel really bad if you've never been able to see these show when it came out but even watching re-runs of this still make me laugh like they used to. Comedically legendary. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2014
    8
    Com 6 Temporadas e 148 episódio, é uma excelente série de comédia estilo sitcom. A série é sobre a vida de um rapaz oriundo de um bairro pobreCom 6 Temporadas e 148 episódio, é uma excelente série de comédia estilo sitcom. A série é sobre a vida de um rapaz oriundo de um bairro pobre de Filadélfia que vai morar na elegante Bel-Air. Indispensável para quem gosta desse estilo de seriado e também para quem é fan do ator Will Smith! Full Review »