• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1990
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 1 out of 27

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  1. Dec 5, 2011
    10
    i have nothing to say, it's just awesome, will smith is the best actor ever and all of his movies, series...etc are wonderful, i always laugh when i watch this, just because it's hilarious
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    This show defines my child hood and my current sense of humor. I love how goofy Will Smith is and every character is perfect. Every few minutes there is an uncle Phil fat joke and a Carlton short joke, Classic.
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    10
    Amazing sitcom. Continuously funny.
  4. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is the best series Will Smith was ever on. His character is hilarious and the
    supporting actors turned the series into classic. Easily one of the best series of the 90's.
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: 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]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 16, 2013
    50
    Whether clinking crystal to a beat or jiving with the crusty butler, Smith is looked upon by even his detractors with condescending "isn't he something" adoration. Tiresome as that is, Smith's breezy and non-combative charm gives this the look of a winner. Even if, in concept, it's more nap time than rap time. [10 Sept 1990, p.3D]
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 16, 2013
    40
    Perhaps the writers, director Debbie Allen and executive producer Quincy Jones are afraid to show America how rich people in L.A. really live. As for the new arrival's "outrageous" behavior, that consists mainly of using slang expressions, playing a tune on the drinking glasses at the dinner table and wearing a funky tux to the party. Gracious goodness sakes alive, what next??? [10 Sept 1990, p.B1]