Let’s be clear: “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air” wasn’t the first time that hip-hop culture made a splash on a mainstream sitcom. But 25 years after its premiere, the show remains one of the best examples of how hip-hop culture makes for the perfect vehicle for comedy that explores culture clash, intra-racial tensions and generational divides.
Hopefully, we don’t need to explain the show’s basic thesis. You already know that the show made stars out of several of its cast members, and a superstar out of the consistently-bankable and entertainment-dynasty-spawning Will Smith. Instead, avail yourself of the classic opening sequence above, and tell us your favorite “Fresh Prince” moments in the comments!