Thirty years after The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuted, and almost 25 after it concluded, the cast of the iconic Black sitcom reunited for an HBO Max special that looks into the history of this show. The series followed a kid from West Philadelphia (born and raised) to Bel-Air to live in the posh mansion of his relatives, the Banks. For six seasons and 184 episodes, we grew with Will and the Banks family, and three decades later, our kids’ kids will still get to experience what true Black Excellence looks like.
Over the course of the 74-minute special, viewers got to relive most of the show’s iconic moments and hear the origin stories of everything from the Carlton dance to their Friday night taping ritual. There was a lot to learn by watching the reunion special. Even if you grew up with the series and know every piece of dialogue (like a certain cast member did early on), there are things that you can take from it. Here are the biggest takeaways from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special.