This year, it’s all about the television reunions. The Friends cast is planning a get together reunion at HBO Max, and now another iconic ’90s show is joining them there. According to an announcement on Twitter, the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will reunite on the 30th anniversary of the series premiere: September 10. Though the episode will film that date, the special won’t air until sometime near Thanksgiving.
The original series ran for six seasons and 148 episodes. As soon as it ended, series star Will Smith shot to movie stardom with the back-to-back successes of Independence Day and Men in Black. But to millions of fans who were introduced to him via the series, he’ll always be William Smith, not Willard Smith (his actual name).
Now this is a story all about how... the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunites for a one-time special! Coming around Thanksgiving only on HBO Max! pic.twitter.com/ZSlktr731e— HBO Max (@hbomax) August 31, 2020
According to the official description, “The entire Banks family is getting back together for the special, including stars Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, and Daphne Maxwell Reid.” Also showing up is recurring guest star (and former half of Smith’s musical duo) DJ Jazzy Jeff for “a funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and special surprise guests.”
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This isn’t the first cast reunion for the show. Back in April, they all got back together for Will Smith’s Snapchat series Will From Home. This two-part episode was a special tribute to late actor James Avery, who played Phillip Banks/Uncle Phil, who passed away back in 2014. Will this cast reunion eventually lead to a proper reunion, with the actors returning to their iconic roles? Who’s to say. But there is a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot in the works. The reboot is going to be darker in tone. While that might sound pretty out there, Will Smith is actually producing that one. If anyone knows how to do the Fresh Prince, it’s him.
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