Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Complete Third Season

Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Complete Third Season

Chuck Vinson, Maynard C. Virgil, Michael Peters, Shelley Jensen,


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The producers of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air weren't about to tinker with a successful format as the series entered its third season. Although West Philadelphia teenager Will Smith (played, of course, by Will Smith) has been living with his wealthy relatives in Bel-Air for three years now, he still hasn't lost his streetwise flippancy, though he does begin evincing signs of burgeoning maturity and responsibility. In the same fashion, Will's host, the Banks family, continues putting on airs and currying favor with the Bel-Air elite, though they generally get their heads out of the clouds and return to earth at the end of each episode. The most signifcant change from seasons past is the pregnancy of Will's Aunt Vivian, a plot development created to accommodate the real-life pregnancy of actress Janet Hubert-Whitten. By the end of season three, Vivian has given birth to a son named Nicholas -- whereupon she virtually disappears from view, reportedly because of creative differences between Janet Hubert-Whitten and Will Smith.
The actress left the show at the end of the year and would be replaced by Daphne Reed Maxwell for the 1994-1995 season. In this season's opener, Will returns from a summer visit to his mom in West Philly with a new haircut and flamboyant wardrobe that appalls his stuffy lawyer uncle Philip Banks (James Avery), leading to the first of several obligatory "Let's stop arguing and compromise" moments. Later highlights included Philip and Vivian's not-so-sentimental journey to their old neighborhood, which had been all but levelled during the L.A. riots; the matriculation of the Banks' youngest daughter Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) into the newly co-ed Bel-Air Prep School; older daughter Hilary's (Karyn Parsons) new job as a TV weather girl; former Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley's appearance as Judge Carl Robertson, against whom Philip Banks would enter into a bitterly fought political battle; another guest-star turn, this one by no less than Oprah Winfrey; and the ongoing romantic tribulations of Will's prissy, preppy cousin Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro). In one of the season's final episodes, Will gets the opportunity to perform at a comedy club -- where among the other participants is future sitcom leading man D.L. Hughley. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air enjoyed its highest-ever ratings during season three, ending up the 16th most watched program on network television.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
UPC: 0012569733749
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 9:14:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Best of the upper Bel-Air crust: season3 highlights; Bel-Air bloopers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Stokes Mitchell Trevor
D.L. Hughley Keith
Gregory Sierra Hector
Jack Heller Philippe
Jeff Townes Jazz
Kim Fields Monique
Larenz Tate Kenny
Lark Voorhies Cindy
Lisa Marie Russell Paula
M.C. Gainey Luther
Marjean Holden Shantay
Mark Ballou Jay
Oprah Winfrey Herself
Riddick Bowe Himself
Rosalind Cash Mrs. Bassin
Sherman Hemsley Judge Carl Robertson,Judge Robertson
Tom Jones Angel
Vanessa Williams Dani Mitchell
Vernee Watson-Johnson Vy
Charlayne Woodard Janice
Cheri Caspari Shannon
DeVaughn Walter Nixon Shaquille
Don Yesso Tony
Edye Byrde Nurse Irene
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Veronica
Jennifer Lewis Helen
Ken Ober Howard
Lisa Marie Todd Shawna
Michole Briana White Lindsey Simon
Minnie Summers Lindsey Woman
Obaka Adedunyo Reverend
Olivia Brown Lola
Phil LaMarr Edward
Quincy Jones Himself
Rose Jackson Simone
Roxanne Beckford Bride
Barbara Montgomery Woman #1
Casey Sander Fred
Chi McBride Ed Barker
Christina Harley Girl #1
Cynthia Szigeti Mrs. Griffin
Earl Boen Ed
Greg Travis Comedian
Johari Johnson Vanessa
Kymberly S. Newberry Beautician
Lahmard J. Tate Groom
Mindy Seeger Carla
Naya Rivera Cindy
Shavar Ross Noah
Tom Virtue Cop
Anne Wyndham Janine
David Sterry Hollenbeck
Gregory White Minister
Juanita Jennings Nurse
June Christopher Luther's Lawyer
Kevin Cooney Whitey
Lou Felder Howard Marshall
Mari Morrow Cindy
Michael Whaley Young Philip
Michele Buffone Mother
Ramon Choyce Barkley
Richardson Morse Dr. Finkelbaum
Royce Wallace Eleanor
Steve Nevil Homer
Susan Isaacs Casting Director
William Hubbard Knight Funeral Official
Bernadette Luckett MC
Bobby McGee Man #1
Carmen Filpi Mike
Jim Jansen Dobson
Jonathan Kennedy Carlton Jr.
Joseph Chapman Smoker
Paige Tamada Jessie
Parley Baer Woodrow
Robert Torti Frank
Rolandas Hendricks Jamal
Terrence O'Connor Norma
Valerie Jones Young Hilary
Victoria Morsell Lydia Marshall

Technical Credits
Chuck Vinson Director
Maynard C. Virgil Director
Michael Peters Director
Shelley Jensen Director
Werner Walian Director
Will Smith Director

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