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Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirTurns 25: The Show that Created Will Smith

Quincy Jones, Andy Borowitz and Susan Borowitz reflect on the legacy of the first major sitcom to star a rapper

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a show about a street-smart teen from West Philadelphia whose mom sends him to live with his conservative relatives (the Banks family) in Bel-Air, California, premiered 25 years ago this week. The sitcom, which ran from 1990 to 1996, launched the career of its star Will Smith, known as the rapper The Fresh Prince, along with many others.
With reruns still airing and the theme song still playing on dance floors andbeing remixed on YouTube, TIME catches up with award-winning composer and record producer Quincy Jones, 82, who was the show’s executive producer, and its creators (who were married at the time) Andy Borowitz, 57, author of the satirical column The Borowitz Report, and Susan Borowitz, 56, a former writer for Family Ties and the author ofWhen We’re in Public, Pretend You Don’t Know Me. 
In separate interviews, the trio talks about why NBC was scared to run a show starring a rapper, how the show influenced pop culture and why not to get your hopes up for a Fresh Prince reboot.
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