Sep. 10, 1990
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans...

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Janet HubertJanet Hubert
Janet Louise Hubert (born January 13, 1956) is an American film and television actress. She is best known ...

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Prof. Vivian Banks was portrayed by Janet Hubert-Whitten during the first three seasons and by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the last three. She has been a retired Doctor then earned her PhD at UCLA since 1971, and in one early episode takes a temporary job as a teacher for a unit in Black History at Bel-Air Academy, the upscale preparatory high school attended by Will and Carlton. She has one older sister, Vy (Will's mother), and two younger sisters, Helen and Janice.

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03x19 - Just Say Yo
Season 3, Episode 19
01x20 - Nice Lady
Season 1, Episode 20
05x07 - Father Knows Best
Season 5, Episode 07
05x24 - Love in an Elevator
Season 5, Episode 24
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Vivian Banks Quotes

04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

William 'Will' Smith: Uncle Phil, that is not cool, the way you dissing my father like that.
Philip Banks: The hell with your father.
Vivian Banks: Philip, for God's sake.
Philip Banks: He waltzes in here after 15 years?
William 'Will' Smith: Fourteen.
Philip Banks: Excuse me. Fourteen years and acts like nothing has happened. Wake up, Will. This is the same guy who didn't think enough of you to pick up the phone.
William 'Will' Smith: He made a mistake. I'm sorry that everybody can't be as perfect as you, Uncle Phil, but if I can forgive him, how come you can't?
Philip Banks: Because he's doing this for himself. If you think any differently, then you're a fool.
Vivian Banks: Hey, just cool it. Just cool down. We can talk about this another time.
William 'Will' Smith: You know what, Aunt Viv. Ain't even nothing to talk about. I've been waiting for this for a long time, my whole life and ain't nobody gonna stop me. Come tomorrow, I'm out of here.
Philip Banks: I don't think so.
William 'Will' Smith: Who cares what you think? You are not my father! [storms off]
04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

Vivian Banks: Philip, stop moping. You know Will didn't mean what he said.
Philip Banks: Well, why'd he say it? For four years, I treated that boy like my own son. Whether he needed a pat on the head or a kick in the pants, I was there for him. I worked my ass off trying to keep him in line.
Geoffrey: And yet, it's come back with a vengeance.
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