Sep. 10, 1990
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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1x01 The Fresh Prince Project

4/5 (3 votes)
First Aired: Sep. 10, 1990 on NBC
Summary: Will comes to live with his aunt and uncle in Bel-Air. Phil isn't too impressed by Will's behavior, especially teaching Ashley to rap and ruining his image to his members of the law firm.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Will Smith played by Will Smith
Geoffrey Butler played by Joseph Marcell
Margaret Furth played by Helen Page Camp
Henry Furth played by John Petlock

Episode Quotes

Geoffrey: [referring on what to call Will] What would you prefer?
Will: Check this. His Royal Freshness. That's dope!
Phillip Banks: [when Uncle Phil introduces Will to a group of lawyers] Will, this is Firth, Wynn, and Meyer.
Will: Yo, Earth, Wind, and Fire. When's your next record coming out?
Vivian: Sweety, would you say grace, please?
Ashley: Yes, Mommy. [begins rapping the blessing] Hey there, Lord, my name is Ashley Banks / My family and friends want to give you some thanks / So before this dinner's all swallowed and chewed, / Thank you, God, for this stupid food.


  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Ashley spells Will's name with only one 'L' on her painting.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): In the opening scene when Will is doing his mockery of Geoffrey, the mirror over his right shoulder shows crew or equipment moving.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the pilot episode, Will's character is 17 years old and Ashley is only 9. By a few episodes into the second season, Will is still only 17 yet Ashley has aged to 13.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Will is stapling his poster of Malcolm X to the wall, when he first dashes over and smashes the staple gun into the poster, you notice that the wall (the set) shakes. Later on, (a few seconds later) you'll notice that the camera moves out as Will moves backwards. If you look in the top left corner of the screen, you'll notice it's showing a bit from outside the set. The camera then quickly moves down to cover it up.
  • Goof (continuity error): In the opening scene, there is no stairwell at the back end of the front hallway, as there is in the rest of the season.


  • Will wears the same outfit he wears in the opening credits.
  • According to the retrospective included as an extra feature on the first season box set, Vivian Banks name was to be Wendy Banks. However, director Debbie Allen felt Vivian would be a better name and the producers loved it right away.
  • This is the pilot and thus the first episode of the series.
  • The opening theme song is different in this episode than the rest of the episodes.
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