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

Carlton Banks: Wait 'till we come downstairs in these tuxes. People may not think we're twins, but I'll bet they'll think we're brothers.
Will: You know, I don't think you'll have to worry about anybody mistaking you for a brother.
Will: I'm a joker. I play around. I have fun.
Phillip Banks: Um-hum. Being a joker is what's gotten you into trouble. Well, you may think it's cool to be on the streets when you're seventeen, but when you're my age, it's a waste.
Will: Man, I can't think that far ahead.
Will: [about the house] Yo, this is better than Love Boat! This boy gonna be maxing and relaxing.
Vivian Banks: Will, we promised your mother you were here to work hard, straighten out, and learn some good old fashion American values.
Hilary Banks: [walks in] Daddy, I need $300. Hilary, your cousin Will is here.
Vivian Banks: Hilary, your cousin Will is here.
Hilary Banks: [to Will] Hi, Will.

Hilary Banks: Daddy, I need $300.
Phillip Banks: That's a lot of money,
Hilary Banks: I need a new hat.
Phillip Banks: For what?
Will: Probably her head.
Hilary Banks: Ok, I'm going on this Save The Ozone Layer Celebrity Bus next Saturday. We're going to take the bus all over town to protest air pollution, and then we're going to motor to the beach and have a big bonfire.

Hilary Banks: What?
Will: I'm not an expert or anything but don't you think that driving a big old bus around town and then having a bonfire sort of adding to the problem pollution?


  • 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 (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 (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 this episode only, the hallway on the left side of the living room has an arched opening into the dining room. For the rest of season 1, there are doors in that spot.


  • 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.
  • Will wears the same outfit he wears in the opening credits.
  • The opening theme song is different in this episode than the rest of the episodes.
  • This is the pilot and thus the first episode of the series.
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