The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air heads to Sky Comedy
James R | On 02, Dec 2020
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is heading from Netflix to Sky Comedy in the new year.
Will Smith’s acclaimed sitcom series first aired on NBC back in 1990, running until 1996. Before shooting into the showbiz stratosphere with four Grammy Awards and box-office hits Independence Day, Men in Black and I Am Legend, music and movie icon Will Smith first rose to stardom in the show as West Philadelphia kid who gets the uplift of a lifetime when he’s sent to live with his rich relatives on the West Coast. Talk about your culture clashes… and your audience pleasers: Fresh Prince regularly showed a flawed and conflicted African-American household that, despite internal differences, pulled together and made life work – and laughter ring out.
The series co-starred James Avery (Philip Banks), Janet Hubert/Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Tatyana M. Ali (Ashley Banks), Ross Bagley (Nicky Banks) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey).
The series was produced by The Stuffed Dog Company and Quincy Jones Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and NBC Productions. In 2016, Netflix picked up the rights to the programme, streaming all six seasons. In 2018, those rights were renewed, avoiding the programme departing from the platform – until the end of this year, when the show will head to Sky Comedy.
All 148 episodes of the sitcom will be available exclusively on-demand in the UK from 1st January 2021. Don’t have Sky? You can also stream the show live and on-demand legally on NOW, for £9.99 a month, with no contract and a 7-day free trial.