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In 2019, independent filmmaker Morgan Cooper uploaded a trailer to YouTube.
The trailer was for a fictional show, a re-imagining of the hit 90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, as a drama called Bel-Air.
The trailer immediately went viral, and it soon caught the attention of Will Smith, who would eventually go on to partner with Cooper to make Bel-Air a reality.
And now the first season of Bel-Air is streaming only on Stan.
Watch the trailer for Stan’s Bel-Air. Post continues after video.
This re-imagining is not at all like the original. While The Fresh Prince was packed full of one-liners and heartwarming moments, Bel-Air is far grittier and darker, like the teen dramas we’ve come to know and love over the past two decades.
Below I unpack what Bel-Air is about and give my verdict on whether you should watch it:
What is Bel-Air about?
At the start of the series, teenager Will Smith (Jabari Banks) is living with his mother Vy (played by April Parker Jones – she has personally become my favourite character so far) in West Philadelphia when he is caught in a brawl that ends with him shooting three bullets into the air and later pointing the gun at the instigator.