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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air  

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There are so many good episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" the best, or is "Just Say So" your favorite episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are, let's rank every The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode from best to worst.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was an NBC sitcom that aired for 148 episodes over six seasons, from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996, and starred Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself. The opening song for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, titled "Yo Home to Bel Air," explains the series' entire premise: Will gets into some trouble on the basketball court in West Philadelphia ("born and raised") and his mother insists that he move to Bel Air to live with his aunt and uncle. In addition to Smith, the main cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also included James Avery, Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell, and Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Papa's Got A Brand New Exc... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 24: Will is reunited with his father (BEN VEREEN), but Philip and Vivian won't forgive him for abandoning Will and his mother 14 years ago.

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Mistaken Identity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 6: Will and Carlton are arrested and accused of committing a string of auto thefts.

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Just Say Yo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 19: During their high school prom, Will accidentally gives Carlton an overdose of an illegal drug.

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Bullets Over Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 15: Will is shot by a robber, and Carlton is traumatized, reacting excessively. Will asks Lisa to marry him. (Part 1 of 2)

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The Alma Matter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 18: Depressed and suicidal over having ruined his chances of attending Princeton University, Carlton is visited by his Guardian Angel (TOM JONES), who shows him how awful the Banks family would be if he weren't alive.

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Asses to Ashes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 10: Senile and incompetent Judge Carl Robertson resorts to slander to defeat Philip in the election for California State Superior Court Judge, but when Robertson dies during his victory party, Philip is chosen to give the eulogy.

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Will Goes a Courtin' is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 6: When Will refuses to pay his rent to Philip unless Philip repairs the air conditioner in Will's guest house, the two stubborn men plead their cases in court before Judge Reynolds.

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Knowledge Is Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 13: Will and Carlton learn that Hilary dropped out of college.

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A Night At The Oprah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 9: When the Banks family members appear as guests on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a television talk show, their personal bickering causes an uproar in the studio.

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Banks Shot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 22: Will almost loses the family Mercedes to a pool hustler.

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Striptease For Two is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 24: Desperate to raise some money, Will and Carlton perform as male strippers at a party, not knowing that Vivian and Hilary are in the audience.

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72 Hours is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 23: Carlton hits the streets of Los Angeles with Will.

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The Philadelphia Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 26: Will and the entire Banks family vacation in Will's hometown, Philadelphia, and learn a surprising secret about Will's reputation in the neighborhood.

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Winner Takes Off is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 14: Geoffrey humiliates himself by insulting the Banks family and quitting his job when Will and Carlton trick him into thinking he has won millions of dollars in the lottery.

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Home Is Where the Heart Attack... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 10: After struggling to lose weight, Philip has a serious heart attack while eating a cheeseburger that he bribes Will to buy for him.

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Cased Up is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 9: When will is involved in a car accident with Hilary's new boyfriend, Philip is forced to defend his underage and uninsured nephew in court.

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Will Gets a Job is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 3: Feeling that the Bel-Air lifestyle is making him lazy, will gets a job so that he can start paying his own way.

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Eyes On the Prize is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 19: When Will appears on a television game show and picks his brilliant cousin, Carlton, to be his teammate, Will's not-so-brilliant friends, Tyriq and Jazz get their revenge by arranging to appear on the show as the opposing team.

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7 2
The Fresh Prince Project is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 1: Will Smith plays a young man transplanted from the tough streets of Philadelphia to live with his wealthy Bel-Air relatives, causing everyone to adjust how they live and think.

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Ain't No Business Like Sho... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 22: Will competes with his friend Keith (D.L. HUGHLEY), a struggling stand-up comic, at a comedy club showcase.

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7 2
It Had to Be You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 19: Jazz fixes Will up with his beautiful, bossy sister, Janet.

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Bang the Drum, Ashley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 2: Ashley's father wants her to continue with her violin lessons, but Will has other ideas.

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I, Done, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 6 Episode 23: As the Banks children prepare to leave home, Will realizes that he has no plans for his future. Phil announces that he plans to sell the house.

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I, Done, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 6 Episode 24: In the poignant series finale, the Banks family prepares to move away from California and Will confronts his lack of achievements since he moved in with them.

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6 1
The Butler Did It is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 11: With all of the adults away for the weekend, will and the Banks children rent the house out to a production company shooting a music video.

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Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 7: Ashley feels confined by her private academy, and she transfers to a city school--without telling her parents. But when a teacher calls a meeting, Will poses as Ashley's father and almost succeeds with the ruse.

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Fresh Prince, The Movie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 5: Will witnesses a murder, and he and the Banks family are forced to go into hiding in Alabama.

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Deck the Halls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 15: Will's ugly Christmas decorations upset the neighbors.

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Boyz In The Woods is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 8: When Philip takes Carlton and Will on a camping trip, the inexperienced trio gets trapped in a mountain cave during a snowstorm.

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5 1
You'd Better Shop Around is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 19: Will withdraws from his university classes to become a successful car salesman.

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Hex and the Single Guy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 7: When the Banks family attends a séance so Hilary can contact her dead ex-fiancé, the spiritualist gets so annoyed with Will's skepticism that he curses the family with a hex that brings them all bad luck.

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5 1
Mama's Baby, Carlton's... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 5: The Banks family is in an uproar when Carlton's former girlfriend, Cindy, presents her newborn baby, Carlton Jr.

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That's No Lady, That's... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 3: Will is furious when Ashley transforms herself from an innocent adolescent to a sexy babe to attract boys at her new school. Hilary looks for her own apartment, and Vivian reveals that she's pregnant!

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Not, I Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 6 Episode 6: Will and Carlton get caught in a compromising position while on a double date with two sexy intellectuals.

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5 1
Six Degrees Of Graduation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 24: To graduate, Will must pass a music appreciation class, with several precocious young children as his classmates.

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5 1
Geoffrey Cleans Up is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 16: When Geoffrey discovers that his new love is a wealthy heiress and not a domestic servant as he first thought, he can't ignore the gulf between their social positions and risks his happiness by ending the relationship.

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Hiho Silver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 2 Episode 10: Will and Carlton suspect that the Banks' Heirloom Silverware has been stolen by one of their neighbors: glamorous movie star Sonya Lamor (Zsa Zsa Gabor).

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Not With My Pig, You Don't is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 4: When Philip's parents visit from North Carolina, they embarrass him with stories of his poor rural background and his pet pig.

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Clubba Hubba is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 3: Will wants to go out with a beautiful girl he meets at the country club, but first he must figure out how to impress her extremely snobbish and very protective father.

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Cold Feet, Hot Body is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 23: Will is pursued by a beautiful woman--a friend of Lisa's. Ashley worries because her boyfriend is very stupid.

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Same Game, Next Season is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 12: Lisa's father likes Will so much that Lisa is neglected. Carlton, Hilary and Ashley argue over whom Philip loves more.

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Courting Disaster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 11: When Will becomes the superstar of Carlton's high school basketball team, his success goes to his head.

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Who's The Boss? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 15: When Carlton becomes the new manager of the campus restaurant, Will refuses to work as his employee.

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Sleepless In Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 14: Will and Carlton try to concentrate on their schoolwork while surrounded by the noisy late-night distractions of the Banks family.

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Will's Misery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 6: Will's dream date with a sorority pledge turns into a nightmare.

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What's Will Got to do With... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 5 Episode 2: Will revels in Ashley's music industry success, but both Will and Ashley are about to have a rude surprise. (Part 2 of 2)

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Day Damn One is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 14: Will finds trouble on his first day at Bel-Air Prep School.

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Blood Is Thicker than Mud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 4 Episode 8: Will and Carlton are given humiliating tasks as part of their initiation into a college fraternity, but the fraternity president has a personal prejudice against Carlton and his rich family.

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Mommy Nearest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 3 Episode 13: Will tries to tell his mother that he doesn't want to return to Philadelphia with her after his high school graduation.

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Working It Out is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Season 1 Episode 25: Hilary has to go on a date with Will's best friend, Jazz.