The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an iconic sitcom and 90's staple and its theme song still inspires impassioned singalongs in bars and cars across the country. No one can stop themselves from joining in when they hear "Now this is a story all about how..." As loved as this show is, many viewers aren't aware of all the Fresh Prince fan theories that cast the show in an entirely different light.
Reddit is rife with crazy Fresh Prince conjecture that suggests that Will died during the opening credits fight and that the mansion in Bel-Air is heaven. Supposedly, the whole show is actually set in the afterlife, not sunny California. Check out the list below to see all the reasons this reading could be true.
Bel-Air Is Heaven
What's a better setting for heaven than a huge Bel-Air mansion? Though there is an episode when Will gets shot (some fans think that this is representative of him coming to terms with his death) and an episode when he and Carlton experience racism from police, Will's living in the lap of luxury and he rarely has to deal with anything other than contrived sitcom inconveniences. The greatest support for this theory is the house's white aesthetic - it could easily be described as heavenly.
Jazzy Jeff Thinks It's Far-Fetched
The man behind the Fresh Prince's banging tunes and the character of Jazzy Jeff, Jeffrey Townes, talked to the Huffington Post about this fan theory in 2015 and said:
"It’s just, that’s so far-fetched you just laugh... To see someone take all of that stuff and almost create a whole world around it, you’re kind of like, ‘Wow, it wasn't that deep, but that’s amazing that their brain took it there.”
He's obviously a little skeptical about whether or not the show is a big metaphor for heaven but maybe that's because his character was being kicked out of it constantly.
Will Got Killed During His "One Little Fight"
What if the "one little fight" that Will gets himself into in West Philadelphia - the one that scared his mother so much she sent him to Bel-Air - was so bad that Will didn't make it out alive? What if he was shot or stabbed instead of being picked up and indelicately spun around? This theoretical fight then becomes the inciting incident of the series that sends Will to the afterlife.
This Is Also Why We Rarely See Will's Parents
Appearances by Will's parents are few and far between throughout the entirety of the series. Some fans think that because Will is in heaven, the only time his parents show up on the mansion set is when they visit his grave. In the episode Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse, Will's dad, Lou, shows up after a 14-year absence. Perhaps it took him so long because word of Will's death only reached him when it was time for the funeral.