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Fan Theories That Will Change How You Remember 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'

Updated July 10, 2020 1.2m views8 items

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an iconic sitcom and a '90s staple. Its theme song still inspires impassioned sing-alongs in bars and cars across the world. No one can stop themselves from joining in when they hear "Now this is a story all about how..." As loved as the 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 passes 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.  

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  • Maybe DJ Jazzy Jeff Is Thrown Out Of The Mansion For A Reason

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    DJ Jazzy Jeff is frequently and forcibly removed from the mansion by Uncle Phil for causing mischief and hitting on Hilary Banks. Fans suggest that Jeff can visit Will because the former is in the hospital for terminal injuries, on the verge of the afterlife.

    A doctor always resuscitates him, though, and he is abruptly yanked from heaven and thrown back to the land of the living.

  • There Are Clues In The Lyrics

    Some of the lyrics in the full-length version of the show's theme could be interpreted as supporting this theory. If you assume that Will was hospitalized during his "one little fight," then you can also assume he had to be put in a coma.

    Maybe his mother is coming to terms with pulling the plug. Consider that scenario with these lyrics:  

    I begged and pleaded with her day after day 
    But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way 
    She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket 
    Put my Walkman on and said I might as well kick it 

    It may be a reach, but one could read that as the mother sending Will to heaven. Now check out the next verse:  

    First class yo this is bad 
    Drinkin' orange juice out of a champagne glass 
    Is this what the people of Bel-Air live like 
    Hmmm this might be all right 
    But wait I hear they're prissy, bourgeois, and all that 
    Is this the type of place that they just send this cool cat? 
    I don't think so I'll see when I get there 
    I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air 

    These lyrics could definitely be read as Will's internal conflict about whether he's worthy of admittance to heaven. He might not be sure that he'll fit in with all the fancy-pants folks. Regardless, he makes it to the cab.

  • Boyz II Men Are Truly Angelic

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    In one of the show's Christmas episodes, "'Twas the Night Before Christening," Will promises the family he can get Boyz II Men to perform at Nicky's christening. When Will is finally about to admit defeat, the popular R&B group miraculously waltzes through the church doors perfectly harmonizing "Silent Night."

    It always seems a bit far-fetched when this sort of thing occurs in other sitcoms, but if the "Will is actually in heaven" theory is to be believed, then Boyz II Men would be an appropriate choir of angels, lending some credence to this ridiculous, albeit fun, sitcom trope. 

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff Thinks It's Far-Fetched

    The man behind the character DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeffrey Townes, talked to The Huffington Post about this fan theory in 2015.  

    He 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 the theory that the show is a big metaphor for heaven, but maybe that's because his character was constantly being kicked out.