The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

TV review by Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Good-natured sitcom that the family can enjoy together.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 100 reviews

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age 11+

Season 1 is great for the family, but Season 2 forward is aimed at teenagers/adults

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air still holds up as one of the best sitcoms of its day. The first season is especially good as a family show. Yes, there are some infrequent damns and hells, but otherwise there are a lot of good lessons for children. However, the second season marks a turning point in the content where it is non-stop sexual innuendo and direct explicit references to sex. I had no issues with my 9 and 4 year old kids watching the first season, but after a few episodes into the second season we unfortunately had to stop watching. This show is rated TV-G, but even the first season's language alone warrants a TV-PG. I personally would rate the second season on at TV-14 because of the sexual comedy, much like Friends is a bit leniently rated as TV-PG.

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Great messages
Too much sex
age 12+
The Jokes Are Good For Kids But Their Are Some Sexual Innuendos And Mild Swearing. So I Think It Would Be Better For Older Kids-Young Adults. Also Cigarettes Are Sometimes But Rarely Involved.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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