Parents' Guide to

Bel-Air

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Very dramatic reboot of classic sitcom; strong language.

TV Peacock Drama 2022
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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Miss the real Fresh Prince

If you are watching to bring back the iconic Fresh Prince feel and good vibes, with at times real and serious content without the language, you’ll not get it. Too politically charged and so much language. After the last two years of such violence and hostility in our country, it would be nice to have something that brings us together, not divide. I subscribed to Peacock just for this show. I will look to unsubscribe.
age 16+

Dissapointing.

Gave this a look because had fond memories of original series with will Smith was funny and fun, but this was honestly not any good and no wear near as good also the acting was so so & picture was horrendously bad then add story yeah it's one to miss and not something would recommend for kids at all.. Found it just very dissapointing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Bel-Air is enjoyable enough as a dramatic reboot of the popular '90s sitcom starring Will Smith. In its new iteration, it's definitively edgier and more adult, with characters like Carlton snorting cocaine instead of doing the "Carlton Dance" and characters saying the "N" word. And while Smith cursed a little on the '90s show, the profanity is definitely more liberal in this version. Perhaps it's to differentiate from its fun-loving predecessor, perhaps it's to anchor it more in these more turbulent, social media-era times. Regardless, the overall effect cements Bel-Air squarely in the "young adult" type of drama.

This isn't to say that updated and coarser language is all the show has going for it. Indeed, the idea of fleshing out the sitcom into a drama provides writers more avenues to take on different aspects of Blackness that aren't totally centered around stereotypes, although some clichés certainly still exist within the characters' DNA. And centering Will's character more into Philly culture might potentially make the character much more realistic (but again, tropes of the Philadelphia inner city might make some viewers tired). Occasionally, the show's penchant for working classic lines from the original theme song into spoken dialogue is cringe-worthy, but, overall, Bel-Air isn't as much of a miss as you'd expect. It actually engages while having room for improvement as the season goes on.

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