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14/11/2020 09:03 GMT

The Trailer For The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunion Special Is Here

“Our show meant Black excellence," said Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley in the 1990s sitcom.

A new trailer teasing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special means fans of the 1990s sitcom can now officially get excited to watch it. 

Will Smith, who starred in the show, shared the trailer for the upcoming special on his Instagram account on Friday. The reunion is set to air on HBO Max on 19 November.

“These are the people who made me the man I am today,” Will wrote in the caption for the post. “And I couldn’t let this day go by without marking the occasion.”

In the trailer, Will is joined by his co-stars Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks; Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks; Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary Banks; Daphne Reed, who played Vivian Banks; Joseph Marcell, who played Geoffrey; and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Allen Townes), who played Jazz.

“I’ve always been able to recognise chemistry,” Will says in the trailer.

Fresh Prince centered on Will, whose high-school-aged character (who bears the same name) moved from West Philadelphia to live with his relatives in the wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

The trailer features a dedication to James Avery, who played Philip Banks, aka Uncle Phil. James died in 2013. 

“James is the heart of the show,” Tatyana said about the late actor in the clip. 

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The cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince cast first teased the reunion special back in September, which marked the 30th anniversary of the show’s debut.

Janet Hubert also makes an appearance in the trailer, after an introduction from Will, who says, “I couldn’t celebrate 30 years of Fresh Prince without Janet.”

Janet originally played the character of Vivian Banks — or Aunt Viv — for the first three seasons of the show, before she was replaced by Daphne.

Since her departure, she has had a rocky relationship with some of the cast members, particularly Smith. In 2016, she publicly accused the “Bad Boys” actor of being “a part of the system that is unfair to other actors” amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy

Elsewhere in the trailer, Tatyana reflected on the impact of the show, which ran from 1990 to 1996: “Our show meant Black excellence.”