We all know the story all about how the Fresh Prince's life got flipped upside down — a streetwise Philadelphia fish-out-of-water gets dropped in the middle of L.A.'s toniest town, and without even trying starts shaking things up and causing chaos in the stuffy enclaves of the super-rich. Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air ran for six seasons of ridiculous mix-ups, bad dates, mistaken identities, and occasional culture clashes, giving us many iconic moments that defined the '90s. As such, it's a difficult task to pin down exactly which episodes stand out above the rest as the creme-de-la-creme pinnacle, but these six installments are the best Fresh Prince episodes of each season.
The series started off being about Will sticking out like a sore thumb, but over time the focus spread to each family member's relationship with each other. Will and Carlton's rivalry became an ongoing joke, as did Hilary's shopping-mania and spaciness, which eventually landed her the perfect job as talk show host. Meanwhile, the series' tone started wacky and mostly stayed there, veering away from reality whenever it suited. Characters would get tossed like cartoons or break the fourth wall often, and there were plenty of fantasy sequences.
But all thatdidn't keepFresh Prince from addressing more serious topics, like sexual readiness, racial profiling, fear of failure, and anger at abandonment. These dramatic moments surrounded by lighter levity deepened the Banks' family's world while keeping this hilarious, and though it was hard to pluck just six examples, these episodes embody exactly why The Fresh Prince kept us watching year after year.