The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a classic 90s sitcom. We all knew every single word to the catchy theme song and all the moves to the silly dances (Carlton’s signature dance and the Jump On It number). But, between all the short jokes, pick-up lines and laughs, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air taught us some really important lessons about family, romantic relationships and life in general.
We pretty much grew up alongside the main characters (Will, Carlton, Hilary, Ashley and their parents), as the show lasted six seasons. They were all quirky in their own ways, yet relatable. They had to go to school and struggle during exams, just like us. They experienced awkward first dates and heartbreaks, just like us. They even stood up to bullies, struggled with choosing a career path and were forced to make important life decisions. There were so many lessons that we learned from watching Will and his family, here are just 15.
15 Never Forget Where You Came From
14 Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
13 Only You Can Determine Your Future
12 It’s Okay To Cry
11 Pick Up Lines Don’t Work
How many pick-up lines did Will drop throughout the series? Probably way too many to count, right? But, there were definitely some memorable ones:
“Baby. You look so good, I wish I could plant you and grow a whole field of y’all.”
“Yo, baby, I know your feet must be tired ‘cause you been runnin’ through my mind all day.”
“Girl, I got to tell you, that suit looks like a piece of ‘Good God’ wrapped up in some ‘Have Mercy,’ with a side of ‘Unghm!’”
10 What Goes Around Comes Around
9 Don’t Play Favorites
8 Don’t Take Anybody For Granted
7 Don’t Rush It
6 Set Realistic Expectations
5 Try New Things
4 Embrace What Makes You Unique
3 Know Your History
2 Don’t Do Drugs
1 Don't Be Afraid To Dance
Carlton was probably best remembered for his signature dance moves throughout The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Whenever he was down, he just put on his some music and started dancing. In 'The Alma Mater', Carlton is down about college admissions but gets a visit from his musical idol, Tom Jones who shows him the light. Carlton tells Tom he’s so depressed that he wishes he had never been born, but Tom shows him what life would be like without him. Carlton realizes that his family wouldn’t be the same without him (Ashley just dances all day, Uncle Phil spends the day painting and Hilary combs his hair all day). Mr. Jones ends the visit with a song and dance, of course. Even uncle Phil got his groove on once a while.
Sources: IMDB, FreshPrinceWikia, The-Artifice
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