Peacock’s reenvision of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premieres in February.
Peacock’s newest original series Bel-Air premieres on February 13, 2022, the Sunday of this season’s Super Bowl LVI. The anticipated reboot and dramatization will be based on Morgan Cooper’s viral 2019 fan film Bel-Air and the reimagining of the 90s Black American sitcom tv series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air created by Andy and Susan Borowitz.
This time around, Bel-Air will be set in modern-day America but adheres to the original plot: Will’s trip from the streets of West Philadelphia to the Bel-Air community. While maintaining the swagger and allusions to the original Fresh Prince show, Bel-Air will go further into the conflicts and emotions that were difficult to portray in a 30-minute comedic format.
Executive producers and co-showrunners T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson stated, “At its heart, Bel-Air is a coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength and love of the Black family. We have stayed true to the original premise of the legacy series. Will’s life is turned upside down after he is forced to leave West Philly and lands in Bel-Air with its gated mansions and wealth, however, our new series brings Will and the Banks family into the world as we know it now.”
Check out the trailer below. Bel-Air premieres February 13 on Peacock.
Bel-Air starrs Jabari Banks (Will), Adrian Holmes (Uncle Phil), Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks) , Olly Sholotan (Carlton), Coco Jones (Hilary), Akira Akbar (Ashley), Jimmy Akingbola (Geoffre), Jordan L. Jones (DJ Jazzy Jeff), and Simone Joy Jones (Lisa). The series was formally revealed in August 2021 after being in the works for almost a year. Netflix, HBO Max, and Peacock were all vying for the series’ rights at the time. NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo will all host the Bel-Air premiere.
Will Smith himself is an executive producer on the series along with Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy & Susan Borowitz from the original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air show. Bel-Air will be produced by Universal Television and Westbrook Studios, a division of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s media company, Westbrook Inc. We’d like to take a minute and sit right there, and tell you how we’ll be watching the Bel-Air premiere.