Carlton From The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Hints At A Comeback

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Every afternoon throughout the early noughties, most 2o-somethings got home from school and settled down to watch the best of afternoon television.

Those blissful hours spent avoiding home work wouldn’t have been the same without Will Smith and the gang gracing our screens in the The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

While those days feel long gone, a recent photograph taken of the gang has people going wild over the possibility of a reboot.

Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.

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Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks, shared the snap in question on Instagram on Monday evening.

Joining Will Smith in the photograph is Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey).

Sadly, one important member of the Banks family is missing, since James Avery, who played Will’s Uncle Phil, died in 2014 after complications during open heart surgery.

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While Will Smith baffled fans recently while bungy-jumping, thanks to his uncanny resemblance with the late, great television actor.

Last year, Joseph Marcell hinted at a comeback – and people clamoured for Jaden Smith to take up his dad’s bastion in the lead role.

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Marcell, who lives and works in London, said, ‘It’d work really well because in a more ­modern situation you can deal with more current ­affairs and make them funny.

He jokingly added:

I need the ­money, I know that much, so bring it on! I never doubted that Will would be a huge success. That said, I think the powers that be had big plans for him. I don’t think his prominence was accidental.

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The show will turn 27-years-old this September, and while a comeback isn’t looking all that likely, we can bask in the warm glow of nostalgia and thank unoriginal TV programmers for the endless stream of repeats.

You can watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Netflix now.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.