Will Smith has released the trailer for HBO Max’s upcoming Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special. The special will bring together series regulars Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro as well as recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff. Smith also sat down with Janet Hubert, who originally played Aunt Viv, for a candid conversation.
For me, the surprising omission here are any of the showrunners, producers, or writers. That’s not to say that the cast won’t be interesting or have lots of fun memories to share, but I always feel like you can get a better understanding of show’s development when you speak with people who are behind the camera. I’m sure it’s nice to learn about the rapport between Smith and Ribeiro, but it’s not like any of the actors were consistently in the writers’ room. Hopefully some of the behind-the-scenes footage will shine some light on how the series developed and changed over its run.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the unscripted special, Smith is joined by series regulars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro as well as recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff for a family reunion on set in the Banks’ home for a look back at the groundbreaking show. Taped on the 30th anniversary of the original series premiere date, Smith also sat down with Janet Hubert, who originated the role of Aunt Viv, for the first time in 27 years for an emotional reunion and a candid conversation.
As previously announced, the special will be a funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and a look at the cultural impact the series has had since its debut 30 years ago. Produced by Westbrook Media, the reunion will launch exclusively on HBO Max on November 19. HBO Max is the exclusive SVOD home of the full original series library in the US, debuting on the platform when it launched in May.