Entertainment Review: Bel-Air


  The story of Will Smith is now being re-told in a new way in the way of a television show drama “Bel-Air.” There are new episodes coming out every Thursday on the streaming platform “Peacock.”

  “Bel-Air” is produced by Will Smith and loosely follows the popular sit-com “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but with a twist. The show is quite funny, but it’s no comedy like its inspiration was. It’s also rated mature, with some bad language and drug use, but generally nothing too crazy compared to other modern-day dramas.

  Anybody who watched the Fresh Prince knows how the beginning of the show plays out. The show follows Will Smith, from West Philadelphian born and raised, who is a star high school basketball player. Everything was going well for Will until he got into some trouble, where he was then sent to his aunt and uncle in Bel-Air by his mother to keep him safe and out of trouble. They put an interesting spin on the iconic story in order to dramatize it, and it worked out pretty well for the story as a whole. Bel-Air does a fantastic job of re-telling this part of the story, which was never really covered in the Fresh Prince outside of the musical Introduction. 

  The soundtrack in this show is outstanding. The tone of each scene is always matched pretty well by the music that is being played in the background, whether it be “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill while Will is strolling through West Philly, or “Dang” by Mac Miller when Will is inside his new home at his Bel-Air mansion. The writing in the show is a little bit off at times. Sometimes it can be overdramatic and unrealistic, but the overall story is compelling, so it’s a flaw that can be overlooked. The acting is great. 

  It might not be worth paying for Peacock solely to watch “Bel-Air,” but if you already have access to an account then the show is definitely worth checking out.