“Shut the hell up with the Fresh Prince already, he’s a two-bit TV actor,” yelled Kevin Smith in Jersey Girl, rallying against the overblown ’90s reputation of Will Smith. And, let’s face it, he has a point.
Before buffing up for 1995’s Bad Boys, a slight and stringy Smith scored a huge hit with this fish-out-of-water sitcom that was a teenage answer to The Cosby Show. A slick young Philly native, Will is plonked into the privileged Bel Air world of Bentleys and butlers, under the care of his grumpy uncle.
The gags originate from the battle between the streetwise teen and his monied stepfamily but it’s flimsy, lightweight stuff and by the time this third season rolled around, there was little comedic meat left on the bone. As it scores a pitiful zilch on the extras front, only die-hard Big Willie fans should give this nostalgia trip a spin.
BEST BIT The opening credits: “Now this is the story all about how...”