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Mommy Nearest 

Will's mother is in town after a broken engagement with Robert. She tells Will that after he graduates from high school, he can move back to Philadelphia. Will wants to stay in California for college.


Shelley Jensen


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Vernee Watson ... Viola 'Vy' Smith (as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
Jenifer Lewis ... Aunt Helen
Charlayne Woodard ... Janice
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Aunt Eleanor
Robert Torti ... Frank Schaeffer
Ed Cambridge ... Lou (as Ed Cambridge Jr.)
Scotty Brulee Scotty Brulee ... Al


Will's mother is in town after a broken engagement with Robert. She tells Will that after he graduates from high school, he can move back to Philadelphia. Will wants to stay in California for college.

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Release Date:

14 December 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The actor playing Frank, Aunt Janice's husband, had been recast. See more »


Frank: [Vy is sad she doesn't have a boyfriend, Frank is white] Oh, Vy, I have a single brother. Well, actually he's not a brother. Well, he is a brother because he's my brother. But he's just not your kind of brother. Oh, brother.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a blooper of Uncle Phil, Geoffrey, Will & Ashley is shown. See more »


References Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »


The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
Lyrics by William A. Attaway (uncredited) and Irving Burgie (uncredited)
Performed by Will Smith
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well, you certainly have pants for it..
4 April 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Mommy Nearest

The origin of Will Smith's fame and too many mentions from The Graham Norton Show got me to binge watch this series which I think has a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom. The creators made the relations pretty much clear from the first frame now all one seek and wait for is their character development through this journey with hopefully no dips on content or humor. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seems interesting (something to look forward especially when she grows up) and is definitely supposed to bring the laughs whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there.

The second season definitely narrowed down the priorities and showed what they will focus on and what it is all about like Geoffrey, Vivian and Ashley turns out to be supportive (at least for now it seems like) cast while surprisingly Carlton and Hillary had almost parallel role and maybe also because these characters are strong and have genuine depth in them. And as far as the plot is concerned they still haven't advanced from what they started so they better boost up and bring out the big guns.

The warm welcome to the family reunion is cheerful and entertaining to watch but they spend too much time in it and the flashback too doesn't go as anticipated failing miserably on every idea that they come up with in here but just the usual punch lines.

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