But the new show looks different than fans of the original had come to expect. While the show is an hour-and-a-half sitcom, “Bel-Air” is an hour-long drama that reimagines the original story with darker subtext.
“Set in modern America, Peacock’s new one-hour series ‘Bel Air’ reimagines the beloved sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, following Will’s complex journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to gated mansions A new, dramatic rendition. Bel Air,” reads the show’s synopsis on YouTube. “When these two worlds collide, Will … takes into account the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions and prejudices of a world so different from the one he knows.”
While the original show’s theme song briefly described Will’s reason for leaving West Philly — “I had a little battle and my mom was scared” — the trailer goes deeper, depicting the now-played Jabari Banks Will shoots at Philadelphia. Sky, followed by police pushing their heads into concrete. In this reboot, someone in Will’s hometown wanted him dead, so he fled to Bel Air.
Another difference? Carlton’s cousin, played by Olly Sholotan, is not the same as the nerdy Alfonso Ribeiro with his emblematic burlesque dance. He’s almost cool — with toned biceps and a circle of friends made up of hockey players.
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