Consider this: it’s nearly impossible to hear the words “West Philadelphia” without immediately breaking into song. Indeed, a casual mention of the westerly portion of one of our nation’s oldest cities immediately calls to mind the illustrious words of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith's master-rap, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"—a song that, along with bizarre and wonderfully dated visual aids (see below), first hit the tv scene twenty-three years ago this week with the inaugural broadcast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Not only did The Fresh Prince introduce us to one of the greatest theme songs ever, but it also taught us about wholesome family values, the luxury of having a (bitchy) butler, the importance of neons in your life, and, perhaps most importantly, Will Smith's spot-on comedic timing. And that fade.
Without The Fresh Prince, we wouldn’t have Will and Jada (they met on set)—hence we wouldn’t have Jayden and Willow—and we wouldn’t have the greatest dance move ever. We might not have Tyra, the tv personality, either.) And while yes, the heyday of loudly patterned pants, full tracksuit ensembles, shoulder pads, bright suits, and baggy pants on men has come and gone, that doesn’t mean The Fresh Prince isn't still an awesome fashion reference! See for yourself: 33 of the best style moments straight from Bel-Air.